How are hearings conducted?

Hearings are conducted by a Hearing Officer who is appointed by the Regional Director.  The Hearing Officer's job is to ensure that all relevant and material facts concerning the matters at issue have been addressed by the parties on the record and that the record contains evidence on these matters.  See Section 2422.21(a).  All hearings are open to the public unless otherwise ordered by the Hearing Officer.  Unlike ULP hearings, there is no burden of proof, with the exception of proceedings on objections to elections.  Formal rules of evidence do not apply at the hearings.  See Section 2422.18(b) of the Regulations.