Public Employment Relations Board (PERB)
The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB or Board) is a quasi-judicial administrative agency charged with administering the eight collective bargaining statutes covering employees of California’s public schools, colleges, and universities, employees of the State of California, employees of California local public agencies (cities, counties and special districts), trial court employees, trial court interpreters, supervisory employees of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and judicial council employees.
COVID-19 Operations Q&As
Is PERB open for business?
Yes. Although PERB has closed its offices, PERB employees are performing their duties via telework and will continue to accept e-mail, U.S. Mail, and facsimile filings. Please be sure to file your document with the correct Regional Office whether filing by e-mail, U.S. Mail, or facsimile.
Can I still file in-person with PERB?
No. Unfortunately, PERB must suspend in-person filing to comply with the stay-at-home order by Governor Newsom.
Information on how to file by e-mail, U.S. Mail, and facsimile is found at the following link: https://perb.ca.gov/contact-us/
If you are unable to file a document using e-mail, U.S. mail and facsimile, please contact PERB at PERBQuestions@perb.ca.gov.
If a party submits its document after 5:00 p.m. but before 11:59 p.m., on the date of a deadline, is it still timely under PERB’s regulations?
Yes. It would be timely because it was “received” by our e-filing system.
I am working from home and unable to mail an original document(s) to PERB after I’ve e-filed. How do I file the original?
Parties that are unable to mail the original document to PERB because of the Governor’s stay-at-home order will be allowed to file a copy using e-mail or facsimile only. But PERB is still requiring that parties keep all originals for later filing.
For proof of support and declarations, PERB must still obtain copies of originals. In those cases, please contact the Board agent to discuss the logistics in providing originals.
Can I file my documents directly to the assigned Board agent?
No. Absent extraordinary circumstances, all documents must be filed with the appropriate regional office or division using the appropriate e-filing address found here: https://perb.ca.gov/contact-us/. If you believe that you have extraordinary circumstances that justify filing directly with a Board agent, please contact the her or him to discuss.
Without access to U.S. Mail, how do I serve documents on parties that have not consented to electronic service or provided an e-mail address?
Service of process is an essential element of due process. Where parties are unable to send or receive work-related mail through the US Postal Service because of the Governor’s stay-at-home order, the only way to serve them is by e-mail (electronic service). PERB is therefore asking all parties to provide an e-mail address and consent to electronic service. In cases where a party refuses to consent to electronic service and/or provide an e-mail address, PERB may have no option but to place the case in abeyance until the Governor lifts the stay-at-home order.
Can I use an e-signature when e-filing documents?
Yes. If you are unable to scan a document that bears your signature, you may file the document with either an e-signature (pasting a digital copy of your actual signature) or by using an “s” signature that looks like this: /s/ [Typed Name].
How do I contact a Board agent by telephone?
You may still call their work telephone number and leave a voicemail message. Board agents regularly check both their voicemail and e-mail messages.
Has PERB suspended any of its statutory timelines during the COVID-19 crisis?
No. All timelines, whether under statute or regulation, remain in full force and effect. Parties that need an extension of time to file a document or perform a required act should ask the assigned Board agent for the extension consistent with our regulations.
Updates related to the State Mediation and Conciliation Service can be found here: https://perb.ca.gov/state-mediation/
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