39-31-406. Hearing on complaint -- findings -- order. (1) The complainant and the person charged must be parties and shall appear in person or otherwise give testimony at the place and time fixed in the notice of hearing. In the discretion of the board or its agent conducting the hearing, any other person may be allowed to intervene in the proceeding and present testimony.
(2) In a hearing, the board is not bound by the rules of evidence prevailing in the courts.
(3) The testimony taken by the board or its agent must be reduced to writing and filed with the board. Thereafter, in its discretion, the board upon notice may take further testimony or hear argument.
(4) If, upon the preponderance of the testimony taken, the board is of the opinion that any person named in the complaint has engaged in or is engaging in an unfair labor practice, it shall state its findings of fact and shall issue and cause to be served on the person an order requiring the person to cease and desist from the unfair labor practice and to take affirmative action, including reinstatement of employees with or without backpay, that will effectuate the policies of this chapter. The order may further require the person to make reports from time to time showing the extent to which the person has complied with the order. An order of the board may not require the reinstatement of an individual as an employee who has been suspended or discharged or the payment to the employee of any backpay if it is found that the individual was suspended or discharged for cause.
(5) If, upon the preponderance of the testimony taken, the board is not of the opinion that the person named in the complaint has engaged in or is engaging in the unfair labor practice, then the board shall state its findings of fact and shall issue an order dismissing the complaint.
(6) If the evidence is presented before a member of the board or before an examiner, the member or the examiner shall issue and cause to be served on the parties to the proceeding a proposed decision, together with a recommended order, which must be filed with the board, and if exceptions are not filed within 20 days after service of the proposed decision and recommended order upon the parties or within a further period that the board may authorize, the recommended order becomes the order of the board. The board shall issue a final order within 5 months after final briefs are submitted to the hearings officer. If briefs are to be submitted but either or both of the parties fail to submit their brief on the date set by the hearings examiner at the close of the hearing on the matter, then the board shall issue a final order within 5 months after the date the last brief was ordered to be submitted. If no briefs are to be submitted, the board shall issue a final order within 5 months after the hearing.