Grievances under the State Employees Labor Relations Act comprise a substantial part of the caseload of the Board, approximately half of its cases. Once a grievance is filed and the employer has filed an answer to it, Board staff often meet with the parties in informal status conferences or pre-hearing conferences to explore informal settlement of the grievance, discuss discovery issues, clarify issues, and/or seek to narrow the issues. If a grievance is not informally resolved and is not otherwise dismissed pursuant to a motion, the grievance is heard by a three member panel of the Board. Grievance hearings are more informal than unfair labor practice hearings in that they are not governed by the Rules of Evidence. The parties are provided with an opportunity to file post-hearing briefs. The Board then deliberates, and issues a written decision.