Certification Law and Legal Definition

Certification refers to the determination by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), its agents or representatives, of the results of an election, or the results of a petition to consolidate existing exclusively recognized units.

A Certification of Representative is issued to a labor organization that has been selected by a majority of employees in an agency or activity in an appropriate unit to act as the exclusive representative for all employees in the unit. Once a certification is issued, an agency or activity must accord exclusive recognition to the labor organization for the purpose of collective bargaining.