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Student Athletes Are Not Employees Under FLSA, Circuit Court Affirms

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court decision holding that student athletes' participation in college sports does not make them school employees entitled to compensation, a decision that should...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Student-Athletes’ Claim for Compensation

The Seventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of claims brought by two former University of Pennsylvania student-athletes against the NCAA and more than 120 NCAA Division I universities and colleges, alleging that student athletes...more

Seventh Circuit Says Student Athletes Are Not Employees

Back in August, the National Labor Relations Board threw the higher education community a curve ball ruling that student assistants at Columbia University were employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and were...more

Washington Supreme Court Creates Bright-Line Rule - Postemployment Communications Between Former Employees and Corporate Counsel...

The Washington Supreme Court held in a 5-4 vote that attorney-client privilege does not apply to communications between corporate counsel and former corporate employees, even if the communications concern what the employees...more

NLRB Gives It the Old College Try – Again Hints that Athletes May Indeed Be Employees

Labor and employment practitioners will undoubtedly recall the NLRB’s well-publicized foray last year into the ongoing public debate surrounding whether certain college athletes should be considered compensated...more

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear O’Bannon v. NCAA

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided not to hear the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) appeal of the O’Bannon case, a class-action lawsuit that was filed by the former UCLA basketball star and other...more

NLRB Moves Closer to Finding that Scholarship Student-Athletes are Employees

On September 22, 2016, the Associate General Counsel (“AGC”) for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB,” or the “Board”) issued an Advice Memorandum indicating that a number of policies in the Northwestern University...more

Don’t Believe Everything You Read: Labor Board Has Not Ruled College Athletes Are Employees (Yet)

ESPN recently reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had “ruled” that Northwestern University’s football players were actually “employees,” and that the University’s policing of its football players’ social...more

Athletics Leadership and LGBTQ: Suggested Best Practices and Guiding Principles

Until recently, all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (“LGBTQ”) student-athletes, collegiate coaches, and administrators were expected to keep their sexual orientation or non-conforming gender identity...more

Pokémon, No!

There is something a little bit different about going back to school this year: your school is filled with Pokémon, awaiting capture by your students, employees, and visitors. By now, you are probably familiar with Pokémon...more

More Money, More Problems? – The Rise of Compensation and Expectations for College Coaches (Employment Matters)

This is the second installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that Employment Matters will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. It is no secret that the salaries of coaches...more

More Money, More Problems? – The Rise of Compensation and Expectations for College Coaches

This is the second installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. It is no secret that the salaries of coaches of high profile...more

A Look Beyond the Madness – Revisiting The Standing Of And Protections For Student-Athletes (Employment Matters)

This is the first installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that Employment Matters will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. Two horrible March Madness brackets ago, we...more

A Look Beyond the Madness – Revisiting The Standing Of And Protections For Student-Athletes

This is the first installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that this blog will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. Two horrible March Madness brackets ago, we analyzed the...more

Another Loss for the Claim That College Athletes Are Employees

Last year the National Labor Relations Board ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to consider a petition by undergraduate football players at Northwestern University for recognition of a union and collective bargaining...more

Court Rules That Student-Athletes Are Not Employees Under the FLSA - The U.S. District Court Decision Is Another Win for the NCAA...

In another blow to legal arguments that student-athletes should be paid as employees, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana recently concluded that student-athletes at the University of Pennsylvania...more

NCAA, Colleges Defeat FLSA Lawsuit Claiming Student-Athletes Are Employees

Last week, an Indianapolis federal court dismissed the NCAA and more than 100 Division I schools from a lawsuit that claimed student-athletes should be entitled to minimum wage and overtime payments for the athletic "work"...more

NCAA Sacks Sackos Suit: Why NCAA Student-Athletes Are Not Employees Under the FLSA

An Indiana federal court has dismissed Berger v. NCAA et al, a suit brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act by former student-athletes from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). More commonly known as Sackos, the case was...more

College Athletes Not University Employees, Says Federal District Court

On February 16, 2016, a federal district court in Indiana held that former athletes at the University of Pennsylvania were not university employees entitled to the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The...more

Interest Groups Support NCAA’s Anti-Felon Policy on Appeal

Recently, three interest groups filed an amicus brief to support the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (“NCAA”) policy that bars anyone who has been convicted of a felony from coaching in NCAA-certified high school...more

College Basketball Players Can Bring Sexual Orientation Claim Under Federal Law, And Why Employers Should Pay Attention

In the months since the EEOC’s landmark ruling in Baldwin v Foxx, the looming question has been: Would federal courts adopt the Commission’s position that claims of sexual orientation discrimination were cognizable under...more

Preparing for a New World of Collective Action by Student-Athletes

With stunning speed, the balance of power between collegiate athletes and the institutions they play for has changed. Recent events at the University of Missouri may feel like a tectonic shift but the preceding tremors had...more

The Lessons (and Wisdom) of Rihanna

Everyone these days seems to think they are entitled to more money, from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) claiming that there really are no independent contractors to the thousands of United Automobile Workers...more

Divided Ninth Circuit Splits the O’Bannon Baby

In a two to one decision, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld in part and reversed in part the district court injunction that prohibited universities from denying certain forms of compensation to Division I...more

Court Rules NCAA Can Block Colleges from Paying Student-Athletes, But Allows Scholarships for “Full Cost of Attendance”

In a partial victory for the NCAA, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned in part a permanent injunction issued by the District Court for the Northern District of California, which had required the NCAA to allow...more

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