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Unions In The Digital Newsroom – Everything Old Is New Again

A recent string of successful organizing drives at several prominent digital news media outlets calls into question all those confident predictions about the inevitable demise of unionism in the information-age economy. ...more

Legal Lessons from Tom Brady

The state of Massachusetts collectively groaned last week as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the “Deflate-Gate” saga. A brief recap of this strange...more

Labor and Employment News: Deflategate: Limited Ability to Appeal Arbitration Awards

Nearly all collective bargaining agreements have an arbitration clause for deciding any disputes under the agreement. Beyond the labor arena, employers have increasingly mandated arbitration as the designated forum for...more

What Tom Brady, Underinflated Footballs, and “Deflategate” Teach Employers About Arbitration

Fans of unscrupulous professional football players and coaches often justify their heroes’ misbehavior with a now-classic sports adage: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.” In the 1970s, for example, legendary Oakland...more

Orchestra Left Without A Chair When The Music Stops: Another Independent Contractor Misclassification

How independent are musicians who play and perform with others? Do they have more artistic control on their own, or do they only become truly great artists in collaboration with others when their independent talents combine...more

The Beat Goes On: D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB View That Orchestra Musicians Are Employees

Last week, a federal appeals court enforced a ruling by the NLRB that orchestra musicians are employees, not independent contractors. The import of the decision in Lancaster Symphony Orchestra v. NLRB is sure to reverberate...more

Tom Brady’s suspension reinstated, so what are the potential Massachusetts tax consequences?

Deflategate and the NFL’s suspension of quarterback Tom Brady for 4 games has been the NFL’s biggest news story of the past two years. On April 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in...more

California Court Gives Two Thumbs Down and Voids Non-Compete in Actor’s Agreement

Seyfarth Synopsis: Limitation on an actor’s ability to work in certain films struck down as an unlawful restraint of trade. California, mecca of the film and media production industries in the U.S., is notorious for...more

2016 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts MOAs and Drafting Agreements are Now Available on Joint Policy Committee Website

To access the 2016 SAG-AFTRA Memoranda of Agreement and Drafting Agreements, please visit the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations’ website...more

SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee Reach Tentative Agreement on Successor Commercials Contracts

On April 3, 2016, SAG-AFTRA and the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations reached tentative agreement on successor Commercials Contracts. For more regarding the parties’ agreement, please visit...more

Joint Policy Committee and Sag-Aftra Extend Contracts

Please visit jointpolicycommittee.org for an update regarding the 2016 negotiations....more

Bankruptcy Trumps Collective Bargaining Agreement

A federal court recently ruled that the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”) permits an employer to escape their expired collective bargaining agreement obligations under certain circumstances. In the matter of In re Trump...more

Bulletin: Information Request from SAG-AFTRA

We understand that some signatories to the Commercials Contracts received an information request from the Union. The JPC has discussed the request with the Union. It is our understanding that these requests are being sent...more

Bulletin: AFTRA Retirement Fund Sending Information Request to JPC Members on Significant Drop in Pension Contributions

To address what it perceives as significant underfunding in its pension plan, the AFTRA Retirement Fund is actively sending information requests to Joint Policy Committee signatories whose contributions have declined over a...more

Arkansas Football and Non-Competes?

Three years ago, we addressed the question of why college football programs do not use non-compete restrictions to prevent coaches from moving to direct rivals. At the time, we mentioned the fact that Arkansas was a program...more

Bulletin: SAG-AFTRA Issues Member Alert to Organize Droga5

SAG-AFTRA’s pledge to increase efforts in enforcing the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the Radio Recorded Commercials Contract was on full display with its latest Member Alert to organize Droga5, a non-signatory ad...more

Expect the Unexpected – Delays in Processing O and P Petitions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has sent out an alert that O and P petitions are currently taking approximately eight to ten weeks to be processed, which is much longer than the Vermont and California Service...more

Notice to Authorizers and Prudent Planning

The following documents outline the obligations of JPC authorizers with respect to the upcoming SAG-AFTRA negotiations, and provide guidance for the prudent planning of productions....more

Drinking On The Job? Five Things Employers Need To Know In The Wake Of The USC Football Coach Controversy

Football powerhouse USC (University of Southern California) fired its head football coach Steve Sarkisian on October 12, 2015, after it was widely reported that the coach had been under the influence of alcohol during several...more

NLRB Case Explains Agency's Position on Confidential Information Policies

Many, if not most employers maintain policies regarding disclosure by employees of confidential business information. Sometimes these policies appear in employee handbooks, and sometimes employees are required to sign...more

Taylor Swift’s in legal trouble, trouble, trouble when accusation leads to DJ’s firing

Taylor Swift’s complaint that a DJ grabbed her derriere while a photograph was being taken before a concert has led to a federal lawsuit. The DJ claims he got a bum wrap (pun intended) and that it was actually someone else at...more

Don't Get Deflated: Four Things Employers Can Learn From the Tom Brady "Deflategate" Ruling

On Thursday, September 3, 2015, a federal judge overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension imposed on star quarterback Tom Brady, ruling that the league couldn’t discipline him for allegedly deflating footballs in order to...more

September Antitrust Bulletin

On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the first policy statement on Section 5 of the FTC Act in the agency’s 100-year history in a bipartisan, 4-1 vote. The one-page policy statement outlined the broad...more

National Labor Relations Board Releases Unanimous Decision in Favor of Northwestern University and the NCAA

On August 17, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declined to assert jurisdiction in Northwestern University and College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), the union-organizing case involving grant-in-aid...more

Northwestern University Football Players Can’t Vote for Union Representation …but it’s not over until it’s over…

Depending on your allegiance, “the Play” was one of either the most memorable or the most infamous moments in the history of college football. It happened in the final seconds of 1982’s annual “Big Game” between the Stanford...more

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