Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Are We There Yet?: Do Northwestern Players Have a Union or not?

When a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that scholarship football players at Northwestern University were employees entitled to vote on union representation, many media reports treated the…more

| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Employee Needs More Than Speculation to Support his Retaliation Claim

To prevail on a claim of retaliation under federal law, an employee must prove that he or she engaged in a “protected activity” under an antidiscrimination statute and subsequently suffered an adverse employment action. In…more

| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping Statute as Overly Broad

The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued two opinions that together invalidated Illinois’ eavesdropping statute, 720 ILCS 5/14-2. The statute, which is part of the Illinois Criminal Code, prohibits a person from “knowingly and…more

| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Same-Sex Marriages and Windsor: IRS Issues Notice on Retirement Plan...

Employers and participants alike have been anxiously waiting for further guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on how marriages of same-sex couples will be treated for purposes of qualified retirement plans. On April…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Family Law,...

Major League Baseball Volunteers Are not Employees Under the FLSA

On March 26, 2014, the District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed John Chen’s proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action against Major League Baseball (MLB) alleging that MLB had failed to pay…more

| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

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