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OSHA Update: Aggressive OSHA Enforcement and "OSHA Jail"

OSHA has proposed its budget for fiscal year 2015 and there are already many contentious positions being taken regarding what had been hailed as overly aggressive enforcement positions by OSHA. Examples of overzealous...more

Ogletree Deakins’ Founding Shareholder Homer Deakins Presents Testimony to NLRB on Historic Election Rule Proposal

Over 50 speakers testified, some of them on multiple panels, during the National Labor Relations Board’s two-day public meeting on representation election (“R-Case”) procedures on April 10-11. The oral testimony was part of...more

College Football Players Are Employees? Who's Next?

The NLRB’s Regional Director in Chicago issued a decision on March 26 in 13-RC-121359 finding the football players at Northwestern University are employees under the NLRA, over the objections of the University. The Regional...more

Flag On The Play: Will Unions Change the Game of College Sports?

In a historic move, members of the Northwestern University football team recently took initial steps to form a union and seek collective-bargaining rights with the university. Shortly thereafter, the team filed a petition...more

Northwestern Football Players and Academic Medical Centers: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

In a move that has surprised many, but not all, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-watchers and collegiate football fans, Chicago-area NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr has determined that Northwestern University...more

NLRB Regional Director Allows College Football Players to Vote to Unionize

On March 26, 2014, Peter Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB or "the Board") Regional Director for Chicago (the "RD"), held that scholarship players on Northwestern University's football team are "employees" under...more

Game On, Wildcats! Labor Board Orders Union Election For Northwestern Football Players

There has been a storm of comment and controversy since the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” of the school who have the right to...more

Antisocial Media - Union Not Liable For Threatening Facebook Posts

Imagine if you will, that a company-sponsored website allows employees to post comments. During the course of a union strike, an employee who chooses to cross the picket line posts a comment threatening to kill union members...more

The NLRB, Northwestern University and Unintended Consequences

As reported here last week, the NLRB’s Regional Director in Chicago has determined that those members of the Northwestern University football team who receive grants-in-aid are “employees” under the National Labor Relations...more

Northwestern University Scholarship Football Players Receive the Right to Organize

Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board delivered a Final Decision and Direction of Election in the closely-watched case concerning Northwestern University’s football players’ attempt to unionize. ...more

Shame On Who? Responding to Union Corporate Campaigns, Protests, and Bannering

The recent retail and fast food industry protests regarding demands for a “living wage” remind us that corporate campaigns by unions are a form of corporate warfare. They seek to inflict upon employers a “death from a...more

The ABC’s of Target Benefit Plans – Part III

This is my third blog post in a series on target benefit plans. In the first post, I discussed the basics of target benefit plans (TBP), also referred to as defined ambition plans. In the second post, I discussed New...more

NLRB Regional Director Rules College Scholarship Athletes Are ‘Employees’

The director of Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that scholarship football players at Northwestern University were “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act, and...more

NLRB Rules That College Football Players Can Unionize

Under the Obama administration, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken some radical positions, but its newest decision makes clear that all bets are off in the second term. The Regional Director of the NLRB...more

First and Ten: Will College Athletes Be the Next Wave of Unionization?

Everyone recognizes that college athletics are big business for the schools, but do they exploit the student athletes under the guise of amateurism? Thanks to a new decision out of the Chicago office of the National Labor...more

What could the Labor Board Decision About College Football Players and Unions Mean for Your Business?

In a decision sure to send huge ripples throughout the world of collegiate sports—and elsewhere—the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago office sided with football players at Northwestern University who said they were...more

Northwestern Scholarship Athletes Make It Into the Red Zone

This past Wednesday, Peter S. Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director in Chicago, ruled that all scholarship football players at Northwestern University who have not exhausted their college...more

Hail Mary: NLRB Regional Director Holds College Football Players are Employees

On March 26, 2014, Peter Sung Ohr, the Chicago Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that members of the Northwestern University football team receiving athletic scholarships are employees,...more

Game Changer: NLRB Approves Unionization Of Northwestern University Football Players

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a ruling that could potentially change the landscape of college football and other collegiate sports when the Regional Director of the Chicago...more

Gavel to Gavel: Blurring online

Most employers consider the National Labor Relations Board a federal entity that decides legal issues related to workplace union activities. What many employers don’t realize is the NLRB has authority over any concerted...more

NLRB Regional Director Rules College Football Players Can Unionize

On March 26, 2014, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision and direction of election in a union representation petition filed by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA)...more

College Athletes are Deemed “Employees” and May Form Unions

Ruling could impact both private and publicly-held institutions - On March 26, 2014 NLRB Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr found the Northwestern University football players who held scholarships are “employees” and may...more

The NLRB Throws A Flag On The Northwestern Football Program

In a much awaited decision, the Regional Director for Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") has determined that grant-in-aid scholarship recipients on the Northwestern University football team are more than...more

NLRB Rules That College Football Team Can Seek To Form A Union

As Americans across the country anxiously stare at their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Basketball brackets, the Northwestern University Wildcats are dominating the headlines in both the...more

NLRB Rules That Scholarship Football Players At Northwestern University Are “Employees” Under The National Labor Relations Act...

Earlier this week, NLRB Regional Director for Region 13, Peter Sung Ohr, issued a highly publicized decision and ruled that grant-in-aid scholarship football players at Northwestern University are “employees” under the...more

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