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NLRB General Counsel Takes a Stand: College Scholarship Football Players Are Employees Under the NLRA

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a memorandum issued on January 31, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel, Richard Griffin, provided a “guide for employers, labor unions, and employees that summarizes Board law regarding NLRA employee...more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

Are College Athletes Employees? Board Counsel Tackles Controversial Issue

by Williams Mullen on

A January memorandum issued by Richard Griffen, the current General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, has kicked off a debate over whether and when university students should be deemed “employees” who can assert...more

Will the New Administration Trump Columbia University?

GOP Reacts Swiftly to NLRB General Counsel’s Memorandum Regarding the Status of Division I Scholarship Football Players at Private Universities - In a memorandum dated January 31, 2017, National Labor Relations Board...more

NLRB General Counsel Looks to Expand Reach of Federal Labor Law to Private Colleges and Universities; Believes that Scholarship...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Since 2014, the National Labor Relations Board has issued three significant decisions related to union organizing at private universities: Pacific Lutheran University; Columbia College; and Northwestern University. ...more

NLRB General Counsel Takes a Bold Stance on Student Athletes

by Cozen O'Connor on

More than a year and a half after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) ruled that Northwestern University’s football players could not form a union, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced his...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report on NLRA Protections For Faculty and Students

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a last minute attempt to leave his mark on the NLRB, the Board’s outgoing General Counsel issued a report attempting to expand the rights of university faculty and students, including scholarship...more

NLRB Takeaway: Comply, Even if You Think You Don’t Have To

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board issued a recent Advice Memorandum in Northwestern University, NLRB Case 13-CA-157467, with a strange, but practical, takeaway for employers: even if you don’t think...more

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

by Ruder Ware on

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

Student Teaching Assistant Handbooks Unlawful?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Two years ago we reported on the case before the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) related to the Northwestern University’s scholarship football players seeking the right to unionize. The Regional Director in that...more

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

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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)

by Fisher Phillips on

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

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

The National Labor Relations Board 2015 Year in Review - An Overview of Major Developments in Labor Law

To mark the 80th birthday of the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board apparently decided to make history in 2015. The Board did just that, issuing several ground breaking decisions, and in the...more

NLRB to Review Graduate Assistants’ Petition for Representation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) has voted 3-1 to reconsider whether graduate assistants at private, nonprofit higher education institutions are entitled to collective bargaining rights under the National Labor...more

Back-to-School Athletics Update

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

We are pleased to provide you with the following update authored by our new senior colleague, Jeffrey Orleans, former Executive Director of the Ivy League, who has joined our firm of counsel with a focus on athletics issues. ...more

Making Bad Choices: Title IX, Title VII and Ludlow V. Northwestern University

A prior post considered the case of Ha v. Northwestern University, in which the plaintiff claimed that Northwestern had violated Title IX by insufficiently disciplining one of its professors, Peter Ludlow, despite concluding...more

NLRB Ruling on Northwestern Football Players Highlights Need for Congressional Action on College Sports

In August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or "the Board") unanimously ruled that it lacked jurisdiction to decide whether college football players at Northwestern University are "employees" under the National Labor...more

Executive Labor Summary - July / August 2015

Quickie elections seem here to stay, but Senate Republicans aren’t giving up. On July 29, the National Labor Relations Board won another challenge to its “quickie election” rules pursued by employer groups. This time, Judge...more

NLRB Calls Audible — No Union for Northwestern

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Over a year ago, the regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago concluded that scholarship athletes on the Northwestern University football team were “employees” within the meaning of the National...more

NLRB Decision on Student-Athlete Unionization a Win for Colleges, But Title IX Still in Play

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a unanimous decision on Aug. 17, 2015, dismissing a petition filed by Northwestern University scholarship football players seeking to unionize under the National Labor...more

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

NLRB Punts on First Down: Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction in Northwestern University Football Players Union Representation Case

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The NLRB’s decision is limited to the facts presented by the Northwestern case, and the Board may assert jurisdiction in another case involving scholarship athletes at a later date. On August 17th, the National Labor...more

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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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