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NLRB General Counsel Rescinds Controversial Memo Regarding Section 7 Rights Of University Faculty, Student Assistants, And...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On December 1, 2017, the newly-confirmed General Counsel of the National Relations Board, Peter Robb, issued a memorandum to the NLRB regional offices listing legal issues that should be submitted for...more

New Labor Board General Counsel Rescinds Guidance Declaring Student-Athletes ‘Employees’

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

One of the first actions of new National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb was to rescind guidance that college football players at private universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act. ...more

Repeat After Me: College Athletes Are Not School Employees Under the FLSA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

“Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” This quote (attributed to Brazilian author Paulo Cuelho) comes to mind with last month’s filing of yet another...more

Student-Athletes Seek $45M in Legal Fees and Costs in NCAA Scholarship Antitrust Lawsuit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Wednesday, in a lawsuit brought by student-athletes claiming that the value of their scholarships was anti-competitively capped by NCAA rules, the student-athletes sought approval of nearly $45 million in attorneys' fees,...more

A New Era For Labor Relations? Fisher Phillips Lawyers Predict Fate Of Top 10 Key Issues

by Fisher Phillips on

Among the most crucial federal agencies undergoing a transformation under the new presidential administration is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). During the eight years of the Obama administration, with the Board...more

NCAA’s Statement On Student-Athlete Side Hustle Raises Questions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

University of Central Florida Kicker Donald De La Haye has been deemed ineligible because of compensation he earned from his YouTube videos. UCF submitted a waiver on behalf of De La Haye requesting that he remain eligible...more

From The Playing Field To The Courtroom: The State Of Current Legal Challenges Brought By Student-Athletes

by Fisher Phillips on

As the U.S. Supreme Court stated in a 1984 decision involving the University of Oklahoma, there exists in this country a “revered tradition of amateurism in college sports.” Despite this tradition, there have been an...more

University of Louisville COI Report

On June 15, 2017, the Division I Committee on Infractions (COI) found that the University of Louisville committed multiple recruiting violations involving adult entertainment and prostitution between December 2010 and July...more

National College Players Association Urges Prospective Student-Athletes To Negotiate Scholarship Terms With Colleges

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) and Executive Director Ramogi Huma’s (Huma) efforts to unionize the Northwestern University football team failed when the National Labor Relations Board refused to rule on the...more

NCAA Baseball Coach Fired After Only One Season Following Scholarship Controversy

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Alabama baseball coach Greg Goff was fired after one season at the helm of the Crimson Tide baseball program after a disappointing 19-34-1 overall record and a 5-24-1 record against Southeastern Conference...more

Leading Tax Counsel For College Athletes Advise They May Not Realize How Good They Now Have It

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In this interview with the LEAD Association, tax partner Lorry Spitzer examines the tax implications of paying college athletes....more

"'Play' is Not 'Work'" – USC Football Player Loses FLSA Suit Seeking "Employee" Wages

by Baker Donelson on

Former University of Southern California football player Lamar Dawson's attempt to be declared an "employee" under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), so that he and a proposed class of Division I Football Bowl Subdivision...more

College Athletes (Still) Not Employees

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The District Court for the Northern District of California has weighed in on whether student athletes are “employees” under the law. On April 25, 2017, the Court dismissed a proposed class action brought by a former...more

Strict Adherence to the Government Claims Act is Required

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

J.M., a Minor, etc. v. Huntington Beach Union High School District - Supreme Court of California 2 Cal.5th 648 (March 6, 2017) - Government Code sections 810 et seq. (“The Act”) set forth the procedures and...more

NCAA To Address Historic Early Recruiting Legislation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Landmark reform to restrict colleges’ aggressive early recruiting tactics of student-athletes is on the agenda at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Council April 12-14 annual meeting....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

Short List of Possible Trump NLRB Candidates Reported

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

President Donald J. Trump has narrowed his list of candidates to fill the two open seats on the five-member National Labor Relations Board to Marvin Kaplan, William Emanuel, and Douglas Seaton, according to Bloomberg BNA....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

Longitudinal Study Finds that Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) May Be Permanent

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

University of Toronto researchers have just published an important longitudinal study following patients with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) based on a diagnosis of concussion in conformity with the international sport...more

“Rest Until Symptom Recovery” May Not be the Best Medicine for Children and Adolescents Recovering from Acute Concussion

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on December 20, 2016, Canadian researchers found that children and adolescents who returned to exercise within seven days of experiencing a...more

NCAA Athletes Aren’t Employees — Or Are They?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Several recent legal efforts have attempted to provide student-athletes with a piece of the financial pie resulting from events like Monday’s national championship game, which reportedly netted the NCAA around $470 million in...more

Game Over for NCAA Student Athletes Seeking Employee Status? 7th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of U. Penn Athletes’ FLSA Complaint

On December 5, 2016, the Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a complaint filed by two University of Pennsylvania track and field athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the university, and more than...more

Labor Relations Today: 2016 Year In Review

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

Fight On? Student-Athletes Press for Employee Status Despite Seventh Circuit Rejection

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Bong … Bong … Bong … that is the death knell you thought you heard following the decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin) in Berger v. NCAA earlier this month. After that...more

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