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|NLRB Regional Director Allows College Football Players to Vote to Unionize|
Duane Morris LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 3, 2014On 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 Section 2(3) of the National Labor...
|Flag On The Play: Will Unions Change the Game of College Sports?|
Paul H. Burmeister; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014In 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 with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a decision that has some...
|Transgender Issues Highlight Tensions Between Students' Rights To Liberty And Privacy|
Daniel C. Perkins; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 14, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014In the wake of controversy over school vouchers, fights over appropriate curriculum, and the endless battles to decide whether school funding is adequate, the nation’s public and private schools certainly have their share of problems to overcome. It is no wonder that issues pertaining to...
|College Savings for Students With Special Needs|
Leah M. McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
April 8, 2014, previously published on April 2014Faced with the increasing cost of higher education, students and their families must begin saving for college from an early age -- often from birth. 529 College Savings Plans offer families a great opportunity to set aside money for a child's college education, especially since funds held in 529...
|Education MBR Voted Out Of Committee|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 7, 2014, previously published on April 4, 2014House Bill 487, the K-12 education portion of the governor’s Mid-Biennium Review package passed out of the House Education Committee this week.
|College Football Players Are Employees, and the Heisman Trophy Becomes the “Employee of the Year” Award...|
Mark J. Neuberger, Christopher G. Ward; Foley & Lardner LLP;
April 3, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014Making massive waves throughout the collegiate and legal communities, the Chicago Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) determined Wednesday that scholarship ¿ but not walk-on ¿ football players of Northwestern University are employees under the...
|What could the Labor Board Decision About College Football Players and Unions Mean for Your Business?|
Brooke Duncan, M. Scott Jones; Adams and Reese LLP;
April 3, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014In 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 employees and deserve to have a union if they want one.
|NLRB Regional Director Holds Northwestern University Football Players Are Employees, And Can Unionize|
Vorys Sater Seymour Pease LLP;
April 3, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014Yesterday, the NLRB’s regional director for Region 13, Peter Ohr, issued a 24-page ruling in which he held that college football players at Northwestern University were employees entitled to the right to organize. Ohr reasoned that the players met the standard for an employee under the NLRA...
|Northwestern University - The NLRB Should Have Passed|
Terry L. Potter; Husch Blackwell LLP;
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014The Regional Director for the Chicago office of the NLRB issued a decision this week finding that football players receiving scholarships at Northwestern University constituted an appropriate unit for purposes of collective bargaining under the NLRA. From my perspective, the decision is flawed in...
|A Mundane Lesson from an Important Decision, or, the Importance of Presenting Evidence|
Bryan E. Mouber; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 20, 2014While many Kansans eagerly awaited the Kansas Supreme Court main decision on the constitutionality of school finance, the court also issued a holding reminding counsel that plaintiffs must prove standing, and defendants may raise this jurisdictional issue at any time.