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|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...
|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.
|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.
|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...
|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.
|Update on Recent Education Legislation Carbon Monoxide Devices for School Facilities and Conflict of Interests|
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann Girard A Law Corporation;
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 13, 2014According to the Legislative Counsel’s Digest, the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 currently provides that specified new school facilities construction projects that are subject to the approval of the Department of General Services must include an automatic fire detection,...
|Is Your Tuition Receivable Discharged in Your Debtor's Bankruptcy?|
Joseph M. McCandlish; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
March 31, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014This is not always a simple answer. The answer to whether or not your tuition receivable is discharged in your debtor's bankruptcy may depend on two issues: (1) the factual scenario the student became liable for the tuition debt; and (2) the court jurisdiction where the student filed bankruptcy.