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|Are We There Yet?: Do Northwestern Players Have a Union or Not?|
Lisa Karen Atkins, John Richard Carrigan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 23, 2014When a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that scholarship football players at Northwestern University were employees entitled to vote on union representation, many media reports treated the case as a victory for the union. But as one Lawrence Peter...
|Georgia’s Limited Tax Credits for Interactive Entertainment Producers|
James M. Chadwick, Mukund H. Sharma; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014On April 15, Georgia passed a law amending its tax code to provide a limited tax credit to qualified interactive entertainment companies. The law provides incentives for mid-size game developers who demonstrate sufficient ties to Georgia. Qualified interactive entertainment companies are those that:
|Major League Baseball Volunteers Are not Employees Under the FLSA|
Brian Jeffrey Gershengorn, P. Kramer Rice; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014On March 26, 2014, the District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed John Chen’s proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action against Major League Baseball (MLB) alleging that MLB had failed to pay him and all other All-Star Week FanFest volunteers the minimum...
|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...
|Major NLRB Decision Finds Scholarship College Football Players are Employees|
Capehart Scatchard P.A.;
April 14, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014Readers should be aware of a potential landmark decision from the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in which the NLRB found that the Division I football players receiving scholarships at Northwestern University are employees of the university under 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...
|FCC Adopts Rule Limiting Joint Retransmission Consent Negotiations; Initiates Further Rulemaking on Repeal of Cable Blackout Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Craig A. Gilley, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 8, 2014, previously published on April 2014On Monday, March 31, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to amend its “good faith negotiation” rules to prohibit the joint negotiation of retransmission consent by two or more stations that are among the four most highly rated stations in a market and are...
|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...