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|Recent College Coach Lawsuits Emphasize the Importance of Good Contract Language|
Daniel W. Werly; Foley & Lardner LLP;
October 17, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014The recent flurry of scandals in professional sports, particularly those from the NFL that dominated headlines in recent weeks, are not without their counterparts in the college ranks. Indeed, in the past year there have been an increasing number of controversies involving college coaches, which in...
|Employment Law Summer Recap 2014: Part 11 of 11 - GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL: the World Cup and Onionhead Capture America’s Attention...Briefly|
Michael S. Arnold; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 3, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014This summer’s FIFA World Cup was truly spectacular. I know this because I’ve been working in the same office building for years and not once has every one of the 10+ pubs located within a five-block radius been packed to the gills on a weekday afternoon for a sporting event. I know this...
|Northwestern University Football Players are Doing What?|
Jennifer A. Shoemaker; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
May 16, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014A group of student football players asked the National Labor Relations Board to rule that Northwestern University football players are actually “employees” of the University, therefore allowing them to unionize. In February, the Board’s Regional Director heard five days of...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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.