Our colleague Dan Long recently contributed an article to Employment Matters titled, “National Labor Relations Board Grants Student Assistants the Right to Unionize at Private Colleges and Universities” that highlights the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling that student assistants have unionization and collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act. This ruling ultimately reversed its 2004 decision in Brown University, which withheld graduate students from unionization rights due to the fact that they were not considered employees under the NLRA. For an in-depth explanation of the Board’s ultimatum, click here.

This is the second installment of a series regarding legal issues affecting college athletics that Employment Matters will run during this year’s NCAA basketball tournament.

It is no secret that the salaries of coaches of high profile college programs are rising steadily. In a recent report listing the highest paid public employee for each of the fifty states, 40 were college coaches. While Alabama football coach Nick Saban led that list with annual compensation of around $7 million, the Chronicle of Higher Education also reported the Crimson Tide were just 1 of 10 athletic programs in 2014 to give more money back to its campus than it received in subsidies. As a famous comic book hero once said – “with great power, comes great responsibility.” It is therefore important to examine the legal concerns affecting coaching pay, which based on recent events, will increasingly include responsibility for conduct detrimental to athletic programs. Continue Reading More Money, More Problems? – The Rise of Compensation and Expectations for College Coaches (Employment Matters)

Recently, our colleagues Alden Bianchi and Edward Lenz contributed an article to Employment Matters entitled, “Staffing Firms, Educational Organizations, and Breaks-in-Service under the Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility Rules: Proposed Changes under Notice 2015-87” that highlights a number of pressing issues that have arisen under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) concerning staffing firms that place contract and temporary workers with educational organizations.  These issues include employer shared responsibility rules, information reporting requirements, and insurance market reforms, among others.  For an in-depth explanation of the ACA’s proposed changes and their impact, click here.