Our colleague Patricia Moran wrote an excellent post on our sister blog, Employment Matters. Moran notes that employers should consider changes to their compensation structures that will affect their employee benefit plans. The post highlights several employee benefits issues that employers involved at educational institutions should consider as the December 1 deadline approaches. To read more about these new rules, click here. You can also read about the overtime rules’ impact on educational institutions here.

Please join us on September 29th at 1 pm ET as we cover the recently proposed 457(f) regulations. This one-hour webinar will offer employers more than just a summary of the rule. It will also offer unique insights on the rule’s impact, cover historical context, and go over the proposed regulations in further depth.

If you have any questions you would like us to address, please email them to me at ajbianchi@mintz.com in advance of the webinar.

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With stunning speed, the balance of power between collegiate athletes and the institutions they play for has changed.  Recent events at the University of Missouri may feel like a tectonic shift but the preceding tremors had been evident for some time.  In this new normal of student-athlete coordinated action, universities will need to be prepared to swiftly address legal, operational, health and welfare, and fiscal concerns which affect student-athletes.

Two years ago (and in a sign of things to come), a group of football players at a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) institution decided they reached their breaking point.  Despite a series of complaints to their university administration, the underlying feeling was concerns were not being addressed.  In this instance, the institution was Grambling State University and the football team was upset with what they viewed as unhealthy training conditions, substandard facilities and poor travel arrangements which exhausted the team before games.  The players also were unhappy about the termination of then-head football coach Doug Williams and the failure to address his transition with the team. Continue Reading Preparing for a New World of Collective Action by Student-Athletes

Our colleague Ray Cotton was recently recognized by Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s top peer-selected lawyers in Education Law.  Best Lawyers is considered the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.  Mintz Levin is proud to be represented by such an outstanding individual and his professional contributions to the field of Education Law.

Congratulations Ray!

Our colleague Tyrone Thomas recently posted in Employment Matters regarding the NRLB’s decision to decline to assert jurisdiction in ruling on the petition of Northwestern University’s scholarship football players to unionize.  Tyrone analyzes how the NRLB reached its decision and whether or not a different result would have occurred if the Big Ten had not recently enacted measure to provide athletic aid for the full cost of attendance and extra benefits for scholarship athletes. Continue Reading NLRB Calls Out the Punt Team and Declines Jurisdiction Over Northwestern University Football Players

Mintz Levin’s Patricia Moran recently completed the final installment of “Student Employees and the Affordable Care Act”, an insightful, four-part series discussing the ACA and issues relevant to the variety of student employee positions available at today’s educational institutions.  To view each installment, follow the links to Employment Matters below:

Part 1: Can we exclude student workers from our health plan?

Part 2: Can an offer of student coverage count as an applicable large employer’s “offer” of coverage?

Part 3: Can we subsidize student health insurance?

Part 4: If students are employees, how are their hours counted?