NLRB Director Finds Scholarship Athletes are Employees

Source: Barbara Jean D’Aquila and Margaret Rudolph, Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 40 no. 2, Autumn 2014
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A National Labor Relations Board Regional Director recently found that scholarship football players from Northwestern University are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act and ordered that an election be conducted so that eligible football players can vote whether to form a union. The authors of this article discuss the decision and its implications.