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NLRB’s General Counsel Issues Memo on Employee Status of Certain College Players

October 4, 2021

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a Guidance Memorandum last week establishing her position that certain players at academic institutions are employees as defined by National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  If collegiate athletes are protected as “employees” under the NLRA, then these athletes would have rights to organize and join labor unions, the schools would be required to bargain with athletes’ unions, and the athletes would be protected from retaliation when they engage in concerted activities to improve the terms and conditions of employment.

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Austin W. Wolfe

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