NLRB Allows Student Assistants to Unionize, Signals Commitment to Expanding Its Reach

By | Labor & Employment Law Blog | September 29, 2016

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “the Board”) reversed standing precedent and held that student assistants at private universities, including both graduate and undergraduate teaching and research assistants, qualify as “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and may accordingly join unions to collectively bargain with their employers. 

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NLRB Releases Advice Memorandum Affirming Misclassification Constitutes Unfair Labor Practice

At the end August, the National Labor Relations Board released an advice memorandum, originally drafted in December 2015, concluding that a group of drivers who worked for a drayage company called Pacific 9 Transportation were misclassified as independent contractors and that this misclassification constituted a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

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Jumping for Joint Employer: The EEOC Files Amicus Brief Supporting Broadened Definition of Joint Employer in High-Profile NLRB Litigation

Jumping for Joint Employer: The EEOC Files Amicus Brief Supporting Broadened Definition of Joint Employer in High-Profile NLRB Litigation

Following the NLRB’s expansion of the definition of “joint employer” in the high-profile Browning-Ferris case and the employer’s subsequent appeal to the D.C. Circuit, the EEOC filed an amicus brief supporting the broadening of both agencies’ tests for determination of joint employer status.

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