Education Law

NLRB Finds Northwestern Football Player Social Media Policy Fumbles

, The Legal Intelligencer


Student athlete is to college, as employee is to employer? On review, perhaps that analogy would fall into the SAT gray zone, to be debated hotly among rising high school seniors and then promptly forgotten once early acceptances to college begin to roll in. However, a number of recent decisions and advice memoranda indicate the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has directed its attention to colleges and universities, and is currently re-evaluating how student athletes enrolled at those institutions fall under the NLRB's purview, if at all. This article discusses recent NLRB decisions and provides recommendations for how to draft social media policies that will survive NLRB scrutiny.

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