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Susan D. Friedfel

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NLRB Prevents Northwestern Football Players from Unionizing; Refuses to Play the Game as to Whether College Athletes are Considered Employees

On August 17, 2015, nearly seventeen months after a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Regional Director ruled that Northwestern grant-in-aid scholarship football players were considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), the NLRB unanimously changed course and declined to exert jurisdiction over the athletes’ petition, thereby reversing the lower decision. In Northwestern University, … Continue Reading

“Enough is Enough” – Governor Cuomo Signs Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

On July 7, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation to combat sexual assault on both public and private college campuses throughout New York.  With a few exceptions, the provisions in the law will take effect within 90 days, on October 5, 2015. The law mandates the notation of disciplinary action for … Continue Reading

New York State Passes Campus Sexual Assault Law

On June 17, 2015, the New York State Legislature passed legislation governing how colleges and universities address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The governor is expected to sign it promptly. With a few exceptions, the provisions will take effect within 90 days of enactment. The law further requires the Department of Education … Continue Reading

Campus SaVE Regulations Take Effect July 1, 2015: Are You Ready?

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”) amended the Clery Act by imposing new obligations on institutions of higher education under VAWA’s Campus Sexual Violence Act (“Campus SaVE”) provision. The regulations take effect on July 1, 2015 and impose a variety of obligations on colleges and universities. Each institution should examine its existing … Continue Reading

Office for Civil Rights Issues New Guidance on Title IX

On April 24, 2015, the United Stated Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a Dear Colleague Letter (“DCL”) regarding Title IX Coordinators and a new Title IX Resource Guide. The DCL reiterates many of the points addressed in previous guidance and provides some additional clarification regarding who should be designated as Title … Continue Reading

Unemployment Laws Have New Teeth Under the Integrity Act: Are You Ready?

 In 2011, President Obama signed the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act (the “Act”), which largely shifts the responsibility for unemployment insurance integrity to employers. The Act required states to adopt legislation implementing the provisions of the Act by October 21, 2013 and, in many states, employers are just starting to see the impact of the new … Continue Reading
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