August 30, 2016
Labor and employment litigators Gary Marshall, Craig Wood and Tyler Laughinghouse wrote an Aug. 29 Law360 column discussing implications of the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to overturn a longstanding precedent to hold that student teaching assistants can be classified as employees under the National Labor Relations Act.
Titled “NLRB Columbia Decision Poses Higher Education Obstacles,” the authors noted that, with the decision, “colleges and universities now may be vulnerable to union organizing campaigns among their teaching assistants. Unionization of these students could significantly change their relationship with their college or university. Educational institutions should continue to monitor developments from the NLRB closely and seek appropriate legal guidance to assess risks.”
A related McGuireWoods Legal Alert titled “NLRB: Student Teaching Assistants Can Be Employees Under the NLRA” is available on the firm’s website.