NLRB Ruling Blurs Line Between Students, Employees

Law360, New York (August 23, 2016, 10:23 PM EDT) -- The National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are employees that can unionize, a decision celebrated by students as a historic milestone but one that could present universities with operational challenges as the line between students and employees is muddied.

The NLRB decision stems from a petition filed by the Graduate Workers of Columbia, which sought to represent graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants and research assistants at Columbia University. (Credit: AP) In a 3-1 decision, the NLRB reversed a 2004 decision and found that student assistants are employees under the...

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