Northwestern Football Social Media Limits Unlawful: NLRB

By Zachary Zagger (October 11, 2016, 5:24 PM EDT) -- Northwestern University's restrictions on its football players' social media use and communication about injuries were unlawful prior to being modified in response to an unfair labor practice charge, the National Labor Relations Board said in an advice memorandum that treated scholarship student-athletes as employees.

The NLRB Office of the General Counsel concluded that rules in Northwestern's "Football Handbook" restricting players' social media use and other communications about injuries were unlawful prior to being modified in response to the charge, according to an advice memorandum addressed Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr released Friday. However, the memorandum, which is dated Sept. 22, advised against issuing a...

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