Category Archives: Higher Education

NLRB Rules Student Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants May Unionize

In a landmark decision, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) held that student teaching assistants and research assistants at Columbia University have an employment relationship with the University, making them “employees” under §2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act … Continue reading

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Healthcare Subsidies for Graduate Students

Many colleges and universities provide graduate student employees (e.g., teaching assistants) with a stipend or reimbursement to offset the cost of their medical coverage under a student health plan.  Recent guidance from the Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), … Continue reading

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NACUA Higher Education Employment Law Conference

On March 30, 2016, I presented at the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Higher Education Employment Law Conference in Denver, Colorado.  I discussed the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) January 2016 Administrator’s Interpretation that announced the DOL’s new (and … Continue reading

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SJC Makes It Easier For Plaintiffs to Survive Summary Judgment

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Massachusetts plaintiffs will now have an easier time staving off an employer’s motion for summary judgment and reaching trial, even if they cannot ultimately prove that the employer’s real reason for its action was unlawful discrimination. Continue reading

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