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NLRB Reverses Over a Decade of Precedent: Student Employees Entitled to NLRA Protection

Posted: August 24, 2016

Reversing more than a decade of precedent, the activist National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on August 23, 2016 in The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York and Graduate Workers of Columbia–GWC, UAW that graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants and graduate research assistants who perform services in connection with their studies at private universities may be statutory employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  The NLRB has now broadly interpreted the statutory definition of “employee” in Section 2(3) of the NLRA so that it encompasses students who are compensated for work performed at the direction of the university.  Importantly, the fact that these “employees” also have an educational relationship with the university did not preclude the NLRB from finding an employment relationship. For more information, click here