A recent ruling from the National Labor Relations Board will affect New York colleges and universities. New state regulations will affect all employers that use paycards to pay their employees.
NLRB says student assistants are employees who can unionize
The National Labor Relations Board recently held that graduate and undergraduate student assistants at Columbia University are employees within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act. Therefore, they are eligible to organize and bargain collectively under federal.
The NLRB rejected a prior holding that graduate assistants cannot be statutory employees because they are “primarily students and have a primarily educational, not economic, relationship with their university.”
To reach its decision, the board applied a common law test to determine that student assistants perform “work” at the direction of a college or university, for which they are compensated. A...(register to read more)