As expected, the National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University’s Request for Review of the Regional Director’s March 26, 2014 decision finding the scholarship football players at the University to be “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act “as it raises substantial issues meriting review.” While, the election will take place as scheduled on April 25, 2014, the ballots will be impounded until the Board issues a decision affirming, modifying or reversing the Regional Director’s decision. The Board will set a schedule for the filing of briefs by the parties and others so they have the opportunity to address issues raised in this case.

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