Are College Athletes Employees?


February 24, 2023    
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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Hosted by LERA national, Online, via Zoom
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Are College Athletes Employees?

A Review of the Developing Legal Landscape and a Recent History of the Movement to Have College Athletes Recognized as Employees

This program will feature a review of the history of this labor movement from activist Michael Hsu. Mr. Hsu filed the first ULP after NLRB GC Abruzzo’s 2021 memo and co-founded the College Basketball Players Association. Michael Cass (Hartford Officer-in-Charge, National Labor Relations Board), Natale DiNatale (management-side labor attorney with Robinson & Cole LLP), and Mr. Hsu will also provide an update on the status of various legal challenges including the below topics.

• The Supreme Court of the United States’ Alston decision put a spotlight on the issue of college athletes as employees, and developments have been fast-paced since then.
• The NLRB and the EEOC have each received complaints/ charges that could allow the Courts to address the issue head-on within the context of the NLRA and Title VII.
• The Third Circuit Court of Appeals is currently evaluating a case that presents the issue under the FLSA.


Michael Hsu, College Basketball Players Association
Co-Founder and labor movement activist

Michael C. Cass, National Labor Relations Board
Officer-in-Charge for Subregion 34, Hartford, Connecticut

Natale V. DiNatale, Robinson & Cole LLP (bio)
management-side labor attorney


Eric Chester, FDC Law
union-side attorney


This presentation will be held online via Zoom.

Pricing and Registration

This online event is compliments of Connecticut Valley LERA, but we do ask you to register to reserve your spot at the webinar. Please register by submitting your booking below.



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