Labor and Employment

The Issue

​​​​​​​​​​​As employers, it is critical that colleges and universities be aware of developments in major federal labor and employment laws. ACE works on a number of employment law and human resources issues impacting colleges and universities, including National Labor Relations Board regulations and rulings, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations and guidance, and Department of Labor regulations, as well as labor and employment law cases pending in the courts.

Our Work
Labor Department Publishes Final Overtime Rule: What Campuses Need to Know
Labor Department Publishes Final Overtime Rule: What Campuses Need to Know
The Department of Labor (DOL) published the final rule increasing the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions to the federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Labor Department Fact Sheet Addresses Questions About Campus Overtime Pay
Labor Department Fact Sheet Addresses Questions About Campus Overtime Pay
The Department of Labor has issued a fact sheet on "Higher Education Institutions and Overtime Pay Under the Fair Labor Standards Act" to clarify some key issues about exemptions to federal overtime pay requirements for campus employment.
Amicus Brief: University of Southern California v. National Labor Relations Board
Amicus Brief: University of Southern California v. National Labor Relations Board
ACE and seven other higher education associations submitted this amicus brief to the National Labor Relations Board in support of University of Southern California’s appeal challenging the Board’s ruling that adjunct faculty members are eligible to for...
Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule
Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule
​A federal district judge in Texas last week at least temporarily blocked the Department of Labor’s overtime rule set to go into effect Dec. 1, a decision that could have a substantial impact on colleges and universities.
Amicus Brief: To the NLRB in Support of The George Washington University on the Issue of Resident Advisor Unionization
Amicus Brief: To the NLRB in Support of The George Washington University on the Issue of Resident Advisor Unionization
ACE and 12 other associations filed this brief with Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board in the matter of The George Washington University and the Service Employees International Union Local 500, involving the issue of whether college and uni...
Statement by ACE Vice President and General Counsel Peter McDonough on NLRB’s Columbia University Ruling
Statement by ACE Vice President and General Counsel Peter McDonough on NLRB’s Columbia University Ruling
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled 3-1 that students who work as teaching or research assistants at private colleges and universities are employees and eligible to be unionized.
Amicus Brief to the National Labor Relations Board on The New School
Amicus Brief to the National Labor Relations Board on The New School
ACE and five other associations filed this brief with the National Labor Relations Board in the case of The New School and Student Employees at The New School – Sens UAW, involving the issue of whether graduate students serving in various graduate assi...
Amicus Brief: To the National Labor Relations Board on College Athletes and Unionization
Amicus Brief: To the National Labor Relations Board on College Athletes and Unionization
Amicus brief submitted by ACE and four other higher education associations to the National Labor Relations Board in support of Northwestern in a case dealing with a regional director's decision to allow the university's football players to unionize.
Amicus Brief: To the NLRB in Pacific Lutheran University v. Service Employees International Union
Amicus Brief: To the NLRB in Pacific Lutheran University v. Service Employees International Union
Brief submitted to the National Labor Relations Board in a case that looks at whether a group of full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members are “managerial employees” who fall outside the scope of the National Labor Relations Act.
Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court: Vance v. Ball State
Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court: Vance v. Ball State
This brief was submitted in support of Ball State University (IN) by a coalition of higher education associations, including ACE, and firms from the Higher Education Council of the Employment Law Alliance.