College Athletes Are Not Employees Under Ohio State Law

By
Emily Rorris

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Updated Tue, Apr 8, 2014 5:43 pm
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Logan Riely
Ohio forward Tmisht Stinson drives to the hoop against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Bobcats lost their seventh straight to Eastern Michigan in the Convo on Feb. 9, 2014.

An Ohio legislative panel is considering more changes to a midterm budget bill which is on track for a House vote this week.

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee amended the proposal on Monday, clarifying that college athletes are not considered employees under state law.

This is coming after a decision last month by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board involving the Northwestern University football team. The ruling said that full scholarship players can be considered employees, giving them the right to form a union.

The amendment is among dozens being made to the bill. The committee which is Republican-dominated, also removed a provision requiring electronic registration for unemployment compensation benefits.

They are also seeking to penalize counties who do not follow state procedures for providing absentee ballots.

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