Friday, January 31, 2014

Employment Law, Football, and The Super Bowl

For an interesting and different take on the football and the Super Bowl, check out employment attorney Mark I. Schickman's essay at HR Hero. [It was adapted from the California Employment Law Letter.] An excerpt:

Nowhere outside of league sports can a group of employers lawfully meet, conspire, and decide who will bid exclusively on which employee, but football owners draft players, who then must work for that team or work for nobody.

Apple, Google, Oracle, and Intel allegedly attempted that backroom arrangement recently, and they have been hit with—and partially settled—an antitrust action attacking that practice. Only professional sports leagues can control and trade employees as if they were livestock.

Be sure to read the entire essay.

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