Federal Law And Public Employee Relations

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Pittsburg State University/Kansas National Education Association versus Kansas Board of Regents/Pittsburg State and Public Employee Relations Board case study
This case study began as a result of a complaint that was filed with the Public Employee Relations Act (PERB) by the Pittsburg State University/Kansas National Education Association (KNEA). The Pittsburg State University’s faculty members were represented by the Kansas National Education Association. In the complaint, Kansas National Education Association proclaimed that the Kansas Board of Regents/Pittsburg State University committed an illegal practice according to the Public Employer-Employee Relations Act due to a lack of communication prior to adopting a policy pertaining to the ownership of intellectual property. (FindLaw, 2015). The Kansas Education Association desire was to discuss the issues of copyright ownership and it was denied stating that it was considered to be a preemptive of the issues according to the work-for hire- document of the federal Copyright Act. In determining whether or not the subject of ownership of intellectual property was preempted by state and federal law a hearing was held which revealed the following conclusions: (1) The Kansas Board of Regents (KBR) was an agency of the state and therefore had authorization for supervision and control of universities within the state. (2) Pittsburg State University is a member of the KBR. (3) An employer of college instructors at Pittsburg State…

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