Originally, the notion of recasting the definition of “joint-employer” was floated as an opinion from the office of NLRB General Counsel.  Subsequently, General Counsel Richard Griffin formally charged McDonald’s Corp as a joint-employer in a number of labor disputes stemming from New York.  Last week, the new definition was formally adopted by the five-member National Labor Relations Board (on a partisan 3-2 vote) in their decision to reject McDonalds appeal of their categorization as a joint employer in the lawsuits.  Their decision came about in response to McDonald’s Corp’s appeal of the joint employer determination made by an administrative law judge.  The full board has now backed the ruling and sent the case back to the administrative law judge for hearing.  In a sign that the NLRB may be afflicted with a little common sense now and then, notwithstanding the aforementioned, the Board this week formally declined to claim jurisdiction over an effort by college football players from Northwestern University to be sanctioned as a union.  The initiative generated a great deal of publicity when the athletes’ efforts to form a union were upheld by the NLRB Chicago regional director in April 2014.  The full Board’s unanimous decision essentially overturns the regional director’s ruling.