LOS ANGELES—Free agency is off and running in the NFL and the newly located Los Angeles Rams apparently forgot that they are not in Missouri anymore when it comes to contract negotiations.
According to Pro Football Talk, contracts offered by the Rams to new players has been using language about the laws controlling the players relationship with the team from the state of Missouri, not California.
California is an extremely employee-friendly state and so it appears as if the Rams are trying to avoid following strict workers compensation guidelines in California.
An excerpt from one of the contracts reads:
“The parties hereto acknowledge that this Player Contract has been negotiated and executed in Missouri; that should any dispute, claim or cause of action (collectively ‘dispute’) arise concerning rights or liabilities arising from the relationship between the Player and the Club, the parties hereto agree that the law governing such dispute shall be the law of the State of Missouri. The exclusive jurisdiction for resolving Workers’ Compensation related claims shall be the Division of Workers’ Compensation of Missouri, and the Missouri Workers’ Compensation Act shall govern.”
The National Football League Players Association has deemed this as “inappropriate language” and has asked that all agents reject contract offers from the Rams that use this language.
“We believe that any reference to the state of Missouri is inappropriate since the Rams have relocated to California as evidenced by the fact that they have changed their name on their website to the Los Angeles Rams, are prepared to hold off-season workouts and training camp in California, and will practice and play their home games in California in 2016,” said the NFLPA in a memo to player agents.
The effort to utilize Missouri’s workers’ compensation guidelines appears to have failed and the Rams will have to abide by California state worker rules and regulations.