LEGAL COVERAGE & PROTECTION
No one likes to think about the things that could go wrong in the course of one's employment, but the truth is, it can happen to anyone.
MNEA members go to work secure in the knowledge that their membership provides them with legal protection and a well-trained team of advocates working to safeguard their professional careers. It is protection today's educators cannot afford to be without.
Professional staff assistance
Although the EEL policy offers valuable liability coverage, educators often need help with other job-protection matters. UniServ directors, MNEA's field staff, are the front-line defense team for Association members. Full-time trained professionals, UniServ directors are available 12 months a year to assist individual members and local associations in dealing with a wide range of problems.
Defending your rights in court
Through the Unified Legal Services Program, MNEA defends member rights in court and files lawsuits on behalf of members. MNEA pays for ULSP and related expenses to defend members in termination, demotion, salary schedule placement, assignment/transfer, and tenure-related cases. Issues of freedom of speech, child abuse, and censorship are also among cases funded by MNEA.
MNEA vigorously defends every member's right to due process. Laws and school-board policies spell out procedures to be followed in termination proceedings. MNEA challenges school districts that violate these procedures or act capriciously. If a member's case goes to the federal courts, MNEA turns to the National Education Association and its DuShane Fund for assistance.
Check out these unique coverages
Every probationary teacher who is non-renewed will receive a legal evaluation with an attorney.
Members who have Children's Division (formerly Division of Family Services) complaints filed against them are entitled to legal advice/representation.
Members who are subpoenaed to appear in court or administrative hearings related to the information they may know or witness in their jobs as teachers are entitled to legal advice prior to testimony.
$4 million liability protection
A $4 million educator employment liability (EEL) policy is the cornerstone of MNEA's professional protection plan. The coverage, automatic with membership, includes up to $4 million in damages and additional payment for legal fees for most civil and some criminal lawsuits arising out of job-related incidents while members are working. We offer protection without all the loopholes in fine print that many other liability policies have.
Details of the plan are explained in the EEL brochures. If you are not already logged in, log in below to access the policy.
You must be a member to view the information on this page. If you haven't logged in already, please log in below. If you need your NEA ID, please contact the MNEA Regional Office in your area or find it on your last issue of In the Loop or Something Better.