Frequently Asked Questions

Missouri NEA is here to help you with all the questions you have while navigating the legal aspects of your job.

Below are answers to the questions the MNEA addresses most frequently. Please also reference the MNEA Advocacy Flyer Series and Legal Webinar Series for more information.

Still in need of more information? First, contact your MNEA UniServ director. He or she may confer with the MNEA Associate General Counsel to get you all the information you need for your specific issue. 

Abuse and Neglect

Abuse and Neglect

It is an unfortunate fact that education employees are often alleged to have committed acts of abuse or neglect. Fortunately, the vast majority of these allegations are completely false and have few long-term repercussions for the employee.  Nevertheless, Children's Division investigations are incredibly serious, and you should be sure to have all the information you need to prevent allegations and what to do when they occur.

Reminder to MNEA members about investigations

Civil Lawsuits, Criminal Charges and CD Proceedings

Reporting child abuse

Common sense rules to prevent false claims of harassment or abuse

Constitutional Rights

Employment Records & Workers' Compensation

Employment Records & Workers' Compensation

These articles relate to various aspects of employment and are generally applicable both to Education Support Professionals and Teachers. If you are injured on the job, workers' compensation can be your first resource for paying medical bills and other expenses.

Personnel Records - Keeping your tail intact

Case brings new light, more money to district workers' compensation claims

Assigning someone to make health-care decisions on your behalf if you cannot

Non-Renewals, Terminations and Contracts

For Teachers

For Teachers

Legal issues related specifically to teachers and teaching.  Ranging from employment and contract issues to questions that arise over the content of classes.

Heads up for probationary teachers

What education employees need to know about RIFs

Tenure Frequently Asked Questions

Field trip basics

Missouri's Safe Schools Act: A Well-Meaning Statute Without an Enforcement Mechanism

For Education Support Professionals

Education Support Professionals

Legal issues related specifically to education support professionals.  ESPs have unique legal questions and concerns and this can be your first stop to answering them.

Attention bus drivers