Legal Notices & Articles

Missouri NEA helps you stay informed of changing laws and policies that may affect you and your job. The articles below were written with MNEA members in mind by MNEA Associate General Council Vincenzo Iuppa (vincenzo.iuppa@mnea.org). Many can also be found published in the MNEA magazine Something Better

Public education employees planning a family can rely on a number of legal protections to help them try to balance their work and their personal life. The Family Medical Leave Act provides protected...
by Vincenzo Iuppa, MNEA associate general counsel Public education employees planning a family can rely on a number of legal protections to help them try to balance their work and their personal life...
The school year is so hectic that public education employees do not have a lot of time to focus on their general overall legal health. However, when public education employees are able to find time...
With the new availability of vaccines, it seems like we can finally begin to see an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has gripped our country for more than a year. That ray of hope, however, raises...
One of the biggest benefits of working in public education in Missouri is the stellar retirement benefits that you accrue working for public schools. For school districts outside of the Kansas City...
The American’s With Disabilities Act is the federal statute that protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination based on their health status. The ADA also allows people with disabilities...
In one of the first pieces of legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Congress created two new types of leave for individuals who are dealing with COVID-19-related issues...
The Children’s Division is the Missouri state agency that is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. Public education employees often end up interacting with the Children...
Part of the changes to a law created by the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) was an extension of the protections and rights provided to pregnant and nursing women. In order to create...
As the school year begins, the Missouri NEA Legal Department gets many calls concerning the duty to report child abuse and neglect. Additionally, changes to the Missouri statute have created a...
The Missouri Safe Schools Act (Missouri Revised Statutes § 160.261) attempts to standardize the response of school districts across the state to acts of violence committed by students. The Act...
Is your New Year’s resolution to become more organized? If so, why not start with your professional records? Whether you’re a teacher, bus driver, school nurse, paraprofessional, or other education...
The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech…or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” The Missouri constitution has a similar provision...
If you are asked to make a statement to the authorities about an employment-related incident, do not talk to anyone, including the police, a Children's Division (CD, formerly Division of Family...
Teachers get hurt at work just like other people do, but a recent workers’ compensation case reveals that school districts have been underpaying teachers when they miss time from work after an injury...
With the prospect of war looming larger with each passing day, many education employees have questions about how military service can affect their jobs with their school districts. Following is a...
Although probationary teachers do not enjoy the same kinds of job protections as permanent (or tenured) teachers, there are several legal issues that are unique to probationary teachers. The...
One of Missouri’s most notable school liability cases involved a student drowning while on a field trip. No swimming was planned, but students waded in the river after eating a picnic in a park nearby...
It is an unfortunate fact of your profession: education employees face many potential complaints and investigations. These potential complaints include everything from allegations of physical and...
Q: How and when do teachers acquire tenure? A: Teachers who have been employed full-time as teachers in the same school district for five consecutive years acquire tenure or permanent teacher status...