Legal Assistance

The IEA-NEA provides attorneys to represent local affiliates and members in disputes with school boards covering a wide-range of legal issues. Representation of local affiliates and members may include resolving issues before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, other administrative agencies and courts. Our attorneys provide legal advice to IEA-NEA staff and leaders, analyzing facts of a dispute to determine whether there may be a meritorious case to pursue. The IEA legal department has also created a simple guide and videos covering various legal issues affecting your employment.

Workshops are conducted by our attorneys and paralegals at statewide, region and local levels to empower members and leaders to identify and handle issues so problems don’t turn into litigation. Training topics cover a wide range of employment, labor and school law issues. Additionally, a basic guide on laws governing members’ employment issues, including video tutorials, can be found in the “Your Legal Rights” documents.

Attorney Referral Program
The NEAs Attorney Referral Program provides members with legal advice on personal matters. Each eligible member is entitled to two 30-minute consultation sessions free during each membership year. And if you need additional legal help, the NEAs Attorney Referral Program lets you get that help at rates below participating attorneys’ usual fees

Reduction In Force Brochures
The continuing news of pending layoffs in the state’s school districts requires the utmost vigilance on the part of all of us. If a Reduction In Force (RIF) is pending in your district and you may be affected, make sure you know your rights.

Workers’ Compensation Guide
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act is a no fault law designed to provide benefits to workers injured in the course of their employment. It is the exclusive legal remedy against an employer for injuries sustained on one’s job.

Your Legal Rights
When it comes to your job-related legal rights and responsibilities, there is no substitute for a well-informed employee. The following Legal Guide summarizes some of the laws governing your employment. Costly, time-consuming legal action often can be avoided and potential legal action often can be resolved at the building level if members and ARs know their rights and responsibilities.