Division of Legal Services: Know Your Legal Rights

Questions and Answers Series

The MTA Division of Legal Services has prepared a series of questions and answers to assist our K-12 and higher education leaders and members in addressing the myriad state and federal laws and regulations that affect their professional lives. We hope these questions and answers will not only stimulate your interest in your legal rights as educators, but also help you raise your voice if you think your rights, or the rights of your colleagues, have not been fully recognized.

While legal issues often require consultation with an MTA attorney, many frequently asked questions can be addressed through this simple question-and-answer format. When your association confronts more complicated issues, MTA's experienced attorneys are available to provide expert advice and representation under MTA's Legal Services Policy. MTA attorneys have a broad range of legal expertise in public-sector labor law, laws governing public education, discrimination, civil service, unemployment, retirement, health insurance rights, constitutional law and many other areas relevant to your working lives.

The following topics are covered:

We will add additional Legal Q&A's in the future, including in areas such as a union's right to information, social media, privacy, and protected "concerted activity" under the collective bargaining law. We encourage local/chapter leaders and members to suggest additional topics for future Q&As. Each topic has an accompanying full-color PDF in a format suitable for printing.