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Monday, January 05, 2015

Ind. Decisions - "Should teachers qualify for OT for, for example, grading tests after hours?"

Oral argument before the Court of Appeals in the case of Ind. Education Employment Relations Bd. v. Nettle Creek Classroom Teachers Assn is set for this Thursday afternoon.

The newest issue of the $$ weekly newsletter, Indiana Education Insight, has a good preview of the case, which it writes is the:

... first teacher collective bargaining dispute to reach the appellate level since the General Assembly enacted sweeping changes to the collective bargaining law in 2011.

The major issue in this highly anticipated case is whether teachers who work additional hours beyond the expected work day - performing essential duties such as grading papers and preparing lesson plans - are entitled to receive overtime pay.

Later in the long article:
The appellate court will have to figure out how to harmoniously reconcile the two interrelated laws that are at the heart of this case. One limits collective bargaining to teacher salary, wages, and wage-related benefits; the other requires a regular teacher's contract to contain the required hours per day expected to be worked by teachers.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 5, 2015 11:30 AM
Posted to Upcoming Oral Arguments