Employee Rights, Responsibilities and Assistance

All staff need to know certain information about their rights and responsibilities. Some of this information is for their own protection, other to ensure the rights and safety of children. Because this information is so important, you are required to review it annually. Please take a moment to examine the following documents.

The Needham Public Schools Employee Assistance Program is with The Human Relations Service located in Wellesley. Please visit their website for contact information and further details. Mention that you are affiliated with Needham Public Schools when you call.  Human Relations Service brochure. There are five free visits available to use.

An EAP is a benefit to help school employees and their families cope with the stresses of life and work-including personal and family issues, drug or alcohol problems, and job related tensions. The EAP helps employees by offering both treatment and prevention services. It provides confidential counseling, consultation, and education.  

The Procedures, Rights, and Responsibilities Regarding Discrimination and Harassment required reading is an online document that you read and electronically sign off indicating you have read the document.

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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act  - Effective April 1, 2018, Massachusetts has amended current state law against discrimination in employment. M.G.L. c. 151B, ยง4, forbids discrimination against employees due to pregnancy or conditions related to pregnancy. In addition, the law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee who is pregnant or who has a condition related to pregnancy. This includes but is not limited to, lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child. Read the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act here.

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