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    UE’s Trending Employment Claims

    United Educators (UE) conducted a review of our top employment claims from 2020, considering frequency (number of claims) and severity (cost of claims). The most frequent and most severe claims involved issues we’ve seen repeatedly through the years, indicating members must continue to focus attention on preventing and addressing them.

    Review Your K-12 School’s Performance Management System

    Independent K-12 schools should review and, if necessary, revise their employee performance management systems. Doing so will not only help employees meet their goals and satisfy the school's needs, but can avoid surprising poor performers and potentially triggering claims against the school.

    Address Workplace Bullying

    Strive to eliminate workplace bullying at your K-12 school, college, or university. Doing so could reduce employee turnover, boost morale, and decrease costs. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, 19% of American workers have experienced abuse at work. Workplace bullies control those around them, creating a difficult working environment for targets of and witnesses to bullying behavior.

    Icon An Examination of UE’s Recent Independent K-12 School Claims

    This study of approximately 1,600 claims against independent K-12 schools received by United Educators (UE) during a five-year period (2012-2016) found about 35% of claims incurred losses totaling nearly $93 million. Students and parents brought almost half the claims and accounted for nearly 60% of losses.

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