June 11, 2018 • Featured Story
There’s a large population of adults on campuses on any given day who typically aren’t included in emergency training and drills—substitute teachers.
June 18, 2018
Does an employee's initial request for an accommodation have to be in writing? We address that myth and a few others in this informative article.
tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", Leave
June 14, 2018
Assault leave is a common topic of discussion in the HR world, and we’ve outlined some of the basics with the Q&A in this post.
tagged: Leave, "Workers’ compensation"
June 11, 2018
tagged: HR, "Teacher training"
Recent celebrity suicides have brought national attention to mental health issues. How can HR support employees who struggle with mental illness?
tagged: Benefits, HR
June 08, 2018
The current FMLA forms, which are used to certify whether employees are eligible to take leave and to notify them of their leave rights, will expire June 30.
tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA
June 07, 2018
Are districts required to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employee Statistics survey? Find out in this brief Q&A!
tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL
May 31, 2018
Recent headlines involving inappropriate and highly offensive use of social media provides employers with the opportunity to examine hiring practices.
tagged: "Social media practices"
May 30, 2018
The Sample Records Retention Schedule for personnel records in the HR Library has been updated. Learn more in this article.
tagged: "Records retention"
May 24, 2018
Immigration and Customs Enforcement significantly ramped up its worksite investigations during the past federal fiscal year and the agency recently announced it's planning to double down on Form I-9 audits this summer.
May 22, 2018
There's a new two-day professional learning opportunity to help district administrators better understand Student Learning Objectives and how to implement them.
tagged: "HR training", T-TESS
A district wants to hire a retired teacher to tutor students three days a week for a couple of hours. What pay and benefits requirements apply to this situation?
tagged: Recruiting, "Retire rehire", "Teacher retirement", "Teacher Retirement System"
May 18, 2018
When can a district issue a 1099, and when must a district consider someone an employee and issue a W-2? The answer is complicated, but we provide a detailed explanation in this article.
tagged: "Independent contractor"
May 15, 2018
Use this handy guide to get the information you need when contacting the TEA.
tagged: Certification, TEA
May 14, 2018
Can we terminate an employee who has exhausted all leave? The answer isn't as simple as you might think.
tagged: Leave, Termination
May 09, 2018
What should districts do if an employee presents multiple documents to establish identity and work authorization on the Form I-9? Find out in this brief Q&A.
May 08, 2018
Navigating the process of verifying Social Security numbers through the SSA can sometimes be confusing, but we have some tips that may ease some common concerns.
May 07, 2018
There are a lot of rules concerning teacher service records, but there also are a few myths. We’ve separated fact from fiction in this article.
tagged: "Personnel records", "Records retention"
May 02, 2018
Texas schools districts in some regions will struggle to give pay increases for the 2018‒2019 school year, according to the latest prospective pay raise poll conducted by TASB HR Services.
tagged: "Pay increases"
The 2018–2019 update to the Model Employee Handbook (MEH) is now available through myTASB.
tagged: "Employee handbook", HR
April 30, 2018
Student growth measures will be a required component of the T-TESS in the upcoming school year. Here's what you need to know.
What documents must be kept in a former employee’s personnel file and where should they be kept? Find out in this quick Q&A.
April 27, 2018
A report by Texas Career Check found jobs in the education industry will be plentiful over the next several years.
tagged: "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"
April 23, 2018
The TRS Benefits Committee approved an overall average increase of 5.7 percent, down from 7.1 percent last year.
tagged: "Health insurance", TRS, "TRS ActiveCare"
April 17, 2018
In an article published earlier today, SHRM explored some new trends in the recruiting field that’ll help hiring managers reexamine and reevaluate their own methods.
tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"
April 16, 2018
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Civil Rap Back program that provides notification of employee’s criminal activity occurring outside the state of Texas is now available.
tagged: "Criminal history"
April 13, 2018
The nationwide teacher walkouts and protests are producing results, but where does Texas sit with teacher pay and public school funding, and can teachers in the Lone Star State do anything about it?
tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", TRS
April 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released today a fact sheet addressing the applicability of white collar exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to common jobs in higher education.
tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, Overtime
Districts can’t avoid state and federal accountability requirements that impact teachers, but they can address teacher areas of concern like working conditions, administrator support, and pay.
tagged: Retention, "Social media practices"
April 10, 2018
It's been six months since Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas, and while all public schools in disaster counties have reopened, many students never returned to their home district.
April 04, 2018
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released five videos on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance designed to help employers more easily understand their legal responsibilities.
tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, Overtime
March 29, 2018
Can school administrators change teacher work hours during the school year? Find out in this brief Q&A.
tagged: "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Teacher contracts"
Many districts are now using private companies to manage payment to game officials, but can they also use third-party organizations to pay other game help?
tagged: Compensation, "Department of Labor", DOL
March 27, 2018
A new analysis from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution looked into the effects of financial incentives on attracting minority teachers, check out the details here.
Are districts required to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employee Statistics survey? Find out in this brief Q&A.
tagged: Employment, Surveys
March 20, 2018
The HR Exchange has been around for more than two decades and even started out under a different name. Learn more about the history of our publication here.
Even though technology salaries rose slightly, satisfaction with pay has dropped nationwide. Check out more salary trends for technology professionals from the Dice 2018 Tech Salary Report.
tagged: Compensation, Salaries
Preliminary results from our new Dual Credit Teacher Pay survey reveal less than half of Texas school districts provide the funding for dual credit teacher pay.
tagged: Salaries, "Teacher stipends"
March 15, 2018
With roughly 65 percent of the American workforce planning to watch March Madness while at work, administrators must learn with ways to reduce the negative impact on productivity or suffer significant financial consequences.
March 12, 2018
Learn how to get the most out of our brand new blog format with this quick tutorial.
March 09, 2018
We've put together a list of dos and don’ts that should help HR staff with some relevant Family and Medical Leave guidance.
tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA, Leave
March 08, 2018
Extra-duty pay for high school football coaches as well as stipend payment methods revealed in latest stipend survey results.
tagged: Compensation, "Teacher stipends"
March 07, 2018
During the past few years, Texas has increased its focus on improving prekindergarten programs as a means to improve early reading, math, and social development.
tagged: "Teacher training"
A recent report from The School Superintendents Association (AASA) found nearly three-quarters of superintendents say their school districts are inadequately funded.
February 21, 2018
A study conducted by Glassdoor ranked human resources manager as the fifth best job in the country in 2018, up from No. 6 last year.
February 20, 2018
A recent report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, found that Texas is the place to look for those seeking employment.
tagged: Employment, Recruiting
What are some of the TEA grants aiding districts in their recruitment of teachers and principals?
February 14, 2018
The number of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Texas is lower than it’s been since 2009, according to an EEOC news release.
tagged: Diversity, "EEOC compliance"
A news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailed the wages of the nation's 113.3 million full-time and salaried workers in 2017.
tagged: "Department of Labor", "Pay increases"
February 07, 2018
As districts begin renewal processes, the question of how long someone can be employed by probationary contract arises.
February 01, 2018
The median Texas teacher average salary rose to $47,898, a slight increase of 1 percent over last year’s median of $47,283, according to the 2017‒2018 TASB Salary Survey.
tagged: Compensation, "Salary surveys"
January 16, 2018
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a one-cent increase in standard mileage rates for the 2018 calendar year, which became effective January 1.
January 10, 2018
After the enactment of the 2017 tax act, the IRS has issued revised tax withholding tables for employees’ paychecks as well as withholding guidance this month to reflect the legislative changes.
tagged: "Payday law"
January 03, 2018
There will not be any changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2018. The 2017 TASB Model Contracts and related documents are available in the HR Library.
tagged: "Educator contracts", "Teacher contracts"
January 01, 2018
The results of the TASB HR Services Health Insurance Premiums Survey are here. View the data and some of the takeaways in this article.
tagged: "Health insurance"
Does TEA audit continuing professional education CPE credit for renewable standard certificates? Find out in this month's Q&A!
tagged: "Records retention", "Teacher certification"
December 11, 2017
Where are districts required to publish or post equal employment opportunity (EEO) notices? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "EEOC compliance", "Employee notices", Employment, "Employment law"
December 07, 2017
It's important to understand the intricacies of workers' compensation—after all, providing those benefits for employees is required by state law.
tagged: "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "Workers’ compensation"
December 06, 2017
Each year, school districts across the state give employees shirts emblazoned with the district logo to wear throughout the year. Are these items taxable income to the employee, even if it’s just a t-shirt?
In November, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua and Haiti.
tagged: Employment, "Employment law"
TASB Legal Services recently updated the School Law eSource article, Employee Free Speech Rights.
tagged: "Employee notices"
November 30, 2017
HR Academy 2017 was a success, and we appreciate everyone who attended the training.
tagged: HR, "HR training"
November 22, 2017
A common mistake human resources administrators and managers make is asking employees on Family and Medical Leave (FML) leave to report to work.
November 17, 2017
Maintaining a multitude of work calendars can be a time-consuming process for human resources and payroll and result in employees being confused about their work start and stop dates.
tagged: Compensation, Staffing
November 15, 2017
What is Temporary Disability Leave (TDL) and who is eligible for this leave type? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: Leave, "Temporary disability leave"
It’s important for HR staff to ask questions internally about what their district is doing to accommodate its employees.
tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"
Should duty days and salary be written into the employment contract for each employee? Find the answer to this and other questions in this article.
November 09, 2017
According to preliminary results of the annual TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey, the average pay increase in 2017‒2018 for continuing superintendents was 2.9 percent. Read this story for details from the survey.
November 01, 2017
tagged: "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"
Which employees are eligible for stipends? How much money should be dedicated to an extracurricular stipend? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article.
tagged: Certification, Compensation, "Teacher stipends"
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick posted another batch of interim charges to Senate committees to look into ahead of the next legislative session.
Employment projection data released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights the fastest-growing jobs in the United States.
October 30, 2017
Check out some of the best tweets from the HR holiday.
tagged: HR, "Social media practices"
October 25, 2017
Base salaries for U.S. employees are expected to rise 3.1 percent in 2018, slightly above actual 2017 levels, according to an annual WorldatWork survey.
October 18, 2017
For HR administrators in Texas, it’s important to understand what’s behind the high turnover rates so you can better prevent teachers from leaving your district, or leaving the profession entirely.
tagged: Compensation, Retention, "Teacher training"
Can we hire a TRS retiree as a substitute to fill a vacant position? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "Teacher Retirement System", TRS, "TRS ActiveCare", "TRS Care", "TRS surcharge"
October 15, 2017
House Bill (HB) 2610 changed the Texas Education Code by altering instructional requirements from days of instruction to minutes, providing districts greater scheduling flexibility.
tagged: "Educator contracts", HR
October 09, 2017
A report from Education Next revealed some enlightening statistics about public opinion of various education topics.
tagged: HR, Salaries
October 04, 2017
The Texas Equity Plan Toolkit supports districts in the process of developing a district equity plan.
Despite persistent shortage areas, Texas’ production of newly certified teachers has held steady during the past two years.
tagged: Staffing, "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"
The practice of nepotism has always been an issue in school districts across the country, and it’s important for human resources administrators to understand the details of what is and what isn’t acceptable by law.
tagged: Employment, "Employment law", Hiring
Texas prides itself on being different from other states—after all, we’re the only state that was once a nation—but how different are our teachers and students from the rest of the United States?
tagged: Employment, Hiring, Recruiting, Staffing
September 26, 2017
We’ve received a large number of questions related to Hurricane Harvey, so our staff collected the most common ones and provided answers and guidance in this FAQ feature.
tagged: Compensation, "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "Teacher contracts"
September 20, 2017
Does the Every Student Succeeds Act require newly hired paraprofessionals to be highly qualified? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "Professional development"
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workers currently holding valid work permits may not be eligible for continued employment when the permit expires.
tagged: Hiring, Staffing
Learn about the causes of teacher shortages today and some of the staffing challenges districts are facing.
tagged: Recruiting, Staffing
September 06, 2017
As Senate Bill 7 goes into effect, districts are deciding how to respond. Learn more in this Q&A!
How does school district leave support military deployments? Districts with deployed employees should be prepared to provide leave benefits and reinstatement rights appropriately.
tagged: Leave, Rehire
The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has caused destruction and devastation along the Texas coast and into parts of southeast and central Texas resulting in over 160 district closures.
tagged: HR, Unemployment
September 05, 2017
The special session adjourned Tuesday, August 15, without the House and Senate coming to agreement on many of the governor’s 20 priorities.
August 23, 2017
How did the first year of statewide implementation of T-TESS go? TASB HR Services talked with Texas Education Agency's Linda Johnson to discuss the progress of the new teacher evaluation system.
tagged: "Teacher training", T-TESS
It's tough to staff schools with quality tech employees, but there are some things a district can do to attract and retain elite tech talent.
tagged: Recruiting, Staffing, "Teacher recruiting"
August 16, 2017
In the summer edition of the HR Exchange, TASB HR Services published a report identifying trends among male and female superintendents. This follow-up goes into more detail on why the gap exists.
Can an employee use state leave at the beginning of the school year? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: Benefits, Leave
CoachesConnect is a brand new web community for teachers, coaches, and administrators to network and find employment.
Effective September 1, 2017, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) will begin issuing an intern certificate, as well as the probationary certificate. We note the differences between the two in this article.
Our new Talent Dashboard is a tool that can be used in absence of an existing analytics tool.
Read on to find out what dashboards are and how they can impact your workforce decisions.
tagged: HRIS, "Human Resources Information System"
A recent survey conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia found nearly two-thirds of new science educators taught at least one course outside their subject area expertise in their first five years in the classroom.
tagged: "Teacher shortage"
August 02, 2017
New data from Dallas County nonprofit Commit! sheds some light on the effectiveness of TEI.
tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"
A new report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt surveyed teachers and administrators from all 50 states on a variety of topics, including classroom technology, professional development, and more.
July 26, 2017
Check out our recap of the 85th Texas Legislature and find out what bills passed and their impact on HR in districts.
tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Teacher Retirement System", TRS, "TRS Care"
July 19, 2017
Texas legislators responded to a rise in reports on educator misconduct by passing Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) this session.
tagged: "Criminal history", "Employee discipline"
July 18, 2017
USCIS released the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.
Each university will get approximately $5 million over a 10-year period, with the final figure contingent upon how many students pursue the scholarship.
July 12, 2017
Improving website accessibility for individuals with disabilities is not only a good district practice, but a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
June 21, 2017
Can a district require direct deposit of employee paychecks? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: Compensation, "Payday law"
June 20, 2017
Take a look at the new rates for next year.
tagged: Benefits, "Teacher retirement", "Teacher Retirement System", TRS
June 07, 2017
How are districts using HRIS in 2017? What are districts doing to get help with their HRIS? Check out some of the latest trends here.
The onboarding process is a pivotal time in the hiring of a new employee. If done properly, it helps employers reduce turnover and employees form better relationships and understand job expectations.
tagged: Employment, Hiring, "HR training"
Teachers receiving merit-based pay provide the equivalent of nearly four additional weeks of student learning, according to a recent study.
tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Recruiting, Retention
We spoke with HR staff across the state to learn about what challenges they faced this year and what successes they enjoyed. Some of their insights also give a peek into HR in 2017–2018.
May 24, 2017
All major components of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) remain in place following a legal agreement with various teacher organizations in the state, according to Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.
USCIS announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card—also known as a Green Card—as well as the Employment Authorization Document.
May 17, 2017
McAllen ISD is one of the many districts offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to transportation employees and other workers through the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) Adult Education and Literacy Program.
tagged: Benefits, "English as a Second Language", ESL
Is the district required to remove access to an inactive employee’s information in the fingerprint clearinghouse? Find out in this Q&A!
May 16, 2017
A new study of teacher demographics, backgrounds, experience, and work locations found that today’s workforce is larger, more diverse, and less experienced than ever.
tagged: Employment, Staffing, "Teacher shortage"
May 03, 2017
We’ve come up with a list of things to do to help recruit and retain bilingual teachers and overcome some of the staffing challenges many districts face.
tagged: "English as a Second Language", ESL, Recruiting
Districts who have a grasp on what motivates Generation Z will have a better chance at recruiting and retaining them. Here’s what we know so far.
Pay raises are in a holding pattern for 2017‒18 in Texas schools, with overall expected increases unchanged from last year, according to the latest prospective pay raise poll conducted by TASB HR Services.
tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries
April 19, 2017
Certain districts must develop a plan for how they will identify and address disparities that result in low-income students and minority students being taught by ineffective teachers.
The Rural Schools Task Force hosted regional forums on teacher recruitment, retention, use of technology, resource allocation, as well as parent and community engagement.
tagged: Recruiting, Retention, "Teacher recruiting"
April 12, 2017
Can a teacher withdraw his or her resignation once it has been submitted? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "Teacher resignations", Termination
April 06, 2017
Established 20 years ago by the University of Texas at Austin, UTeach is a program dedicated to producing more effective math and science teachers in high quantities.
April 05, 2017
Only 37 percent of public schools across the country provide full-time athletic training services, but in Texas, that percentage is much higher.
Data from the TASB District Personnel Salary Survey shows that, since 2007, fewer districts are utilizing the state minimum teacher salary, instead paying above the minimum required.
Consultants in HR Services and attorneys in Legal Services regularly field calls from district staff about educator contracts, and there are general topics and themes that emerge as common among districts.
March 23, 2017
The Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 7 (Bettencourt) on Wednesday, March 8, which addresses improper relationships between educators and students.
March 22, 2017
There's now another place you can post job vacancies online—your district’s Facebook page.
tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Social media practices", "Teacher recruiting"
March 15, 2017
Are instructional employees eligible for intermittent family medical leave? Find out in this Q&A!
Since the 2014 oil bust, have bus driver vacancies been filled? As oil prices rebound, what changes might we expect in bus driver pay?
tagged: Compensation, Salaries, Staffing
A fraudulent phishing scam has circulated throughout districts in Texas and across the country in recent months, exposing private W-2 information of employees in several school districts.
March 01, 2017
Learn how the new American Dream crafted by millennials may affect public education employers in this article.
tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Employment
Extra-duty pay for high school football coaches and other extracurricular duties revealed in latest stipend survey results.
In the midst of a legislative session in which school funding is sure to be further reduced, districts are tasked with creating new ways to offer more benefits with fewer resources.
tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Recruiting
February 17, 2017
Considering the opportunities to market district culture, the ability to network, recruit, and keep up with the latest news, Twitter provides numerous benefits for someone in an HR role.
February 16, 2017
Bryan ISD's targeted compensation plan focuses on increasing academic success and attracting and retaining high-performing classroom teachers.
tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries, "Teacher stipends"
February 15, 2017
In this month's Q&A, we have three questions and answers focusing on substitute employees and their eligibility to claim unemployment benefits.
tagged: Benefits, Unemployment
February 01, 2017
HR Services surveys cover Texas public school district practices for superintendent contracts, teacher contracts, and administrator and professional support contracts. Read our results here.
tagged: "Teacher contracts"
tagged: Hiring, HR, Staffing
Becoming a District of Innovation can have a big impact on the way HR operates. We have a few tips in this article on how to facilitate a seamless transition.
tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", DOI, HR
January 18, 2017
The most significant changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2017 are those relating to the federal changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) removing the requirement for teachers to be highly qualified.
tagged: Certification, "Educator contracts"
A new study by ManpowerGroup discovered nearly half of all global employers are lacking in the talent department.
tagged: "Professional development", Recruiting
Out of his own private resources, HEB chairman and CEO Charles Butt is making a $100 million donation to help create The Holdsworth Center in Austin, a training academy for public school administrators.
The second half of this two-part story explores different practices from various districts on how they map out their teacher career pathways.
January 04, 2017
Career pathways provide opportunities for professionals with advanced skills and abilities to do more—and earn more—by taking on more complex work assignments.
Recruiting quality teachers is a challenge every district faces on an ongoing basis, but the difficulty in doing so is amplified for districts in rural areas of the state.
The median Texas teacher salary rose to $47,283, an increase of 2 percent over last year’s median of $46,450, according to the 2016‒2017 TASB Salary Survey. Median teacher salaries have been steadily rising since 2012.
tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys"
On November 14, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
January 03, 2017
Most responding Texas school districts (82 percent) saw their health insurance costs rise in 2016‒2017, according to the latest health insurance premiums survey conducted by TASB HR Services.
tagged: Benefits, Compensation, "Health insurance"
April 20, 2016
How do we process TRS surcharge deductions if we require our retire rehires to assume the cost? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: TRS, "TRS Care", "TRS surcharge"