November 2015

Inside HR Services

Our Extra-Duty Stipend Survey has launched

HR Services’ Extra-Duty Stipend Survey launched on Oct 27. Be sure to take part so that your district can create custom stipend comparison reports in DataCentral using your own data. This annual survey covers more than 70 common extra-duty assignments in athletics, performing arts, and academics. Nov. 20 is the deadline to submit your data.

2015‒16 Superintendent Survey data is available in DataCentral

New 2015‒16 Superintendent Salary Survey data is available in DataCentral. Members can create an unlimited number of customized salary comparison reports using the data. DataCentral total compensation reports include common allowances and benefits provided to superintendents. The 2015‒16 Superintendent Compensation in Texas Public Schools report will be available in myTASB on Nov. 23.
 
Contact us at 800.580.7782 or by e-mail at salary.survey@tasb.org if you have questions about our surveys.

Recorded Webinar addresses ACA recordkeeping requirements

As the year end approaches, districts are preparing for the deadline for employee and IRS reporting required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Anyone looking for information on how to do this will find HR Services’ recorded Webinar helpful.
 
This Webinar walks through IRS reporting requirements and provides an overview of the forms for employer reporting and for reporting by self-insured entities. Other topics covered include reporting deadlines, Series 1 and Series 2 codes, enrollment reporting, and the authoritative transmittal.
 
Districts can purchase access to this and other recorded webinars on the HR Services training page. You can watch the Webinar as many times as desired for 30 days after purchase.

Handguns prohibited signs updated

Beginning Jan 1, 2016, districts that prohibit concealed and openly carried handguns will need to update the notices that must be posted at the entrance to district premises. The update follows passages of HB 910 of the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature that requires entities to post two notices “…in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public at each entrance to the property.”
 
The text prescribed by the Texas Penal Code 30.06 (license holder with a concealed handgun) was updated and a new posting under 30.07 (openly carried handgun) was created. As a result, districts with the current TASB poster must replace the existing poster and add a second poster.
 
Both posters require the text to be in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height in both English and Spanish. TASB HR Services posters designed to meet these specifications are available for purchase in the TASB Store.
 
These posters can only be displayed at the entrance to school buildings and should not be displayed on the perimeter of district property. Effective Sept. 1, 2015, SB 273 prohibits posting of signs under 30.06 on the perimeter of the property. Under the new legislation, districts may be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 to $1,500 for the first violation and $10,000 to $10,500 for the second or subsequent violation.
 
Additional information can be found in the Texas School Law eSource paper Firearms on School District Property.

Upcoming training opportunities

HR Services offers many training opportunities in Austin, regionally at ESCs, and through webinars. A calendar of our 2015‒16 offerings are listed on the HR Services online training page. You will find additional information and can register for upcoming training events.
 
On Nov 19, HR Services compensation consultants will present Dollars and Sense—Good Pay Practices at TASB offices in Austin. This workshop is designed for anyone who recommends salaries, administers pay, or explains pay practices to employees or the board of trustees. Key components of pay administration will be covered including pay strategies, structures, adjustments, and placement for new or promoted employees.