April 2016

What's behind the substitute shortage

Substitute teachers are in high demand, but what caused the shortage to begin with? We explore the multiple reasons districts are in need of subs now more than ever.

Leave reimbursement survey results: School district policy practices highlighted

HR Services’ latest leave reimbursement survey results offer insight into eligibility, timing, and limits for leave reimbursement in Texas schools.

Texas backgrounding system satisfactory but not without flaws

Texas uses a combination of backgrounding systems to screen teachers, but certain flaws leave room for improvement in preventing hires of out-of-state educators with criminal histories.

Payroll and HR: Identifying responsibilities and working together

Payroll and human resources are both vital units in a school district, but confusion and frustration can arise from lack of clarity in understanding which department can most effectively handle specific tasks.

Reducing the contagious effects of a low-performing employee

The dangerous part about low-performing employees is the contagious effect they have on their coworkers. A recent study shows underachievers not only reduce workplace morale but drive out their high-performing colleagues.


Don’t miss out on our projected 2016‒17 pay raise quick poll

Learn how to build better job descriptions 

Join HR Services staff at the TASB Risk Management Fund Conference

2016 Model Employee Handbook will be posted in May

How do we process TRS surcharge deductions if we require our retire rehires to assume the cost? Find out here!
Upcoming Events
Developing Better Job Descriptions
April 19, 2016


Job descriptions are used for a wide variety of HR decisions and actions including setting and communicating job performance requirements, supporting FMLA return to work decisions, making reasonable accommodations in compliance with the ADA, and supporting FLSA exemption designations. The quality of job descriptions will determine whether they help or hinder HR needs. Presenters will outline six straightforward steps you can use to create a realistic plan for developing and updating district job descriptions. Suggestions for project planning, collecting data, writing and reviewing job descriptions, and avoiding common mistakes will be provided.

Communicating with Employees about Pay
May 17, 2016


Employees should understand the fundamental values and strategy behind the district’s compensation plan and how decisions are made. However, talking with current employees about compensation can be challenging. Not only is pay a sensitive topic that can cause emotional reactions, but it’s also complex and can be difficult to understand and explain to others. This webinar will provide HR and Finance staff with ways to clearly and simply explain complex pay concepts to current employees and tools for improving how pay information is communicated to prospective employees.

Managing State and Federal Leave
June 7, 2016

TASB Offices-Austin, TX
The challenges of leave administration include keeping up with who is absent, what type of leave applies, and managing notifications and return to work processes. This workshop explains the various types of leave benefits for public school employees and how they interact. Strategies for communicating with departments and employees, coordinating leave and workers’ compensation benefits, and absence control strategies will be discussed.

Get a Grip on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
June 8, 2016

TASB Offices-Austin, TX
Every leave request is unique, so how do you get a grip on all the rules for applying and processing family and medical leave?  Using actual situations in exercises and case studies, participants will learn how to apply the FMLA regulations, identify potential problem areas, and develop procedures for administering family and medical leave. Scenarios related to standard FMLA, leave for qualifying exigency, and military caregiver leave will be used to discover answers to the most frequently asked family and medical leave questions.