May 2016

Inside HR Services

Model Employee Handbook posted

The 2016 update to the Model Employee Handbook (MEH) was posted on April 25. The MEH is available to members through myTASB. There were only a few changes this year, which will make the local updating process simple.
 
The model is provided as a resource to help districts develop or maintain local employee handbooks. The text should be carefully edited and revised to create an employee handbook that accurately reflects local policy and practices, as well as the district climate.
 
We provide districts with the complete MEH in PDF form, a version that incudes commentary to help users research district policies and practices; and the editable MS Word® version. A detailed guide to changes for 2016 is also provided, along with the page numbers of changes in the editable version.

Upcoming training for leave administrators

In June on consecutive days, we are presenting our two full-day workshop for district staff responsible for administering leave at TASB’s main Austin office. Managing Leaves and Absences, which provides a detailed look at all leave benefits, will be presented on Tuesday, June 7. Get a Grip on the Family and Medical Leave Act will be presented on the following day, Wednesday June 8.
 
Get a Grip on the Family and Medical Leave uses actual situations in exercises and case studies to help participants learn how to apply FMLA regulations, identify potential problem areas, and develop procedures for administering family and medical leave. For a detailed description of both workshops or to register, please visit our training page.

Look for our 2016‒17 School District CTE Teaching Permits poll

We’re gathering data on Texas Education Code 21.055 allowing districts to issue a teaching permit to hire noncore career and technical education (CTE) teachers. Participate in the short poll and you’ll receive the results following the conclusion of the survey. An e-mail invitation to the online survey will be sent to HR Services contacts on May 10. Look for the survey highlights in the June/July issue of HR Exchange

Watch for June/July issue of HR Exchange

We will publish a combined June/July issue of HR Exchange in mid- to late June. We will resume our normal monthly publishing schedule in August. We always welcome your story suggestions, especially on innovative district practices. Send us your ideas via e-mail.