October 2016, Vol. 2

Collecting employee information for emergency purposes

What type of employee information can a district collect to use in the event of an emergency? Find out in this month's Q&A!

Ensuring ADA compliance for workplace requests

Handling a request from an employee for a workplace accommodation is an important issue that must be handled correctly by all district staff. Following are some guidelines and reminders to help ensure legal and effective management of ADA accommodations.

New initiatives in teacher prep programs

The value in spending time and resources in training teachers is higher than ever, thanks to a variety of initiatives, programs, and legislation forming around the country. Read about some of the recent developments in teacher prep here.

Upcoming Events
Understanding Wage and Hour Law
Oct. 27, 2016

ESC 14—Abilene

Understanding the basic components of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can reduce the district’s risk for wage and hour complaints and costly penalties. The keys to success are ensuring exemption tests are correctly applied, correctly identifying compensable time, and compensating nonexempt employees appropriately when overtime is worked.

Texas School HR Administrators Academy (HR Academy)
Oct. 31, 2016

October 31-November 1, 2016
Austin Marriott North

Be prepared to hit the ground running, not one step behind! Co-sponsored by TASB and the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA), the HR Academy provides new administrators with the information and resources they need to meet the new challenges of a career in HR. Experienced attorneys, school human resource administrators, and human resource consultants will present topic sessions on the primary HR functions and critical issues every new administrator encounters. A notebook of resources is included in the registration fee.

Get a Grip on the Family and Medical Leave Act
Nov. 8, 2016

ESC 11—Fort Worth

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.

Leaves and Absences in Public Schools
Dec. 6, 2016

State and federal laws require Texas school districts to provide employees with numerous leave benefits that are often supplemented by local programs. As a result, leave administration can be complicated and confusing. This webinar provides an overview of the various types of leave for public school employees and identifies resources for administering leave.