March 2017, Vol. 2

HR Extras

Facebook now allows employers to post jobs from company page

There's now another place you can post job vacancies online—your district’s Facebook page.

It’s not a new website, but rather a new, free tool for companies to use to further improve their presence on Facebook. Simply click the ‘jobs’ tab on your corporate Facebook page and follow the prompts to publish an opening.

The interface is simple and easy to use, especially for those already with Facebook pages. There’s no learning the navigation of a new job site. It’s still Facebook, and you compose a job posting just the same as you would post a status update, with a few more details and blanks to fill. To see how it works, check out SHRM’s video here.

This new tool doesn’t replace sites like LinkedIn or Indeed, but it's a nice tool to have and another outlet to use when you need to fill jobs.

Senate passes educator misconduct bill

The Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 7 (Bettencourt) on Wednesday, March 8, which addresses improper relationships between educators and students. The bill would create criminal liability for superintendents and principals who fail to report any instance of an educator who is terminated when there is evidence that misconduct with a student occurred.
 
Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) said many teachers involved in these situations remain in schools because administrators “pass the trash.” The bill would allow administrators who fail to report to be charged with a Class A misdemeanor or a state jail felony if they intentionally do not report an incident.
 
The Senate approved an amendment by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) that would revoke state pensions from educators who are found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child, an improper relationship between an educator and student, or sexual assault. The amendment does provide for returning pensions to educators who are found to be innocent or whose convictions are overturned. The bill now heads to the House for consideration in committee.