March 2018, Vol. 1

HR Extras

TASB Risk Management Fund Members’ Conference Coming Soon

The TASB Risk Management Fund will host MemCon18 from May 2-4 at the Hilton Austin. Several sessions will focus on issues relevant to HR staff, including workers’ compensation leave and administration, cybersecurity, unemployment compensation, and more. For a full list of sessions and descriptions, view the Session Descriptions on the MemCon18 website. This conference is a benefit included at no cost to members of any TASB Risk Management Fund program. 

Members of the HR Services staff will have a booth set up at the conference, so please come by and visit us!

To register or find out more information, click here

Survey Reveals 73 Percent of Superintendents Say Schools Inadequately Funded

A recent report from The School Superintendents Association (AASA) found nearly three-quarters of superintendents say their school districts are inadequately funded, and more than 60 percent say they don’t have a way to make up any deficit left by potential federal or state aid cuts in the upcoming school year. Roughly 40 percent of survey respondents anticipate a cut in funding, while 22 percent anticipate an increase.

To read the full report, visit the AASA website.

New USDOL program for FLSA pay corrections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced yesterday a new pilot program to help employers proactively fix potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program will be a six-month pilot, and no word yet on official launch date, but employers interested in participating can subscribe to WHD news alerts to keep informed. At the end of the pilot, the WHD will review the program’s effectiveness, determine necessary changes, and decide whether to make the program permanent.

The purpose of PAID is to encourage proactive resolution of inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations by allowing employers to resolve these claims quickly and without litigation. The WHD hopes this will result in increased compliance by employers and will allow employees to receive any back wages they’re owed faster and outside of the courts. All FLSA-covered employers are eligible to participate in the pilot and more information about PAID can be found at the Department of Labor website.