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Local and Regional Training

HR Services and ESC partnerships

We work with education service centers (ESCs) to provide regional training for:

  • Human resources staff
  • Payroll and benefits staff
  • Supervisors

Available topics are listed below. The training offered in your region is chosen by your ESC. You can find a list of scheduled trainings on the HR Services training calendar. If you’re interested in having a particular program presented at your ESC, please contact your service center representative. For additional information, contact HR Services at 800.580.7782 or hrservices@tasb.org.

In-district training

Member districts can arrange on-site training for staff or board members. The trainings listed below can be customized to meet the unique needs of your district. You can limit participation to your staff or serve as a host district by inviting other districts to participate and share the cost of consulting fees and travel. For additional information or to schedule training in your district, contact HR Services at 800.580.7782 or hrservices@tasb.org.

Training topics

Determining Employment Status and Benefits

State and federal rules can make determining employment status and benefit entitlement complicated. Improper classification can carry hefty fines and penalties for school districts. Presenters will explain the various employment categories and how to classify employees correctly.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding employment status—full- and part-time employees, independent contractor, temporary employee, and substitute
  • Defining the terms of employment and contract entitlement
  • Understanding benefit and leave entitlement
  • Determining exemption status under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Handling special cases, including employment of retirees and student workers

Dollars and Sense—Good Pay Practices

Understanding the strategy and architecture of the district’s compensation plan is critical to supporting recruitment and retention of top-notch staff and controlling costs. This workshop is designed for anyone who administers pay, recommends salaries, or explains pay to employees or the board of trustees. Key components of pay administration, pay adjustments, and placement for new or promoted employees will be covered.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding fundamentals of pay strategies and pay structures
  • Conducting job market analyses
  • Managing pay adjustments and placement of new and promoted employees
  • Establishing and determining teacher pay
  • Adjusting pay plans

Get a Grip on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Every leave request is unique, so how do you get a grip on all the rules for applying and processing family and medical leave (FML)? Using exercises and case studies, participants will learn how to apply FMLA regulations, identify potential problem areas, and develop procedures for administering FML. Participants will discover the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to standard FMLA, leave for qualifying exigency, and military caregiver leave.

Topics covered:

  • Determining FMLA eligibility
  • Understanding qualifying events
  • Implementing administrative procedures
  • Meeting employer obligations
  • Communicating employee rights and responsibilities

Hiring Effective Teachers and Keeping Them  

The key to improving student performance is making sure each classroom is staffed with an effective teacher. Selecting the right teacher involves using interview questions based on teaching competencies and knowing how to identify effective responses. Presenters also will discuss strategies for retaining top performers.

Topics covered:

  • Identifying critical attributes of effective teachers
  • Structuring interviews to identify candidate competencies
  • Understanding teacher engagement and satisfaction
  • Implementing strategies to retain highly effective teachers

Implementing Strategic HR Practices (NEW!)

Most HR departments are effective at implementing and maintaining HR administrative tasks and providing employees what they need on a basic level, but many HR professionals have the desire to be more strategic and play a bigger role in district planning and making an impact on student learning. This full-day training will help attendees identify the difference between transactional and strategic HR functions and how both elements are important to the department’s overall success.

Topics covered:

  • Distinguishing between transactional and strategic HR functions
  • Transforming your HR culture
  • Establishing HR’s role in district planning and decision-making
  • Identifying ways your department can be more strategic
  • Implementing strategic improvements

Managing Personnel Records

Do you know what documents should be kept and for how long? This workshop will help you make sure your personnel records are complete and accurate. Presenters also will identify strategies to reduce the time, effort, and space required to manage paper and electronic records.

Topics covered:

  • Managing and organizing personnel records
  • Understanding the basics of the Texas Public Information Act
  • Protecting confidentiality and ensuring security
  • Retaining and storing records
  • Understanding the basic principles of electronic recordkeeping

Managing State and Federal Leave

The challenges of leave administration include keeping up with who’s 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. Presenters will discuss strategies for communicating with departments and employees, coordinating leave and workers’ compensation benefits, and controlling absences.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding state and federal leave benefits
  • Defining local leave policy and benefits
  • Administering leave effectively

Spending Wisely: the Intersection of Staffing and Pay (NEW!)

Salaries and benefits make up about 80 percent of most districts’ budgets. While we often think about the impact of compensation decisions on the “people” portion of district budgets, we don’t always connect the financial impact of staffing decisions on that portion of the budget. This workshop will help attendees identify how staffing allocations and compensation can work together to achieve district goals.

Topics covered:

  • Using staffing benchmarks by job group
  • Comparing staffing levels against peers
  • Understanding pay structure fundamentals
  • Using job market analysis
  • Understanding and setting teacher staffing and pay

Supervisor's Guide to Managing Employees  

Supervisors need to know how to handle personnel situations and coach employees so they give their best performance. Also, a basic understanding of employment law is essential to avoiding grievances and lawsuits and claims of discrimination, retaliation, and unfair treatment.

Topics covered:

  • Motivating and managing employees
  • Communicating performance expectations
  • Identifying and addressing common performance problems
  • Understanding state and federal employment laws

Understanding Wage and Hour Law

Understanding the basic components of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can reduce the district’s risk of wage and hour complaints and costly penalties. This hands-on workshop will help HR and payroll staff understand the federal regulations and learn how to properly calculate nonexempt employee pay.

Topics covered:

  • Determining exemption status
  • Identifying compensable time
  • Recognizing when overtime occurs
  • Compensating and managing overtime

Writing Effective Job Descriptions  

This workshop reveals how to write functional, low-maintenance job descriptions that support administrative decisions related to hiring, pay classification, exemption status, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, performance management, fitness to return to work, and more.

Topics covered:

  • Creating complete and practical job descriptions
  • Organizing and coordinating the writing and updating process
  • Defining “level-cutters” that distinguish skills and responsibilities
  • Distinguishing exempt and nonexempt jobs
  • Using job descriptions in performance management

Contact Us
Toll-free: 800.580.7782
Local: 512.467.0222
Email: hrservices@tasb.org
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