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Upcoming Webinars

HR Services webinars are free for HR Services members as of September 1, 2016. They offer district teams the opportunity to get needed training without leaving the office. Participants from member districts need to register to view any of the webinars. A description of each webinar is listed below.
 

Upcoming webinars

Date

Registration

Best Practices for Recruiting Quality Staff 11/14/2017 REGISTER
Coordinating and Reporting Workers' Compensation Absences 12/5/2017 REGISTER
Understanding Staffing 1/23/2018 REGISTER
Managing Personnel Records 4/10/2018 REGISTER


Best Practices for Recruiting Quality Staff

The most effective recruiting plan starts with preparation. This session will guide HR administrators through the process of developing a cost-effective recruiting plan to address district needs. Topics covered include assessing district and community assets, identifying marketing opportunities, developing a marketing strategy, and involving stakeholders.

Coordinating and Reporting Workers' Compensation Absences

Administering the district’s workers’ compensation program effectively requires an understanding of the various leave programs that apply when an employee is unable to work. Failure to follow state and federal requirements could result in potential fines or expenses. This session explains the interaction between workers’ compensation and leave benefits and illustrate how these programs impact pay, health insurance premium contributions, and job restoration rights. Suggestions for overcoming the challenge of coordinating benefits and managing special situations will be provided.

Understanding Staffing

Personnel costs make up the majority of a school district’s annual operating budget. Efficient use of staff starts with planning and preparation. What steps can you take to determine if your staffing levels are appropriate and if staffing allocations are aligned with district goals? This webinar will discuss how districts can review current staffing patterns objectively and create a plan for strategically staffing in the future.

Managing Personnel Records

What steps can you take to determine if your personnel records are complete and if documents are stored properly? This session will help you develop a plan for assessing current practices records and answer five key questions:

1. What documents are required?
2. Where should documents be filed?
3. How do we organize files?
4. How long must documents be kept?
5. How do we protect files?

Recorded webinars

 

Recorded Webinars Available for Viewing

 

 

ACA Reporting Requirements   WATCH
ACA Roadmap   WATCH
Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace   WATCH
Calculating Overtime for Nonexempt Employees   WATCH
Developing Better Job Descriptions   WATCH
Effective Interview Questions for Teachers   WATCH
FMLA for Public Schools   WATCH
Leaves and Absences in Public Schools   WATCH
Pricing it Right—Stipends and Extra Duty Pay   WATCH
Six Steps to Better Pay Plans   WATCH
Top 10 FLSA Mistakes to Avoid   WATCH

ACA Reporting Requirements

This webinar walks through IRS reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act, including an overview of the forms for employer reporting (1094-C and 1095-C) and for reporting by self-insured entities (1094-B and 1095-B). Topics include reporting deadlines, Series 1 and Series 2 codes (1095-C, Part II), enrollment reporting (1095-C, Part III), and the authoritative transmittal (1094-C).

ACA Roadmap

This webinar lays out the roadmap for ACA compliance, beginning with the importance of determining the size of your workforce under ACA rules, the requirement to offer coverage, the affordability requirement; strategies for  managing the affordability penalty with substitutes; and finishing with what your district needs to do now to prepare for IRS reporting requirements. This webinar is designed for any district that has 35 or more employees.

Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace

HR administrators and supervisors need to know how to respond to employees who need or request an accommodation because of a disability, medical issue, and return to work limitations. The challenges in these situations include determining what qualifies as a disability, identifying reasonable accommodations, and insuring the process is interactive. Presenters will provide a common sense approach to implementing a process that is efficient and compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Calculating Overtime for Nonexempt Employees

Whether you have a timekeeping system that calculates overtime or you have to do it by hand you still need to understand what employees are entitled to be paid. This session covers “regular rate of pay” calculations, blended rates, and calculating overtime in a variety of situations that are common to school districts. Recording and paying overtime in the form of compensatory time off will also be covered.

Developing Better Job Descriptions

Job descriptions are used for a wide variety of HR decisions and actions including setting and communicating job performance requirements, supporting FMLA return to work decisions, making reasonable accommodations in compliance with the ADA, and supporting FLSA exemption designations. The quality of job descriptions will determine whether they help or hinder HR needs. Presenters will outline six straightforward steps you can use to create a realistic plan for developing and updating district job descriptions. Suggestions for project planning, collecting data, writing and reviewing job descriptions, and avoiding common mistakes will be provided.

Effective Interview Questions for Teachers

The two keys to good interviews are using questions that identify the critical attributes of effective teachers and knowing how to assess candidate responses. This webinar will discuss resources for developing appropriate questions and provide suggestions for developing a guide that campus-based interview teams can use to identify qualified candidates.

FMLA for Public Schools

Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act can be challenging since each situation is unique. This webinar will identify common challenges districts encounter which include processing intermittent leave requests from instructional staff. Presenters will also discuss procedures for identifying qualifying events, applying eligibility criteria, and obtaining and evaluating medical certifications.

Leaves and Absences in Public Schools

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.

Pricing it Right—Stipends and Extra Duty Pay

School districts frequently use stipends to compensate employees performing extra duties beyond their regular assignment. This webinar outlines current practices and common extra duty plans used by Texas districts. Participants will learn the logic behind paying a stipend and methods for determining if the stipend is right for their district. Summary stipend survey data and a framework for assessing your district’s approach are presented.

Six Steps to Better Pay Plans

Pay plans control the largest portion of the school budget as the mechanism for distributing payroll dollars. To be most effective, pay plans must be built properly, reflect district goals and values, and be updated as market values change. This requires setting the right parameters for the pay structure, keeping a tight alignment with the right market benchmarks, and placing jobs correctly in the pay plan. Controlling pay equity among employees requires active management by plan administrators. This webinar for pay plan designers and administrators will describe six steps to achieving a better pay plan for your district.

Top 10 FLSA Mistakes to Avoid

The Department of Labor investigators are more active than ever, collecting more than $1.2 billion in back wages over the past five years. In FY 2016, over $266 million was collected on behalf of more than 280,000 employees. This is a strong reminder that it is critical for school districts to comply with federal law in order to avoid costly fines, penalties, and payment of back wages. Join our FLSA experts to learn the top 10 mistakes school districts make and how to avoid them.

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