TASB Resources for Community Colleges

TASB Policy Service updates and maintains the Community College Policy Reference Manual, a compilation of relevant federal and state legal authority. To access the manual, a community college must be a member of TASB and TASB Policy Service.

Follow Legal and Policy Services for Community Colleges on Twitter @tasbcolleges to stay up-to-date on current legal and policy information, including federal and state legislative activity, and upcoming training events and conferences.

Governance

TASB Legal Services' Voting answers frequently asked questions about voting at a college district board meeting.

TASB Legal Services' Closed Meeting Topics answers frequently asked questions about the closed meeting exceptions to the Texas Open Meetings Act (OMA).

TASB Legal Services' Closed Meeting Records answers frequently asked questions about who can access closed meeting records.

TASB Legal Services' Attendance at Closed Meetings answers frequently asked questions about who can attend closed sessions during a board meeting.

TASB Legal Services' Open Government Training Requirements answers frequently asked questions about the legally required OMA and Texas Public Information Act (PIA) training for college district officials.

Weapons on Campus

TASB Legal Services’ Firearms on Community College Campuses answers frequently asked questions about the laws addressing firearms on community college campuses.

TASB Legal Services’ Campus Carry addresses issues to consider when complying with campus carry legislation set to go into effect August 1, 2017.

TASB Legal Services’ Community College and University/State College Campus Carry Websites provides links to websites established by public institutions of higher education to inform their communities about how they are addressing the campus carry laws and links to relevant regulations.

Personnel

TASB Legal Services’ Leaves and Absences Policy Considerations addresses legal and practical issues to consider in developing a leaves and absences policy.

Affordable Care Act

What Texas Community College Officials Should Understand About the Affordable Care Act provides an overview of Affordable Care Act requirements slated to take effect in 2015 and 2016, including the requirement to offer coverage, the affordability requirement, and new IRS reporting requirements.

The Individual Mandate provides an overview of the requirement that all individuals have health insurance, as that requirement relates to employees of Texas college districts.

Calculating Hours of Service Under the Affordable Care Act describes the rules for calculating hours of service for Affordable Care Act purposes, including rules for non-hourly employees and rules for adjunct faculty.

Determining Full Time-Status discusses the definition of full-time employee and explains the monthly measurement and look-back methods of determining full-time status.

Health Insurance Marketplace and Employer Notice provides an overview of the Marketplace in Texas and explains the requirement that employers provide notices to employees.  

Employer Shared Responsibility Effective Dates explains the effective dates of the Affordable Care Act requirements for employers, including the applicability of temporary relief provisions.