Compensation and Leaves of Absence

The compensation of school employees is the largest portion of any school district budget.  State law sets a minimum salary schedule for classroom teachers and certain other professionals, while federal law mandates a minimum wage for non-professional employees.  The following are resources related to employee compensation and benefits, including leaves of absence.

Compensation
Leaves and Absences

Compensation   

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations.  For more information on compensation and benefits, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

DEA  Compensation Plan
DEAA Incentives and Stipends
DEAB Wage and Hour Laws
DEB Fringe Benefits
DEE Expense Reimbursement

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Reducing Personnel Costs is a full-length legal outline with commentary on the legal ramifications of various strategies for reducing the cost of district personnel.
  • The following papers from TASB Legal Services provide information about the Affordable Care Act as it applies to Texas school districts. The information in the following documents was current as of the date of publication.
  • TASB Legal Services' Unemployment Compensation Liability When Reducing Personnel Costs is an overview of unemployment compensation liability issues relating to various strategies for reducing personnel costs.
  • TASB Legal Services' Personnel Issues During School Closings is a Q&A answering frequently asked questions about compensating employees during school closings.
  • TASB Legal Services' Increasing Compensation of School District Employees is a Q&A that provides an overview of legal issues relating to increasing employee compensation, including the constitutional restrictions on gifts of public funds.
  • TASB Legal Services' Same-Sex Marriage and Texas School Districts addresses same-sex marriage with respect to employee benefits.
  • TASB Legal Services’ Frequently Asked Questions When an Employee Passes Away answers sensitive questions that arise when a current employee passes away, including how to distribute any unpaid wages or personal items to family members or the employee’s estate.
  • TASB Legal Services' Employee and Student Legal Issues Related to the Holiday Season addresses legal issues that arise in the winter holiday season, including teacher gifts.
  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, provides information and resources on Compensation and Benefits.
  • TASB DataCentral provides members of HR Services access to valuable salary survey information:
    • Teacher reports includes data by district for teacher salaries and stipends. A summary of the teacher data is available online.
    • District Personnel Reports includes data by district for over 120 administrative, professional, clerical, paraprofessional, and auxiliary jobs that are most common in school districts.
    • Extra-Duty Stipend Reports includes data by district for over 70 extracurricular duty assignments in athletics, performing arts, and academics.
  • These reports are also available in the TASB Store. Customized salary reports   are available to members through Data Central.
  • TASB HR Services' The Administrator's Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a full-length book that provides school administrators a comprehensive explanation of the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governing wages and hours of work, overtime compensation, and child labor restrictions.
  • For information on health care benefits and retirement/TRS, see eSource at Business – Liability and Insurance.

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Minimum Salary Schedule provides information about state minimum requirements for educator salaries.
  • The TEA Staff FTE Counts and Salary Reports Website includes information about creditable years of service.
  • The TEA Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) provides a searchable database of staff salary reports and other staff information reported by state school districts.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division Website includes several resources related to employment, such as information on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), wage rates, and work hours.
  • The U.S. DOL eLaws Website provides interactive online tools on employment issues, such as the FLSA and youth employment.
  • The Texas Workforce Commission Especially for Texas Employers Website provides general information for employers in Texas about various employment issues, including FLSA.

Leaves and Absences   

Related Policies

For more information on leaves, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

DEC Leaves and Absences
DECA Family and Medical Leave
DECB Military Leave
DED Vacations and Holidays

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Understanding Jaworski v. South San Antonio ISD describes the impact of this commissioner decision on the leave practices of Texas school districts.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides an overview of military leave rights.
  • TASB Legal Services' Personnel Issues During School Closings is a Q&A answering frequently asked questions about compensating employees during school closings.
  • TASB Policy Service provides Starting Points, which are tool kits to assist districts in developing local policies.  Starting Points are posted online behind myTASB for district contacts.  A Starting Points is available for policy code DEC on leaves and absences. 
  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, collects information and resources on leaves, including employee absences, administration of leaves, FMLA, sick leave banks and pools, and coordination with workers' compensation.
  • TASB HR Services' The Administrator's Guide to Managing Leaves and Absences, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a full-length book that provides school administrators a comprehensive explanation of all state and federal leave laws that apply to public schools.
  • TASB HR Services also produces a Model Employee Handbook, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, with information and procedures employees need to know, including information about leaves and absences.
  • For information on family medical leave of employees with same-sex spouses, see eSource at Personnel - Compensation and Leaves of Absence - Compensation.

Other Resources

  • The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Website provides information about the federal requirements, including related guidance, fact sheets, forms, and publications.
  • The U.S. DOL Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Website provides guidance, fact sheets, forms, publications, and other information related to the federal law.
  • The U.S. DOL eLaws Web Site provides interactive online tools on employment issues, such as the USERRA and the FMLA.
  • The Texas Workforce Commission Legal Issues for Military Leave Website provides general information for employers in Texas about military leave.