Employment Conditions

To protect employees in the workplace, numerous state and federal laws prohibit discrimination and regulate employment conditions for both contract and at-will employees. Employees with concerns about their working conditions are entitled to present grievances. The following resources relate to employee grievances, freedom from harassment and discrimination, assignments and schedules, and employee rights and welfare.

Grievances
Freedom from Harassment and Discrimination
Assignments and Schedules
Employee Rights and Welfare
Employee Immunity

 

Grievances

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 grievances, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

 

DGB Personnel-Management Relations
DGBA Employee Complaints/Grievances
FNG Student and Parent Complaints/Grievances
GF Public Complaints

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' article Resolving Grievances gives an overview of the grievance process.
  • TASB Legal Services' School Official's Quick Guide to Grievances, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a convenient flip chart that covers what constitutes a grievance, what policies apply, how to handle late filings, how to involve an attorney, how to prepare for a hearing, and how to conduct a hearing.
  • TASB Legal Services' Grievances, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a full-length legal outline that charts a course through the school district grievance process, including personnel grievances.
  • TASB Legal Services' Hearing Guide for Grievances, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a sample script that serves as the starting point in planning and holding a grievance hearing and creating an adequate local record in the event of appeal to the commissioner.
  • TASB Legal Services' Resolving Grievances in the Public Schools, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a training DVD that directs board members and administrators step-by-step through the grievance process, from the time a complaint is filed to when it is appealed to the board and beyond.
  • TASB HR Services produces a Model Employee Handbook, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, with information and procedures employees need to know, including information about employees' complaints. 
  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, collects information and resources on grievances under the heading Employee Relations, including sample complaint forms, responses, and notices of appeal. 

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Legal Services Hearings and Appeals Website provides links to rules about appeals of grievances, including which grievances may be appealed and appeal deadlines.
  • The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Educators' Code of Ethics sets out standards for educator conduct.  

Freedom from Harassment and Discrimination

Related Policies

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

 

DAA   Equal Employment Opportunity
DAB Genetic Nondiscrimination
DIA Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Publication of Equal Employment Opportunity Statements answers frequently asked questions about the publication of EEO statements.
  • TASB Legal Services' Bullying in Schools, available for sale in the TASB Store, is a training video package that addresses the legal requirements and procedures for districts to consider when identifying and responding to bullying in public schools.
  • TASB Legal Services' Employee Religious Expression is a full-length legal outline that includes a discussion of the balance between an employee's rights to exercise his or her religious beliefs with the constitutional limitations imposed on governmental employers.
  • More resources from TASB Legal Services and other sources are available free online in Religion Resources.
  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, collects information and resources on harassment and discrimination under the heading Employee Relations. In addition, information about avoiding discrimination in hiring is found under the heading Recruiting and Hiring, and information about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance is found under the heading Employment.

Other Resources

 

Assignments and Schedules

Related Policies

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

 

DK     Assignment and Schedules
DL Work Load
DLA Staff Meetings
DLB Required Plans and Reports
DP Principal Duties

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Managing Employees Who Smoke During the School Day is an article that answers questions about issues related to employees who smoke.
  • TASB Legal Services’ Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Teacher Planning Periods answers frequently asked questions regarding planning and preparation periods for classroom teachers.
  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, includes information and resources on employee assignments and reassignments under the heading Contracts and Assignments.  In addition, under the heading Employee Relations, the HR Library includes information on Employee Communications, and under the heading HR Department, the HR Library includes information on required reports.

Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Legal Services Teacher FAQs document answers questions about educator work schedules, duty free lunches, and planning time.

 

Employee Rights and Welfare

Related Policies

For more information on employee rights and welfare, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:

 

DBB   Medical Examinations and Communicable Diseases
DG Employee Rights and Privileges
DGA Freedom of Association
DHE Searches and Alcohol/Drug Testing
DI Employee Welfare

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' article School District Signage describes the signage districts are required or recommended to post on campus, including required workplace posters.
  • TASB HR Services produces a Model Employee Handbook, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, with information and procedures employees need to know, including information about employees' rights and welfare.
  • The TASB HR Library, also available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, offers information on required workplace postings under the heading HR Department.
  • Copies of TASB HR Services' workplace posters are available for sale in the TASB Store.
  • TASB Policy Service provides timely Policy Alerts online behind myTASB for Policy Service contacts.  A Policy Alert called Employee Notification lists the school district policies that need to be distributed annually to school employees. 
  • For more information regarding employee rights with respect to legislative advocacy, see eSource at Governance – Elections – Campaigning and Political Advocacy.

Other Resources

  • The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Website includes several resources related to employment, such as information on workplace safety.
  • The U.S. DOL eLaws Website provides interactive online tools on employment issues.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance Website provides information for employers about required drug and alcohol testing and related resources.
  • The DSHS Drugs and Medical Devices Group Controlled Substance Scheduling details the types of drugs that may be considered controlled substances for purposes of determining applicable criminal penalties and appropriate employee discipline.

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Employee Immunity

Related Policies

 

DGC Immunity                                                                       

 

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' School District Liability, for sale in the TASB Store, is a full-length legal outline on various school district liability and immunity issues.