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Compensation and Benefits

July 07, 2020

TASB Salary Surveys

Invitations for the TASB Salary Surveys will be sent beginning in mid-July.

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, salary, "Salary surveys"

June 09, 2020

TEA Provides TIA Information and Updates

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) introduced a new website dedicated to Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) updates and information.

tagged: Compensation, TEA

May 04, 2020

Early Retirement Incentives

While early retirement incentives are prohibited, districts may consider offering an incentive for early notice of resignation.

tagged: Compensation, Staffing, "Teacher resignations"

April 30, 2020

FLSA Regular Rate of Pay, Premium Pay, and Additional Payments

In December 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued final rules updating regulations governing the regular rate requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA

April 30, 2020

Stipend Administration Guidance

The suspension of University Interscholastic League (UIL) activities and post-district competitions because of the pandemic is causing districts to wonder what to do about stipends.

tagged: Compensation, "Educator contracts", "Teacher stipends", Termination

April 22, 2020

TRS Board Approves TRS-ActiveCare Changes

At its April 17 meeting, the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) Board of Trustees decided on new health plans for TRS-ActiveCare and set the rates for 2020–2021.

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance", "TRS ActiveCare"

April 20, 2020

TRS-ActiveCare Costs

In the early part of the winter, Teacher Retirement System (TRS) held regional meetings to discuss important basics of the TRS-ActiveCare program costs.

tagged: Benefits, "TRS ActiveCare"

April 15, 2020

Infographic: Determining Compensability of Volunteer Time for Nonexempt Employees

Nonexempt employees must be compensated for all hours worked and may not work off the clock. In limited circumstances, nonexempt employees may volunteer to work outside of their usual duty schedule.

tagged: Compensation

April 06, 2020

Wage Garnishment for Student Loans during COVID-19 Crisis

The Department of Education (ED) has suspended garnishment on federally held student loans through September 30, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

tagged: Compensation, COVID-19, "Epidemic Response"

March 09, 2020

Teacher Incentive Allotment Series: Compensation Plan Language

Districts are in varying levels of readiness for developing local teacher designation systems to access funding from the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) in House Bill 3.

tagged: Compensation, "Educator contracts", TEA

March 04, 2020

Report Independent Contractor Pay on New 1099-NEC

Employers must begin using the 1099-NEC to report independent contractors’ 2020 pay.

tagged: "Human Resources Information System", "Independent contractor", "Internal Revenue Service"

February 28, 2020

Master's Degree and Student Achievement

Expansive research by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) provides evidence that a teacher’s attainment of a master’s degree has little to no impact on student achievement.  

tagged: Compensation, "Employee performance", Salaries, "Teacher stipends"

February 26, 2020

TRS Awards New Medical Plan Contracts

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) trustees have selected medical plan administrators for TRS-ActiveCare and TRS-Care.

tagged: Benefits, "Teacher Retirement System", "TRS ActiveCare", "TRS Care"

February 20, 2020

Dos and Don'ts: Stipends

Stipends are a great way to compensate employees for taking on additional duties or for possessing high-need credentials, but the administration of stipends can become burdensome.

tagged: Compensation, FLSA, Nonexempt, "Teacher stipends"

February 19, 2020

Compensating Teachers in Additional Days School Year Program

The Additional Days School Year (ADSY) created by House Bill 3 incentivizes school districts to add up to 30 instructional days to any elementary school schedule.  

tagged: Compensation, "Educator contracts", "Teacher stipends", "Texas Education Agency"

February 05, 2020

TEA Announces Teacher Shortage Areas for 2020–2021

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the 2020–2021 teacher shortage areas submitted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

tagged: TEA, "Teacher shortage", "Texas Education Agency"

January 27, 2020

HB 3 Pay Increases

In the wake of House Bill 3 (HB 3), the median teacher pay increase was 7.0 percent among participants in the 2019–2020 TASB District Personnel Salary Survey.

tagged: "Pay increases", Salaries, "Salary surveys"

January 24, 2020

Health Insurance Premiums Survey Results for 2019–2020

According to the 2019–2020 health insurance premiums survey conducted by TASB HR Services, Texas school district health insurance offerings have not changed much from previous years.

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance", "TRS ActiveCare"

January 10, 2020

Affordable Care Act Update

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional but stopped short of declaring the ACA unconstitutional in its entirety.

tagged: ACA, "Affordable Care Act", Benefits, HR

January 08, 2020

Quick Look: Teacher Highlights, TASB District Personnel Salary Survey

Results from the 2019–2020 District Personnel Salary Survey are available in DataCentral.  

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"

January 06, 2020

Dealing with Pay Compression: Issues and Strategies

HR administrators need to ensure pay compression doesn’t lead to employee pay inequity, low morale, and high turnover.

tagged: Compensation, Hiring, HR, Retention

December 05, 2019

Teacher Incentive Allotment Training Now Available

TASB HR Services has partnered with Kreuz Consulting to add Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) Strategic Planning Workshops to the HR Services list of local and regional training offerings.

tagged: Compensation, HR, "HR training"

November 21, 2019

Certification and Oversight of Investment Products Changes

Concerns that teachers will be taken advantage of surfaced as changes to safeguards related to investment products offered to school district and open enrollment charter school employees go into effect.

tagged: Benefits, "Teacher Retirement System", TRS

November 11, 2019

Simplifying Blended Rate Calculation

HR Services members challenged with calculating the regular rate for overtime when a nonexempt employee performs two or more jobs at different pay rate can find help in the HR Library.

tagged: Compensation, "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, Overtime

November 08, 2019

Quick Look: Superintendent Survey Highlights

Results from the 2019­–2020 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey are available now in DataCentral.  

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"

October 31, 2019

When an Employee Declines a Pay Raise

Although it seems improbable, employers may from time to time encounter an employee who declines a pay raise or promotion.

tagged: Compensation, "Employment law", "Pay increases"

October 17, 2019

Sick Leave Bank vs. Pool: What's the Difference?

Employers may choose to establish leave donation programs to assist employees who exhaust their paid leave because of an extended, catastrophic illness or injury.

tagged: HR, Leave

October 14, 2019

Travel Time

Complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act is a complicated endeavor. Understanding when to pay a nonexempt employee for travel time is a common compliance issue that school districts wrestle with.

tagged: Compensation, "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, Nonexempt

September 19, 2019

Help! I’m supposed to complete your salary survey

Each fall, our districts and colleges receive salary surveys from HR Services and work to collect data on the variety of benchmarks we survey—including the District Personnel and Community College Surveys launching this month.

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", Surveys

August 23, 2019

Extended: 2019–2020 TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey

We're extending the deadline for the 2019–2020 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey, and districts can now submit responses until September 6.

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"

August 20, 2019

Processing TRS Surcharges: 2019 Update

One consequence of the significant increase in the state minimum salary schedule is how to process surcharges for retire-rehires. 

tagged: "Retire rehire", "Teacher Retirement System", TRS, "TRS Care", "TRS surcharge"

August 16, 2019

Payment of Wages for New Employees

Texas school districts operating on district of innovation calendar exemptions are enjoying earlier start dates, but may need to rethink their payroll calendars as a result.

tagged: Compensation, DOI, Nonexempt, "Payday law"

July 24, 2019

2019–2020 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey Now Open

The 2019–2020 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey launched July 23 and districts can submit responses until August 20.

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"

June 17, 2019

Leave Accrual During Military Leave

Does an employee on leave for military service accrue leave? Find out in this Q&A.

tagged: Benefits, "Family and medical leave", FMLA, Leave

April 30, 2019

TRS Board Approves TRS-ActiveCare Increases for 2019–2020

The TRS Benefits Committee met to review proposed changes to TRS-ActiveCare rates for 2019–2020 and approved an increase of 3 percent for all TRS-ActiveCare 1-HD and TRS-ActiveCare Select plans.

tagged: "Health insurance", TRS, "TRS ActiveCare"

April 25, 2019

Teacher Weekly Wage Penalties Higher in Texas

Weekly wage penalties, or the cost to work in the teaching profession instead of going into another field, have increased in the United States over the past couple of decades, and Texas is among the most affected.

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher Pay"

April 02, 2019

Texas Ranked 23rd Nationally in Teacher Pay

A new report found Texas is about as average as it gets when it comes to teacher pay, ranking 23rd out of the country’s 50 states.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

March 28, 2019

How Teacher Pay Affects Student Performance

New research shows students achieve at higher levels in math and reading in countries that pay teachers more for their skills.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

March 05, 2019

Living Wages Gaining Little Traction in Texas

Living wages, or a wage high enough to maintain a normal standard of living, have gained national attention over the last few years and sparked a review of minimum wage law across the country.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", "Wage and hour"

March 04, 2019

Test Your Workers' Comp IQ

Understanding workers’ compensation benefits can be a challenge. Take this quick quiz to test your knowledge and understanding.

tagged: Compensation, "Workers’ compensation"

February 28, 2019

District Employees Hold Extra Jobs to Offset Health Insurance Costs

With health insurance costs climbing, many employees in Texas districts are picking up extra work on the side.

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance"

February 15, 2019

5 Things Districts Need to Know about Section 125 (Cafeteria) Plans

Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code allows employees to purchase certain insurance pre-tax. Here are answers to some common questions districts ask about this type of plan. 

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance"

February 11, 2019

New Stipend Data Released

We’ve released data from the 2018–2019 TASB Extra-Duty Stipend Survey on DataCentral—this year’s cycle of salary surveys is complete!

tagged: Compensation, "Salary surveys", Surveys

February 07, 2019

TASB 2018–2019 Health Insurance Premiums Survey Results

According to our most recent survey, Texas school district health insurance offerings remain similar to last year with a few small changes.

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance", "TRS ActiveCare"

February 04, 2019

Advise Employees to Review Paycheck Withholdings

A recent article from SHRM offers a good reminder for HR departments to help employees review and adjust their paycheck withholdings with new tax laws in effect.

tagged: Compensation, "Employment law"

January 25, 2019

High Deductible Health Plan Enrollees Consider Cost and Quality of Care

A recent survey looks at consumer engagement and value-based health insurance design. 

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance", "TRS ActiveCare"

January 25, 2019

Using Reasonable Assurance to Reduce Unemployment Claims Costs

How do letters of reasonable assurance reduce unemployment compensation costs? Find out in this Q&A.

tagged: Benefits, Employment, Unemployment

December 19, 2018

TRS Releases Pension Benefit Design Study

A total of 96 percent of public school employees do not participate in Social Security, according to a new study conducted by TRS.

tagged: Benefits, "Teacher Retirement System", TRS

December 04, 2018

Are Teacher Planning Periods Untouchable?

Can teachers be required to participate in meetings or professional development during their planning and prep period? Find out here.

tagged: compensation, employment

November 27, 2018

5 Steps to Using Market Data Effectively

Market data is a valuable benchmarking tool. Here's how to use it to your district's advantage.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"

November 20, 2018

Columbia-Brazoria ISD Invests in Teacher Leaders

Columbia-Brazoria ISD is launching a new approach to incentivize their best teachers to share skills and knowledge with other teachers.

tagged: Compensation, "Districts of innovation", "Teacher training"

October 25, 2018

Bachelor's Degrees Aren't the Only Pathway to Good Jobs

While bachelor's degrees account for 56 percent of good jobs, other pathways yield similar success. 

tagged: Compensation, Employment

September 25, 2018

The Purpose of Pay Strategies

Learn about the three main pay strategies and when to employ them. 

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"

September 24, 2018

Dallas ISD Pays to Have the Best Teachers

Talented teachers in Dallas ISD can advance their salaries higher and faster than in any other school district in Texas.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"

September 07, 2018

Best Practices: Salary Notification Letters

Effective organizations provide employees with clear communications about their pay and benefits and often see higher employee job satisfaction than organizations that don't.

tagged: Salaries

August 31, 2018

How Compensation Systems Work and Why You Need One

A district’s pay system should support district goals for recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high quality employees.

tagged: Compensation

August 31, 2018

FAQs about Comp Time

At TASB HR Services, we get several common questions about comp time and we’ve listed and answered them in this article.

tagged: Compensation

August 21, 2018

Payment for Not Electing Health Insurance

Can districts pay employees who waive health care coverage? Get the answer here. 

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance", TRS, "TRS ActiveCare"

August 14, 2018

Understanding Student Loan Garnishment

What does the law say about wage garnishment and student loans? We explain the basics of wage attachments here. 

tagged: Benefits, Compensation

July 16, 2018

TEA Announces Teacher Shortage Areas for 2018–2019

The TEA announced the shortage areas for 2018–2019, once again revealing a need for bilingual and special education teachers.

tagged: TEA, "Teacher shortage", "Texas Education Agency"

May 02, 2018

District Pay Increases Expected to Stay Flat for 2018‒2019

Texas schools districts in some regions will struggle to give pay increases for the 2018‒2019 school year, according to the latest prospective pay raise poll conducted by TASB HR Services.

tagged: "Pay increases"

March 20, 2018

Dice 2018 Tech Salary Report Released

Even though technology salaries rose slightly, satisfaction with pay has dropped nationwide. Check out more salary trends for technology professionals from the Dice 2018 Tech Salary Report. 

tagged: Compensation, Salaries

March 20, 2018

Dual Credit Teacher Pay Survey Results

Preliminary results from our new Dual Credit Teacher Pay survey reveal less than half of Texas school districts provide the funding for dual credit teacher pay.

tagged: Salaries, "Teacher stipends"

March 09, 2018

The Dos and Don'ts of FML

We've put together a list of dos and don’ts that should help HR staff with some relevant Family and Medical Leave guidance.

tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA, Leave

March 08, 2018

Extra-Duty Stipend Survey Results for 2017–2018

Extra-duty pay for high school football coaches as well as stipend payment methods revealed in latest stipend survey results.

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher stipends"

February 21, 2018

Continuing Health Insurance Coverage for Employees on Unpaid Leave

How long can an employee on unpaid leave continue to receive health coverage through the district? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: Leave, "TRS ActiveCare"

February 20, 2018

Student Loan Solutions Support Recruitment and Retention

With so many teachers burdened by student loan debt, it’s important for district HR staff to make sure its employees are aware of loan forgiveness programs.

tagged:

February 15, 2018

Myths: Duty Days and Salary in Employment Contracts

Should duty days and salary be written into the employment contract for each employee? Find the answer to this and other questions in this article. 

tagged:

February 01, 2018

Teacher Salaries, Pay Raises Stagnant for 2017–2018

The median Texas teacher average salary rose to $47,898, a slight increase of 1 percent over last year’s median of $47,283, according to the 2017‒2018 TASB Salary Survey. 

tagged: Compensation, "Salary surveys"

January 01, 2018

Texas Districts Increasing Contribution Amounts Amid Rising Premiums

The results of the TASB HR Services Health Insurance Premiums Survey are here. View the data and some of the takeaways in this article.

tagged: "Health insurance"

November 15, 2017

Temporary Disability Leave and Eligibility

What is Temporary Disability Leave (TDL) and who is eligible for this leave type? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: Leave, "Temporary disability leave"

November 09, 2017

Superintendent Pay Increases Steady in 2017–2018

According to preliminary results of the annual TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey, the average pay increase in 2017‒2018 for continuing superintendents was 2.9 percent. Read this story for details from the survey.

tagged: Compensation

November 01, 2017

Getting the Most out of Stipends

Which employees are eligible for stipends? How much money should be dedicated to an extracurricular stipend? Find the answers to these questions and more in this article. 

tagged: Certification, Compensation, "Teacher stipends"

October 25, 2017

Nationwide Survey Reveals Projected Salary Budget Growth in 2018

Base salaries for U.S. employees are expected to rise 3.1 percent in 2018, slightly above actual 2017 levels, according to an annual WorldatWork survey.
 

tagged: Compensation

September 06, 2017

School Districts and Military Deployments

How does school district leave support military deployments? Districts with deployed employees should be prepared to provide leave benefits and reinstatement rights appropriately.

tagged: Leave, Rehire

August 16, 2017

Leave Use at the Start of the Year

Can an employee use state leave at the beginning of the school year? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: Benefits, Leave

August 02, 2017

Dallas ISD's Performance Pay System Shows Positive Signs

New data from Dallas County nonprofit Commit! sheds some light on the effectiveness of TEI. 

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"

June 21, 2017

Employee Paychecks and Direct Deposit

Can a district require direct deposit of employee paychecks? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: Compensation, "Payday law"

June 07, 2017

Analysis: Teacher Incentive Pay Improves Student Performance

Teachers receiving merit-based pay provide the equivalent of nearly four additional weeks of student learning, according to a recent study.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Recruiting, Retention

May 17, 2017

McAllen ISD Offering ESL Classes for Auxiliary Employees

McAllen ISD is one of the many districts offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to transportation employees and other workers through the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) Adult Education and Literacy Program. 

tagged: Benefits, "English as a Second Language", ESL

April 05, 2017

Texas Hires More Athletic Trainers than National Average

Only 37 percent of public schools across the country provide full-time athletic training services, but in Texas, that percentage is much higher.

tagged: Hiring

April 05, 2017

The Latest Trends in Teacher Starting Pay

Data from the TASB District Personnel Salary Survey shows that, since 2007, fewer districts are utilizing the state minimum teacher salary, instead paying above the minimum required. 

tagged: Compensation, Staffing

March 15, 2017

Bus Driver Shortages: Where Are We Now?

Since the 2014 oil bust, have bus driver vacancies been filled? As oil prices rebound, what changes might we expect in bus driver pay? 

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, Staffing

March 01, 2017

2016–2017 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey Results Released

Extra-duty pay for high school football coaches and other extracurricular duties revealed in latest stipend survey results.

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher stipends"

March 01, 2017

Attracting and Retaining Teachers Through Creative, Free Perks

In the midst of a legislative session in which school funding is sure to be further reduced, districts are tasked with creating new ways to offer more benefits with fewer resources.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Recruiting

February 16, 2017

BEST: An Acronym with a Twist

Bryan ISD's targeted compensation plan focuses on increasing academic success and attracting and retaining high-performing classroom teachers.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries, "Teacher stipends"

January 04, 2017

Teacher Salaries Rising, but Pay Increases Flat for 2016‒2017

The median Texas teacher salary rose to $47,283, an increase of 2 percent over last year’s median of $46,450, according to the 2016‒2017 TASB Salary Survey. Median teacher salaries have been steadily rising since 2012.

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys"

January 03, 2017

Most Health Insurance Premiums Rising in Texas Districts, Cost Passed on to Employees

Most responding Texas school districts (82 percent) saw their health insurance costs rise in 2016‒2017, according to the latest health insurance premiums survey conducted by TASB HR Services. 

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, "Health insurance"

August 17, 2016

How Districts are Promoting Wellness in the Workplace

Employee health is kind of a big deal. Most districts are aware of that fact. Here's what some districts are doing to ensure the well-being of their staff. 

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance"