Compensation and Benefits

October 05, 2022

Understanding Compensation in Community Colleges

TASB HR Services is excited to offer a new training, Understanding Compensation in Community Colleges, to all Texas community colleges.

tagged: "Community college", Compensation, HR

September 23, 2022

TASB Community College Survey Now Open

The 2022–2023 TASB Community College Salary Survey is now accepting responses!

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys"

September 16, 2022

Health Care Costs Increasing for Employers

Health care costs have significantly increased after remaining relatively flat in 2020, likely due to delayed nonemergency care during the pandemic.

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

September 08, 2022

TASB District Personnel Survey Now Open

The 2022–2023 TASB District Personnel Salary Survey is now accepting responses!

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"

September 06, 2022

Teacher Compensation Considerations

A recent survey from the EdWeek Research Center found teachers report a preference for inflation-adjusted salary increases over other financial perks.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, "Health insurance", Hiring

August 30, 2022

Housing Costs and Teacher Salaries

As teacher recruitment and retention continue to be concerns in Texas, a Colorado report finds that salary may not be the only issue.

tagged: Hiring, Retention, Salaries, "Teacher recruiting"

August 26, 2022

Teacher Incentive Allotment: STAAR Progress Measure Changes

This summer, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced STAAR-related changes that will impact local designation systems in districts participating in the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA).

tagged: Compensation, Retention, TEA, "Teacher recruiting", "Texas Education Agency"

August 24, 2022

HR and Policy: Leave Administration

Districts must have clear policy statements and documented regulations to effectively administer leave programs.

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

August 23, 2022

Teacher Pay Continues to Lag Non-Teacher Pay

On average, teachers made 23.5 cents on the dollar less than what similar, college-educated counterparts earned in 2021.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Recruiting, Retention

August 09, 2022

Keeping Up with Private-Sector Pay

Private-sector pay rose more than 5.5 percent over the last year as employers attempt to keep their staff amid rising inflation and a job seeker’s market.

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

July 29, 2022

TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey Update

This year’s TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey is now accepting responses!

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

July 08, 2022

New Requirements for Reporting of Compensated Absences

In June 2022, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued updated guidance for the reporting of compensated absences effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2023, but earlier application is encouraged.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Leave

July 06, 2022

Weighing the Benefits of a Tuition Reimbursement Program

Tuition reimbursement programs can add value to your total compensation package, but without being strategic to an employer’s specific needs and goals, they may not provide a meaningful return on investment (ROI).

tagged: Benefits, Recruiting, Retention, "Teacher shortage"

May 19, 2022

Requiring Employees to Use Leave Benefits

Recently, several districts have asked if an employee has the option to forgo the use of leave and be docked pay instead.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, Leave

May 10, 2022

Larger Pay Increases Expected This Year

Texas districts report planning larger pay increases this year compared to last.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, "Pay increases"

May 03, 2022

TRS-ActiveCare Rates Announced

TRS-ActiveCare rates will remain the same or decrease for the 2022–2023 school year.

tagged: Benefits, "TRS ActiveCare"

April 25, 2022

Pay Increase Quick Poll Closing Soon

Participation is open for the 2022–2023 pay increase quick poll from TASB HR Services.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Surveys

April 19, 2022

Rebranding Your EAP

Employers who rebrand their employee assistant program (EAP) by incorporating it into their existing wellness program are seeing increased employee participation.

tagged: Benefits

April 18, 2022

Navigating Beginning of the Year Pay Cycles

Often ten-month employees begin work in August but don’t receive their first paycheck until mid- to late September.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Employment, Salaries

March 15, 2022

HR Surveys Data Now Available

Data from the 2021–2022 TASB HR Surveys is now available in TASB HRDataSource™.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Leave, Surveys

March 10, 2022

Best Practices for Non-Duty Days

School district HR administrators can find themselves bogged down with the challenge of how to best create and manage their non-duty day program.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Leave

March 08, 2022

Pay Options for Nonexempt Staff

Districts often ask which payment options can be used for nonexempt staff earnings.

tagged: Compensation, Nonexempt

March 07, 2022

Preparing Letters of Reasonable Assurance

Early spring is the best time to issue Letters of Reasonable Assurance (LRA) to noncontract employees who work less than 12 months or who may have an unpaid summer break.

tagged: Benefits, Employment, Unemployment

March 01, 2022

Market-Based Teacher Pay Increase

Calculating pay increases using the market median allows for districts to stay competitive with peer districts and align with compensation goals.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

February 02, 2022

Salary Survey Update: Stipend Data

Data from the 2021–2022 TASB Extra-Duty Stipend Survey is now available on TASB HRDatasource™.

tagged: Compensation, HR, "Salary surveys"

January 25, 2022

HR Survey Update

On January 20, TASB HR Services opened participation in the HR Surveys for 2021–2022.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Surveys, "Teacher contracts"

January 10, 2022

Quick Look: Teacher Highlights, TASB District Personnel Salary Survey

Results from the 2021–2022 District Personnel Survey are now available in TASB HRDataSource™.

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

January 03, 2022

TRS-ActiveCare Moves to Regional Pricing

TRS-ActiveCare will move to a regional pricing system beginning September 1, 2022, in response to Senate Bill (SB) 1444 which enables employers to compare TRS-ActiveCare’s statewide premiums to other plans’ regional premiums based on regional costs of care.

tagged: Benefits, "TRS ActiveCare"

December 14, 2021

Special Overtime Rules for Police Officers

Special provisions exist to allow public sector employers flexibility around overtime for police officers, but most educational entities do not apply them in an effort to remain competitive in the market.

tagged: Compensation, "Exemption status"

November 30, 2021

Maximizing ROI for Stipends and Extra-Duty Assignments

When it comes to stipends and extra-duty compensation, adhering to some common best practices can reduce equity issues, streamline processes, save money, and avoid potential Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations. 

tagged: Compensation, "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, Salaries, "Teacher stipends"

November 22, 2021

Payment of Staff during Protected Time Periods

Schools experiencing staffing shortages must remember to follow required rules and guidelines regarding planning periods and duty-free lunch entitlements for staff.

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

November 18, 2021

EAPs Could Reduce Employee Burnout

Providing an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can be an effective way to help employees manage the emotional stresses they are dealing with this school year.

tagged: Benefits, HR

November 12, 2021

Employer Obligations during Extended Absences

Job restoration rights apply if an employee remains on leave after exhausting family and medical leave (FML) as long as paid leave is used.

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

October 27, 2021

Superintendent Survey Highlights Released

Statewide data highlights from the 2021–2022 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey have been released.

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

October 25, 2021

TASB Extra-Duty Stipend Survey Now Open

The 2021–2022 TASB Extra-Duty Stipend Survey is now accepting responses!

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"

October 22, 2021

Managing Military Leave

Managing military leave from a school district perspective can create challenges for HR staff as they navigate leave options and federal and state requirements.

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

October 12, 2021

Salary Survey Update: Superintendent Data

Data from the 2021–2022 TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey is now available on TASB HRDataSource™.

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

September 30, 2021

Blended Rate Calculation Explained

HR staff should be able to explain the overtime payment calculation to nonexempt employees who work two or more jobs at different rates of pay.

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

September 27, 2021

New Compensation Resources

TASB HR Services has added three new documents to the HR Library for managing compensation challenges.

tagged: Compensation, HR, Salaries

September 23, 2021

COVID-19 Home Testing Cost is an Eligible IRS Medical Expense

Employee benefit-related questions regarding nonprescription, over-the-counter personal protective equipment (PPE) have been a source of confusion since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

tagged: "Epidemic Response", "Health insurance"

September 15, 2021

TASB District Personnel Survey Now Open

The 2021–2022 TASB District Personnel Salary Survey is now accepting responses!

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"

August 20, 2021

Clarity in Pay Administration

Creating a culture that promotes clarity and understanding in pay practices will yield benefits throughout the employee life cycle.

tagged: Compensation, HR, Recruiting, Salaries

August 18, 2021

TRS Contribution Rates Increase

Increased contribution rates for Teacher Retirement System (TRS) go into effect September 1, 2021.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, "Teacher Retirement System", TRS, "TRS surcharge"

July 29, 2021

TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey Update

This year’s TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey is now accepting responses!

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

July 21, 2021

Teacher Incentive Allotment: Cohort D Highlights

The 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature made no change to funding for the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA).

tagged: Compensation, TEA, "Teacher recruiting", "Texas Education Agency"

June 17, 2021

TRS Approves TRS-ActiveCare Increases

The TRS Board of Directors met this month to approve proposed changes to TRS-ActiveCare rates for 2021–22 effective September 1, 2021.

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

June 01, 2021

HR Surveys: Benefits and Leaves

Results from the TASB HR Services 2020–2021 HR Surveys shed some light on the current state of health insurance premiums and leave benefits in Texas school districts.

tagged: Benefits, Leave, Surveys

May 18, 2021

Pay Increases Expected in New School Year

Most Texas school districts responding to our quick poll intend to implement a pay increase for the 2021–2022 school year.

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

May 07, 2021

Contingent Pay Increases

Many districts are considering pay increases for 2021–2022 that may occur after the start of the school year because they’re contingent on availability of funding—either from student enrollment increases or from passage of a voter-approved tax ratification election (VATRE).

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher contracts", "Teacher Retirement System", TRS

April 30, 2021

Popular Employee Benefits

Review this list of popular benefits to see how your organization’s offerings compare.

tagged: Benefits, Recruiting, Retention

April 16, 2021

Pay Planning on a Limited Budget

If your district leadership team is in a quandary as to how to move forward with this year’s budget planning process, you are not alone.  

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

April 06, 2021

HR Surveys Data Now Available

Data from the 2020–2021 TASB HR Surveys is now available in TASB HRDataSource™.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Leave, Surveys

March 29, 2021

Summer is Peak Time for Unemployment Claims

TASB Risk Management Fund staff provide perspective on why educational entities experience an increase in unemployment claims during the summer and the importance of a Letter of Reasonable Assurance (LRA).

tagged: Compensation, HR, Unemployment

March 24, 2021

DOL Launches Unemployment Fraud Website

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a website dedicated to helping people understand unemployment insurance identity theft and how and where to report fraud.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, Unemployment

March 11, 2021

Teacher Incentive Allotment Designated Teachers

Nearly 100 districts statewide may have a teacher on staff with a designation under the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) for 2020–2021 but are currently without an approved local designation system in place.

tagged: Compensation, TEA, "Teacher contracts", "Texas Education Agency"

February 26, 2021

Calculating Wage Garnishments for Multiple Requests

Calculating an allowable wage garnishment amount can present a challenge, especially when an employee is subject to multiple orders.

tagged: Compensation, "Employment law", Salaries, "Wage and hour"

February 23, 2021

Highlights from Community College Salary Survey

Many community colleges in Texas skipped pay increases for 2020–2021, according to data from the TASB Community College Salary Survey, and the median faculty salary (across all degree levels) is $60,472.

tagged: "Community college", Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys"

February 16, 2021

Teacher Incentive Allotment Myth-busting

As districts work through the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) system development process, some are hearing misconceptions about TIA rules and processes.

tagged: Compensation, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

February 08, 2021

HR Survey Update

On February 4th, TASB HR Services opened participation in the new HR Surveys using our online survey tool.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Surveys, "Teacher contracts"

February 03, 2021

CTE Pay and Certification Requirements

Hiring and retaining qualified career and technical education (CTE) teachers and knowing how much to pay them can be a challenge.

tagged: "Career and technology education", "Creditable service", CTE, "Teacher certification"

February 01, 2021

Wage Garnishment for Student Loans during COVID-19 Crisis

The Department of Education (ED) has suspended garnishment on federally held student loans through December 31, 2022, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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

January 28, 2021

Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Employers should continue to be diligent in reviewing unemployment claims for fraudulent activity.

tagged: Unemployment

January 25, 2021

Planning for a Potential Minimum Wage Hike

President Biden’s spending plan points to upcoming efforts to increase the nationwide minimum wage to $15 per hour.

tagged: Compensation, "Department of Labor", DOL

January 22, 2021

Pay Structures Matter

Pay structures are a critical tool for ensuring pay levels for jobs within an organization are externally competitive and internally fair, form the underlying framework of pay systems, and define the link between employee pay and job value.

tagged: Compensation, HR, Salaries

January 12, 2021

Quick Look: Teacher Highlights, TASB District Personnel Salary Survey

Results from the 2020–2021 District Personnel Survey are now available in TASB HRDataSource™.

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys"

January 11, 2021

Substitute Teaching Experience and Creditable Years of Service

Several conditions must be met for substitute teaching experience to qualify for creditable service.

tagged: Compensation, "Creditable service", Hiring, Salaries

January 04, 2021

Are Pay Incentives the Solution to Teacher Shortages?

As teacher shortages continue to plague the country, a new investigation seeks to find if providing bonuses or loan forgiveness to teachers in positions that are hard to staff can help.  

tagged: Compensation, Recruiting, Retention

December 04, 2020

New Survey Data Available in TASB HRDataSource

Data from the 2020 TASB District Personnel Salary Survey is now available in TASB HRDataSource™.

tagged: Compensation, "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"

December 01, 2020

An Introduction to JROTC Pay

Pay for Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructors can often be a source of confusion, but clear processes and communication to staff can alleviate some common headaches districts face.

tagged: Compensation, Salaries

November 17, 2020

Reporting FFCRA Wages and FICA Taxes

School districts need to ensure correct reporting of Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) paid leave benefits.

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, COVID-19, Leave

November 11, 2020

Salary and HR Survey Update

TASB HR Services saw increased participation in salary surveys and looks ahead to other HR surveys.

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

October 28, 2020

Additional Pay after the Start of the Year

Districts considering giving employees a one-time payment can use TASB resources to help ensure practices are compliant and practical.

tagged: "Pay increases", Salaries

October 27, 2020

Superintendent Highlights Released

Statewide highlights from the 2020–2021 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey have been released.

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

October 19, 2020

Compensation Plan Templates Available in HR Library

TASB HR Services has made available two compensation plan templates in the HR Library—one for ISDs and ESCs, and one for community colleges.

tagged: Compensation, HR

October 15, 2020

Teacher Performance Pay Boosts Student Scores

A four-year study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education shows that teacher performance pay does boost student scores.

tagged: Compensation, "Employee performance"

October 13, 2020

Introducing HRDataSource

We’re excited to announce a new reporting system for HR Services salary and HR survey data—TASB HRDataSource™.

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

October 01, 2020

Salary Survey Update

The TASB HR Services Salary Surveys are underway!

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"

September 30, 2020

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims on the Rise

Employers should be on the lookout for unemployment benefit claims that were fraudulently filed.

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

September 10, 2020

TASB District Personnel Survey Now Open

This year’s TASB District Personnel Salary Survey is now accepting responses!

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"

September 09, 2020

Teacher Incentive Allotment Update

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently announced the first districts approved for a Local Designation System as part of the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA), and nearly half of the approved districts (12 of 26) are charter schools.

tagged: Compensation, TEA

September 01, 2020

Compensation Questions Surrounding Career Ladder Persist 27 Years Later

While the career ladder system ceased to exist in 1993, some public school employees are still entitled to additional pay if certain conditions are met.

tagged: Compensation, "Creditable service", Hiring, Salaries

August 24, 2020

HR Services’ Leave Trainings Go Virtual

TASB HR Services will provide two leave-related workshops updated to include Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) scenarios.

tagged: HR, "HR training", Leave

August 18, 2020

Extended: TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey

We’ve extended the due date for the TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey!

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

August 03, 2020

Salary Placement for Career and Technical Education Teachers

Most districts have procedures in place for determining new teacher salaries that are based on creditable years of service in education, but salary placement for new Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators, who typically have work experience directly related to their job outside of education, is another story.

tagged: "Career and technology education", Compensation, "Creditable service", CTE

July 24, 2020

TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey Now Open

This year’s TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey is now accepting responses!

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

July 17, 2020

Getting the Most Out of Your EAP

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are a valuable yet underutilized benefit offered by most employers.

tagged: Benefits, HR

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

When a coach or other extracurricular sponsor cannot fulfill their duties, districts sometime 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

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 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.


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. 


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"