Compensation and Benefits

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

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

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"

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"