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November 29, 2022 • Featured Story

The Importance of Staff Surveys

The research is clear: when school districts use staff surveys to seek input and respond to feedback in a meaningful way, employees are more likely to stay in their roles.

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November 29, 2022

Holiday Bonuses

As the holidays approach, public employers frequently ask about the possibility of providing a one-time bonus to employees to thank and reward them for their service to the organization.  

tagged: Compensation, HR, "Pay increases", Salaries

November 28, 2022

TASB HR Services to Present at 2022 TASPA Winter Conference

TASB HR Services staff will be presenting several sessions at the TASPA Winter Conference in Round Rock, Texas, on December 6 and 7. 

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Professional development"

November 28, 2022

HR Services Releases Updated Leaves and Absences Guide

The newest edition of The Administrator’s Guide to Managing Leaves and Absences is now available for purchase in the TASB Store.

tagged: "Employment law", HR, Leave

November 21, 2022

Grow Your Own Programs and Teacher Diversity

As the student population increases in racial diversity, districts must continue to seek ways to address the lack of diversity amongst teachers.  

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, HR, Recruiting

November 18, 2022

The Importance of Staff Surveys

The research is clear: when school districts use staff surveys to seek input and respond to feedback in a meaningful way, employees are more likely to stay in their roles.

tagged: "Employee surveys", Retention, Staffing, Surveys

November 16, 2022

That's a Wrap!

TASB HR Services would like to extend a huge thank you to all the participants in this year’s HR Academy and Advanced HR Seminar.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

November 14, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for December

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of December.

tagged: HR

November 11, 2022

Calculating Military Service for Salary Increment Purposes

The United States military is one of the entities recognized for years of service in 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §153.1021 for professional personnel.

tagged: Compensation, "Creditable service", "Personnel records"

November 10, 2022

Recruiting HR Mentors

At the 2022 HR Academy and Advanced HR Seminar, TASB HR Services solicited new participants for HR Mentorship Connections, a program designed to connect novice HR staff with experienced HR professionals willing to serve as mentors.

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Professional development", Retention

November 04, 2022

Changes to Tax Brackets May Increase Take-Home Pay

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced adjustments to all seven federal tax brackets for tax year 2023.

tagged: Compensation, HR, Salaries

November 04, 2022

Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced a deadline of Friday, December 9, 2022, for submitting a completed 2022–2023 Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance.

tagged: "Criminal history", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

November 01, 2022

TASB Extra-Duty Stipend Survey Now Open

The 2022–2023 TASB Extra-Duty Stipend Survey is now accepting responses!

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

November 01, 2022

Superintendent Survey Highlights Released

Statewide data highlights from the 2022–2023 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey have been released.

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

November 01, 2022

School Action Fund Grant

The Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) School Action Fund (SAF) grant will begin accepting applications on November 7, 2022.

tagged: TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

October 28, 2022

Indeed Moves Closer to Becoming an All-In-One Hiring Platform

Indeed recently announced it will transition from a pay-per-click model to a pay-per-started-application and pay-per-application model with the intent of getting employers closer to the hire.

tagged: Employment, Recruiting

October 27, 2022

Workplace Policies Job Seekers Are Demanding

In the post-pandemic world job seekers are making more demands from employers, and they are increasingly about work environment and flexibility to promote better work-life balance.

tagged: Employment, Hiring, Recruiting, Retention

October 26, 2022

Work-Site Posting Update

TASB work-site posters are being updated to incorporate recent changes to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) employee rights notice and the Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC) program notice.

tagged: "EEOC compliance", "Employee notices", "Employment law", "Worksite posting"

October 24, 2022

Opting Out of TRS-ActiveCare

School entities should carefully consider whether opting out of TRS-ActiveCare is the right decision for their organization.

tagged: Benefits, HR, "TRS ActiveCare"

October 21, 2022

Better Data Needed for Teacher Shortage Research

Current studies give insight into teacher shortages on local and district levels but fail to give a broader view of the problem.

tagged: Staffing, "Teacher shortage"

October 18, 2022

Communication is Key to Recruiting Top Talent

Effective communication throughout the recruitment and hiring process can result in employing more top talent in this competitive, tight labor market.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

October 17, 2022

DOL Proposes Rule on Independent Contractor Classification

On October 13, 2022, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule addressing how to determine whether a worker is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor.

tagged: "Department of Labor", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, "Independent contractor"

October 14, 2022

Salary Survey Update: Superintendent Data

Data from the 2022–2023 TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey is now available on TASB HRDataSource™.

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

October 14, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for November

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for November.

tagged: HR

October 14, 2022

Continue to Use Current Form I-9

Employers should continue to use the current version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, until further notice.

tagged: "Employment law", Hiring, HR

October 12, 2022

New Strategies for Today’s Staffing Challenges

With fewer college graduates pursuing careers in education and individuals exiting the profession, one Texas district has taken a new approach to growing their own.

tagged: Recruiting, Staffing, "Teacher shortage"

October 10, 2022

National Update to School Staffing Shortages

A recent EdWeek article reported that the majority of campus principals surveyed are still struggling to fill vacancies.

tagged: Staffing, "Teacher shortage"

October 07, 2022

Interview Practices May Be Inhibiting Teacher Diversity

According to a recent Pew Research study, the increase in teacher diversity has not kept pace with that of the student population over the last several decades.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, HR, Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

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

October 04, 2022

Student Loan Forgiveness Deadline

School and district leadership should help ensure their employees are aware of the upcoming deadline to file a waiver related to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

tagged: HR

October 03, 2022

Teacher Voices on Diversity Recruitment and Retention

For each new school year, recruiting and retaining a strong teacher base remains a consistent focus. However, attracting diversity among these teachers can provide challenges.

tagged: Diversity, Recruiting, Retention

September 30, 2022

HR Academy and Advanced HR Seminar

TASB HR Services is excited to offer new and experienced human resources professionals crucial, targeted training to ensure they have the tools needed to confidently do their jobs.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

September 28, 2022

Supporting Non-traditional Route Teachers

As non-traditional routes to teaching increase, school districts must step up to provide appropriate support and resources to ensure educator success.

tagged: Certification, Retention, "Teacher resignations", "Teacher shortage"

September 26, 2022

Teacher Quality Partnership Grant

The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) awarded $25 million in grant funds to teacher preparation programs through the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program this school year.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, Retention, Staffing

September 23, 2022

The Effective Teaching Gap

Reducing the student achievement gap between students from low-income and high-income families may be more difficult than redistributing effective teachers, according to a recent study.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, Recruiting, Retention

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 22, 2022

Texas Teacher Poll Results 2022

The Charles Butt Foundation released the results of their 2022 Texas Teacher Poll, which reports on teachers’ attitudes towards the profession and public education, insights into the challenges they face, their professional experiences, and retention strategies that would keep them in the profession.

tagged: HR, Retention, "Teacher shortage"

September 19, 2022

Maximizing Teacher Professional Development

To impact student learning, teachers need quality support and professional learning.

tagged: "Professional development", "Teacher training"

September 19, 2022

Texas Education Human Resources Day 2022

Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 12, 2022, as Texas Education Human Resources Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor the important contributions made by school staff who work in human resources.

tagged: HR

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 14, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for October

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of October.

tagged: HR

September 13, 2022

Strategic Staffing Guidance

The Administrator’s Guide to Strategic Staffing is a useful tool for administrators responsible for planning strategic staffing decisions.

tagged: Hiring, HR, "HR training", Staffing

September 12, 2022

Strategic Staffing Options to Address Shortages

Rethinking staffing models during the current staffing shortage may help school entities eliminate vacancies, provide innovative instructional models, and actualize cost savings for future expenditures.

tagged: HR, Staffing

September 09, 2022

Public Schools and Teachers Receive High Rankings

Good news from a recent survey, 63 percent of Americans stated they have “a great deal or good amount” of trust in their local public school teachers while 54 percent rated their local public schools with an “A” or “B”.

tagged: Benefits, "Employee performance", Recruiting, Retention

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

September 06, 2022

National Board Candidacy Cohort Grant

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is now accepting applications for the National Board Candidacy Cohort Grant for 2023–2024, which would support districts pursuing Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) funds.

tagged: Certification, "Professional development", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

September 02, 2022

Using Outside Volunteers as Team Sponsors

Districts have recently inquired about the possibility of bringing in nonemployee volunteers to be the cheer or drill team sponsor.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, Employment, Hiring, Staffing

August 31, 2022

Educators Top National Burnout Rate

Teachers in K–12 classrooms have the highest burnout rate in the United States, according to a recent Gallup Panel Workforce Study.

tagged: HR

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 29, 2022

Using Stay Interviews to Increase Employee Retention

Stay interviews are an efficient way to increase employee retention, if implemented effectively.

tagged: "Employee surveys", Retention, "Teacher resignations", "Teacher shortage"

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 26, 2022

Public Comment Period Open for Form I-9 Proposed Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is welcoming public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the examination of Form I-9 documents.

tagged: Hiring, HR

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 22, 2022

Can Teachers Leave Campus during Lunch?

District leaders must abide by the rules for duty-free lunch entitlements for teachers, including allowing them to leave campus.

tagged: "Employment law", HR

August 19, 2022

Teacher Appraisal Reminders

As the school year begins, administrators and teachers should begin engaging in the teacher appraisal process to ensure effective teaching is happening in the classroom from day one and beyond.

tagged: "Employee performance", "Teacher onboarding", "Teacher training", T-TESS

August 19, 2022

Providing Exceptional Customer Service

TASB HR Services has released an online, on-demand customer service course to guide district employees through the ins and outs of providing quality service in each and every interaction with customers.

tagged: HR, "Professional development"

August 18, 2022

TASPA Executive Director to Retire

After 47 years in education, Dr. Lolly Guerra, executive director of the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA), is set to retire on August 31, 2022.

tagged: HR

August 10, 2022

Supporting Nursing Mothers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and Women’s Bureau announce a series of events to commemorate National Breastfeeding Month and new resources for parents and employers.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, HR, "Wage and hour"

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

August 09, 2022

Child Labor Law Enforcement

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has signaled increased enforcement of child labor laws, as noted in a recent HR Dive Brief.

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

August 08, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for September

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of September.

tagged: HR

August 04, 2022

School Staffing Challenges Continue

Hiring challenges continue for school districts as fewer candidates are applying due to low pay, minimal benefits, stressful job responsibilities, and political controversies, according to a recent survey.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, Retention, Staffing

August 02, 2022

TASA, TASB, and TASBO Present Budget Cohort

The 2022–2023 Texas District Leaders Budget Cohort program kicks off on September 22, 2022, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

tagged: Compensation, "Educator contracts", "Professional development", Staffing

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 26, 2022

Creative Teacher Recruitment Strategies

Due to the teacher shortage and dwindling applicant pools, districts are having to think outside of the box to implement more creative recruitment strategies to hire qualified teachers.

tagged: Benefits, Hiring, Recruiting, Salaries

July 25, 2022

Education Staffing by the Numbers

Over eight million people are employed in elementary and secondary schools, making eudcation one of the largest employment sectors in the country—more than either the entire retail or construction industries.

tagged: Retention, Salaries, Staffing

July 25, 2022

Superintendent Job Satisfaction and Turnover Projections

The American School District Panel (ASDP) released survey results that indicate superintendents are satisfied with their jobs and aren’t expected to leave their current roles at any greater rate than in the past.

tagged: Recruiting, Retention, Surveys

July 21, 2022

School Crime and Safety Information

Recently released federal data on school crime and safety validate why some teachers and students are concerned about returning to school this year.

tagged: "Epidemic Response", "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "HR training", "Teacher shortage"

July 19, 2022

Records Management Resources

Tools to help ensure personnel records are organized, purged regularly, and comply with the state minimum retention schedules are available in HR Services resources.

tagged: "Personnel records", "Records retention"

July 18, 2022

Travel Reimbursement Rates for 2022

Travel and mileage reimbursement rates have been published, including a rare mid-year increase to the automobile mileage reimbursement rate for the second half of 2022.

tagged: HR

July 11, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for August

Let's take a look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of August.

tagged: HR

July 08, 2022

Texas Ranks Poorly for Retirement Benefits

Texas teacher retirement benefits are worse than any other state in the country, except for Louisiana, according to a study conducted on public pension funds. 

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Retention, "Teacher Retirement System"

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"

July 06, 2022

CPE Exemption Available

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has announced the availability of a continuing professional education (CPE) exemption for educators possessing an invalid certificate due to a lack of required CPE hours.

tagged: Certification, HR, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

July 05, 2022

Induction of the New School Administrator

As aspiring educators transition to campus administration, a strong induction program is key to helping them grow as leaders and thrive in their new role. 

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Professional development", Retention

June 29, 2022

The National Educator Shortage

The American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) recently hosted the 2022 National Educator Shortage Summit with the goal of examining and addressing systemic issues contributing to the national shortage of educators.

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

June 29, 2022

Best Practices for Recruiting Quality Staff

TASB HR Services has updated the webinar Best Practices for Recruiting Quality Staff to include strategies to meet the challenges of recruiting during an educator shortage.

tagged: HR, "HR training", Recruiting

June 28, 2022

Title IX Proposed Revisions Released

The Title IX proposed revisions were released for public comment by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on the 50th anniversary of the law.

tagged: Diversity, "EEOC compliance", Hiring, "HR training"

June 23, 2022

HR and Policy: Vacancy Posting Requirements

Requirements for posting vacancies and specific content to be included are addressed in Texas Education Code (TEC), local policy, and Title IX rules.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

June 20, 2022

TASB HR Services to Present at 2022 TASPA Summer Conference

TASB HR Services staff will present several sessions at the TASPA Summer Conference in Round Rock, TX, on July 14 and 15.

tagged: HR

June 14, 2022

ACP Enrollment Increases but Program Completion Decreases

Alternative Certification Programs (ACPs) were the only type of educator preparation programs (EPPs) to see an increase in enrollment from 2010 to 2019, but completion rates dropped 10 percent during the same period.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher shortage"

June 13, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for July

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of July.

tagged: HR

June 10, 2022

Eliminating Physical Bias in Job Descriptions and Hiring

Physical requirements and expectations listed on a job description should be realistic and represent typical job duties for the role.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, HR, "Job descriptions"

June 08, 2022

Recruiting for Diversity

To hire for diversity, it’s important for HR departments and hiring managers to first recruit for diversity.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, HR, Recruiting

June 03, 2022

Family and Medical Leave for Mental Health

New publications from the Department of Labor (DOL) provide guidance on the applicability of family and medical leave (FML) for mental health conditions.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "Family and medical leave", FMLA

June 02, 2022

Reading Academies Updates

The commissioner of education recently announced updates regarding required reading academies.

tagged: "Professional development", "Teacher training"

May 31, 2022

Changing Personal Information: Name and Gender Marker

Human resources administrators should be aware of Texas requirements and the resources available when an employee requests a change in name or gender marker.  

tagged: Diversity, Employment, "Personnel records"

May 31, 2022

Mind Connection: Mental Health Matters

Schools are experiencing all-time highs for teacher turnover and staffing shortages.

tagged: "Employee performance", "Employee surveys", Retention, "Teacher resignations"

May 27, 2022

Reviewing Policy Manuals

TASB Policy Service recommends an annual review of key policies to ensure alignment with district practices and other district documents.

tagged: HR

May 24, 2022

Senate Bill 1267: Staff Development Changes

TASB Policy Service recently published an update regarding staff development changes required by Senate Bill (SB) 1267 (87th Regular Session).

tagged: HR, "Professional development"

May 23, 2022

Preparing Assistant Principals for the Principalship

Principals should provide relevant leadership opportunities and experiences to prepare assistant principals to be future successful campus leaders.

tagged: "Employee performance", "Professional development", Recruiting, Retention

May 20, 2022

Qualifying an Uncertified Assistant Principal

School districts are experiencing staffing shortages for all positions, and many are searching for options to fill assistant principal vacancies.

tagged: Certification, Hiring, Recruiting

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 16, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for June

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of June.

tagged: HR

May 16, 2022

Model Employee Handbooks Updated

The 2022 updates to the Model Employee Handbook (MEH) and the Community College MEH are now available to TASB HR Services members.

tagged: "Employee handbook", HR

May 11, 2022

HR and Policy: Nepotism

An understanding of nepotism rules and local provisions is necessary to ensure relatives of board members and in some cases the superintendent, are excluded from employment.

tagged: Employment, "Employment law", Hiring

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 06, 2022

Q&A: Penalty-Free Resignation Date

Implementation of House Bill (HB) 2519 passed during the Regular Session of the 87th Texas Legislature continues to cause confusion for school districts as they begin to calculate the penalty-free resignation date (PFRD) for this school year.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment law", "Teacher contracts", Termination

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 29, 2022

Service Record Support Available

Recent staffing changes at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) provide an opportunity for HR Services to support educational entities with their service record needs.

tagged: Compensation, "Creditable service", Leave, "Personnel records"

April 26, 2022

HR and Policy: Contract Administration

Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 21 provides the legal framework for educator contracts, and a district’s local policy manual outlines local choices that must be considered during the hiring process.

tagged: "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Educator contracts", Hiring

April 25, 2022

Typical Teacher Works 54 Hours per Week

The results of a recent national teacher survey showing a typical teacher works a median of 54 hours a week may serve as a reference for determining teachers’ family and medical leave (FML) eligibility and number of hours of intermittent leave.

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

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 22, 2022

Teacher Contracts and Certification Challenges

HR Services is receiving an increase in questions about contracts and teacher certification as the end of the school year quickly approaches.

tagged: Certification, Employment, "Employment contracts", Rehire

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

April 14, 2022

Criminal History Checks of Online Tutors

An increase in the use of online student services, such as tutoring, has raised the question of what type of criminal history checks should be required of those leading the sessions or interacting with students.

tagged: "Criminal history", Hiring

April 13, 2022

Wave of Superintendent Resignations Predicted

Recent superintendent surveys compiled by the RAND corporation spur concerns of a post-pandemic “superintendent exodus”.

tagged: Retention, Surveys

April 11, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for May

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of May.

tagged: HR

April 08, 2022

Benefits of Teacher Residency Programs

Teacher residency programs are providing significant benefits to school districts, teacher residents, and the students they serve as teacher vacancies are on the rise.

tagged: Employment, Recruiting, Retention, "Teacher training"

April 05, 2022

Investigation Report Template Now Available

TASB HR Services has added a new resource to the HR Library, the Investigation Report Template.

tagged: "Employee discipline", HR

April 05, 2022

HR Services Resources in the TASB Store

TASB HR Services will soon add another book to their library of publications available at the TASB Store.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

April 04, 2022

No Change to the Penalty-Free Resignation Date

The penalty-free resignation date (PFRD) remains the same despite the adoption of House Bill (HB) 2519 passed during the Regular Session of the 87th Texas Legislature.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment law", "Teacher contracts", Termination

March 30, 2022

More Educators Threatened by Parents This Year

Forty percent of administrators and one-third of teachers reported being threatened with violence by parents this school year according to a recently released national survey report from the American Psychological Association.

tagged: "HR training", Retention, Staffing, Surveys

March 28, 2022

Temporary Policy for Form I-9 Documents Ends May 1

The temporary US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy allowing employers to accept expired identity documents for the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) will end on May 1

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", Hiring, "Personnel records"

March 22, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for April

As we move into spring, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of April.

tagged: HR

March 21, 2022

Donating Leave Days

Recently TASB HR Services has received questions from districts asking whether their employees can donate leave days to other employees when the district does not have an established sick leave pool or sick leave bank.

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

March 18, 2022

TEA Releases Annual Report

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released their 2021 Annual Report—a blend of statistics, achievements, and anecdotes related to the year in education.

tagged: HR, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

March 17, 2022

Evaluation and Appraisal Reminders

Early to mid-spring is the time to complete teacher and principal appraisals as well as evaluations for all employees including auxiliary staff.

tagged: "Employee performance", "HR training", "Records retention", T-TESS

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 14, 2022

Retention through Mental Health Resources and Employee Surveys

School staff are experiencing high levels of job-related stress prompting districts to examine ways to do more to support the mental health and well-being of employees to prevent losing them.

tagged: Employment, Retention, 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

Writing Effective Job Descriptions

TASB HR Services is excited to offer Writing Effective Job Descriptions, a virtual event designed to aid administrators in writing functional, low-maintenance job descriptions.

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Job descriptions", "Professional development"

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 03, 2022

Q&A: Teacher Service Records

The teacher service record (FIN-115) or a similar form is the official document used to record years of service claimed for salary increment purposes and state leave data.

tagged: Compensation, "Creditable service", HR

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 24, 2022

Determining FML Eligibility Following a Break in Service

An employee who returns to work for the same employer may meet eligibility criteria for family and medical leave (FML) and access leave in the first 12 months of reemployment.

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

February 21, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for March

As we move into spring, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for March

tagged: HR

February 21, 2022

10 Ways to Improve the Applicant Experience

Improving the applicant experience may help reduce the number of candidates who start but fail to complete the application process.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting

February 18, 2022

Mid-Year Job Postings

At a time when school districts are already facing stressful staffing challenges, it is critical to be prepared to fill mid-year openings as efficiently as possible. 

tagged: "Employment contracts", Hiring, "Teacher contracts"

February 17, 2022

Bilingual Teacher Shortage Worsens in Pandemic

The pre-pandemic shortage of certified bilingual teachers has only gotten worse as we enter the third year of the Coronavirus pandemic.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, Retention, "Teacher shortage"

February 16, 2022

SBOE Adopts Contract Abandonment Proposed Rules

The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted proposed rules to Chapter 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §249.17 regarding contract abandonment at its January meeting.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment law", "Teacher contracts", Termination

February 14, 2022

TASB HR Services to Present at TASBO Engage

TASB HR Services staff will be presenting several sessions at the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Engage Conference in Grapevine, TX, on March 2 and 3.

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Professional development"

February 09, 2022

Terminating At-Will Employees

In Texas, at-will employees can be terminated at any time for any reason, as long as it’s not an illegal reason, if it is in the best interest of the employer.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee performance", Termination, Unemployment

February 04, 2022

Hiring Great Substitute Teachers

Teacher vacancies, the shortage of qualified teachers, and teacher illness are a few of the reasons great substitute teachers are in high demand in Texas schools.

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

February 04, 2022

Finding Solutions to Educator Shortages

As districts are struggling to recruit and retain staff, a recent survey by the National Education Association (NEA) finds more than half of educators plan to leave teaching sooner than originally planned.

tagged: Hiring, Retention, Staffing, "Teacher shortage"

February 03, 2022

Contract Nonrenewal: Concerns and Considerations

With contract season quickly approaching, it’s important to remember nonrenewal of a term contract must be based on one or more reasons specified in Policy DFBB (LOCAL).

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", Nonrenewal, "Teacher contracts"

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 27, 2022

Texas Teacher Dropouts at Alarming High

A recent study by the University of Houston shows first-year teacher retention is at an all-time low.

tagged: HR, Retention, Staffing

January 27, 2022

Managing Employee Performance

TASB HR Services is providing two resources to support administrators and supervisors in the crucial task of managing employee performance.

tagged: HR, "Professional development"

January 25, 2022

Tips for Accepting End-of-Year Contract Resignations

As districts move into the last semester, it’s a good time to review practices relating to the acceptance of a contract employee’s end-of-year resignation.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Teacher resignations", Termination

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 24, 2022

Addressing Hiring and Staffing Challenges

HR staff are working hard to address ongoing staffing challenges brought on by the pandemic and more-than-typical mid-year resignations.

tagged: Employment, Hiring, "Job descriptions", "Pay increases"

January 21, 2022

DPS Implements CDL Waiver

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Texas will implement a waiver for commercial driver license (CDL) applicants seeking to operate a school bus.

tagged: Hiring, HR, Recruiting

January 20, 2022

TASBO Offers Tax-Related Webinars

The Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) is offering several webinars related to the preparation of tax forms for 2021.

tagged: HR, "Professional development"

January 14, 2022

Mentor Program Allotment Cycle 3

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is now accepting applications for the Mentor Program Allotment (MPA) Cycle 3.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, "Professional development", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

January 13, 2022

Frequently Asked Contract Questions

Questions often arise during the spring semester when districts issue contracts to returning and new employees.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Teacher contracts"

January 11, 2022

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for February

As we move into spring, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of February.

tagged: HR

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 05, 2022

Flexible Work Options Help Districts Compete for Talent

Not all education jobs are suited to remote work, but offering options for flexible work arrangements whenever possible is an important strategy to compete with other industries for talent.

tagged: Employment, Hiring, "Job descriptions"

January 04, 2022

TDLR Amendments Adopted

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) adopted amendments to rules regarding the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists program.

tagged: HR

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"

January 03, 2022

No Changes to 2022 TASB Model Contracts

There will be no changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2022.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Teacher contracts"

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"

December 13, 2021

Crediting and Recording Military Service

Properly crediting military service for salary purposes requires an understanding of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the commissioner rules for creditable service.

tagged: "Creditable service", Leave, Salaries

December 13, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for January

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of January.

tagged: HR

December 08, 2021

TEA Announces Strategic Compensation Fellowship and Grant Opportunity

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has posted information and an application for the 2022–2023 Strategic Compensation Fellowship and Grant opportunity.

tagged: Compensation, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

December 06, 2021

FLSA Exemption Classifications and Common Mistakes

Correctly determining exemption status can help a district avoid consequences such as recovery of back wages, penalties and fines, or even personal liability of a supervisor.

tagged: "Employment law", "Exemption status", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, Overtime

December 03, 2021

Retention of Auxiliary Staff

Auxiliary departments in educational organizations are struggling to retain staff necessary to appropriately meet student needs.

tagged: Benefits, Employment, "Pay increases", Retention

December 02, 2021

Disaster-Related Military Leave

HR professionals in Texas public education entities could find themselves caught off guard by atypical active duty leave requests due to recent changes in available types of military leave.

tagged: Leave

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 29, 2021

TASB HR Services to Present at 2021 TASPA Winter Conference

TASB HR Services staff will be presenting several sessions at the TASPA Winter Conference on December 9 and 10.

tagged: HR

November 29, 2021

New TASB School Law eSource Guidance on Mask Mandates

TASB Legal Services has published new guidance on mask mandates.

tagged: COVID-19

November 23, 2021

Recouping Overpayments or Equipment Costs

Districts need to consider several factors before withholding an employee’s pay to recoup overpayments of wages or costs for lost or damaged equipment.

tagged: Compensation, "Employment law", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, "Payday law"

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 19, 2021

Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization Document

Organizations employing foreign nationals have encountered struggles in determining continued eligibility to work for those renewing their employment authorization document.

tagged: "Employment law", Hiring, HR

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 16, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for December

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of December.

tagged: HR

November 16, 2021

Recruiting HR Mentors

At the 2021 HR Academy and the virtual Advanced HR Seminar, HR Services solicited new participants for HR Mentorship Connections, a program designed to connect novice HR staff with experienced HR professionals willing to serve as mentors.

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Professional development", Retention

November 15, 2021

Teacher Diversity Increases Student Success

As Texas’ students become even more diverse, the state graduation rate has reached a new low, making diversity hires more necessary than ever.

tagged: Diversity, Retention

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

November 09, 2021

Board Approval for Class Size Exceptions

TASB HR Services has received questions from school districts asking if they are required to get board approval to submit a class size exception.

tagged: "Districts of innovation", DOI, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

November 05, 2021

Recruitment of Auxiliary Staff

Auxiliary departments in educational organizations are struggling to recruit staff necessary to appropriately meet student needs.

tagged: Employment, Hiring, "Job descriptions", "Pay increases"

November 02, 2021

Reporting COVID Leave on Form W-2

As the end of the year approaches, educational entities are asking if COVID leave needs to be reported on an employee’s W-2 form, as was required in 2020.

tagged: Benefits, "Epidemic Response", Leave

November 01, 2021

Service Record Management

TASB HR Services is providing two opportunities for HR staff to increase their knowledge of service record management.

tagged: "Creditable service", HR, "HR training", "Personnel records"

October 29, 2021

Teacher Turnover

As retaining teachers grows more challenging, districts are closely examining turnover to understand and improve retention.

tagged: "HR training", Recruiting, Retention, "Teacher resignations"

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 22, 2021

Contract Abandonment

Public comment is open October 22 through November 22 on proposed rule changes to Chapter 19 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §249.17 regarding contract abandonment.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment law", "Teacher contracts", Termination

October 21, 2021

New Employment after Retirement Information

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) recently posted a brochure detailing the limits and exceptions on employment after retirement (EAR) for retirees and TRS-covered employers.

tagged: Compensation, Hiring, "Retire rehire", "Teacher Retirement System", TRS

October 18, 2021

Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced a deadline of Friday, November 19, 2021, for submitting a completed 2021–2022 Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance.

tagged: "Criminal history", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

October 18, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for November

tagged: HR

October 15, 2021

Pandemic Worsens School Staffing Shortages

School districts across Texas are experiencing increased staffing shortages in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

tagged: COVID-19, Retention, Staffing, "Teacher shortage"

October 14, 2021

Teacher Appraisal Reminders

As mid-semester approaches, the teacher appraisal process should be moving forward to ensure teachers are receiving timely and relevant feedback on performance in the classroom.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, T-TESS

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"

October 11, 2021

Teacher Leadership Grant Opportunity

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the opening of the application for the Teacher Leadership Grant (District Practices Fellowship) for the 2022–2023 school year.

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

October 08, 2021

Pay Deductions for Unapproved Leave

Two common misconceptions are that employees can use leave in any way and at any time they choose and that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) prevents an employer from docking pay for exempt employees.

tagged: Benefits, "Employee handbook", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, HR

October 06, 2021

Limitations on State Personal Discretionary Leave

Districts can’t restrict the purpose for which state personal discretionary leave is used, but they can place limitations on the timing and duration of the leave.

tagged: Benefits, "Employee handbook", HR, Leave

October 01, 2021

ETS Seeks Constructed Response Scorers

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is seeking school leaders and preparation faculty to participate in the online scoring of the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL).

tagged: HR

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 29, 2021

EEO-5 Submission Due Date Approaching

COVID-19 delayed the 2020 biennial collection of EEO-5 data, but the electronic data collection site opened on July 27, 2021, with a due date of Monday, October 4, 2021. 

tagged: "EEOC compliance", "Employment law", Surveys

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 24, 2021

Supplemental Duty Job Descriptions Now Available

TASB HR Services is pleased to announce the addition of supplemental duty job descriptions to the HR Library.  

tagged: Employment, HR, "Job descriptions"

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 22, 2021

Updated Electronic Records Information Available

The Electronic Records document, available in the HR Library, has been revised to reflect updates made to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) Local Government Bulletin B.

tagged: HR, HRIS, "Human Resources Information System", "Personnel records", "Records retention"

September 20, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for October

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of October.

tagged: HR

September 17, 2021

Duty-free Lunch Entitlement

Campus principals must consider statutory limitations before assigning teachers and librarians to lunch duty.

tagged: "Employment law", HR

September 16, 2021

Responding to Employees Who Don't Follow FMLA Procedures

Employers can delay or deny a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) request if an employee fails to follow FMLA and leave reporting procedures.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Family and medical leave", FMLA

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"

September 14, 2021

TASA, TASB, and TASBO Kick Off Budget Cohort

The 2021–2022 Texas District Leaders Budget Cohort program kicks off on September 23, 2021, at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.

tagged: Compensation, "Educator contracts", "Professional development", Staffing

September 13, 2021

Q&A: Medical Examinations during Employment

TASB HR Services addresses questions concerning an organization’s ability to require an employee to undergo a medical evaluation to determine whether the employee has an impairment that interferes with their ability to perform required job duties.

tagged: "Employee performance", Employment, "Employment law", HR

September 10, 2021

Texas Education Human Resources Day: October 13

Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 13, 2021, as Texas Education Human Resources Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor the important contributions made by school staff who work in human resources.

tagged: HR

September 09, 2021

Updated ACA Affordability Calculator Available

The updated ACA Affordability Calculator for Texas school districts is available in the HR Library (member login required).

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

September 07, 2021

TASB HR Services to Present at TASA | TASB Convention 2021

TASB HR Services will present four sessions at this year's TASA | TASB Convention in Dallas, TX.

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Professional development"

September 03, 2021

Prekindergarten Added to Class Size Limits

Effective September 1, 2021, prekindergarten classes are limited to 22 students.

tagged: Staffing, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

September 02, 2021

Join Us for HR Academy and Advanced HR Seminar

TASB HR Services is proud to present the 2021 HR Academy and the new Advanced HR Seminar.

tagged: Compensation, "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, "HR training", Leave

August 31, 2021

Social Media for HR Professionals

Social media is a tool human resources professionals can use to enhance recruiting efforts and broaden communication.

tagged: Hiring, HR, Recruiting, "Social media practices"

August 30, 2021

Certification Resources for School Administrators

To support Texas school districts in their quest to find certified and qualified teachers, HR Services is pleased to announce the addition of a Certification section to the HR Library (myTASB login required).

tagged: Certification, Hiring, HR, "Teacher certification"

August 27, 2021

Extended and Intermittent Leave at the Beginning of the Year

As a new school year begins, districts are asking how to handle extended and intermittent absences.

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

August 25, 2021

Clarifying Recent Guidance on Contact Tracing and Close Contacts

Districts have some confusion about recently updated public health guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), which points to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response"

August 24, 2021

Additional Leave for COVID-Related Absences

As the school year begins, school districts are again responding to requests for leave for COVID-related absences.

tagged: COVID-19, Leave

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"

August 16, 2021

New Firearms Prohibited Posters Available

Two new posters regarding firearms on school district premises are available in the TASB Store.

tagged: "Employee notices", "Worksite posting"

August 11, 2021

College Job Descriptions Now Available in the HR Library

TASB HR Services is pleased to announce its newest resource for colleges—model job descriptions.

tagged: "Community college", "Job descriptions"

August 10, 2021

Parent Retention Option May Affect School Staffing

Staffing plans for schools may be impacted by Senate Bill 1697 of the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature which allows a parent to choose retention of their child in pre-K through grade 8 or repeat a high school course.

tagged: Hiring, HR, Staffing, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

August 09, 2021

COVID-Related Issues for 2021–2022

As the spread of the Delta variant increases infections and hospitalizations across the state, our members are again inquiring about additional COVID-related leave and newly released public health guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

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

August 06, 2021

The Top-10 Most Common Questions on Educator Contracts

HR Services consultants and Legal Services attorneys regularly field calls from district staff about educator contracts, and while many are questions with very particular and specific sets of circumstances, there are general topics and themes that emerge as common among districts. Following is a list of the top-10 most common general contract questions, in no particular order, along with answers and links to additional resources.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Teacher contracts"

August 05, 2021

Update Coming to Educator Certification Online System (ECOS)

Texas Education Agency (TEA) is providing an update to the ECOS beginning August 24, 2021, that will allow school districts to download additional certification information for teachers.

tagged: Certification, Compensation, TEA, "Teacher certification", "Texas Education Agency"

August 04, 2021

Is It Time to Renew Your District of Innovation Plan?

TASB Legal Services recently published guidance for districts in need of renewing a district of innovation (DOI) plan.

tagged: "Districts of innovation", DOI, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

August 03, 2021

TEA Launches Accelerated Learning Support

To support accelerated learning in the wake of COVID-19, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports (TCLAS) to provide funding and resources to schools.

tagged: COVID-19, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

August 02, 2021

DOL Rescinds Joint Employer Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new final rule on July 29 that rescinds the previous administration’s “joint-employer” rule that went into effect in March 2020.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "Employment law", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, "Independent contractor"

July 30, 2021

What’s New with Title IX?

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently released “Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment” clarifying schools’ obligations and highlighting procedures when responding to complaints of sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee handbook", "Employment law", "Professional development"

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 28, 2021

Updated Leave Administration Framework Available

Updates to the Framework for Developing Leaves and Absence Procedures are completed and available in the HR Library (myTASB login required).

tagged: Leave

July 27, 2021

Hiring Teachers Late in the Summer

With the first day of school just weeks away, many Texas school districts are having a very difficult time filling teacher vacancies. Some large districts are reporting hundreds of openings while smaller districts are reporting having no applicants for posted teacher positions.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher certification", "Teacher shortage"

July 26, 2021

Fraudulent Job Postings

Recently, fraudulent job postings are being discovered and reported on various job posting sites (e.g., Indeed, ZipRecruiter, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn).

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Retire rehire"

July 23, 2021

Cybersecurity Training Requirements Clarified

Many of our members have reached out to HR Services regarding the impact of Senate Bill (SB) 1267 and House Bill (HB) 1118 on cybersecurity training requirements.

tagged: "HR training", "Professional development"

July 22, 2021

TEA Releases Contractor Fingerprinting Guidance

An explanation on how school contractor criminal history background checks will be managed going forward has been released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

tagged: "Criminal history", Hiring, "Independent contractor"

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"

July 19, 2021

TRS Schedules HR-Related Training

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) has announced upcoming HR-related trainings for higher education and school districts.

tagged: "Retire rehire", "Teacher retirement", "Teacher Retirement System", TRS

July 14, 2021

Legislative Updates Webinar Available

A new HR Services webinar provides an overview of the various bills passed during the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature impacting human resources. 

tagged: Certification, "HR certification", "Teacher Retirement System", "TRS ActiveCare"

July 13, 2021

HR Services Sessions at TASPA Summer Conference

HR Services consultants will present a variety of sessions at the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrator (TASPA) Summer Conference July 15–16 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Round Rock.

tagged: "Americans with Disabilities Act", Certification, Compensation, Recruiting

July 09, 2021

DHS Releases Updated I-9 Receipt Guidance

Guidance on use of receipts for replacement document needed to verify Form I-9 was recently updated and published on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website.  

tagged: Employment, "Personnel records"

July 08, 2021

Training and Staff Development Plans for 2021–2022

Members are wondering when the TASB School Law eSource School District Training Chart will be updated.

tagged: Certification, "Professional development", "Teacher training"

July 07, 2021

NNDCC vs. NJROTC: Different Acronyms, Same Purpose

If you have never heard of the National Naval Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC), then you are probably not alone.

tagged: "Career and technology education", CTE

July 06, 2021

Impact of Accelerated Instruction

Accelerated instruction was addressed by the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature in House Bill (HB) 4545.

tagged: Hiring, Staffing, TEA, "Teacher Retirement System", "Texas Education Agency", TRS

July 01, 2021

Legislative Update: General Personnel Issues

Several bills related to general personnel issues were passed during the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.

tagged: Employment, Hiring, HR

June 30, 2021

TEA Updates Certification Webpages

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has made updates to the Out-of-State Certified Educators and the School District Personnel Certification Information webpages.

tagged: Certification, HR, Staffing

June 30, 2021

Legislative Update: Training and Staff Development

Training and staff development requirements were impacted by bills passed in the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.

tagged: Certification, development, Professional, Teacher, training

June 29, 2021

Demographics Dashboard Now Available in the HR Library

TASB HR Services has created a new tool, the Demographics Dashboard, which is now available to download from the HR Library (myTASB login required).

tagged: Diversity, HRIS, Human, Information, Resources, System

June 29, 2021

Legislative Update: Teacher Retirement System Issues

Several bills related to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) were passed during the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.

tagged: Benefits, Health, insurance, Rehire, Retirement, System, Teacher, TRS

June 28, 2021

Legislative Update: Assault, Harassment, Abuse, Neglect, and Misconduct

The topics of sexual assault, abuse and neglect, educator misconduct, and sexual harassment were addressed in several bills passed during the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.

tagged: Employee, HR, performance, Termination

June 25, 2021

Legislative Update: Certification and Licensing

Several bills were passed in the 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature that have implications for certification and licensing.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Teacher

June 24, 2021

Legislative Update: Leave Benefits

New categories of paid leave for employees engaged in military service and peace officers are required as the result of 87th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.

tagged: Benefits, Leave

June 23, 2021

Superintendents Leaving Profession After Difficult School Year

An unusually large number of superintendents are leaving education due to the high anxiety and stress endured amidst the challenges of navigating the yearlong pandemic. 

tagged: Employment, Retention

June 22, 2021

Staffing Resources for School Administrators

TASB HR Services has been providing staffing guidance to school districts since 2003 and is proud to announce a new Strategic Staffing section in the HR Library (myTASB login required).

tagged: HR, Staffing

June 21, 2021

Basic Tips for Managing Employee Performance

Performance management is the systematic process by which an employer involves its employees, as individuals and members of a group, in improving organizational effectiveness.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee performance", "HR training", "Professional development"

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 16, 2021

Updated T-PESS Rubric Required

Beginning this school year, local education agencies (LEAs) must use the updated Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS) rubric to meet the commission’s recommended principal appraisal system requirements.

tagged: "Employee performance", "HR training", "Professional development", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

June 15, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for July

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for July.

tagged: HR

June 14, 2021

Best Practices for Posting Vacancies

During the thick of hiring season, school districts often have questions about posting job vacancies.

tagged: "Employee performance", Hiring, Retention, "Teacher onboarding"

June 10, 2021

Counseling in Texas Public Schools

School systems have multiple staffing options to meet the social emotional needs of students and support the work of school counselors.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

June 09, 2021

Model Employee Handbooks Updated

The 2021 updates to the Model Employee Handbook (MEH) and the Community College MEH are now available to TASB HR Services members.

tagged: "Employee handbook", HR

June 07, 2021

TEA Adjusts Public Health Guidance

Districts must review and update procedures to ensure compliance with the June 5, 2021 update to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) public health guidance.

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

June 03, 2021

Senate Bill 202 and TRS Surcharge Responsibility

Upon the governor’s signing of Senate Bill 202, school districts will no longer be able to pass the responsibility of the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) surcharge to a retiree through payroll deduction, by imposing a fee, or by any other means to recover the cost.

tagged: Hiring, "Teacher retirement", "Teacher Retirement System"

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

June 01, 2021

Mentors Matter

Approximately 40 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years, but teachers with mentors are more likely to stay, according to a recent study.

tagged: "Employee performance", Retention, "Teacher onboarding", "Teacher training"

May 28, 2021

Special Education HOUSSE Options

The High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) is a method used to determine a special education teacher’s subject matter competency.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

May 27, 2021

DHS Provides Flexibility for Reviewing I-9 Documentation

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) relaxes the requirements to review Form I-9 documentation in the employee’s physical presence if normal operations are being performed remotely because of COVID-19.

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Personnel records"

May 26, 2021

License Requirements for School District Employees

Certain individuals employed by a Texas school district must hold licensing credentials from their state agency to perform services within their profession.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

May 24, 2021

Educational Aide Certification

All educational aides employed in Texas school districts must be certified according to requirements established by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, Nonexempt

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 18, 2021

TRS Extends Penalty Fee Grace Period

Districts will be relieved to learn that the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) has decided not to assess penalty fees beginning with September 2021 for filing late reports.

tagged: "Teacher retirement", "Teacher Retirement System", TRS

May 18, 2021

Hiring Student Workers for Summer

Employers considering employing students over the summer months should review what job functions minors are permitted and prohibited from performing.

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

May 17, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 7—Substitute

School districts struggle each year to fill teacher vacancies, and unfortunately, often employ substitutes when they cannot secure certified teachers.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

May 17, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for June

Let's take a look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of June.

tagged: HR

May 13, 2021

Teacher Retention

As we approach the end of the 2020–2021 school year, it’s important to consider the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they impact staff retention and teacher burnout.

tagged: COVID-19, Retention, "Teacher shortage"

May 12, 2021

End-of-Year Procedures

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and students will soon be darting out the school doors to begin their summer break with teachers and staff not far behind.

tagged: "Employee performance", "Employee surveys", Employment, HR

May 11, 2021

Calculating Penalty-Free Resignation

It's important to know what the penalty-free resignation date is and how to calculate it.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Teacher contracts", Termination

May 10, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 6—Exceptions and Waivers

Districts have two types of waivers available to hire an individual who doesn’t meet permit or certification criteria: the teacher certification waiver and the bilingual exception and English as a Second Language (ESL) waiver.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

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

May 06, 2021

FML for Spring and Summer Births

A common family and medical leave (FML) question is whether a 10-month employee who has a baby late in the spring or over the summer can take family and medical leave (FML) at the beginning of the school year to bond with the baby.

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

May 06, 2021

DOL Withdraws Rules for Determining Independent Contractor Status

On May 5, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the withdrawal of the new independent contractor rule.

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

May 05, 2021

TRS Retirees Exception for Summer Substitute Work

To help districts address summer school teacher shortages, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) has adopted a temporary emergency rule expanding the definition of a substitute from June 2021 through August 2021.

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

May 04, 2021

Changing Leave Increments

Requiring employees to use leave in half-day increments is one of many things districts do just because it’s always been done that way.

tagged: Compensation, Leave

May 03, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 5—Nonrenewable Permit

A nonrenewable permit (NRP) may be activated for an individual who has not completed appropriate educator assessment requirements specified in Title 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §230.21.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

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 29, 2021

The Value of Assistant Principals

New research encourages developing the role of assistant principals to advance education equity, promote school improvement, and foster principal effectiveness.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, "Professional development", Retention

April 28, 2021

Reporting Contract Abandonment

HR Services often gets calls about what recourse a district has for a teacher abandoning their contract.

tagged: "Educator contracts", Employment, "Teacher contracts", "Teacher resignations"

April 26, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 4—Temporary Classroom Assignment Permit

Part four of the teacher certification series focuses on the temporary classroom assignment permit (TCAP) used at the secondary level for a certified teacher assigned to teach one to four classes outside of their certification.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

April 22, 2021

Board Resolution vs. Regular Board Action

We’ve referenced board resolutions during the pandemic far more than usual, and all this talk about resolutions has led some district staff to think many actions now require a resolution.

tagged: HR

April 20, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for May

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of May.

tagged: HR

April 19, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 3—Emergency Permits

An emergency permit may be used when a district cannot secure an appropriately certified and qualified individual to fill a vacant position or when an educator doesn’t have the appropriate credentials for the assignment.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

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 15, 2021

LEADing with Intention

Quality succession planning is crucial to an organization’s success, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford (HEB) ISD is working hard to ensure the success of their district leaders through their leadership succession program.

tagged: Employment, HR, "Professional development", Staffing

April 13, 2021

COBRA Premium Subsidy

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) contains certain provisions related to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly called COBRA.

tagged: "Employee notices", "Employment law", "Epidemic Response", "Health insurance"

April 12, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 2—DOI Flexibility and School District Teaching Permits

The second part of the teacher certification series focuses on two nontraditional ways to hire uncertified individuals for teaching positions—a district’s District of Innovation (DOI) plan and a school district teaching permit (SDTP).

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

April 09, 2021

Teacher Shortages Don’t Affect All Equally

The pandemic-fueled nationwide teacher shortage that many have feared has yet to materialize; however, there is cause for concern in specific schools and subjects.

tagged: HR, "Teacher resignations", "Teacher shortage"

April 08, 2021

Attrition: An Effective Way to Reduce

Budget preparation is in full swing, and districts may be struggling to find needed resources to support or improve student learning while sustaining a competitive compensation plan.

tagged: Employment, Staffing, "Teacher resignations", "Teacher retirement"

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

April 05, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 1—Alternative Certification Programs

To help school districts meet the challenges of complying with certification rules, we are releasing a seven-part series on certification that provides a deep dive into routes to certify teachers.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

April 01, 2021

Best Practices for Managing Substitutes

Substitutes are vital to school districts, so managing them effectively can increase retention and build your district’s substitute pool. 

tagged: "Employee discipline", Employment, Hiring, HR, Unemployment

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 26, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 5—Educational Aides and Campus Clerical

The final article in our strategic staffing series focuses on educational aides and campus clerical staff.

tagged: HR, Staffing

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 23, 2021

Principals’ Impact on Student Learning

A new school leadership research review commissioned by the Wallace Foundation found school principals impact student learning more than previously believed, ranking second only to teachers.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, "Professional development", Retention

March 22, 2021

Best Practices for Checking Pre-Employment References

As HR departments ramp up their spring hiring, it’s a good time to review reference-checking processes and remind hiring managers to follow established procedures.

tagged: Employment, Hiring

March 19, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 4—Special Education

The fourth article of our strategic staffing series focuses on special education services which can be compared to state averages and recommended benchmarks.

tagged: Staffing

March 17, 2021

Recognizing Staff and Students during a Pandemic

It’s always important to recognize the achievements of others, and it may be even more critical this year due to the challenges of the pandemic.

tagged: "Employee performance", Retention, "Social media practices"

March 12, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 3—Auxiliary Staff

The third part of our strategic staffing series focuses on auxiliary staff who support child nutrition, custodial, maintenance, and transportation services in a school district.

tagged: HR, Staffing

March 12, 2021

Considerations for Changing the School Calendar

District leaders considering school calendar revisions should first consider the effect on teacher contracts and pay and review available resources.  

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher contracts"

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"

March 10, 2021

Calculating FMLA during the Holidays and Emergency Closures

The basic principles of counting time off against an employee’s 12 weeks of family and medical leave (FML) are impacted by holidays and emergency closures.

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

March 09, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for April

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of April.

tagged: HR

March 08, 2021

TEA to Evaluate Educator Preparation Programs

To assess educator preparation program (EPP) effectiveness and provide appropriate support, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is collecting data via the annual principal and first-year teacher surveys.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, Surveys, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

March 08, 2021

Contract Administration Resources

Spring is a great time to review processes for contract administration including renewals, nonrenewals, and hiring.

tagged: "Educator contracts", Hiring, Nonrenewal, "Teacher contracts"

March 05, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 2—Teachers

The second part of our strategic staffing series focuses on teacher positions, which can be compared to peer district data, the state average, and TASB recommended benchmarks.

tagged: HR, Staffing

March 03, 2021

IRS Allows Deductions for COVID-19 Protective Items

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced eligible educators may include COVID-19 protective items in the educator expense deduction.

tagged: HR

March 01, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 1

To provide school districts with valuable information and meet the recent uptick in requests for staffing benchmarks, we are releasing a five-part series on strategic staffing.

tagged: HR, Staffing

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 25, 2021

IRS Announces Filing Extension

Due to the winter storms in Texas, the deadline to file various individual and business tax returns has been extended to June 15, 2021.

tagged: HR

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 22, 2021

Becoming a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite

Mother-Friendly Worksites are organizations that proactively support employees who choose to breastfeed their children.

tagged: Benefits, "Employee handbook", HR, Retention

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 11, 2021

Annual Form W-4 Requirements

Employees claiming exemption from income tax are required to complete a new Form W-4 every calendar year, and the February 15th deadline is fast approaching.

tagged: Compensation, "Employee notices", "Employment law", Hiring

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 08, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for March

As we move into spring, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of March. 

tagged: HR

February 05, 2021

T-TESS for Late Hires

Like all teachers new to the district, late hires are required to have a full Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) or locally developed appraisal during the first year of employment. 

tagged: "Employee performance", Hiring, "Teacher contracts", T-TESS

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

Sample Administrator Interview Questions

To ensure the selection of the most qualified administrator candidate, HR should provide for an effective interview process.

tagged: Diversity, Employment, Hiring, Retention

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 29, 2021

Annual Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Query

School districts are required to run an annual query of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse on all existing commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders, including bus drivers.

tagged: Hiring, "Personnel records"

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 25, 2021

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for International Travel

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new COVID-19 testing requirements for international travelers returning to the United States effective January 26, 2021.

tagged: COVID-19, Leave

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 21, 2021

Experienced HR Mentors Needed

At the 2020 HR Academy, HR Services introduced HR Mentorship Connections, a new program designed to connect novice HR staff with experienced HR professionals willing to serve as a mentor.

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Professional development", Retention

January 20, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Employee Medical Inquiries

As COVID-19 vaccines become available some educational entities are asking TASB HR Services how to respond to requests for employee medical information.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", COVID-19, "EEOC compliance"

January 19, 2021

Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Unfairly Penalized

A recent study finds teachers in high-poverty schools are unfairly penalized on classroom observations.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR

January 12, 2021

Implementing COVID-19 Vaccine Protocols

As a COVID-19 vaccine becomes more readily available, employers are exploring options for workplace requirements and practices.

tagged: COVID-19, "EEOC compliance"

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 12, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for February

As we look at the typical HR department's to-do list for February, remember to revise processes and procedures to reflect use of remote work and virtual learning.

tagged: HR

January 11, 2021

No Changes to TASB Model Contracts

There will not be any changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2021.

tagged: contracts, "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", HR, "Teacher contracts"

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 08, 2021

DOL Considers Telemedicine an In-Person Visit

Recent guidance from the Department of Labor considers telemedicine an “in-person” visit for the purposes of establishing a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "Family and medical leave", FMLA

January 06, 2021

Did the Government Extend FFCRA Leave through March?

Several of our members have reached out to get clarification about the recent coronavirus relief package signed into law on December 27.

tagged: COVID-19, "Department of Labor", DOL, Leave

January 05, 2021

Disinfecting Surfaces to Stop Spread of COVID Unproductive

Scientific data shows that focusing on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces has little impact on stopping the spread of COVID-19.

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response"

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 15, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for January

As we look at the typical HR department's to-do list for January, remember to revise processes and procedures to reflect use of remote work and virtual learning.

tagged: HR

December 15, 2020

Evaluating Teachers Who Provide Virtual Instruction

Evaluating teachers has always been one of the more time consuming and challenging but important duties of principals. These challenges have been heightened by adding evaluations of teachers who provide virtual instruction due to the pandemic.

tagged: COVID-19, "Employee performance", "Professional development", T-TESS

December 14, 2020

Happy Holidays from HR Services

As 2020 draws to a close, we wanted to wish all our members and readers very happy holidays.

tagged: HR

December 11, 2020

TEA Updates Public Health Planning Guidance

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released updated guidance providing districts with detailed steps for addressing employees who test positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or have had close contact with an individual who tests positive.

tagged: COVID-19, Leave, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

December 09, 2020

Educator Morale Continues Decline

A survey conducted by the EdWeek Research Center shows educator morale is low and job applicants are declining.

tagged: Employment, Recruiting, Surveys

December 08, 2020

Federal Leave is Ending, What’s Next?

Leave benefits that employers are required to provide through the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) will expire December 31, 2020, and HR Services members are wondering what their next step should be to provide paid or unpaid leave options to employees affected by the pandemic.  

tagged: Benefits, COVID-19, "Employment law", Leave

December 07, 2020

Number of School District-Affiliated Health Clinics on the Rise

In some school districts across the state, having to take time off work or from class to spend half a day or more attending a doctor’s appointment is becoming a less frequent inconvenience.

tagged: "Health insurance", Recruiting

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 04, 2020

Upcoming Deadline for Teacher Certification Requirements

Teacher candidates seeking certification in certain fields must successfully complete the new science of reading exam beginning January 1, 2021.

tagged: Certification, Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher certification"

December 03, 2020

Moonlighting during FML

Some employees may work a second job while on Family and Medical Leave (FML) in a district or organization, and what the law says about that may be unexpected.

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

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

December 01, 2020

TDLR Emergency Licensing Due to COVID-19

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) passed an emergency rule related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

tagged: Certification, "Personnel records"

November 30, 2020

Two Lies and a Truth

HR Services staff hear stories about employees in public education all over the state, and some of those stories are pretty unbelievable.

tagged: HR

November 30, 2020

TEA Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Resources to support employee and student mental health and wellness are available from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

tagged: "HR training", "Professional development", "Teacher training"

November 20, 2020

A New Approach to First-Year Teacher Mentorship

Nearly one in 10 teachers quit the profession after their first year and nearly one in three quit before their sixth school year.

tagged: "Professional development", Retention, "Teacher onboarding", "Teacher training"

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 16, 2020

Employee Retention and COVID-19

Many have experienced the upheaval of their daily lives due to COVID-19, but steps can be taken to limit the effect of the pandemic on employees.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, Retention, Staffing

November 13, 2020

Workplace Culture

Workplace culture is dynamic; it can change over time and has the ability to surround and connect those who participate in it.

tagged: HR

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"

November 10, 2020

Employee Engagement during COVID-19

Now more than ever, educators and those who work in schools are looking to feel a sense of connection with their employers.

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

November 10, 2020

Planning for Reducing Personnel Costs

There are many options and strategies available to districts seeking to reduce personnel costs.

tagged: "Employment contracts", Staffing

November 09, 2020

Enhanced TASB Member Center is Coming

On November 16 the TASB Member Center is opening its doors to welcome more members, including district personnel, and refreshing the online experience for all.

tagged: HR

November 09, 2020

Money Pit: Teacher Turnover

Recruiting a teacher is not just about accomplishing the hire, but about making an investment that can yield dividends or become a money pit when the teacher decides to part ways.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

November 09, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for December

Let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for December.

tagged: HR

November 06, 2020

Requiring a High School Diploma or GED

Educational entities often require a high school diploma or General Educational Diploma (GED) for all positions, but the practice is not advisable.

tagged: Employment, Hiring, "Job descriptions"

November 04, 2020

Texas Teacher Supply: 2020 Update

The supply of newly certified teachers joining the profession dwindles.

tagged: Employment, "Teacher certification", "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

November 02, 2020

Substitute Teacher Shortages

As schools are dealing with classroom quarantines, enhanced teacher shortages, and other unexpected effects of the pandemic, having a quality roster of trained substitutes is more important than ever.

tagged: COVID-19, Hiring, HR, "HR training"

November 02, 2020

Mentor Program Allotment Cycle 2

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will begin accepting applications for the Mentor Program Allotment (MPA) Cycle 2 on November 2, 2020.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, "Professional development", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

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 26, 2020

Updates to PK–6 Certification Changes

The 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature made significant changes to address early elementary literacy by adding an additional requirement for the prekindergarten through grade six (PK–6) certification examination.

tagged: Certification, Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher certification"

October 23, 2020

Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced a deadline of November 20, 2020, for submitting a completed 2020–2021 Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance.

tagged: "Criminal history", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

October 21, 2020

Holiday Travel Reminders

As the holiday season approaches, districts should remind staff about expectations for returning to work following certain travel, as many may plan to go elsewhere for recreation or to see friends and family.

tagged: COVID-19, "Employee notices", "Epidemic Response", HR

October 19, 2020

Teacher Burnout and COVID-19 Stress

October is difficult enough in a typical year, but with the addition of stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools will need to be even more diligent in identifying and managing teacher burnout.

tagged: COVID-19, HR

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 16, 2020

Culturally Proficient Leadership in Schools

Educational entities are aspiring to develop and cultivate leaders who are driven to lead with inclusion, diversity, and equity.

tagged: Diversity, HR, "Professional development"

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 12, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for November

As we look at the typical HR department's to-do list for November, remember to revise processes and procedures to reflect use of remote work and virtual learning.

tagged: HR

October 12, 2020

Mental Health Impacts Our Work

As depression, anxiety, and suicide rates rise, more employers are taking active steps to break the stigma of mental health in the workplace and provide resources to help employees.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Health insurance", HR

October 09, 2020

FFCRA Expires December 31, 2020

The Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) only provides leave benefits up until December 31, 2020, so it’s important to inform employees of limitations and manage expectations.

tagged: COVID-19, "Family and medical leave", FMLA, Leave

October 08, 2020

TEA Provides Certification Guidance

As the 2020–2021 school year gets underway, districts are still struggling to find certified teachers to fill vacancies.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "Teacher certification"

October 08, 2020

Considering New Teacher Staffing Models

A new report by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) predicts the teacher staffing shortage will worsen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring school leaders to get creative and consider new staffing models.

tagged: HR, Retention, Staffing, "Teacher shortage"

October 07, 2020

How Unconscious Bias Hurts the Workplace

Unconscious biases affect us all, but in the workplace they can influence salaries, promotions, and even retention.

tagged: Diversity, Retention

October 05, 2020

Class Size Waivers and COVID-19

As schools re-open this fall, many school entities are providing altered instructional arrangements for students due to ongoing safety concerns of COVID-19.

tagged: DOI, "Epidemic Response", Staffing, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

October 05, 2020

Grant Opportunity to Support Teacher Leadership

Last week, Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced competitive grant opportunities for local education agencies (LEAs) including one opportunity directly related to National Board Certification, which would support districts pursuing Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) funds.

tagged: Certification, "Professional development", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

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 29, 2020

Assigning Extra Classes during Planning Periods

Districts struggling to cover classes because of a lack of substitutes or because of uneven class sizes need to ensure they don’t interfere with a teacher’s protected planning period.

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher contracts"

September 24, 2020

TASB HR Services to Present at TASA | TASB Convention 2020

TASB HR Services will present three sessions at this year's virtual TASA | TASB Convention.

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Professional development"

September 24, 2020

DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued revised regulations under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in response to a federal court’s decision that found portions of the regulations invalid.

tagged: Benefits, "Department of Labor", HR, Leave

September 23, 2020

Accommodations and FML Requests

Employers are seeing an increase in employee requests for Family and Medical Leave (FML) following a denial of a request to work remotely because of an employee or family member’s high-risk health factor.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", Benefits, "Employment law", "Family and medical leave", FMLA, Leave

September 23, 2020

Texas Education Human Resources Day: October 14

Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 14, 2020, as Texas Education Human Resources Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor the important contributions made by school staff who work in human resources.

tagged: HR

September 22, 2020

Working While on FML

HR Services receives many questions regarding what an employer is allowed to ask of an employee who is out or planning to be out on family and medical leave (FML).

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

September 22, 2020

DOL Proposes Rules to Clarify Determining Independent Contractor Status

On September 22, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule addressing how to determine whether a worker is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor.

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

September 21, 2020

The Dilemma of Leave Availability at the Start of the School Year

The beginning of this school year has resulted in more staff than usual starting the year on long-term leave, and districts have asked TASB HR Services if they are required to advance leave to these employees.

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

September 18, 2020

Last Minute Resignations of Certified Personnel

Fear of COVID-19, concerns about underlying health conditions, and the inability to work remotely have resulted in an increase of resignations for the start of this school year.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Teacher resignations", Termination

September 18, 2020

TEA Announces Grant Opportunities

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the opening of the 2021–2023 Grow Your Own Grant Program and the 2021–2022 Principal Residency Grant.

tagged: HR, Recruiting, TEA, "Teacher recruiting", "Texas Education Agency"

September 17, 2020

Work-Site Posters for 2020

At the start of each school year employers often ask if state and federal posters need to be updated.

tagged: "Employee notices", "Worksite posting"

September 15, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for October

As we look at the typical HR department's to-do list for October, remember to revise processes and procedures to reflect use of remote work and virtual learning.

tagged: HR

September 11, 2020

Beyond the Basics of FFCRA Leave

TASB HR Services recently presented a webinar covering complex scenarios related to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave issues.

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", HR, Leave

September 11, 2020

Creditable Years of Service Reviewed

A sizeable increase in the state minimum salary schedule was triggered by the basic allotment increase in funding by House Bill (HB) 3 of the 86th Legislature.

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

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 02, 2020

Criminal History Reviews Simplified

Review of an applicant’s criminal history is a complex task and if not implemented accurately and consistently can be problematic.

tagged: "Criminal history", "Employment law", Hiring, "Texas Education Agency"

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 31, 2020

Letters to Parents Regarding COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure

TASB HR Services created two new sample letters to parents or guardians regarding COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure.

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

August 28, 2020

Extending Paid and Unpaid Leave Through a Resolution

Employees typically have a plethora of leave options available, but multiple exposures and incidents of COVID-19 illnesses are causing employees to exhaust leave entitlements.

tagged: Benefits, "Employment law", Leave, "Temporary disability leave"

August 28, 2020

Clarifying FFCRA Leave for Childcare Purposes

Requests for leave, specifically for childcare purposes, are on the rise as schools begin the year with varying instructional arrangements that may or may not qualify as a school closure.

tagged: "Epidemic Response", FMLA, Leave