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October 08, 2020 • Featured Story

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.

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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

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 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 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—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 14, 2020

HR Services Offers HB 3 Efficiency Audit

HR Services is adding an efficiency audit to its array of consulting services for Texas school districts.

tagged: HR

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 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 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

August 27, 2020

Calculating FML Eligibility During the Pandemic

Determining eligibility for family medical leave (FML) is challenging for employers who paid employees to be idle during spring closures.

tagged: Benefits, "Employment law", FMLA, Leave

August 26, 2020

DOL Releases Guidance on Compensable Hours for Teleworkers

In remote work arrangements, the employer’s obligation to track hours worked but not scheduled can present more questions than answers.

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

August 24, 2020

HR Services’ Leave Trainings Go Virtual

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

tagged: HR, "HR training", Leave

August 20, 2020

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"

August 18, 2020

Educator Certification Flexibility in Response to COVID-19

Governor Abbott has issued a waiver allowing certain educator certification candidates to qualify for a one-year probationary certificate without meeting some requirements so they may be certified for the 2020–2021 school year.

tagged: Certification, Hiring, HR, Recruiting

August 18, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for September

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

tagged: Compensation, HR, "Salary surveys", Staffing

August 18, 2020

Extended: TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey

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

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

August 17, 2020

Educator Appraisals and COVID-19

Now is the time for school leaders to review current educator appraisal procedures and policies, make needed adjustments, and publish a plan that provides a supportive and meaningful appraisal process for this year.

tagged: "Employee performance", "Epidemic Response", TEA, T-TESS

August 17, 2020

Unemployment Compensation and the CARES Act

The TASB Risk Management Fund (Fund) explores ways school districts can work with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as unemployment claims surge.

tagged: Unemployment

August 14, 2020

Implementing the New Title IX Regulations

New Title IX regulations, effective August 14, 2020, focus on a school’s response to allegations of sexual harassment and added specific due process procedures.

tagged: "EEOC compliance", "Employee handbook", "Employment law", HR

August 13, 2020

Screening for Return to Work

Establishing a return to work screening process after exposure to or diagnosis of COVID-19 will help ensure individuals adhere to required exclusion periods.

tagged: COVID-19, Leave

August 11, 2020

TASB Talks: Return to School, Part II

HR Services’ division director Amy Campbell discusses issues related to returning to schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

August 07, 2020

DOL Releases New Model FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) published new model FMLA forms on July 16, 2020.

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

August 05, 2020

Navigating COVID-19 Workplace Challenges

TASB HR Services recently presented a webinar answering many frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 workplace challenges.

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

August 03, 2020

Salary Placement for Career and Technical Education Teachers

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

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

July 30, 2020

TEA Public Health Guidance and the HR Library

In response to the public health situation, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to update the Public Health Planning Guidance.

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

July 30, 2020

Return-to-Work Preparation

As shelter-in-place orders expire, educational institutions are confronted with the complicated task of preparing facilities for a safe return of employees and students.

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

July 28, 2020

Delays in Fingerprinting Services

School districts are reporting new hires are having difficulty finding fingerprinting service providers that are open for business, and individuals are having to wait more than 10 days for an available appointment at open locations.

tagged: "Criminal history", "Employment law", "Epidemic Response", HR

July 27, 2020

Interviewing for Inclusivity and Diversity

Educational entities seeking to battle systemic racism and improve equity within their own schools can do so by hiring educators and other staff who embrace diversity and strive for inclusive efforts to reach all students.

tagged: Diversity, Hiring, HR, Recruiting

July 27, 2020

TEA Provides Public Health Planning Guidance for Upcoming School Year

Education entities are working double time to put together a plan of action that accounts for as many scenarios as possible without compromising an engaging and safe learning environment.

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

July 24, 2020

TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey Now Open

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

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

July 24, 2020

ADA Interactive Process and COVID-19

Worksite accommodation requests are on the rise as staff get ready to return to the workplace, resulting in the need for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) interactive process.

tagged: ADA, "Employment law", "Epidemic Response", HR

July 23, 2020

Pregnancy and COVID-19

School districts have a higher proportion of female employees than many other industries, which means districts have many staff each year who get pregnant and take leave for childbirth, recovery from childbirth, and baby bonding.

tagged: COVID-19, FMLA, HR, Leave

July 21, 2020

Screening Staff, Students, and Visitors for COVID-19

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires districts to screen teachers, staff, and visitors before coming onto campus each day to prevent COVID-19 from entering schools.

tagged: COVID-19, "Employee surveys", "Epidemic Response"

July 20, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for August

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

tagged: HR

July 17, 2020

Getting the Most Out of Your EAP

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

tagged: Benefits, HR

July 14, 2020

Remote Teacher Selection

As the Texas Education Agency (TEA) rolls out instructional model options for next year, districts need to be prepared to make decisions about teacher assignments.

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

July 13, 2020

Optimizing Staff for Safe Student Learning

During this COVID-19 era, staff must be prepared to be flexible in their job assignments and duties.

tagged: COVID-19, HR, "Professional development", Staffing

July 09, 2020

Benefits of Remote Work Arrangements

Remote work arrangements provide additional options for the education industry as they manage COVID-19 exposures and illnesses.

tagged: ADA, Recruiting, Retention

July 07, 2020

TASB Salary Surveys

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

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

July 06, 2020

COVID-19 Resources for HR Professionals

Human resource professionals are adapting quickly to COVID-19-related issues, but it can be tough to keep track of all the useful information needed to keep processes running smoothly.

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

July 02, 2020

Addressing COVID-19 Exposure

We continue to see daily reports of COVID-19 diagnoses in and around school districts, and district HR staff likely have had to deal with these issues directly as more employees have returned to campuses and central office buildings.

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

June 30, 2020

Planning Engaging Onboarding Experiences In-Person or Remotely

Providing effective onboarding experiences will help engage new hires, acclimate them more quickly to the district, and, in the long run, increase retention.

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

June 26, 2020

Employee Travel and Return to Work

Summer is when many district staff take vacations, and, despite COVID-19-related closures, many employees are still planning to leave home for a trip during the summer months.

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

June 25, 2020

Contact Tracing Teams and Epidemic Response in Texas Schools

Quick action and use of contact tracing teams may be the key to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

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

June 23, 2020

Disruptive Behavior or Freedom of Speech?

Reports of school district employee resignations and terminations as a result of offensive race-related social media posts have increased.

tagged: HR, "Social media practices", Termination

June 22, 2020

Cybersecurity Training Deadline and Compliance

All local government employees—anyone who has access to a local government computer system or database and elected officials—were required to complete a cybersecurity training program by June 14, 2020.

tagged: "HR training", "Professional development"

June 19, 2020

Verifying Employee Requests for FFCRA Leave

As employers receive more and more requests for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave, they will want to ensure requests are legitimate.

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

June 19, 2020

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 18, 2020

Communicating Remote Work Expectations

As schools grapple with decisions about instructional and work arrangements for 2020–2021, job description modifications and other methods for communicating remote work expectations to employees are being considered.

tagged: COVID-19, "Employee performance", Employment, "Job descriptions"

June 17, 2020

Experts Consider Reopening of Schools

Conflicting guidance internationally, as well as within the United States, is making the task of determining best practices for reopen a near-impossible undertaking.

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response"

June 15, 2020

EEOC Updates COVID-19 and Discrimination Technical Assistance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) technical assistance questions and answers, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” were updated on June 11, 2020.

tagged: ADA, COVID-19, "EEOC compliance", "Employment law"

June 10, 2020

Intern Certification Flexibility Due to COVID-19

Governor Abbott has suspended certain provisions of law and rules allowing new and continued certification for identified certification candidates as indicated in the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Educator Certification Updates dated June 8, 2020.

tagged: Certification, Hiring, Recruiting

June 10, 2020

CDC COVID-19 Posters and Suggested Posting Locations

TASB HR Services has fielded several calls from districts sorting through the numerous Centers for Disease Control (CDC) posters for the workplace.

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", "Worksite posting"

June 09, 2020

TEA Provides TIA Information and Updates

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

tagged: Compensation, TEA

June 08, 2020

Data Shows Educator Concerns over School Reopenings

EdWeek Research Center’s new study sheds light on educator concerns on returning to the classroom and what factors may determine if they want to return at all.

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", "Teacher resignations"

June 05, 2020

Considerations for Releasing a Statement about George Floyd

In a recent opinion piece, Education Week offers considerations for school leaders making a statement about George Floyd.

tagged: HR

June 04, 2020

The Challenges of FFCRA Management

Administering the technical details of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) can be challenging and may be problematic if not properly managed.

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response", "Fair Labor Standards Act", "Family and medical leave"

June 03, 2020

New Opportunities through Virtual Recruiting

The face-to-face job interview process that once seemed immune to change has been thrust into the 21st century amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic.

tagged: Employment, Hiring, HR, Recruiting

June 01, 2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Part 3

As workplaces begin to reopen, we’ve received more questions from members about administering leave, continuation of remote work, workplace safety, and what to do when an employee is diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19.

tagged: ADA, COVID-19, Employment, Leave

May 29, 2020

The Impact of Instructional Coaches

Years of research indicate teachers who receive instructional coaching improve their quality of instruction and make gains in student achievement.

tagged: "Employee performance", Hiring, "Job descriptions", "Professional development"

May 27, 2020

Supporting Staff during Uncertain Times

During these uncertain times, HR can be proactive and take steps to support staff returning to work after workplace and school closures.

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

May 22, 2020

Infographic: Updating Your Employee Handbook

The TASB 2020 Model Employee Handbook and the Community College model, updated with the most recent guidance and legal requirements, are now available in myTASB.

tagged: "Employee handbook", HR

May 20, 2020

TEA Guidance on Pre-Employment Affidavit

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently provided guidance on the pre-employment affidavit of an applicant offered employment.

tagged: COVID-19, "Criminal history", Employment, "Epidemic Response"

May 18, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for June

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

tagged: HR

May 15, 2020

The Value of a Well-Written Employee Handbook

A well-written employee handbook can serve as a “best practices” guide for employers by communicating key standards and expectations for employees and explaining personnel policies and practices so they can be applied consistently and fairly.

tagged: DOL, "Employee handbook", "Employment law", HR

May 13, 2020

Pre-Employment Affidavit during School Closure

While schools are currently closed related to safety measures surrounding COVID-19, there are still some business processes, such as hiring, that must continue. 

tagged: Employment, "Employment law", Hiring

May 12, 2020

Acceptance of Contracts and Letters of Reasonable Assurance

Failure to return a contract or a letter of reasonable assurance by its due date typically signifies an employee’s voluntary resignation.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Personnel records", Termination

May 08, 2020

USCIS Provides Temporary Policy for Form I-9 Documents

A temporary US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy provides employers with guidance on using expired identity documents for the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).

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

May 06, 2020

Video Chat Fatigue

With schools and a number of businesses closed to the public, many employees are relying on video chat platforms to remain connected.

tagged: HR

May 04, 2020

Early Retirement Incentives

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

tagged: Compensation, Staffing, "Teacher resignations"

April 30, 2020

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

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

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

April 30, 2020

Stipend Administration Guidance

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

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

April 27, 2020

Delivery of Notice When Campuses Are Closed

COVID-19 school closures create a unique environment for navigating contract terminations and nonrenewals.

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

April 24, 2020

Substitute Employees and Unemployment Claims

Texas school districts may see an increase in unemployment claims from substitute employees as a result of closings in response to COVID-19.

tagged: Benefits, Unemployment

April 22, 2020

TRS Board Approves TRS-ActiveCare Changes

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

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

April 20, 2020

TRS-ActiveCare Costs

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

tagged: Benefits, "TRS ActiveCare"

April 16, 2020

TEA Releases Mentor Program Allotment Details

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will begin accepting applications for the Mentor Program Allotment (MPA) on April 20, 2020.

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

April 15, 2020

Infographic: Determining Compensability of Volunteer Time for Nonexempt Employees

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

tagged: Compensation

April 13, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for May

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

tagged: contracts, HR

April 09, 2020

COVID-19 and Unemployment Compensation

TASB Risk Management has provided a helpful Q&A regarding COVID-19 and unemployment compensation claims.

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

April 08, 2020

Tools for Responding to an Employee Diagnosis or Exposure to COVID-19

Tools for responding to an employee diagnosis or exposure to COVID-19 are available in the HR Library.

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

April 07, 2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions—Part 2

We’ve received a variety of new HR-related inquiries since we posted the first round of COVID-19 frequently asked questions.

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

April 06, 2020

Wage Garnishment for Student Loans during COVID-19 Crisis

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

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

April 01, 2020

TASB Talks: School Board Operations during the COVID-19 Crisis

HR Services’ Amy Campbell speaks on managing personnel during the COVID-19 crisis in TASB Talks Episode 34. She teams up with Joy Baskin, director of TASB Legal Services, to help districts respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

tagged: Compensation, HR, Leave

April 01, 2020

Educator Preparation Programs and COVID-19

Guidance related to educator preparation programs (EPPs) and field-based experience requirements, which have been impacted by school closings in response to COVID-19, have been posted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.

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

March 31, 2020

Employee Request Form for Emergency Federal Leave Now Available

An employee request form for emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave can now be found in the HR Library.

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

March 31, 2020

HR Considerations When Employees are Working Remotely

Managing a remote workforce is a new experience for most education entities. The following are some of the questions districts have asked as workers transition from being onsite to working from home.

tagged: FLSA, HR, Nonexempt, "Personnel records"

March 27, 2020

Pros and Cons of Educator Appraisal Waivers

While the Commissioner’s general waiver authority may allow school districts and charter schools to file a waiver for exemption from some aspects of educator appraisals, careful consideration should be given to this action. Pros and cons of filing a waiver should be analyzed to avoid unintended consequences.

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

March 26, 2020

Coping with the Stress of Uncertainty

COVID-19 had understandably caused stress and anxiety throughout our population, but there are ways to take care of one’s mental health in the face of uncertainty.

tagged: HR

March 26, 2020

Modifying the Teacher Job Description for Remote Instruction

Modifications to the teacher job description provides documentation of new expectations, responsibilities, and working conditions.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", HR, "Job descriptions", Leave

March 26, 2020

Emergency Delegation of Authority to Superintendent

TASB Legal Services provides guidance to school boards requesting that emergency powers be delegated from the school board to the superintendent.

tagged: HR

March 25, 2020

COVID-19: Shelter-in-Place Exception Letter

As more cities and counties in the state of Texas are requiring residents to shelter in place due to COVID-19, school entities may need to provide written documentation for employees who are categorized as essential personnel.

tagged: HR

March 25, 2020

Educator Appraisal Waivers

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released guidance on Educator and Staff Issues during these times of uncertainty created by COVID-19.

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

March 25, 2020

DOL Required Posters for Emergency Federal Leave

The required worksite posters explaining employee rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) are available from the Department of Labor (DOL).

tagged: DOL, FMLA, Leave, "Worksite posting"

March 23, 2020

Issues Related to Instructional Continuity

TASB Legal provides a Q&A covering employment questions related to instructional continuity during school closures.

tagged: HR

March 23, 2020

EEOC Updates Guidance on Medical Inquiries During a Pandemic

Employers taking employees’ temperatures to screen for COVID-19 will not violate Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rules.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", "EEOC compliance", HR

March 20, 2020

Emergency FMLA and Paid Leave Effective April 1, 2020

New laws extending Family and Medical Leave and providing for emergency paid sick leave for absences related to the COVID-19 pandemic become effective April 1, 2020.

tagged: "Family and medical leave", Leave

March 18, 2020

Recent Travel Reporting Forms

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the United States and abroad, districts may want to use a recent travel reporting form to track travel of employees and students.

tagged: "Employee notices", "Employee surveys", HR

March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

As district operations continue to be impacted by COVID-19, TASB Legal, Policy, and HR Services continue to receive questions about how to handle various issues related to compensation, leave, meetings, and more.

tagged: Compensation, contracts, HR, Leave

March 16, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for April

Current events may have people feeling completely out of routine, but the annual schedule of HR operations continues. As March wraps up, let's look ahead to our HR to-do list for April.

tagged: HR

March 13, 2020

Personnel Issues During a School Closure

TASB Legal answers questions regarding the legal principles relating to employee absences during an epidemic or school closing.

tagged: HR

March 11, 2020

TEA to Award ADSY Grants

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is accepting applications for the Additional Days School Year (ADSY) Planning and Execution Program.

tagged: TEA

March 09, 2020

Teacher Incentive Allotment Series: Compensation Plan Language

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

tagged: Compensation, "Educator contracts", TEA

March 04, 2020

Report Independent Contractor Pay on New 1099-NEC

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

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

March 04, 2020

Infectious Disease and Public Schools

As concerns regarding the spread of the Coronavirus continue to grow, it is important for districts to review their infectious disease response plans and monitor available resources.

tagged: HR

March 02, 2020

TEA to Evaluate Education Preparation Programs

In an effort to assess educator preparation program (EPP) effectiveness, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is gathering data via principal and first-year teacher surveys.

tagged: "Employee performance", HR, Surveys, TEA

February 28, 2020

Master's Degree and Student Achievement

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

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

February 26, 2020

TRS Awards New Medical Plan Contracts

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

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

February 24, 2020

TASB Talks: Supporting Teachers

HR Services’ Jennifer Barton speaks on the importance of supporting teachers including a fully developed orientation, professional development, and compensation.

tagged: Retention, "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

February 20, 2020

Dos and Don'ts: Stipends

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

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

February 19, 2020

Compensating Teachers in Additional Days School Year Program

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

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

February 17, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for March

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

tagged: "Educator contracts", HR, Staffing

February 13, 2020

The End of Master Teacher Certificates

House Bill 3 (HB 3) included a mandate that master teacher certificates will no longer be issued or renewed by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) as of September 1, 2019.

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

February 12, 2020

HR Services Releases Updated FLSA Guide

The newest edition of The Administrator’s Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act is now available for purchase in the TASB Store.

tagged: "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, HR

February 12, 2020

Involuntary Placement of an Employee on Temporary Disability Leave

Involuntarily placing an employee on temporary disability leave (TDL) when their medical condition interferes with the performance of their regular duties can be a difficult but necessary decision.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employment law", Leave, "Temporary disability leave"

February 10, 2020

Majority of Districts Adopt Innovation Plans

According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website, eighty-five percent of districts (875) have been designated as Innovation Districts or have plans to implement a plan in the near future.

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

February 07, 2020

Benchmarking for Best Practices

Benchmarking allows an organization to identify and implement “best practices” and develop improvement plans.

tagged: HR, "Pay increases", Staffing

February 05, 2020

TEA Announces Teacher Shortage Areas for 2020–2021

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

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

February 03, 2020

DOL Releases Final Rule on Joint Employers

On January 12th the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released revised regulations and guidance regarding the determination of joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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

January 31, 2020

Getting It Right: Job Descriptions and the ADA

A well-written and up-to-date job description could be the key to successfully avoiding or fending off an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) discrimination case against your district.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", "EEOC compliance", Hiring, "Job descriptions"

January 31, 2020

USCIS Announces New Version of Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, effective immediately.

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Personnel records"

January 29, 2020

Engaging in the ADA Interactive Process

The interactive process is used to determine whether an effective and reasonable accommodation is available for an employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Employment law", HR

January 27, 2020

HB 3 Pay Increases

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

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

January 24, 2020

Health Insurance Premiums Survey Results for 2019–2020

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

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

January 23, 2020

SBEC Public Comment on Proposed Rules

SBEC is taking public comment until February 3, 2020 on some certification rules that may impact the work HR leaders do in school districts.

tagged: Certification, HR, TEA

January 21, 2020

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: ACA, Benefits, HR, Staffing

January 17, 2020

Teacher Preparation Programs Experience Enrollment Decline

A drop in teacher preparation program enrollment nationwide may result in a teacher shortage, but a lack of detailed enrollment data leaves question marks about how to fix the problem.

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

January 15, 2020

Preparing Assistant Principals to be Successful Principals

As principal retention rates decline, district need to find ways to prepare new campus leaders and improve local retention rates.

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

January 13, 2020

Upcoming Workshop: Effective Documentation of Teachers

TASB HR Services and ED311 present Effective Documentation of Teachers, a one-day workshop for HR administrators, principals, assistant principals, and teacher appraisers.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee performance", "HR training", Termination

January 13, 2020

Understanding the New Do Not Hire Registry

Initial users of the Do Not Hire Registry have posed some interesting questions, including “Who should districts expect to see on the list?” and “Is it necessary to check all current employees?”

tagged: Certification, "Criminal history", Employment, Hiring

January 10, 2020

Affordable Care Act Update

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

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

January 09, 2020

No Changes to TASB Model Contracts

There will not be any changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2020.

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

January 08, 2020

Quick Look: Teacher Highlights, TASB District Personnel Salary Survey

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

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

January 06, 2020

Dealing with Pay Compression: Issues and Strategies

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

tagged: Compensation, Hiring, HR, Retention

January 06, 2020

Teacher Incentive Allotment Letter of Intent—Additional Guidance

Districts interested in applying for the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA) must submit a letter of intent to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) by Friday, January 24, 2020.

tagged: Compensation, "Employee performance", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

December 20, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service Issues Redesigned Form W-4

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has redesigned Form W-4 to increase simplicity, privacy, and accuracy.

tagged: "Employment law", HR

December 17, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service Extends Deadline for Forms 1095

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a deadline extension of Forms 1095 from January 31 to March 2.

tagged: ACA, "Affordable Care Act", HR

December 17, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for January

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

tagged: HR, "HR training", "Personnel records", Staffing

December 16, 2019

Educational Testing Service Seeks Constructed Response Scorers

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

tagged: HR

December 16, 2019

Top Tweets from TASPA Winter Conference 2019

TASB HR Services attended the TASPA Winter Conference on December 11-13 and presented on a variety of topics including certification, compensation, appraisals, and more.

tagged: media, practices, Social

December 13, 2019

Getting Paid for Clinical Teaching

Educational aides seeking teacher certification now have the opportunity to complete their clinical teaching without the financial hardship of an unpaid student teaching assignment.

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

December 11, 2019

Teacher Stress and Burnout is Real

It’s no secret that teacher stress is at epidemic proportions, and it’s affecting students in the classroom more than ever.

tagged: "Employee performance", Retention, "Teacher shortage"

December 09, 2019

TASB HR Services to Present at TASPA Winter Conference

TASB HR Services staff will be presenting at the TASPA Winter Conference in Austin on December 12 and 13. 

tagged: HR, "HR training"

December 05, 2019

Teacher Incentive Allotment Training Now Available

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

tagged: Compensation, HR, "HR training"

December 03, 2019

School Environment Crucial to Teacher and Student Success

Research suggests that the most important factor in teacher success is the school environment.

tagged: "Employee performance", Retention, "Teacher shortage"

December 02, 2019

Leave for Religious Observance

Employers responding to an absence request for religious observance need to consistently apply access to leave benefits.

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

November 21, 2019

Certification and Oversight of Investment Products Changes

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

tagged: Benefits, "Teacher Retirement System", TRS

November 18, 2019

The Ins and Outs of State Personal Leave

An employee’s access to state personal leave is determined by the reason for leave and local policy provisions.

tagged: HR, "HR training", Leave

November 15, 2019

PR1500 Equity Data Survey Changes

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is making changes to the process for collecting teacher and special education paraprofessional data.

tagged: Certification, "Employee surveys", TEA

November 12, 2019

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 11, 2019

Simplifying Blended Rate Calculation

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

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

November 08, 2019

Quick Look: Superintendent Survey Highlights

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

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

November 07, 2019

DIR Publishes Certified Cybersecurity Training Program List

The list of certified cybersecurity training programs required by House Bill 3834 of the 86th Texas Legislature is available on the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) webpage.

tagged: Employment, "Professional development"

November 05, 2019

Administrators Get Creative with Multi-District Collaborative Planning Session

Teachers from Freer ISD and Premont ISD came together for the first of what may be many collaborative planning sessions.

tagged: HR

October 31, 2019

When an Employee Declines a Pay Raise

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

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

October 29, 2019

Making the Most Out of Metrics

Metrics can help decision-makers identify trends and manage the workforce more effectively. Using workforce metrics can support a district’s competitiveness and help the district avoid missed opportunities for improvement.

tagged: HR

October 28, 2019

Flexible Work is Key to Retention

According to a survey from FlexJobs, nearly a third of workers have sought new employment because their employer didn’t offer flexible work opportunities, as reported by SHRM.  

tagged: Employment, HR, Retention

October 24, 2019

Handling Employee Discipline

No one enjoys disciplining employees, but every human resources professional and supervisor must be prepared to address performance issues.

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

October 21, 2019

Retirees and Alternative Hiring Arrangements

Districts tempted to hire a retiree through a third-party entity or as an independent contractor to avoid surcharges and annuity payment reductions should proceed with caution.

tagged: Hiring, HR, Rehire, "Retire rehire"

October 17, 2019

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

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

tagged: HR, Leave

October 15, 2019

Darktober: Strategies for Helping Staff Cope

I’m not sure where the term Darktober first got its start, but it’s an epidemic felt in education, particularly by new teachers.

tagged: Benefits, Employment, HR

October 14, 2019

Travel Time

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

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

October 14, 2019

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 11, 2019

Commissioner Decisions Guide Contract Actions

The commissioner issued three decisions providing guidance on personnel matters. These decisions address suspension of a teacher without pay, termination of a probationary contract, and an employee’s failure to timely grieve issuance of a probationary contract.

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

October 08, 2019

Navigating the Revised Overtime Regulations Part 1: Checking for Compliance

This is part 1 of 4 HRX posts related to the new federal overtime rule. On September 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) released final regulations updating the salary threshold for exempt status. The changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) take effect January 1, 2020. 

tagged: Compensation, "Department of Labor", "Exemption status", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA

October 08, 2019

Navigating the Revised Overtime Regulations Part 2: Calculating Weekly Salary

This is part 2 of 4 HRX posts related to the new federal overtime rule. In this post, we’ll explore how to calculate weekly salaries for compliance checks.

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

October 08, 2019

Navigating the Revised Overtime Regulations Part 3: Communicating Changes

This is part 3 of 4 HRX posts related to the new federal overtime rule. The most important factor to making a smooth transition is to communicate changes in a clear and effective way. Plan ahead and start talking to employees and supervisors about the proposed changes as soon as possible.

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

October 08, 2019

Navigating the Revised Overtime Regulations Part 4: Timelines and Logistics

This is part 4 of 4 HRX posts related to the new federal overtime rule. This post will help you decide when to implement changes. 

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

October 07, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about the FLSA Rules Changes

On September 24, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that will make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay.

tagged: Compensation, "Department of Labor", "Exemption status", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA

October 03, 2019

FML for Spouses

While you may be familiar with how Family and Medical Leave (FML) generally works, many are surprised to find out that it’s not as straight-forward for spouses working at the same employer.

tagged: FMLA, HR, Leave

October 01, 2019

HR Services Celebrates 35 Years

September 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of TASB HR Services. We’re so proud of how far we’ve come since 1984, and we’re so excited for where we’re going. 

tagged: HR

September 27, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for October

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

tagged: HR, "Salary surveys", Surveys

September 24, 2019

Certification of Cybersecurity Training Under HB 3834 Begins

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is now accepting applications to certify cybersecurity training programs.

tagged: Employment, "Professional development"

September 24, 2019

Final Overtime Rule Announced for January 1 Effective Date

The Department of Labor (DOL) this morning announced final updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act, slated to take effect January 1, 2020.

tagged: FLSA, HR, Overtime

September 19, 2019

Help! I’m supposed to complete your salary survey

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

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

September 19, 2019

Update on School Contractor Background Checks

In late August, all current users for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) secure site for ISDs received notice from DPS that effective September 1 DPS would no longer accept new requests from school contracting agencies for access to the DPS secure website because school contracting agencies would no longer have legislative authority to obtain Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history record information.

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Independent contractor"

September 18, 2019

TASB HR Services to Present at TASA | TASB Convention 2019

TASB HR Services staff will be presenting at the TASA | TASB Conference in Dallas on September 20 and 21.  

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

September 17, 2019

Texas Education Human Resources Day: October 9

Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 9, 2019, as Texas Education Human Resources Day.

tagged: HR

September 16, 2019

TEA Announces Competitive Grant Opportunities

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is offering grant opportunities to recruit and prepare teachers and principals. 

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

September 05, 2019

Continued Use of Form I-9

The current Employment Verification Form (Form I-9) was due to expire on August 31, 2019.

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

September 05, 2019

More "No-Match" Notifications on the Way

SHRM reported the SSA is sending a second round of correction request notices, or “no-match letters,” this fall.

tagged: Employment, "Employment law", Hiring, Recruiting

September 03, 2019

HB 3 FAQ: Reporting Misconduct and the “Do Not Hire” Registry

The Texas Legislature continues to prioritize the safety and welfare of Texas students by refining reporting requirements for educator misconduct.

tagged: "Criminal history", Hiring, "Teacher resignations", Termination

August 28, 2019

Proposed Changes Concerning Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

The proposed amendment adds a new subsection defining child abuse or neglect, other maltreatment, and trafficking of a child to align with statute.

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

August 27, 2019

Employer Pays $1.3 Million for Firing Employee Who Took Vacation While on FML

A recent decision from the highest court in Massachusetts emphasizes the risk employers take on employment actions based on outrage or emotion rather than reason.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Family and medical leave", FMLA, Leave, Termination

August 23, 2019

Extended: 2019–2020 TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey

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

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

August 20, 2019

Processing TRS Surcharges: 2019 Update

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

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

August 19, 2019

New Accelerated Teaching Program Offered at Odessa College and UT Permian Basin

Odessa College and UT-Permian Basin have teamed up to offer a three-year accelerated teaching program to tackle teacher shortages. 

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

August 16, 2019

HR Manager Named Top 5 Job for Career Growth Opportunities

If you’re looking for a career path that offers an abundance of opportunities for advancement, working in human resources is about as good as it gets.

tagged: Employment, HR

August 16, 2019

Payment of Wages for New Employees

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

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

August 16, 2019

DOL Proposes FMLA Form Revisions

The DOL opened a 60-day public comment period on proposed revisions to the FMLA forms.

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

August 15, 2019

Improving Campus Safety through a Community Approach

A community approach to building safe and secure schools benefits principals and helps prepare for a variety of emergencies.

tagged: Employment, HR

August 14, 2019

Considerations for Employee Attendance Incentives

To help address employee retention and attendance issues, some districts look to add employee attendance incentives.

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

August 12, 2019

FMLA Opinion Letter Addresses Intermittent Leave for IEP Meetings

The DOL's most recent opinion letter concludes intermittent family and medical leave FML can be used for an employee’s attendance at her son or daughter’s IEP meetings.

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

August 06, 2019

Defining the LSSP Intern Position

Learn the definition of an LSSP intern, the benefits of hiring one, and more in this Q&A.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting

August 02, 2019

Health Services Staffing

School districts are required to provide a coordinated school health program for students, but a registered nurse (RN) is not required on each campus.

tagged: Compensation, "Employment contracts", Staffing

July 31, 2019

The Critical Effects of Employee Isolation

Teaching has always been among the most isolating professions, but rarely have we explored the consequences of a lonely workforce.

tagged: "Employee performance", Employment, "Workplace culture"

July 30, 2019

Effective Hiring Practices in Education

A recent report in the New Jersey Herald highlights the importance of having and following established hiring procedures to ensure practices support the organization’s core mission.

tagged: "Employee performance", Employment, Hiring

July 30, 2019

TRS Posts Training Videos on 2019 Legislative Changes

Districts seeking detailed information on the legislative changes to TRS can now view training videos on YouTube.

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

July 26, 2019

HR and Title IX Compliance

Learn about Title IX, the federal statute that prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program receiving federal funds. 

tagged: Diversity, "EEOC compliance", "Employee notices", "HR training", "Job descriptions"

July 26, 2019

New SBEC Rules for ESL Certification Standards

Find out more about SBEC's new rule concerning supplemental certificate standards for teachers of English Learners. 

tagged: Certification, "English as a Second Language", ESL, "Teacher certification"

July 24, 2019

2019–2020 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey Now Open

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

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

July 24, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for August

As we begin the new school year, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of August.

tagged: Benefits, HR, "HR training", Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

July 22, 2019

Report: Employee Engagement Increases Retention

The Predictive Index’s annual Employee Engagement Report revealed some interesting insights into the variety of factors that lead to employee engagement.

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

July 15, 2019

Principal Certification Deadline Approaches

The redesigned principal certification goes into effect this fall. Learn about it in this update.

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

July 15, 2019

Program Model Defines Bilingual and ESL Certification Requirements

Bilingual and ESL certifications continue to be state-level shortage areas, but some flexibility may be available based on the program model delivered by a school district. 

tagged: Certification, Hiring, Recruiting, Retention, "Teacher recruiting"

July 09, 2019

Personnel-Related Legislative Summary

Review the several personnel-related bills passed during the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature in this article. 

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

July 08, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for July

As we start preparations for the new school year, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of July.

tagged: HR

July 08, 2019

TEA Outlines Deadlines for Master Teacher Certification

House Bill 3 repealed the provisions authorizing SBEC to issue new or renew master teacher certifications. 

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

July 03, 2019

HB 3 Employee Compensation Guidance Available in HR Library

Guidance on how to best communicate compensation increases for 2019-2020 is now available in the HR Library.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", "Payday law", "Teacher Pay"

July 03, 2019

Follow TASB HR Services on Facebook

We're excited to announce our new Facebook page! Click here for more information on how to add HR Services to your news feed. 

tagged: HR, "Social media practices"

July 03, 2019

Teacher Pay Increase Process Guidance

TEA continues to release new guidance on its dedicated HB 3 website and the latest items relate to teacher pay planning.

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

July 02, 2019

Legislative Changes Related to Educator Certification

This article provides a summary of bills passed in the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature addressing certification requirements for educators and licensing requirements for certain professionals.

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

July 01, 2019

Legislative Update: Staff Training Requirements

Several bills passed in the legislative session included provisions requiring additional training for staff. Read about them here.

tagged: "HR training", "Teacher training"

June 27, 2019

TRS-Related Legislation Summary

Review some of the legislative changes involving the Teacher Retirement System.

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

June 25, 2019

How Culturally Aware Teaching Draws Students to STEM

A unique program at the University of Houston is aiming to help STEM educators provide more culturally responsive teaching for female and minority students.

tagged: Diversity, "Teacher training"

June 25, 2019

Ethics Training Requirements

Are districts required to conduct ethics training for their staff? Find out in this Q&A.

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

June 25, 2019

Rethinking Professional Development

Offering employees professional development that is specific and relevant to their job duties can empower them to reach individual, and district goals. 

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

June 17, 2019

Leave Accrual During Military Leave

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

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

June 12, 2019

Calculating Penalty-Free Resignation

What is the penalty-free resignation date and how does HR calculate it? Find out in this Q&A.

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

June 12, 2019

House Bill 3 Employee Compensation Questions & Answers

We've answered some of the most commonly asked questions about HB3, from calculating increases to defining a full-time employee and much more. 

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

June 11, 2019

DOL Clarifies FMLA Leave Cannot Be Delayed

The DOL issued an opinion letter clarifying neither employers nor employees may delay or decline designation of FMLA protection for a qualifying condition.

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

June 10, 2019

Strengthening the Teacher Pipeline: Educational Aide Exemption

With the EAE program, schools may have an untapped resource of potential teacher candidates among their currently employed educational aides in their district.   

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

June 07, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for June

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

tagged: Compensation, Employment, HR, T-TESS

June 05, 2019

The Role of Smartphones in Job Searching

A new study uncovered some interesting insights on the modern job search, particularly regarding the role smartphones play and which candidates are most likely to use them as their primary tool to hunt for employment.

tagged: Recruiting, Technology

June 03, 2019

House Bill 3 (HB 3) Guidance

The compensation requirements in HB 3 are broad and give districts flexibility in deciding how best to implement pay increases.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

May 29, 2019

Conducting Pre-Employment Reference Checks

HR staff can help provide an effective defense against negligent hiring claims by making sure references are consistently contacted prior to hiring a candidate.

tagged: "Employment law", Hiring, HR

May 29, 2019

Infographic: Teacher Evaluations and Demographics

A study conducted by Michigan State University reveals eye-opening trends, raising questions about discriminatory behavior in performance appraisals.

tagged: Diversity, "Employee performance"

May 28, 2019

Changes to PK–6 Certification

Review the legislative changes addressing early elementary literacy, including a new requirement for the PK–6 certification examination.

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

May 24, 2019

Takeaways from English Language Learner Report

ELL enrollment has remained stable over the past six years, but the number of different languages spoken in districts has increased significantly, according to a new report.

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

May 23, 2019

Changes to Educator Pay Approved by Legislature

At a press conference this afternoon, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House presented a brief summary of changes to educator pay approved in House Bill (HB) 3.

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

May 14, 2019

Managing Leave Benefits Successfully

District coordinators looking for help understanding leave benefits and managing the process can rely on various HR Services resources to make their jobs easier.

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

May 14, 2019

Translating Employee Handbooks for Non-English Speakers

Are districts required to translate the employee handbook for employees that are not literate in English? Find out in this Q&A.

tagged: "Employee handbook", "English as a Second Language"

May 13, 2019

Facebook Jobs Looking to Strengthen Marketplace

With more than a third of Americans using Facebook Marketplace, the tech giant is working to improve the content making up its job search function, according to a news release from the company.

tagged: Recruiting, "Social media practices", Technology

May 02, 2019

Reporting Requirements for Child Abuse Allegations

When it comes to reporting suspected child abuse, school district HR has a responsibility to make sure the district employee handbook outlines its requirements and to remind employees they could face severe penalties for failure to report their suspicions.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee handbook", "Employee notices", "Teacher training"

April 30, 2019

TRS Board Approves TRS-ActiveCare Increases for 2019–2020

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

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

April 30, 2019

Fewer Districts Anticipate Freezing Pay for 2019-2020

This year, fewer responding public school districts (20 percent) anticipate freezing pay for 2019–2020 (down from 28 percent last year).

tagged: "Pay increases", Surveys, "Teacher Pay"

April 30, 2019

Surveys to Evaluate Texas Educator Preparation Programs Due Soon

Each principal who has first-year teachers on his or her campus is required by SBEC to complete a survey about the preparation of those first-year teachers.

tagged: Surveys, "Teacher training"

April 29, 2019

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for May

As we near the end of another school year, let's take a quick look at the typical HR department's to-do list for the month of May.

tagged: HR, Nonrenewal, Termination, T-TESS

April 25, 2019

Teacher Weekly Wage Penalties Higher in Texas

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

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher Pay"

April 17, 2019

Social Security No-Match Letters

Learn how to respond to and resolve no-match letters when you get them. 

tagged: "Employment law", Hiring, "Personnel records"

April 16, 2019

Setting the Expectations for New Grads

Is there really a skills gap, or are employers' expectations unrealistic?

tagged: Employment, Generations, Hiring, Recruiting

April 15, 2019

The Impact of Strategic Hiring

There's a new report on researchers working to improve teacher hiring through a strategic approach to the application, screening, and interview process.

tagged: "Employee performance", Hiring, Retention

April 11, 2019

Discrimination Charges in Texas Continue to Drop

A new report from the EEOC found the number of discrimination charges filed in Texas decreased significantly in 2018.

tagged: Diversity, "EEOC compliance"

April 09, 2019

Exploring Employee Survey Response Rates

Employee surveys can be a great tool to assess working climate. Without a good response rate, however, the district sees only part of the picture. 

tagged: "Employee surveys", Surveys

April 02, 2019

Texas Ranked 23rd Nationally in Teacher Pay

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

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

April 02, 2019

Classifying Workers as Employees and Independent Contractors

Classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor presents a number of challenges. Here's the right way to make that determination.

tagged: Employment, "Employment contracts", "Independent contractor"

March 29, 2019

Teacher Shortage Worse than Expected

Taking into consideration indicators of teacher quality like experience, training, and certification, the teacher shortage we’ve been hearing about for years may be significantly worse than originally thought.

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

March 28, 2019

How Teacher Pay Affects Student Performance

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

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

March 26, 2019

The Difference Between Contract Nonrenewal and Termination

Learn how to sort out the legal standards applicable to probationary, term, and continuing contracts.

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

March 20, 2019

Job Openings Continue to Outpace Job Seekers

A BLS report from the month of January found job openings in the U.S. have risen to 7.6 million.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL

March 19, 2019

Using Personal Leave for Extended Family Illness

Identifying what type of paid leave applies when an employee needs extended leave to care for a family member is just as important as determining eligibility for family and medical leave.

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

March 14, 2019

Creditable Experience for Paraprofessionals Transitioning to a Teaching Role

Many districts are offering or developing grow your own programs to address teacher shortages. One viable source of candidates is instruction aides.

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

March 13, 2019

Texas Falls Short in Staffing Schools with Counselors, Nurses

A new report identified a major gap in the availability of counselors and nurses in public schools across the nation.

tagged: Staffing

March 08, 2019

Proposed FLSA Rules Released

Read this report for details on the new proposed rule changes to the FLSA.

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

March 07, 2019

Model Contract Changes for 2019

The most significant changes this year relate to clarifying the assignment of duties under a contract.

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

March 05, 2019

Living Wages Gaining Little Traction in Texas

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

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

March 04, 2019

Test Your Workers' Comp IQ

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

tagged: Compensation, "Workers’ compensation"

February 28, 2019

District Employees Hold Extra Jobs to Offset Health Insurance Costs

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

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance"

February 28, 2019

FMLA Certification for Adoption

What type of certification can districts require when an employee requests FMLA for adoption or foster placement or to care for a newborn? Find out in this Q&A.

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

February 27, 2019

How Tennessee School District is Improving Teacher Retention

As schools focus more and more on attacking problems with teacher retention, one district in Tennessee is reporting positive results from its efforts to focus on employee wellness.

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance", Wellness

February 19, 2019

TxCEE Offering Workshop on Student Learning Objectives

TxCEE is providing a one-day workshop to help administrators understand Student Learning Objectives.

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

February 15, 2019

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

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

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance"

February 13, 2019

New Research: Schools with Disadvantaged Students Have Lower-Quality Principals

A recent study found schools with the highest numbers of disadvantaged students also had the least experienced, lowest-rated principals.

tagged: "Employee performance"

February 11, 2019

New Stipend Data Released

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

tagged: Compensation, "Salary surveys", Surveys

February 07, 2019

Scheduling Itinerant Teacher Planning Periods

Are there restrictions on scheduling itinerant teachers’ planning periods? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: Employment, Retention, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

February 07, 2019

TASB 2018–2019 Health Insurance Premiums Survey Results

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

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

February 04, 2019

Advise Employees to Review Paycheck Withholdings

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

tagged: Compensation, "Employment law"

January 30, 2019

Probationary Periods for At-Will Employees

Probationary periods aren’t common in non-unionized settings and can be disadvantageous for school districts for a variety of reasons.

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

January 28, 2019

Benefits in 2019: What to Expect

A few items to look forward to are HRAs and an expansion of HSA opportunities.

tagged: Benefits, HR, Leave

January 25, 2019

Using Reasonable Assurance to Reduce Unemployment Claims Costs

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

tagged: Benefits, Employment, Unemployment

January 25, 2019

High Deductible Health Plan Enrollees Consider Cost and Quality of Care

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

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

January 23, 2019

Electronic W-2s and Employee Consent

Can districts provide employees with an electronic W-2? Find out in this Q&A.

tagged: Compensation, "Employee notices", "Personnel records", Salaries

January 17, 2019

Teacher Certification Redesign on the Horizon

Learn about the TEA's plans to address teacher readiness and quality by establishing a new pathway to certification.

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

January 16, 2019

Principal Certification Redesign

As the roles of principals continue to expand and evolve, the certification standards for the position have changed along with them. 

tagged: Certification, Hiring, "Professional development"

January 14, 2019

Timely Response to ACA Alleged Employer Violation Notices Required

A recent post on the TASBO Open Forum explains the importance of timely response to last month’s IRS notices regarding alleged violations of the ACA employer mandates.

tagged: ACA, "Affordable Care Act"

January 14, 2019

Breaks for Expression of Breast Milk

How much time are districts required to provide for an employee to express breast milk? Find out in this quick Q&A.

tagged: Benefits, "Employment law", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, "Wage and hour"

January 10, 2019

What 3 New Court Rulings Tell Us about the ADA

With more than 25,000 ADA charges filed by the EEOC in the past year, it’s more prudent than ever for employers to understand what’s required of them by law.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Employment law"

January 09, 2019

Steps to Take after Conducting Employee Surveys

Many districts conduct employee surveys to understand more about what staff members think and feel, but not all have an appropriate strategy for how to proceed after a survey is complete.

tagged: "Employee surveys", HR, Surveys

January 07, 2019

T-TESS and Appraisal Frequency

Did the implementation of T-TESS impact the frequency of teacher appraisals? Find out in this Q&A.

tagged: "Employee performance", T-TESS

January 03, 2019

Lapse in Funding Temporarily Shuts Down E-Verify

The federal electronic employment eligibility verification service, E-Verify, has been temporarily disabled because of a lapse in funding.

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

January 03, 2019

Louisiana's Push to Improve Teacher Prep through Mentors

A grant program in Louisiana sparked innovative ways of improving preparation for alternatively certified teachers.

tagged: Certification, Retention, "Teacher certification", "Teacher training"

January 01, 2019

Contract Entitlement and School District Teaching Permits

Is an uncertified teacher hired under a school district teaching permit or in a position covered by a district of innovation plan entitled to a Chapter 21 contract?

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

December 21, 2018

Standard Mileage Rate Increasing 3.5 Cents in 2019

The IRS announced a 3.5-cent increase in standard mileage rates for the 2019 calendar year, which will go into effect January 1. 

tagged: "Internal Revenue Service", IRS

December 19, 2018

Teachers No Longer Settling for Backseat Role in Policymaking

This year sparked a new era for teachers speaking out on pay issues and working conditions.

tagged: "Pay increases", Retention

December 19, 2018

TRS Releases Pension Benefit Design Study

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

tagged: Benefits, "Teacher Retirement System", TRS

December 17, 2018

EdWeek Dissects Teaching Profession Trends in 2018

The teaching profession received a lot of spotlight throughout 2018. Here's what happened.

tagged: contracts, Employee, HR, performance, Retention, Teacher

December 11, 2018

The 10 Most Popular HRX Stories of 2018

As we count down the final days of 2018, take a look back at what readers found the most interesting this calendar year.

tagged: Benefits, Certification, Compensation, HR, "HR training"

December 06, 2018

Holiday Compensation Myths

The holidays are upon us, as are the calls about pay and benefits during the holiday break. Read December’s myths to make sure that your district has a handle on both.

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

December 06, 2018

Be Careful When Hiring for "Cultural Fit"

If you're not cautious, hiring for "cultural fit" can lead to unintentional bias that undermines efforts to promote diversity.

tagged: diversity, hiring

December 04, 2018

Are Teacher Planning Periods Untouchable?

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

tagged: compensation, employment

December 04, 2018

District Personnel, Community College Salary Survey Results Posted

We have results from the TASB District Personnel Salary Survey and TASB Community College Salary Survey available on DataCentral.

tagged: compensation, salary, surveys

November 30, 2018

Teacher Evaluations Transform Principals

Revamped teacher evaluation standards across the country have increased principals’ attention to instruction, but not all changes are for the better. 

tagged: "Employee performance", T-TESS

November 28, 2018

Harassment Prevention and Respectful Workplaces Training

The EEOC is offering courses that go beyond traditional harassment prevention training.

tagged: "EEOC compliance", "Employee performance", "HR training"

November 27, 2018

PR1500 Equity Data Survey Due November 30

All districts receiving Title I funds must complete the PR1500 for each of their campuses, regardless of campus Title I status, by November 30, 2018.

tagged: Diversity, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

November 27, 2018

Teachers by Preparation Route

Check out the different ways Texas districts are staffing their classrooms and fighting shortages.

tagged: Staffing, "Teacher certification"

November 27, 2018

5 Steps to Using Market Data Effectively

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

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"

November 20, 2018

Columbia-Brazoria ISD Invests in Teacher Leaders

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

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

November 15, 2018

EdWeek: Having Just One Teacher of Same Race Makes Huge Impact

Black students are 13 percent more likely to go to college if they have just one teacher who looks like them by the time they reach third grade.

tagged: Diversity, Staffing

November 13, 2018

Explaining the Differences Between Orientation and Onboarding

Many organizations believe orientation and onboarding are the same, but they’re two different experiences for new employees.

tagged: Hiring, "Teacher onboarding"

November 12, 2018

FLSA Update: Proposed Rulemaking and Public Comments

A quick update on the status of potential FLSA changes.

tagged: "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA

November 12, 2018

Register for Webinar on Protecting District Data from Cybercrime

The TASB Risk Management Fund has opened up registration for its webinar on securing staff and student data to TASB HR Services members.

tagged: "HR training"

November 12, 2018

Virtual Classrooms Help Alleviate Teacher Shortages

As technology continues to open up new possibilities in education, Texas districts are changing how they manage and employ virtual classrooms.

tagged: Recruiting, Staffing

November 08, 2018

Superintendent Survey Highlights: Average Increases of 3%

The average pay increase in 2018‒2019 for continuing superintendents was 3.1 percent. Full results from the survey available here. 

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

November 07, 2018

Additional Leave Time as an ADA Accommodation

Learn about the ADA's reasonable accommodation requirements. 

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", Leave

November 01, 2018

Fall 2018–2019 Salary Survey Update

A few quick updates for upcoming salary survey deadlines and results. 

tagged: "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"

October 30, 2018

Top Tweets from HR Academy

Check out some of the top tweets from this year's HR Academy. 

tagged: HR, "HR training"

October 25, 2018

Chalkbeat: Losing a Teacher Midyear Detrimental to Student Growth

In both math and English, students saw drops in learning as a result of a teacher change during the school year. 

tagged: "Teacher resignations"

October 25, 2018

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

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

tagged: Compensation, Employment

October 23, 2018

How Rural Districts Are Creatively Recruiting Teachers

This deep dive into how districts are recruiting in rural areas includes interviews with superintendents, who reveal some of the astonishing challenges they face each recruiting cycle.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

October 19, 2018

Paying Noncontract Employees During Emergency Closures

Can a district pay noncontract employees when it is closed for an emergency? Find out in this Q&A.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Independent contractor", Leave, "Teacher contracts"

October 16, 2018

How to Improve Your Workplace Culture

Workplace culture is a big deal—it impacts engagement, productivity, retention, and growth. 

tagged: HR, Recruiting, Retention

October 16, 2018

2018–2019 Salary Survey Updates

A few quick updates regarding multiple salary survey deadlines and result highlights. 

tagged: "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"

October 11, 2018

Top Tweets from Texas Education HR Day

Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed Wednesday to be Texas Education HR Day—here's how districts celebrated on social media.

tagged: HR, "Social media practices"

October 09, 2018

Report: Jobs in Public Schools Haven't Recovered Since Great Recession

While other industries have managed to rebound from the financial crisis, public schools are still struggling to fill key positions. 

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

October 08, 2018

Educator Misconduct Guidelines Posted to TASB Legal Services' eSource

Two new documents on the subject of educator misconduct are available on the TASB School Law eSource website.

tagged: HR

October 08, 2018

EdWeek: Public Opinion of Teachers Continues to Improve

A recent Education Week report found the public perception of teachers is changing for the better, and drastically. 


October 01, 2018

Defining Age Discrimination and How to Avoid It

The ADEA protects applicants and employees who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination and harassment based on age.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "EEOC compliance"

October 01, 2018

Recruiting and Retaining Bilingual and ESL Teachers

Here's how districts are overcoming challenges in recruiting and retaining bilingual and ESL certified teachers.

tagged: "English as a Second Language", ESL, Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

October 01, 2018

EEO-5 Survey Due November 30

Conducted in even-numbered years, the EEO-5 survey collects data about gender and race/ethnicity by job groupings.

tagged: "EEOC compliance"

September 27, 2018

Sample Principal Interview Questions Added to the HR Library

Using an interview process with questions focusing on principal competencies is important for successful hiring.

tagged: HR

September 25, 2018

The Purpose of Pay Strategies

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

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"

September 24, 2018

Dallas ISD Pays to Have the Best Teachers

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

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"

September 18, 2018

TEA Now Accepting Applications for Grow Your Own: Teachers Grants

Districts, Education Service Centers (ESCs), open-enrollment charter schools, educator preparation programs, and higher education institutions all are invited to apply.

tagged: TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

September 17, 2018

Texas Payday Act and Charter Schools

While government entities are exempt from the TPA, charter schools are not. Learn more here. 

tagged: "Payday law"

September 11, 2018

Improving Instructional Leadership

Rising academic standards, among other factors, are increasing the need for school leaders to focus on instructional leadership. 

tagged: "HR training", "Teacher training"

September 10, 2018

7 Ways to Qualify an Uncertified Teacher

When districts are unable to recruit and hire a fully certified teacher, they must use other avenues to qualifiy an instructor. 

tagged: Certification, "Teacher certification"

September 07, 2018

Best Practices: Salary Notification Letters

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

tagged: Salaries

September 04, 2018

Evaluating Teachers Using SLOs

A big change is coming to teacher evaluation systems this year with the introduction of student growth measures.

tagged: "Teacher training"

August 31, 2018

How Compensation Systems Work and Why You Need One

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

tagged: Compensation

August 31, 2018

FAQs about Comp Time

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

tagged: Compensation

August 29, 2018

Preventing Debt Collector Harassment

Learn how can HR staff help employees facing harassment from debt collectors while at work.

tagged: HR

August 28, 2018

Infographic: Student Measures Teacher Evaluation

View this Teacher Evaluation infographic for a quick update on teacher evaluation and student growth measures.

tagged: T-TESS

August 28, 2018

Calculating Assault Leave Payments

Learn how to determine the amount of assault leave payments. 

tagged: Leave

August 21, 2018

K-12 Schools Not Immune to Sexual Harassment

We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and sexual harassment remains a key workplace problem employers are trying to solve.

tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee handbook", HR

August 21, 2018

Payment for Not Electing Health Insurance

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

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

August 20, 2018

Public Disclosure of Email from Principals to Teacher

Is a principal’s email to a teacher regarding a parent’s complaint public information? Find the answer to this question and more in today's Q&A.

tagged: HR

August 20, 2018

Annualized Pay for 10-Month Employees

Learn whether or not it's permissible to pay 10-month employees over a 12-month period. 

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "Educator contracts"

August 14, 2018

Understanding Student Loan Garnishment

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

tagged: Benefits, Compensation

August 08, 2018

Multiple HR Library Updates Posted

Consultants are continually working on new materials for the HR Library and updating existing content. Check out our most recent changes here.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

August 07, 2018

Managing Intermittent Family and Medical Leave

We answered frequently asked questions on managing FMLA to help you navigate the rules.

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

August 06, 2018

New First Responder Liaison Notice Required for Political Subdivisions

Political subdivisions, such as school districts, colleges and community colleges, cities, or counties, are now required to post a first responder liaison notice.

tagged: "Workers’ compensation"

August 03, 2018

TASB HR Services Introduces New Tool for Tracking Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Tracker, a customizable tool developed by TASB HR Services, is now available for members in the HR Library.

tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA

August 02, 2018

Coaches Employment Requirements

Do athletic coaches have to be certified teachers or contract employees? Find out in this Q&A.

tagged: Certification

August 02, 2018

Top 4 ADA Myths

As with any law, some of the ADA's language can be misinterpreted. We've highlighted and explained four myths to clear up common uncertainties. 

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

August 01, 2018

Superintendent Contract Practices Info Available in DataCentral

Looking for Texas school district current practices for superintendent contracts? DataCentral has survey results from nearly 300 districts. 

tagged: Surveys

August 01, 2018

CTE Pay Data Now Available in DataCentral

The results from one of our newest surveys are now available on DataCentral.

tagged: Surveys, "Teacher stipends"

July 24, 2018

2018–2019 TASB/TASA Superintendent Salary Survey Launched

The annual Superintendent Salary Survey has officially launched and districts can submit data up until August 24.

tagged: "Superintendent salaries"

July 18, 2018

Payment for Work Done Outside Official Calendar

Are districts required to pay employees for working outside of the official work calendar?

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

July 17, 2018

Texas Educator Testing Changes

Multiple changes to the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program, including new vendors and limits to exam attempts, will go into effect at the end of August.

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

July 16, 2018

TEA Announces Teacher Shortage Areas for 2018–2019

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

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

July 13, 2018

Top Tweets from TASPA Summer Conference 2018

Another year, another great TASPA conference! Check out some of the highlights from the event.

tagged: "Social media practices"

July 11, 2018

The Dos and Don'ts of Social Media

Check out this infographic of what to do and what to avoid on social media for administrators and leaders in education.

tagged: "Social media practices"

July 09, 2018

Using Third-Party Vendors for Background Checks

Can districts use a third-party vendor to check the criminal history of student teachers and volunteers? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: "Criminal history"

July 06, 2018

Resist Teacher Isolation with these 5 Tips

Teachers are not immune to feeling isolated in the workplace, which decreases morale and productivity. Here’s how to overcome those challenges.

tagged: Employment

July 05, 2018

Superintendent Tenure in US, Texas by District Demographics

A new study found tenure of superintendents who have left their position in the nation’s largest schools is about six years, on average.

tagged: Retention, Staffing, Surveys

July 02, 2018

Interim and Acting Superintendent Certification

Must an interim or acting superintendent be certified? Find out in this brief Q&A.

tagged: Certification

June 26, 2018

Strategies for Hiring and Retaining K-12 Technology Staff

School districts can’t offer all the money and perks Google and Apple can, but what can districts do to recruit and retain talented technology staff?

tagged: Recruiting, Retention

June 25, 2018

New Web Accessibility Guidelines Focus on Handheld Devices

The W3C added 17 new success criteria to its accessibility guidelines that primarily address issues related to handheld devices.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

June 14, 2018

The Basics of Assault Leave

Assault leave is a common topic of discussion in the HR world, and we’ve outlined some of the basics with the Q&A in this post.

tagged: Leave, "Workers’ compensation"

June 11, 2018

How HR Can Help Substitutes Prepare for Emergencies

There’s a large population of adults on campuses on any given day who typically aren’t included in emergency training and drills—substitute teachers.

tagged: HR, "Teacher training"

June 11, 2018

HR's Role in Employee Mental Health

Recent celebrity suicides have brought national attention to mental health issues. How can HR support employees who struggle with mental illness?

tagged: Benefits, HR

June 08, 2018

Current FMLA Forms Set to Expire at End of Month

The current FMLA forms, which are used to certify whether employees are eligible to take leave and to notify them of their leave rights, will expire June 30.

tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA

June 07, 2018

Participation in the BLS Current Employee Statistics Survey

Are districts required to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employee Statistics survey? Find out in this brief Q&A!

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL

May 31, 2018

Proceed with Caution When Searching Applicants' Social Media

Recent headlines involving inappropriate and highly offensive use of social media provides employers with the opportunity to examine hiring practices.

tagged: "Social media practices"

May 30, 2018

Revised Local Schedule SD Released

The Sample Records Retention Schedule for personnel records in the HR Library has been updated. Learn more in this article. 

tagged: "Records retention"

May 24, 2018

Expect Spike in Form I-9 Audits This Summer

Immigration and Customs Enforcement significantly ramped up its worksite investigations during the past federal fiscal year and the agency recently announced it's planning to double down on Form I-9 audits this summer.

tagged: Hiring

May 22, 2018

TxCEE Offering Training on Student Learning Objectives

There's a new two-day professional learning opportunity to help district administrators better understand Student Learning Objectives and how to implement them.

tagged: "HR training", T-TESS

May 22, 2018

Hiring Retired Teachers as Tutors

A district wants to hire a retired teacher to tutor students three days a week for a couple of hours. What pay and benefits requirements apply to this situation?

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

May 18, 2018

Trending Topics: Independent Contractors

When can a district issue a 1099, and when must a district consider someone an employee and issue a W-2? The answer is complicated, but we provide a detailed explanation in this article. 

tagged: "Independent contractor"

May 15, 2018

Infographic: How to Contact the TEA Certification Division

Use this handy guide to get the information you need when contacting the TEA.

tagged: Certification, TEA

May 14, 2018

Terminating Employees Who Are Out of Leave

Can we terminate an employee who has exhausted all leave? The answer isn't as simple as you might think.

tagged: Leave, Termination

May 09, 2018

Over-documentation and Form I-9

What should districts do if an employee presents multiple documents to establish identity and work authorization on the Form I-9? Find out in this brief Q&A.

tagged: Hiring

May 08, 2018

Best Practices for Verifying Social Security Data

Navigating the process of verifying Social Security numbers through the SSA can sometimes be confusing, but we have some tips that may ease some common concerns. 

tagged: Hiring

May 07, 2018

Myths: Teacher Service Records

There are a lot of rules concerning teacher service records, but there also are a few myths. We’ve separated fact from fiction in this article.

tagged: "Personnel records", "Records retention"

May 02, 2018

District Pay Increases Expected to Stay Flat for 2018‒2019

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

tagged: "Pay increases"

May 02, 2018

Model Employee Handbook Posted

The 2018–2019 update to the Model Employee Handbook (MEH) is now available through myTASB.

tagged: "Employee handbook", HR

April 30, 2018

T-TESS and Student Growth Measures

Student growth measures will be a required component of the T-TESS in the upcoming school year. Here's what you need to know.

tagged: T-TESS

April 30, 2018

Records Retention for Former Employees

What documents must be kept in a former employee’s personnel file and where should they be kept? Find out in this quick Q&A.

tagged: "Personnel records", "Records retention"

April 27, 2018

Education Jobs Among Fastest-Growing Careers in Texas

A report by Texas Career Check found jobs in the education industry will be plentiful over the next several years.

tagged: "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

April 17, 2018

Recruiting Trends You May Have Overlooked

In an article published earlier today, SHRM explored some new trends in the recruiting field that’ll help hiring managers reexamine and reevaluate their own methods.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

April 16, 2018

Understanding the FBI Civil Rap Back Program

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Civil Rap Back program that provides notification of employee’s criminal activity occurring outside the state of Texas is now available.

tagged: "Criminal history"

April 13, 2018

How National Teacher Walkouts Impact Texas

The nationwide teacher walkouts and protests are producing results, but where does Texas sit with teacher pay and public school funding, and can teachers in the Lone Star State do anything about it?

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", TRS

April 12, 2018

DOL Releases Fact Sheet on Higher Education and Overtime Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released today a fact sheet addressing the applicability of white collar exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to common jobs in higher education.

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, Overtime

April 12, 2018

Increase Engagement to Reduce Teacher Complaints

Districts can’t avoid state and federal accountability requirements that impact teachers, but they can address teacher areas of concern like working conditions, administrator support, and pay. 

tagged: Retention, "Social media practices"

April 10, 2018

Many Hurricane Harvey-Displaced Students Not Returning to Home Districts

It's been six months since Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas, and while all public schools in disaster counties have reopened, many students never returned to their home district.


April 04, 2018

DOL Launches Video Series on FLSA Compliance

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released five videos on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance designed to help employers more easily understand their legal responsibilities.

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

March 29, 2018

Changing Teacher Work Hours

Can school administrators change teacher work hours during the school year? Find out in this brief Q&A.

tagged: "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Teacher contracts"

March 29, 2018

Third-Party Payer OK for Game Officials but Not for Game Workers

Many districts are now using private companies to manage payment to game officials, but can they also use third-party organizations to pay other game help?

tagged: Compensation, "Department of Labor", DOL

March 27, 2018

Report Shows Correlation Between Financial Incentives and Diverse Teacher Workforce

A new analysis from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution looked into the effects of financial incentives on attracting minority teachers, check out the details here.

tagged: Staffing

March 27, 2018

District Participation in Current Employee Statistics Survey

Are districts required to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employee Statistics survey? Find out in this brief Q&A.

tagged: Employment, Surveys

March 20, 2018

Infographic: A Brief History of the HR Exchange

The HR Exchange has been around for more than two decades and even started out under a different name. Learn more about the history of our publication here.

tagged: HR

March 20, 2018

Dice 2018 Tech Salary Report Released

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

tagged: Compensation, Salaries

March 20, 2018

Dual Credit Teacher Pay Survey Results

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

tagged: Salaries, "Teacher stipends"

March 15, 2018

How to Limit Productivity Issues of March Madness

With roughly 65 percent of the American workforce planning to watch March Madness while at work, administrators must learn with ways to reduce the negative impact on productivity or suffer significant financial consequences.

tagged: HR

March 12, 2018

Introducing the HRX: Functionality, Navigation, and Timeliness

Learn how to get the most out of our brand new blog format with this quick tutorial. 

tagged: HR

March 09, 2018

The Dos and Don'ts of FML

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

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

March 08, 2018

Extra-Duty Stipend Survey Results for 2017–2018

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

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher stipends"

March 07, 2018

High-Quality Prekindergarten Program Teacher Training and Qualifications

During the past few years, Texas has increased its focus on improving prekindergarten programs as a means to improve early reading, math, and social development. 

tagged: "Teacher training"

March 07, 2018

Survey Reveals 73 Percent of Superintendents Say Schools Inadequately Funded

A recent report from The School Superintendents Association (AASA) found nearly three-quarters of superintendents say their school districts are inadequately funded.

tagged: HR

February 22, 2018

4 Keys to a Smooth Transition into K-12 HR

Transitioning to K-12 HR from a different field can be a challenge. The following tips will help new administrators settle into their roles.   

tagged: HR, "HR training"

February 21, 2018

Continuing Health Insurance Coverage for Employees on Unpaid Leave

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

tagged: Leave, "TRS ActiveCare"

February 21, 2018

HR Manager Named a Top-5 Job for 2018

A study conducted by Glassdoor ranked human resources manager as the fifth best job in the country in 2018, up from No. 6 last year.

tagged: HR

February 20, 2018

Texas Cities Ranked Among Best Places to Find a Job

A recent report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, found that Texas is the place to look for those seeking employment.

tagged: Employment, Recruiting

February 20, 2018

Recruiting and Preparing Teachers and Principals

What are some of the TEA grants aiding districts in their recruitment of teachers and principals?

tagged: Recruiting

February 20, 2018

Student Loan Solutions Support Recruitment and Retention

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


February 15, 2018

Myths: Duty Days and Salary in Employment Contracts

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


February 14, 2018

Discrimination Charges in Texas Hit 9-Year Low

The number of discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Texas is lower than it’s been since 2009, according to an EEOC news release.

tagged: Diversity, "EEOC compliance"

February 14, 2018

Salaries in the United States Up From Last Year

A news release from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailed the wages of the nation's 113.3 million full-time and salaried workers in 2017.

tagged: "Department of Labor", "Pay increases"

February 07, 2018

Identifying Probationary Contract Year Limits

As districts begin renewal processes, the question of how long someone can be employed by probationary contract arises.

tagged: Staffing

February 01, 2018

Teacher Salaries, Pay Raises Stagnant for 2017–2018

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

tagged: Compensation, "Salary surveys"

January 16, 2018

Standard Mileage Rate Increase Now in Effect

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a one-cent increase in standard mileage rates for the 2018 calendar year, which became effective January 1.

tagged: HR

January 10, 2018

IRS Issues New Paycheck Withholding Tables

After the enactment of the 2017 tax act, the IRS has issued revised tax withholding tables for employees’ paychecks as well as withholding guidance this month to reflect the legislative changes.

tagged: "Payday law"

January 03, 2018

No Changes to TASB Model Contracts

There will not be any changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2018. The 2017 TASB Model Contracts and related documents are available in the HR Library.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Teacher contracts"

January 01, 2018

Texas Districts Increasing Contribution Amounts Amid Rising Premiums

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

tagged: "Health insurance"

January 01, 2018

Renewing Standard Certificates

Does TEA audit continuing professional education CPE credit for renewable standard certificates? Find out in this month's Q&A!

tagged: "Records retention", "Teacher certification"

December 11, 2017

Publishing EEO Notices

Where are districts required to publish or post equal employment opportunity (EEO) notices? Find out in this Q&A!

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

December 07, 2017

The Ins and Outs of Workers' Compensation

It's important to understand the intricacies of workers' compensation—after all, providing those benefits for employees is required by state law.

tagged: "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "Workers’ compensation"

December 06, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions: District-Provided Clothing

Each year, school districts across the state give employees shirts emblazoned with the district logo to wear throughout the year. Are these items taxable income to the employee, even if it’s just a t-shirt? 

tagged: Benefits

December 06, 2017

Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nicaragua, Haiti Terminated

In November, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua and Haiti.

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

December 06, 2017

TASB Legal Services Updates Employee Free Speech Rights Article

TASB Legal Services recently updated the School Law eSource article, Employee Free Speech Rights.

tagged: "Employee notices"

November 30, 2017

Top Tweets from HR Academy

HR Academy 2017 was a success, and we appreciate everyone who attended the training.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

November 22, 2017

Don't Call in Employees During FMLA Time Off

A common mistake human resources administrators and managers make is asking employees on Family and Medical Leave (FML) leave to report to work.

tagged: FMLA

November 17, 2017

3 Steps to Standardize Duty Schedules

Maintaining a multitude of work calendars can be a time-consuming process for human resources and payroll and result in employees being confused about their work start and stop dates.

tagged: Compensation, Staffing

November 15, 2017

Temporary Disability Leave and Eligibility

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

tagged: Leave, "Temporary disability leave"

November 15, 2017

Accessibility and Translation Crucial to District-Employee Communication

It’s important for HR staff to ask questions internally about what their district is doing to accommodate its employees.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

November 09, 2017

Superintendent Pay Increases Steady in 2017–2018

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

tagged: Compensation

November 01, 2017

Getting the Most out of Stipends

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

tagged: Certification, Compensation, "Teacher stipends"

November 01, 2017

Patrick Releases More Interim Charges

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick posted another batch of interim charges to Senate committees to look into ahead of the next legislative session.

tagged: Compensation

November 01, 2017

STEM Jobs Among the Fastest Growing in America

Employment projection data released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics highlights the fastest-growing jobs in the United States.

tagged: DOL

October 30, 2017

Top Tweets from Texas Education Human Resources Day

Check out some of the best tweets from the HR holiday.

tagged: HR, "Social media practices"

October 25, 2017

Nationwide Survey Reveals Projected Salary Budget Growth in 2018

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

tagged: Compensation

October 18, 2017

4 Key Factors Impacting Teacher Retention

For HR administrators in Texas, it’s important to understand what’s behind the high turnover rates so you can better prevent teachers from leaving your district, or leaving the profession entirely. 

tagged: Compensation, Retention, "Teacher training"

October 18, 2017

Hiring a Retiree to Substitute in a Vacant Position

Can we hire a TRS retiree as a substitute to fill a vacant position? Find out in this Q&A!

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

October 15, 2017

Reducing Calendar Days for Staff—What Do Districts Have To Do?

House Bill (HB) 2610 changed the Texas Education Code by altering instructional requirements from days of instruction to minutes, providing districts greater scheduling flexibility. 

tagged: "Educator contracts", HR

October 09, 2017

By the Numbers: Public Opinion of School Trends

A report from Education Next revealed some enlightening statistics about public opinion of various education topics.

tagged: HR, Salaries

October 04, 2017

Introducing TEA's Texas Equity Toolkit

The Texas Equity Plan Toolkit supports districts in the process of developing a district equity plan.

tagged: TEA

October 04, 2017

A Look at the Teacher Supply in Texas

Despite persistent shortage areas, Texas’ production of newly certified teachers has held steady during the past two years. 

tagged: Staffing, "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"

October 04, 2017

Nepotism and Its Impact on District Hiring

The practice of nepotism has always been an issue in school districts across the country, and it’s important for human resources administrators to understand the details of what is and what isn’t acceptable by law. 

tagged: Employment, "Employment law", Hiring

October 04, 2017

Teacher Demographics and Diversity Challenges

Texas prides itself on being different from other states—after all, we’re the only state that was once a nation—but how different are our teachers and students from the rest of the United States?

tagged: Employment, Hiring, Recruiting, Staffing

September 26, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve received a large number of questions related to Hurricane Harvey, so our staff collected the most common ones and provided answers and guidance in this FAQ feature.

tagged: Compensation, "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "Teacher contracts"

September 20, 2017

ESSA and Highly Qualified Standards

Does the Every Student Succeeds Act require newly hired paraprofessionals to be highly qualified? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: "Professional development"

September 20, 2017

Impact of DACA Repeal on District Staffing

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workers currently holding valid work permits may not be eligible for continued employment when the permit expires. 

tagged: Hiring, Staffing

September 20, 2017

The State of Staffing in School Districts

Learn about the causes of teacher shortages today and some of the staffing challenges districts are facing. 

tagged: Recruiting, Staffing

September 06, 2017

Senate Bill 7 Pre-Employment Affidavit

As Senate Bill 7 goes into effect, districts are deciding how to respond. Learn more in this Q&A!

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

September 06, 2017

School Districts and Military Deployments

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

tagged: Leave, Rehire

September 06, 2017

District Closures Could Lead to Unemployment Claims

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has caused destruction and devastation along the Texas coast and into parts of southeast and central Texas resulting in over 160 district closures.

tagged: HR, Unemployment

September 05, 2017

Special Session Recap

The special session adjourned Tuesday, August 15, without the House and Senate coming to agreement on many of the governor’s 20 priorities.

tagged: HR

August 23, 2017

T-TESS—A Year in Review

How did the first year of statewide implementation of T-TESS go? TASB HR Services talked with Texas Education Agency's Linda Johnson to discuss the progress of the new teacher evaluation system. 

tagged: "Teacher training", T-TESS

August 23, 2017

Recruiting and Retaining Top Tech Talent

It's tough to staff schools with quality tech employees, but there are some things a district can do to attract and retain elite tech talent. 

tagged: Recruiting, Staffing, "Teacher recruiting"

August 16, 2017

Family Roles, Lack of Mentorship Among Reasons Behind Female Superintendent Imbalance

In the summer edition of the HR Exchange, TASB HR Services published a report identifying trends among male and female superintendents. This follow-up goes into more detail on why the gap exists.

tagged: Recruiting, Staffing

August 16, 2017

Leave Use at the Start of the Year

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

tagged: Benefits, Leave

August 16, 2017

New Website Helps HR Find Certified Candidates

CoachesConnect is a brand new web community for teachers, coaches, and administrators to network and find employment.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

August 16, 2017

How the New Intern Certificate Differs from a Probationary Certificate

Effective September 1, 2017, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) will begin issuing an intern certificate, as well as the probationary certificate. We note the differences between the two in this article.

tagged: Certification

August 16, 2017

Talent Dashboard Now Available in the HR Library

Our new Talent Dashboard is a tool that can be used in absence of an existing analytics tool.
Read on to find out what dashboards are and how they can impact your workforce decisions.

tagged: HRIS, "Human Resources Information System"

August 16, 2017

Majority of New Science Educators Teach Courses Outside Expertise

A recent survey conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia found nearly two-thirds of new science educators taught at least one course outside their subject area expertise in their first five years in the classroom.

tagged: "Teacher shortage"

August 02, 2017

Dallas ISD's Performance Pay System Shows Positive Signs

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

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases"

August 02, 2017

Teachers Want More Professional Development on Digital Tools

A new report from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt surveyed teachers and administrators from all 50 states on a variety of topics, including classroom technology, professional development, and more.

tagged: "Teacher training"

July 26, 2017

Understanding New Legislation Affecting HR Administration

Check out our recap of the 85th Texas Legislature and find out what bills passed and their impact on HR in districts. 

tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Teacher Retirement System", TRS, "TRS Care"

July 19, 2017

Senate Bill 7 Addresses Improper Relationships and Educator Misconduct

Texas legislators responded to a rise in reports on educator misconduct by passing Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) this session.

tagged: "Criminal history", "Employee discipline"

July 18, 2017

Latest Form I-9 Released July 17, 2017

USCIS released the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

July 18, 2017

Multiple Texas Universities to Receive Portions of $50 Million for Teacher Prep

Each university will get approximately $5 million over a 10-year period, with the final figure contingent upon how many students pursue the scholarship.

tagged: "Teacher training"

July 12, 2017

Identifying and Complying with Online Accessibility Regulations

Improving website accessibility for individuals with disabilities is not only a good district practice, but a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

June 21, 2017

Employee Paychecks and Direct Deposit

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

tagged: Compensation, "Payday law"

June 20, 2017

TRS-ActiveCare Changes for 2017–2018

Take a look at the new rates for next year.

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

June 07, 2017

Recognizing Trends in HRIS

How are districts using HRIS in 2017? What are districts doing to get help with their HRIS? Check out some of the latest trends here. 

tagged: HRIS, "Human Resources Information System"

June 07, 2017

5 Steps to Improve Your Onboarding Process

The onboarding process is a pivotal time in the hiring of a new employee. If done properly, it helps employers reduce turnover and employees form better relationships and understand job expectations. 

tagged: Employment, Hiring, "HR training"

June 07, 2017

Analysis: Teacher Incentive Pay Improves Student Performance

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

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

June 07, 2017

HR Year in Review

We spoke with HR staff across the state to learn about what challenges they faced this year and what successes they enjoyed. Some of their insights also give a peek into HR in 2017–2018. 

tagged: HR, "HR training"

May 24, 2017

Commissioner Issues Clarification on T-TESS Measures

All major components of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) remain in place following a legal agreement with various teacher organizations in the state, according to Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.

tagged: T-TESS

May 24, 2017

USCIS Begins Issuing Redesigned Green Cards

USCIS announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card—also known as a Green Card—as  well as the Employment Authorization Document.

tagged: Diversity

May 17, 2017

McAllen ISD Offering ESL Classes for Auxiliary Employees

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

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

May 17, 2017

Unsubscribing to Inactive Employees' Fingerprint Information

Is the district required to remove access to an inactive employee’s information in the fingerprint clearinghouse? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: "Criminal history", "Employee discipline"

May 16, 2017

5 Facts About Today's Teacher Workforce

A new study of teacher demographics, backgrounds, experience, and work locations found that today’s workforce is larger, more diverse, and less experienced than ever. 

tagged: Employment, Staffing, "Teacher shortage"

May 03, 2017

Overcoming Obstacles in Recruiting Bilingual Teachers

We’ve come up with a list of things to do to help recruit and retain bilingual teachers and overcome some of the staffing challenges many districts face.

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

May 03, 2017

10 Important Facts About Generation Z

Districts who have a grasp on what motivates Generation Z will have a better chance at recruiting and retaining them. Here’s what we know so far.

tagged: Employment, Recruiting

May 03, 2017

Districts Cautiously Approach Pay Increases for 2017‒2018

Pay raises are in a holding pattern for 2017‒18 in Texas schools, with overall expected increases unchanged from last year, according to the latest prospective pay raise poll conducted by TASB HR Services.

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

April 19, 2017

Districts Receiving Title I Funding Must Address Teacher Quality Disparities

Certain districts must develop a plan for how they will identify and address disparities that result in low-income students and minority students being taught by ineffective teachers.

tagged: "Teacher training"

April 19, 2017

Texas Rural Schools Task Force Makes Recommendations on Teacher Recruitment, Retention

The Rural Schools Task Force hosted regional forums on teacher recruitment, retention, use of technology, resource allocation, as well as parent and community engagement.

tagged: Recruiting, Retention, "Teacher recruiting"

April 12, 2017

Withdrawal of Teacher Resignations

Can a teacher withdraw his or her resignation once it has been submitted? Find out in this Q&A!

tagged: "Teacher resignations", Termination

April 06, 2017

UTeach Program Producing Quality STEM Teachers

Established 20 years ago by the University of Texas at Austin, UTeach is a program dedicated to producing more effective math and science teachers in high quantities.

tagged: "Teacher training"

April 05, 2017

Texas Hires More Athletic Trainers than National Average

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

tagged: Hiring

April 05, 2017

The Latest Trends in Teacher Starting Pay

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

tagged: Compensation, Staffing

April 05, 2017

The Top-10 Most Common Questions on Educator Contracts

Consultants in HR Services and attorneys in Legal Services regularly field calls from district staff about educator contracts, and there are general topics and themes that emerge as common among districts.

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Teacher contracts"

March 23, 2017

Senate Passes Educator Misconduct Bill

The Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 7 (Bettencourt) on Wednesday, March 8, which addresses improper relationships between educators and students. 

tagged: "Criminal history"

March 22, 2017

Facebook Now Allows Employers to Post Jobs from Company Page

There's now another place you can post job vacancies online—your district’s Facebook page.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Social media practices", "Teacher recruiting"

March 15, 2017

FMLA Rules for Instructional Employees

Are instructional employees eligible for intermittent family medical leave? Find out in this Q&A!

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

March 15, 2017

Bus Driver Shortages: Where Are We Now?

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

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, Staffing

March 15, 2017

Identifying and Avoiding the W-2 Phishing Scam

A fraudulent phishing scam has circulated throughout districts in Texas and across the country in recent months, exposing private W-2 information of employees in several school districts.

tagged: HR

March 01, 2017

The New American Dream and Your Workforce

Learn how the new American Dream crafted by millennials may affect public education employers in this article. 

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Employment

March 01, 2017

2016–2017 Extra-Duty Stipend Survey Results Released

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

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher stipends"

March 01, 2017

Attracting and Retaining Teachers Through Creative, Free Perks

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

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Recruiting

February 17, 2017

8 Tips for Getting Started on Twitter

Considering the opportunities to market district culture, the ability to network, recruit, and keep up with the latest news, Twitter provides numerous benefits for someone in an HR role. 

tagged: "Social media practices"

February 16, 2017

BEST: An Acronym with a Twist

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

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

February 01, 2017

Surveys on Contract Practices Reveal Common Trends

HR Services surveys cover Texas public school district practices for superintendent contracts, teacher contracts, and administrator and professional support contracts. Read our results here.

tagged: "Teacher contracts"

February 01, 2017

How HR Can Help Homeless Students Succeed

HR Services surveys cover Texas public school district practices for superintendent contracts, teacher contracts, and administrator and professional support contracts. Read our results here.

tagged: Hiring, HR, Staffing

February 01, 2017

Districts of Innovation and HR

Becoming a District of Innovation can have a big impact on the way HR operates. We have a few tips in this article on how to facilitate a seamless transition. 

tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", DOI, HR

January 18, 2017

Survey Finds 40 Percent of Global Employers Report Talent Shortages

A new study by ManpowerGroup discovered nearly half of all global employers are lacking in the talent department.

tagged: "Professional development", Recruiting

January 18, 2017

HEB CEO Pledges $100 Million for Public School Administrator Training Academy

Out of his own private resources, HEB chairman and CEO Charles Butt is making a $100 million donation to help create The Holdsworth Center in Austin, a training academy for public school administrators.

tagged: "Teacher training"

January 18, 2017

Model Contract Changes for 2017

The most significant changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2017 are those relating to the federal changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) removing the requirement for teachers to be highly qualified.

tagged: Certification, "Educator contracts"

January 18, 2017

Building Teacher Career Pathways in Texas Schools, Part 2

The second half of this two-part story explores different practices from various districts on how they map out their teacher career pathways. 

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

January 04, 2017

Building Teacher Career Pathways in Texas Schools, Part 1

Career pathways provide opportunities for professionals with advanced skills and abilities to do more—and earn more—by taking on more complex work assignments. 

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

January 04, 2017

How to Overcome Recruiting Challenges in Rural Districts

Recruiting quality teachers is a challenge every district faces on an ongoing basis, but the difficulty in doing so is amplified for districts in rural areas of the state.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

January 04, 2017

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

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

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys"

January 04, 2017

New I-9 Forms Released, Districts Must Comply by January 22

On November 14, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

January 03, 2017

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

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

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, "Health insurance"

November 29, 2016

The Importance of School Climate and How to Improve It

School climate impacts multiple variables in a school’s success, from retaining teachers to overall achievement. Here's how to improve yours. 

tagged: "Employee performance", Employment

November 23, 2016

Using HRIS Effectively

Knowing your HR Information System’s capabilities and maximizing them for your district’s benefit will inspire greatness in your department.

tagged: HRIS, "Human Resources Information System"

November 21, 2016

Holidays and FMLA

Do holidays count toward an employee’s FML entitlement? Find out in this month's Q&A!

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

November 10, 2016

Top 10 Things HR Should Share with Their Board of Trustees

HR is responsible for a wide range of topics their board members should know about—far more than just employee discipline. 

tagged: HR

October 27, 2016

Ensuring ADA Compliance for Workplace Requests

Handling a request from an employee for a workplace accommodation is an important issue that must be handled correctly by all district staff. Following are some guidelines and reminders to help ensure legal and effective management of ADA accommodations.

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

October 26, 2016

Collecting Employee Information for Emergency Purposes

What type of employee information can a district collect to use in the event of an emergency? Find out in this month's Q&A!

tagged: "Employee notices"

October 25, 2016

New Initiatives in Teacher Prep Programs

The value in spending time and resources in training teachers is higher than ever, thanks to a variety of initiatives, programs, and legislation forming around the country. Read about some of the recent developments in teacher prep here. 

tagged: "Teacher training"

October 05, 2016

Driving Employee Engagement

The value of employee engagement cannot be understated. Here's how you can ensure your district is taking the right steps in providing an engaging work environment. 

tagged: "Employee performance", Employment

October 05, 2016

Getting the Most Out of Your HR Services Membership

At TASB HR Services, we are consistently finding new ways to assist our members in addition to the numerous services we already offer. If you’re a member, we encourage you to check out all of our resources in this story.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

September 21, 2016

FML for Birth

Can an employee whose significant other is expecting a baby take leave under FML?

tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA

September 20, 2016

Ready or Not: T-TESS is Here

Effective July 1, 2016, districts had to adopt the use of T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) or a locally developed appraisal system that adheres to TEC § 21.352 and 19 TAC § 150.1007. 

tagged: T-TESS

September 07, 2016

Platforms for Safer Teacher-Student Communication

One of the elements of education that has evolved with the growth of technology is how educators are communicating with their students, particularly outside of class. Find out what group-messaging platforms districts are using and how to facilitate that communication in this story. 


September 07, 2016

Education Field Struggles to Attract Millennials

Pay structures and retirement systems in education no longer meet the needs of new graduates, and they appear to be driving high-achieving millennials into other professions. What can the education field do to attract the new generation?

tagged: Generations

September 05, 2016

Developing Effective Teacher Selection Committees

Amy Turner, principal of Copeland Elementary School (grades 2–5) in Huffman ISD uses a unique approach to develop teacher selection committees on her campus. Read about her process here. 

tagged: "Teacher training"

August 18, 2016

ESSA Parent Notification Requirements

Are districts still required to send parents notices regarding teacher qualifications? We answer and explain in great detail for this month's Q&A!

tagged: HR

August 17, 2016

How Districts are Promoting Wellness in the Workplace

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

tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance"

August 08, 2016

Be Aware of Recent EEOC Compliance Regulations for Employer Wellness Plans

As employer wellness programs have grown in numbers and sophistication, the EEOC has developed guidance on how these programs should comply with the ADA rule. Here are highlights of the requirements that your wellness program needs to follow.

tagged: "EEOC compliance"

August 04, 2016

Peering Into the Crystal Ball: Seven Predictions for HR in 2016–2017

While predicting the future sounds like the stuff of horoscopes and psychics, anticipating what’s headed our way can help us be prepared for the possible challenges. What’s in store for HR in 2016-17? Let’s take a look into our crystal ball.

tagged: FLSA, HR, T-TESS

June 16, 2016

7 Ways to Improve Online Applications

It’s tough to keep up with the latest trends in best practices for online application management. Fortunately, we’ve come up with some ways to make sure your district is current in its online recruiting presence.

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

May 25, 2016

Q&A: Releasing Personnel Information

Can we release personnel information to someone acting on behalf of an employee?

tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "Personnel records"

May 23, 2016

The New Age of Career Discovery

The successful matchmaking website eHarmony.com recently unveiled the beta version of its next venture, Elevated Careers by eHarmony. Is this the way Generation Z will look for jobs?

tagged: HR

May 18, 2016

The Top Challenges Facing HR

The field of human resources has been around for more than a century, but as the workplace continues to evolve, so must the HR profession. We take a look at some of the field's biggest challenges for the future.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

April 27, 2016

Payroll and HR: Identifying Responsibilities and Working Together

Payroll and human resources are both vital units in a school district, but confusion and frustration can arise from lack of clarity in understanding which department can most effectively handle specific tasks.

tagged: HR, "HR training"

April 22, 2016

Texas Backgrounding System Satisfactory But Not Without Flaws

Texas uses a combination of backgrounding systems to screen teachers, but certain flaws leave room for improvement in preventing hires of out-of-state educators with criminal histories.

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

April 13, 2016

Reducing the Contagious Effects of a Low-Performing Employee

The dangerous part about low-performing employees is the contagious effect they have on their coworkers. A recent study shows underachievers not only reduce workplace morale but drive out their high-performing colleagues.

tagged: "Employee performance"

April 01, 2016

What's Behind the Substitute Shortage

Substitute teachers are in high demand, but what caused the shortage to begin with? We explore the multiple reasons districts are in need of subs now more than ever.

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Teacher shortage"

March 31, 2016

Getting Ready for T-TESS

T-TESS, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System, is coming soon and it promises to be a sea change in the way teachers and instructional leaders work together.

tagged: T-TESS

March 29, 2016

Discrimination Charges Continue to Rise in Texas

With the highest number of discrimination charges in almost every major category, Texas is the state with perhaps the greatest need for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training.

tagged: "EEOC compliance"

March 23, 2016

Timing of Conference Under T-TESS

Under the new T-TESS appraisal system, does the end-of-year conference have to be completed before we can recommend nonrenewal of a teacher's contract to the Board of Trustees?

tagged: T-TESS

March 07, 2016

Strong Social Media Practices Beneficial to District Employers

With ongoing teacher shortages, many districts are turning to social media to recruit young talent. 

tagged: "Social media practices"

March 01, 2016

ACA Reporting: Frequently Asked Questions

As the reporting deadlines under the Affordable Care Act near, many new questions arise regarding compliance with the IRS.

tagged: ACA, "Affordable Care Act"

February 25, 2016

Q&A: Political Activity at School

Where do districts draw the line on political activity at school?

tagged: HR

February 25, 2016

Understanding the Details of Joint Employment

A new Administrator’s Interpretation on joint employment should be reviewed by districts that take part in an educational co-op or outsource school district functions.

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

February 18, 2016

TEA Has New Power to Secure Information in Misconduct Cases

Educator misconduct cases seem to be in the news daily, keeping TEA’s Educator Investigations office busy. Director Doug Phillips talks about how the department’s new subpoena powers are working.

tagged: TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

February 16, 2016

Texas Tech's Teacher Prep Program Gets $7M for Gates-Funded Reform

The Gates Foundation announced its intent to focus its education reform efforts on teacher preparation in April 2015. Its first effort includes a grant for Texas Tech's College of Education.

tagged: "Teacher training"

Revisit Your Reference-Checking Procedures Before Peak Hiring Season

It’s almost time for school HR departments to start the hiring cycle for next year. Is your reference-checking process up to the task?

tagged: Employment