April 16, 2019 • Featured Story
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.
April 17, 2019
Learn how to respond to and resolve no-match letters when you get them.
tagged: "Employment law", Hiring, "Personnel records"
April 16, 2019
Is there really a skills gap, or are employers' expectations unrealistic?
tagged: Employment, Generations, Hiring, Recruiting
April 15, 2019
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
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
tagged: "Employee surveys", Surveys
April 02, 2019
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"
A new report found Texas is about as average as it gets when it comes to teacher pay, ranking 23rd out of the country’s 50 states.
tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries
March 29, 2019
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
New research shows students achieve at higher levels in math and reading in countries that pay teachers more for their skills.
March 26, 2019
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
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
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
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
A new report identified a major gap in the availability of counselors and nurses in public schools across the nation.
March 08, 2019
Read this report for details on the new proposed rule changes to the FLSA.
tagged: "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, Overtime
March 07, 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, 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
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
With health insurance costs climbing, many employees in Texas districts are picking up extra work on the side.
tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance"
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
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 is providing a one-day workshop to help administrators understand Student Learning Objectives.
tagged: HR, "HR training", TEA, "Texas Education Agency"
February 15, 2019
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.
February 13, 2019
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
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
Are there restrictions on scheduling itinerant teachers’ planning periods? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: Employment, Retention, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"
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
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 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
A few items to look forward to are HRAs and an expansion of HSA opportunities.
tagged: Benefits, HR, Leave
January 25, 2019
How do letters of reasonable assurance reduce unemployment compensation costs? Find out in this Q&A.
tagged: Benefits, Employment, Unemployment
A recent survey looks at consumer engagement and value-based health insurance design.
January 23, 2019
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
The federal electronic employment eligibility verification service, E-Verify, has been temporarily disabled because of a lapse in funding.
tagged: Employment, "Employment law"
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
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
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
This year sparked a new era for teachers speaking out on pay issues and working conditions.
tagged: "Pay increases", Retention
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
The teaching profession received a lot of spotlight throughout 2018. Here's what happened.
tagged: contracts, Employee, HR, performance, Retention, Teacher
December 11, 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
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
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
Can teachers be required to participate in meetings or professional development during their planning and prep period? Find out here.
tagged: compensation, employment
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
Revamped teacher evaluation standards across the country have increased principals’ attention to instruction, but not all changes are for the better.
November 28, 2018
The EEOC is offering courses that go beyond traditional harassment prevention training.
tagged: "EEOC compliance", "Employee performance", "HR training"
November 27, 2018
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"
Check out the different ways Texas districts are staffing their classrooms and fighting shortages.
tagged: Staffing, "Teacher certification"
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 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
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
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
A quick update on the status of potential FLSA changes.
tagged: "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA
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"
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
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
Learn about the ADA's reasonable accommodation requirements.
tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", Leave
November 01, 2018
A few quick updates for upcoming salary survey deadlines and results.
tagged: "Salary surveys", "Teacher stipends"
October 30, 2018
Check out some of the top tweets from this year's HR Academy.
tagged: HR, "HR training"
October 25, 2018
In both math and English, students saw drops in learning as a result of a teacher change during the school year.
tagged: "Teacher resignations"
While bachelor's degrees account for 56 percent of good jobs, other pathways yield similar success.
tagged: Compensation, Employment
October 23, 2018
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
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
Workplace culture is a big deal—it impacts engagement, productivity, retention, and growth.
tagged: HR, Recruiting, Retention
A few quick updates regarding multiple salary survey deadlines and result highlights.
tagged: "Salary surveys", "Superintendent salaries"
October 11, 2018
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
While other industries have managed to rebound from the financial crisis, public schools are still struggling to fill key positions.
October 08, 2018
Two new documents on the subject of educator misconduct are available on the TASB School Law eSource website.
A recent Education Week report found the public perception of teachers is changing for the better, and drastically.
October 01, 2018
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"
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"
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
Using an interview process with questions focusing on principal competencies is important for successful hiring.
September 25, 2018
Learn about the three main pay strategies and when to employ them.
September 24, 2018
Talented teachers in Dallas ISD can advance their salaries higher and faster than in any other school district in Texas.
September 18, 2018
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
While government entities are exempt from the TPA, charter schools are not. Learn more here.
tagged: "Payday law"
September 11, 2018
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
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
Effective organizations provide employees with clear communications about their pay and benefits and often see higher employee job satisfaction than organizations that don't.
September 04, 2018
A big change is coming to teacher evaluation systems this year with the introduction of student growth measures.
tagged: "Teacher training"
August 31, 2018
A district’s pay system should support district goals for recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high quality employees.
At TASB HR Services, we get several common questions about comp time and we’ve listed and answered them in this article.
August 29, 2018
Learn how can HR staff help employees facing harassment from debt collectors while at work.
August 28, 2018
View this Teacher Evaluation infographic for a quick update on teacher evaluation and student growth measures.
Learn how to determine the amount of assault leave payments.
August 21, 2018
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
Can districts pay employees who waive health care coverage? Get the answer here.
tagged: Benefits, "Health insurance", TRS, "TRS ActiveCare"
August 20, 2018
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.
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
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
Consultants are continually working on new materials for the HR Library and updating existing content. Check out our most recent changes here.
August 07, 2018
We answered frequently asked questions on managing FMLA to help you navigate the rules.
August 06, 2018
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
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
Do athletic coaches have to be certified teachers or contract employees? Find out in this Q&A.
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
Looking for Texas school district current practices for superintendent contracts? DataCentral has survey results from nearly 300 districts.
The results from one of our newest surveys are now available on DataCentral.
tagged: Surveys, "Teacher stipends"
July 24, 2018
The annual Superintendent Salary Survey has officially launched and districts can submit data up until August 24.
tagged: "Superintendent salaries"
July 18, 2018
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
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
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
Another year, another great TASPA conference! Check out some of the highlights from the event.
tagged: "Social media practices"
July 11, 2018
Check out this infographic of what to do and what to avoid on social media for administrators and leaders in education.
July 09, 2018
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
Teachers are not immune to feeling isolated in the workplace, which decreases morale and productivity. Here’s how to overcome those challenges.
July 05, 2018
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
Must an interim or acting superintendent be certified? Find out in this brief Q&A.
June 26, 2018
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
The W3C added 17 new success criteria to its accessibility guidelines that primarily address issues related to handheld devices.
June 14, 2018
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
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"
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
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.
June 07, 2018
Are districts required to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employee Statistics survey? Find out in this brief Q&A!
May 31, 2018
Recent headlines involving inappropriate and highly offensive use of social media provides employers with the opportunity to examine hiring practices.
May 30, 2018
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
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.
May 22, 2018
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
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
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
Use this handy guide to get the information you need when contacting the TEA.
tagged: Certification, TEA
May 14, 2018
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
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.
May 08, 2018
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.
May 07, 2018
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
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"
The 2018–2019 update to the Model Employee Handbook (MEH) is now available through myTASB.
tagged: "Employee handbook", HR
April 30, 2018
Student growth measures will be a required component of the T-TESS in the upcoming school year. Here's what you need to know.
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.
April 27, 2018
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 23, 2018
The TRS Benefits Committee approved an overall average increase of 5.7 percent, down from 7.1 percent last year.
tagged: "Health insurance", TRS, "TRS ActiveCare"
April 17, 2018
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.
April 16, 2018
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.
April 13, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
March 12, 2018
Learn how to get the most out of our brand new blog format with this quick tutorial.
March 09, 2018
We've put together a list of dos and don’ts that should help HR staff with some relevant Family and Medical Leave guidance.
March 08, 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
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.
A recent report from The School Superintendents Association (AASA) found nearly three-quarters of superintendents say their school districts are inadequately funded.
February 22, 2018
Transitioning to K-12 HR from a different field can be a challenge. The following tips will help new administrators settle into their roles.
February 21, 2018
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"
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.
February 20, 2018
A recent report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, found that Texas is the place to look for those seeking employment.
tagged: Employment, Recruiting
What are some of the TEA grants aiding districts in their recruitment of teachers and principals?
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
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
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.
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
As districts begin renewal processes, the question of how long someone can be employed by probationary contract arises.
February 01, 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
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a one-cent increase in standard mileage rates for the 2018 calendar year, which became effective January 1.
January 10, 2018
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.
January 03, 2018
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
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"
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
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
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
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?
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.
TASB Legal Services recently updated the School Law eSource article, Employee Free Speech Rights.
tagged: "Employee notices"
November 30, 2017
HR Academy 2017 was a success, and we appreciate everyone who attended the training.
November 22, 2017
A common mistake human resources administrators and managers make is asking employees on Family and Medical Leave (FML) leave to report to work.
November 17, 2017
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
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"
It’s important for HR staff to ask questions internally about what their district is doing to accommodate its employees.
November 09, 2017
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.
November 01, 2017
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"
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick posted another batch of interim charges to Senate committees to look into ahead of the next legislative session.
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.
October 30, 2017
Check out some of the best tweets from the HR holiday.
October 25, 2017
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.
October 18, 2017
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"
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
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
A report from Education Next revealed some enlightening statistics about public opinion of various education topics.
tagged: HR, Salaries
October 04, 2017
The Texas Equity Plan Toolkit supports districts in the process of developing a district equity plan.
Despite persistent shortage areas, Texas’ production of newly certified teachers has held steady during the past two years.
tagged: Staffing, "Teacher recruiting", "Teacher shortage"
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
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
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
Does the Every Student Succeeds Act require newly hired paraprofessionals to be highly qualified? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "Professional development"
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
Learn about the causes of teacher shortages today and some of the staffing challenges districts are facing.
September 06, 2017
As Senate Bill 7 goes into effect, districts are deciding how to respond. Learn more in this Q&A!
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
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
The special session adjourned Tuesday, August 15, without the House and Senate coming to agreement on many of the governor’s 20 priorities.
August 23, 2017
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
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
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.
Can an employee use state leave at the beginning of the school year? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: Benefits, Leave
CoachesConnect is a brand new web community for teachers, coaches, and administrators to network and find employment.
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.
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"
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
New data from Dallas County nonprofit Commit! sheds some light on the effectiveness of TEI.
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.
July 26, 2017
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
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
USCIS released the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.
Each university will get approximately $5 million over a 10-year period, with the final figure contingent upon how many students pursue the scholarship.
July 12, 2017
Improving website accessibility for individuals with disabilities is not only a good district practice, but a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
June 21, 2017
Can a district require direct deposit of employee paychecks? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: Compensation, "Payday law"
June 20, 2017
Take a look at the new rates for next year.
tagged: Benefits, "Teacher retirement", "Teacher Retirement System", TRS
June 07, 2017
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.
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"
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
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.
May 24, 2017
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.
USCIS announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card—also known as a Green Card—as well as the Employment Authorization Document.
May 17, 2017
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
Is the district required to remove access to an inactive employee’s information in the fingerprint clearinghouse? Find out in this Q&A!
May 16, 2017
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
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
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.
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.
April 19, 2017
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.
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
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
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.
April 05, 2017
Only 37 percent of public schools across the country provide full-time athletic training services, but in Texas, that percentage is much higher.
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.
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.
March 23, 2017
The Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 7 (Bettencourt) on Wednesday, March 8, which addresses improper relationships between educators and students.
March 22, 2017
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
Are instructional employees eligible for intermittent family medical leave? Find out in this Q&A!
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
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.
March 01, 2017
Learn how the new American Dream crafted by millennials may affect public education employers in this article.
tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Employment
Extra-duty pay for high school football coaches and other extracurricular duties revealed in latest stipend survey results.
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
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.
February 16, 2017
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 15, 2017
In this month's Q&A, we have three questions and answers focusing on substitute employees and their eligibility to claim unemployment benefits.
tagged: Benefits, Unemployment
February 01, 2017
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"
tagged: Hiring, HR, Staffing
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
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"
A new study by ManpowerGroup discovered nearly half of all global employers are lacking in the talent department.
tagged: "Professional development", Recruiting
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.
The second half of this two-part story explores different practices from various districts on how they map out their teacher career pathways.
January 04, 2017
Career pathways provide opportunities for professionals with advanced skills and abilities to do more—and earn more—by taking on more complex work assignments.
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.
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"
On November 14, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
January 03, 2017
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
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
Knowing your HR Information System’s capabilities and maximizing them for your district’s benefit will inspire greatness in your department.
November 21, 2016
Do holidays count toward an employee’s FML entitlement? Find out in this month's Q&A!
November 10, 2016
HR is responsible for a wide range of topics their board members should know about—far more than just employee discipline.
October 27, 2016
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.
October 26, 2016
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!
October 25, 2016
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.
October 05, 2016
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.
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.
September 21, 2016
September 20, 2016
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.
September 07, 2016
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.
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?
September 05, 2016
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.
August 18, 2016
Are districts still required to send parents notices regarding teacher qualifications? We answer and explain in great detail for this month's Q&A!
August 17, 2016
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.
August 08, 2016
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.
August 04, 2016
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
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.
May 25, 2016
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 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?
May 18, 2016
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.
April 27, 2016
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.
April 22, 2016
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 20, 2016
How do we process TRS surcharge deductions if we require our retire rehires to assume the cost? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: TRS, "TRS Care", "TRS surcharge"
April 13, 2016
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.
April 01, 2016
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
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.
March 29, 2016
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.
March 23, 2016
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?
March 07, 2016
With ongoing teacher shortages, many districts are turning to social media to recruit young talent.
March 01, 2016
As the reporting deadlines under the Affordable Care Act near, many new questions arise regarding compliance with the IRS.
February 25, 2016
Where do districts draw the line on political activity at school?
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.
February 18, 2016
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.
February 16, 2016
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.
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?