September 14, 2021 • Featured Story

Q&A: Medical Examinations during Employment

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

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September 20, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for October

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

tagged: HR

September 17, 2021

Duty-free Lunch Entitlement

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

tagged: "Employment law", HR

September 16, 2021

Responding to Employees Who Don't Follow FMLA Procedures

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

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

September 15, 2021

TASB District Personnel Survey Now Open

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

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

September 14, 2021

TASA, TASB, and TASBO Kick Off Budget Cohort

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

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

September 13, 2021

Q&A: Medical Examinations during Employment

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

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

September 10, 2021

Texas Education Human Resources Day: October 13

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

tagged: HR

September 09, 2021

Updated ACA Affordability Calculator Available

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

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

September 07, 2021

TASB HR Services to Present at TASA | TASB Convention 2021

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

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

September 03, 2021

Prekindergarten Added to Class Size Limits

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

tagged: Staffing, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

September 02, 2021

Join Us for HR Academy and Advanced HR Seminar

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

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

August 31, 2021

Social Media for HR Professionals

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

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

August 30, 2021

Certification Resources for School Administrators

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

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

August 27, 2021

Extended and Intermittent Leave at the Beginning of the Year

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

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

August 25, 2021

Clarifying Recent Guidance on Contact Tracing and Close Contacts

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

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response"

August 24, 2021

Additional Leave for COVID-Related Absences

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

tagged: COVID-19, Leave

August 20, 2021

New TASB School Law eSource Guidance on Mask Mandates

TASB Legal Services has published new guidance on mask mandates.

tagged: COVID-19

August 20, 2021

Clarity in Pay Administration

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

tagged: Compensation, HR, Recruiting, Salaries

August 18, 2021

TRS Contribution Rates Increase

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

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

August 16, 2021

New Firearms Prohibited Posters Available

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

tagged: "Employee notices", "Worksite posting"

August 11, 2021

College Job Descriptions Now Available in the HR Library

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

tagged: "Community college", "Job descriptions"

August 10, 2021

Parent Retention Option May Affect School Staffing

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

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

August 09, 2021

COVID-Related Issues for 2021–2022

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

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

August 06, 2021

The Top-10 Most Common Questions on Educator Contracts

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

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Teacher contracts"

August 05, 2021

Update Coming to Educator Certification Online System (ECOS)

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

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

August 04, 2021

Is It Time to Renew Your District of Innovation Plan?

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

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

August 03, 2021

TEA Launches Accelerated Learning Support

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

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

August 02, 2021

DOL Rescinds Joint Employer Rule

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

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

July 30, 2021

What’s New with Title IX?

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

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

July 29, 2021

TASB/TASA Superintendent Survey Update

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

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

July 28, 2021

Updated Leave Administration Framework Available

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

tagged: Leave

July 27, 2021

Hiring Teachers Late in the Summer

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

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

July 26, 2021

Fraudulent Job Postings

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

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, "Retire rehire"

July 23, 2021

Cybersecurity Training Requirements Clarified

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

tagged: "HR training", "Professional development"

July 22, 2021

TEA Releases Contractor Fingerprinting Guidance

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

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

July 21, 2021

Teacher Incentive Allotment: Cohort D Highlights

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

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

July 19, 2021

TRS Schedules HR-Related Training

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

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

July 14, 2021

Legislative Updates Webinar Available

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

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

July 13, 2021

HR Services Sessions at TASPA Summer Conference

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

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

July 09, 2021

DHS Releases Updated I-9 Receipt Guidance

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

tagged: Employment, "Personnel records"

July 08, 2021

Training and Staff Development Plans for 2021–2022

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

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

July 07, 2021

NNDCC vs. NJROTC: Different Acronyms, Same Purpose

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

tagged: "Career and technology education", CTE

July 06, 2021

Impact of Accelerated Instruction

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

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

July 01, 2021

Legislative Update: General Personnel Issues

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

tagged: Employment, Hiring, HR

June 30, 2021

TEA Updates Certification Webpages

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

tagged: Certification, HR, Staffing

June 30, 2021

Legislative Update: Training and Staff Development

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

tagged: Certification, development, Professional, Teacher, training

June 29, 2021

Demographics Dashboard Now Available in the HR Library

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

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

June 29, 2021

Legislative Update: Teacher Retirement System Issues

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

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

June 28, 2021

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

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

tagged: Employee, HR, performance, Termination

June 25, 2021

Legislative Update: Certification and Licensing

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

tagged: Certification, Employment, Teacher

June 24, 2021

Legislative Update: Leave Benefits

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

tagged: Benefits, Leave

June 23, 2021

Superintendents Leaving Profession After Difficult School Year

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

tagged: Employment, Retention

June 22, 2021

Staffing Resources for School Administrators

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

tagged: HR, Staffing

June 21, 2021

Basic Tips for Managing Employee Performance

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

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

June 17, 2021

TRS Approves TRS-ActiveCare Increases

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

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

June 16, 2021

Updated T-PESS Rubric Required

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

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

June 15, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for July

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

tagged: HR

June 14, 2021

Best Practices for Posting Vacancies

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

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

June 10, 2021

Counseling in Texas Public Schools

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

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

June 09, 2021

Model Employee Handbooks Updated

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

tagged: "Employee handbook", HR

June 07, 2021

TEA Adjusts Public Health Guidance

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

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

June 03, 2021

Senate Bill 202 and TRS Surcharge Responsibility

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

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

June 01, 2021

HR Surveys: Benefits and Leaves

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

tagged: Benefits, Leave, Surveys

June 01, 2021

Mentors Matter

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

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

May 28, 2021

Special Education HOUSSE Options

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

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

May 27, 2021

DHS Provides Flexibility for Reviewing I-9 Documentation

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

tagged: Hiring, HR, "Personnel records"

May 26, 2021

License Requirements for School District Employees

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

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

May 24, 2021

Educational Aide Certification

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

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, Nonexempt

May 18, 2021

Pay Increases Expected in New School Year

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

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

May 18, 2021

TRS Extends Penalty Fee Grace Period

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

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

May 18, 2021

Hiring Student Workers for Summer

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

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

May 17, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 7—Substitute

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

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

May 17, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for June

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

tagged: HR

May 13, 2021

Teacher Retention

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

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

May 12, 2021

End-of-Year Procedures

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

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

May 11, 2021

Calculating Penalty-Free Resignation

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

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

May 10, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 6—Exceptions and Waivers

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

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

May 07, 2021

Contingent Pay Increases

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

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

May 06, 2021

FML for Spring and Summer Births

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

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

May 06, 2021

DOL Withdraws Rules for Determining Independent Contractor Status

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

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

May 05, 2021

TRS Retirees Exception for Summer Substitute Work

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

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

May 04, 2021

Changing Leave Increments

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

tagged: Compensation, Leave

May 03, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 5—Nonrenewable Permit

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

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

April 30, 2021

Popular Employee Benefits

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

tagged: Benefits, Recruiting, Retention

April 29, 2021

The Value of Assistant Principals

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

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

April 28, 2021

Reporting Contract Abandonment

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

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

April 26, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 4—Temporary Classroom Assignment Permit

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

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

April 22, 2021

Board Resolution vs. Regular Board Action

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

tagged: HR

April 20, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for May

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

tagged: HR

April 19, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 3—Emergency Permits

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

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

April 16, 2021

Pay Planning on a Limited Budget

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

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

April 15, 2021

LEADing with Intention

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

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

April 13, 2021

COBRA Premium Subsidy

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

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

April 12, 2021

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

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

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

April 09, 2021

Teacher Shortages Don’t Affect All Equally

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

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

April 08, 2021

Attrition: An Effective Way to Reduce

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

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

April 06, 2021

HR Surveys Data Now Available

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

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, Leave, Surveys

April 05, 2021

Teacher Certification: Part 1—Alternative Certification Programs

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

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

April 01, 2021

Best Practices for Managing Substitutes

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

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

March 29, 2021

Summer is Peak Time for Unemployment Claims

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

tagged: Compensation, HR, Unemployment

March 26, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 5—Educational Aides and Campus Clerical

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

tagged: HR, Staffing

March 24, 2021

DOL Launches Unemployment Fraud Website

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

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, Unemployment

March 23, 2021

Principals’ Impact on Student Learning

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

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

March 22, 2021

Best Practices for Checking Pre-Employment References

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

tagged: Employment, Hiring

March 19, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 4—Special Education

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

tagged: Staffing

March 17, 2021

Recognizing Staff and Students during a Pandemic

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

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

March 12, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 3—Auxiliary Staff

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

tagged: HR, Staffing

March 12, 2021

Considerations for Changing the School Calendar

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

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher contracts"

March 11, 2021

Teacher Incentive Allotment Designated Teachers

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

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

March 10, 2021

Calculating FMLA during the Holidays and Emergency Closures

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

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

March 09, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for April

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

tagged: HR

March 08, 2021

TEA to Evaluate Educator Preparation Programs

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

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

March 08, 2021

Contract Administration Resources

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

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

March 05, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 2—Teachers

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

tagged: HR, Staffing

March 03, 2021

IRS Allows Deductions for COVID-19 Protective Items

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

tagged: HR

March 01, 2021

Strategic Staffing: Part 1

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

tagged: HR, Staffing

February 26, 2021

Calculating Wage Garnishments for Multiple Requests

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

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

February 25, 2021

IRS Announces Filing Extension

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

tagged: HR

February 23, 2021

Highlights from Community College Salary Survey

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

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

February 22, 2021

Becoming a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite

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

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

February 16, 2021

Teacher Incentive Allotment Myth-busting

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

tagged: Compensation, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"

February 11, 2021

Annual Form W-4 Requirements

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

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

February 08, 2021

HR Survey Update

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

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

February 08, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for March

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

tagged: HR

February 05, 2021

T-TESS for Late Hires

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

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

February 03, 2021

CTE Pay and Certification Requirements

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

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

February 01, 2021

Sample Administrator Interview Questions

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

tagged: Diversity, Employment, Hiring, Retention

February 01, 2021

Wage Garnishment for Student Loans during COVID-19 Crisis

The Department of Education (ED) has suspended garnishment on federally held student loans through September 30, 2021, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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

January 29, 2021

Annual Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Query

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

tagged: Hiring, "Personnel records"

January 28, 2021

Unemployment Compensation Fraud

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

tagged: Unemployment

January 25, 2021

Planning for a Potential Minimum Wage Hike

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

tagged: Compensation, "Department of Labor", DOL

January 25, 2021

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for International Travel

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

tagged: COVID-19, Leave

January 22, 2021

Pay Structures Matter

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

tagged: Compensation, HR, Salaries

January 21, 2021

Experienced HR Mentors Needed

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

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

January 20, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Employee Medical Inquiries

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

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

January 19, 2021

Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Unfairly Penalized

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

tagged: "Employee performance", HR

January 12, 2021

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for February

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

tagged: HR

January 12, 2021

Implementing COVID-19 Vaccine Protocols

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

tagged: COVID-19, "EEOC compliance"

January 12, 2021

Quick Look: Teacher Highlights, TASB District Personnel Salary Survey

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

tagged: Compensation, Salaries, "Salary surveys"

January 11, 2021

No Changes to TASB Model Contracts

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

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

January 11, 2021

Substitute Teaching Experience and Creditable Years of Service

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

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

January 08, 2021

DOL Considers Telemedicine an In-Person Visit

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

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

January 06, 2021

Did the Government Extend FFCRA Leave through March?

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

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

January 05, 2021

Disinfecting Surfaces to Stop Spread of COVID Unproductive

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

tagged: COVID-19, "Epidemic Response"

January 04, 2021

Are Pay Incentives the Solution to Teacher Shortages?

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

tagged: Compensation, Recruiting, Retention

December 15, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for January

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

tagged: HR

December 15, 2020

Evaluating Teachers Who Provide Virtual Instruction

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

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

December 14, 2020

Happy Holidays from HR Services

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

tagged: HR

December 11, 2020

TEA Updates Public Health Planning Guidance

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

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

December 09, 2020

Educator Morale Continues Decline

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

tagged: Employment, Recruiting, Surveys

December 08, 2020

Federal Leave is Ending, What’s Next?

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

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

December 07, 2020

Number of School District-Affiliated Health Clinics on the Rise

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

tagged: "Health insurance", Recruiting

December 04, 2020

New Survey Data Available in TASB HRDataSource

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

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

December 04, 2020

Upcoming Deadline for Teacher Certification Requirements

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

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

December 03, 2020

Moonlighting during FML

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

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

December 01, 2020

An Introduction to JROTC Pay

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

tagged: Compensation, Salaries

December 01, 2020

TDLR Emergency Licensing Due to COVID-19

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

tagged: Certification, "Personnel records"

November 30, 2020

TEA Mental Health and Wellness Resources

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

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

November 30, 2020

Two Lies and a Truth

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

tagged: HR

November 20, 2020

A New Approach to First-Year Teacher Mentorship

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

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

November 17, 2020

Reporting FFCRA Wages and FICA Taxes

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

tagged: Benefits, Compensation, COVID-19, Leave

November 16, 2020

Employee Retention and COVID-19

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

tagged: Hiring, Recruiting, Retention, Staffing

November 13, 2020

Workplace Culture

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

tagged: HR

November 11, 2020

Salary and HR Survey Update

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

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

November 10, 2020

Planning for Reducing Personnel Costs

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

tagged: "Employment contracts", Staffing

November 10, 2020

Employee Engagement during COVID-19

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

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

November 09, 2020

Enhanced TASB Member Center is Coming

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

tagged: HR

November 09, 2020

Money Pit: Teacher Turnover

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

tagged: Recruiting, "Teacher recruiting"

November 09, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for December

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

tagged: HR

November 06, 2020

Requiring a High School Diploma or GED

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

tagged: Employment, Hiring, "Job descriptions"

November 04, 2020

Texas Teacher Supply: 2020 Update

The supply of newly certified teachers joining the profession dwindles.

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

November 02, 2020

Substitute Teacher Shortages

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

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

November 02, 2020

Mentor Program Allotment Cycle 2

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

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

October 28, 2020

Additional Pay after the Start of the Year

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

tagged: "Pay increases", Salaries

October 27, 2020

Superintendent Highlights Released

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

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

October 26, 2020

Updates to PK–6 Certification Changes

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

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

October 23, 2020

Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance

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

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

October 21, 2020

Holiday Travel Reminders

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

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

October 19, 2020

Teacher Burnout and COVID-19 Stress

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

tagged: COVID-19, HR

October 19, 2020

Compensation Plan Templates Available in HR Library

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

tagged: Compensation, HR

October 16, 2020

Culturally Proficient Leadership in Schools

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

tagged: Diversity, HR, "Professional development"

October 15, 2020

Teacher Performance Pay Boosts Student Scores

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

tagged: Compensation, "Employee performance"

October 13, 2020

Introducing HRDataSource

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

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

October 12, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for November

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

tagged: HR

October 12, 2020

Mental Health Impacts Our Work

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

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

October 09, 2020

FFCRA Expires December 31, 2020

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

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

October 08, 2020

TEA Provides Certification Guidance

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

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

October 08, 2020

Considering New Teacher Staffing Models

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

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

October 07, 2020

How Unconscious Bias Hurts the Workplace

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

tagged: Diversity, Retention

October 05, 2020

Class Size Waivers and COVID-19

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

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

October 05, 2020

Grant Opportunity to Support Teacher Leadership

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

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

October 01, 2020

Salary Survey Update

The TASB HR Services Salary Surveys are underway!

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

September 30, 2020

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims on the Rise

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

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

September 29, 2020

Assigning Extra Classes during Planning Periods

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

tagged: Compensation, "Teacher contracts"

September 24, 2020

TASB HR Services to Present at TASA | TASB Convention 2020

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

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

September 24, 2020

DOL Revises FFCRA Regulations

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

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

September 23, 2020

Accommodations and FML Requests

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

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

September 23, 2020

Texas Education Human Resources Day: October 14

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

tagged: HR

September 22, 2020

Working While on FML

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

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

September 22, 2020

DOL Proposes Rules to Clarify Determining Independent Contractor Status

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

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

September 21, 2020

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

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

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

September 18, 2020

Last Minute Resignations of Certified Personnel

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

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

September 18, 2020

TEA Announces Grant Opportunities

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

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

September 17, 2020

Work-Site Posters for 2020

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

tagged: "Employee notices", "Worksite posting"

September 15, 2020

Infographic: HR Department Checklist for October

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

tagged: HR

September 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 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 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 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

When a coach or other extracurricular sponsor cannot fulfill their duties, districts sometime wonder what to do about stipends.

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

April 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 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 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

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 qualify an instructor.

tagged: Certification, Employment, Hiring, "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