HR Laws

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

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House Bill 3 repealed the provisions authorizing SBEC to issue new or renew master teacher certifications.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

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

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 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 03, 2019

House Bill 3 (HB 3) Guidance

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

tagged: Compensation, "Pay increases", Salaries

May 29, 2019

Conducting Pre-Employment Reference Checks

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

tagged: "Employment law", Hiring, HR

May 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 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 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 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 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 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 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"

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 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"

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 07, 2018

Additional Leave Time as an ADA Accommodation

Learn about the ADA's reasonable accommodation requirements. 

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

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 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 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"

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"

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 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 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 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"

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 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 02, 2018

Interim and Acting Superintendent Certification

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

tagged: Certification

June 25, 2018

New Web Accessibility Guidelines Focus on Handheld Devices

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

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

June 14, 2018

The Basics of Assault Leave

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

tagged: Leave, "Workers’ compensation"

June 08, 2018

Current FMLA Forms Set to Expire at End of Month

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

tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA

May 30, 2018

Revised Local Schedule SD Released

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

tagged: "Records retention"

May 24, 2018

Expect Spike in Form I-9 Audits This Summer

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

tagged: Hiring

May 18, 2018

Trending Topics: Independent Contractors

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

tagged: "Independent contractor"

May 14, 2018

Terminating Employees Who Are Out of Leave

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

tagged: Leave, Termination

May 07, 2018

Myths: Teacher Service Records

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

tagged: "Personnel records", "Records retention"

May 02, 2018

Model Employee Handbook Posted

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

tagged: "Employee handbook", HR

April 30, 2018

T-TESS and Student Growth Measures

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

tagged: T-TESS

April 30, 2018

Records Retention for Former Employees

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

tagged: "Personnel records", "Records retention"

April 16, 2018

Understanding the FBI Civil Rap Back Program

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

tagged: "Criminal history"

April 12, 2018

DOL Releases Fact Sheet on Higher Education and Overtime Pay

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

tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, Overtime

April 04, 2018

DOL Launches Video Series on FLSA Compliance

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

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

March 29, 2018

Changing Teacher Work Hours

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

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

March 29, 2018

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

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

tagged: Compensation, "Department of Labor", DOL

March 27, 2018

District Participation in Current Employee Statistics Survey

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

tagged: Employment, Surveys

March 07, 2018

High-Quality Prekindergarten Program Teacher Training and Qualifications

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

tagged: "Teacher training"

February 07, 2018

Identifying Probationary Contract Year Limits

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

tagged: Staffing

January 16, 2018

Standard Mileage Rate Increase Now in Effect

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

tagged: HR

January 10, 2018

IRS Issues New Paycheck Withholding Tables

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

tagged: "Payday law"

January 01, 2018

Renewing Standard Certificates

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

tagged: "Records retention", "Teacher certification"

December 11, 2017

Publishing EEO Notices

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

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

December 07, 2017

The Ins and Outs of Workers' Compensation

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

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

December 06, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions: District-Provided Clothing

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

tagged: Benefits

December 06, 2017

Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nicaragua, Haiti Terminated

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

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

December 06, 2017

TASB Legal Services Updates Employee Free Speech Rights Article

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

tagged: "Employee notices"

November 22, 2017

Don’t Call in Employees During FMLA Time Off

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

tagged: FMLA

November 15, 2017

Accessibility and Translation Crucial to District-Employee Communication

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

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

November 01, 2017

Patrick Releases More Interim Charges

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

tagged: Compensation

October 18, 2017

Hiring a Retiree to Substitute in a Vacant Position

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

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

October 15, 2017

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

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

tagged: "Educator contracts", HR

October 04, 2017

Introducing TEA’s Texas Equity Toolkit

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

tagged: TEA

October 04, 2017

Nepotism and Its Impact on District Hiring

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

tagged: Employment, "Employment law", Hiring

September 20, 2017

ESSA and Highly Qualified Standards

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

tagged: "Professional development"

September 20, 2017

Impact of DACA Repeal on District Staffing

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

tagged: Hiring, Staffing

September 06, 2017

Senate Bill 7 Pre-Employment Affidavit

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

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

September 05, 2017

Special Session Recap

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

tagged: HR

August 16, 2017

How the New Intern Certificate Differs from a Probationary Certificate

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

tagged: Certification

July 26, 2017

Understanding New Legislation Affecting HR Administration

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

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

July 19, 2017

Senate Bill 7 Addresses Improper Relationships and Educator Misconduct

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

tagged: "Criminal history", "Employee discipline"

July 18, 2017

Latest Form I-9 Released July 17, 2017

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

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

July 12, 2017

Identifying and Complying with Online Accessibility Regulations

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

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

June 20, 2017

TRS-ActiveCare Changes for 2017–2018

Take a look at the new rates for next year.

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

May 24, 2017

Commissioner Issues Clarification on T-TESS Measures

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

tagged: T-TESS

May 24, 2017

USCIS Begins Issuing Redesigned Green Cards

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

tagged: Diversity

May 17, 2017

Unsubscribing to Inactive Employees' Fingerprint Information

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

tagged: "Criminal history", "Employee discipline"

April 19, 2017

Districts Receiving Title I Funding Must Address Teacher Quality Disparities

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

tagged: "Teacher training"

April 12, 2017

Withdrawal of Teacher Resignations

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

tagged: "Teacher resignations", Termination

April 05, 2017

The Top-10 Most Common Questions on Educator Contracts

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

tagged: "Educator contracts", "Teacher contracts"

March 23, 2017

Senate Passes Educator Misconduct Bill

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

tagged: "Criminal history"

March 15, 2017

FMLA Rules for Instructional Employees

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

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

February 01, 2017

Surveys on Contract Practices Reveal Common Trends

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

tagged: "Teacher contracts"

January 18, 2017

Model Contract Changes for 2017

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

tagged: Certification, "Educator contracts"

January 04, 2017

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

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

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

November 21, 2016

Holidays and FMLA

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

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

October 27, 2016

Ensuring ADA Compliance for Workplace Requests

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

tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"

October 26, 2016

Collecting Employee Information for Emergency Purposes

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

tagged: "Employee notices"

September 21, 2016

FML for Birth

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

tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA

September 20, 2016

Ready or Not: T-TESS is Here

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

tagged: T-TESS

August 18, 2016

ESSA Parent Notification Requirements

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

tagged: HR

August 08, 2016

Be Aware of Recent EEOC Compliance Regulations for Employer Wellness Plans

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

tagged: "EEOC compliance"

May 25, 2016

Q&A: Releasing Personnel Information

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

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

March 31, 2016

Getting Ready for T-TESS

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

tagged: T-TESS

March 29, 2016

Discrimination Charges Continue to Rise in Texas

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

tagged: "EEOC compliance"

March 23, 2016

Timing of Conference Under T-TESS

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

tagged: T-TESS

March 01, 2016

ACA Reporting: Frequently Asked Questions

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

tagged: ACA, "Affordable Care Act"

February 25, 2016

Q&A: Political Activity at School

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

tagged: HR

February 25, 2016

Understanding the Details of Joint Employment

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

tagged: Employment, "Employment law"

February 18, 2016

TEA Has New Power to Secure Information in Misconduct Cases

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

tagged: TEA, "Texas Education Agency"