November 07, 2019
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"
October 11, 2019
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
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
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
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.
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.
October 07, 2019
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.
October 03, 2019
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
September 24, 2019
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is now accepting applications to certify cybersecurity training programs.
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 05, 2019
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
August 28, 2019
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
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 16, 2019
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 12, 2019
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 02, 2019
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 30, 2019
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
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 09, 2019
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
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
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"
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
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.
July 01, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
The compensation requirements in HB 3 are broad and give districts flexibility in deciding how best to implement pay increases.
May 29, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
Learn how to respond to and resolve no-match letters when you get them.
tagged: "Employment law", Hiring, "Personnel records"
April 02, 2019
Classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor presents a number of challenges. Here's the right way to make that determination.
tagged: Employment, "Employment contracts", "Independent contractor"
March 26, 2019
Learn how to sort out the legal standards applicable to probationary, term, and continuing contracts.
tagged: contracts, "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Independent contractor", "Teacher contracts"
March 19, 2019
Identifying what type of paid leave applies when an employee needs extended leave to care for a family member is just as important as determining eligibility for family and medical leave.
March 08, 2019
Read this report for details on the new proposed rule changes to the FLSA.
tagged: "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, Overtime
March 07, 2019
The most significant changes this year relate to clarifying the assignment of duties under a contract.
tagged: contracts, "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Teacher contracts"
February 28, 2019
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
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
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
A recent post on the TASBO Open Forum explains the importance of timely response to last month’s IRS notices regarding alleged violations of the ACA employer mandates.
tagged: ACA, "Affordable Care Act"
How much time are districts required to provide for an employee to express breast milk? Find out in this quick Q&A.
tagged: Benefits, "Employment law", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, "Wage and hour"
January 10, 2019
With more than 25,000 ADA charges filed by the EEOC in the past year, it’s more prudent than ever for employers to understand what’s required of them by law.
tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Employment law"
January 03, 2019
The federal electronic employment eligibility verification service, E-Verify, has been temporarily disabled because of a lapse in funding.
tagged: Employment, "Employment law"
January 01, 2019
Is an uncertified teacher hired under a school district teaching permit or in a position covered by a district of innovation plan entitled to a Chapter 21 contract?
tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Educator contracts", Hiring
December 21, 2018
The IRS announced a 3.5-cent increase in standard mileage rates for the 2019 calendar year, which will go into effect January 1.
tagged: "Internal Revenue Service", IRS
December 06, 2018
The holidays are upon us, as are the calls about pay and benefits during the holiday break. Read December’s myths to make sure that your district has a handle on both.
tagged: Compensation, "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA
November 28, 2018
The EEOC is offering courses that go beyond traditional harassment prevention training.
tagged: "EEOC compliance", "Employee performance", "HR training"
November 27, 2018
All districts receiving Title I funds must complete the PR1500 for each of their campuses, regardless of campus Title I status, by November 30, 2018.
tagged: Diversity, TEA, "Texas Education Agency"
November 12, 2018
A quick update on the status of potential FLSA changes.
tagged: "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA
November 07, 2018
Learn about the ADA's reasonable accommodation requirements.
tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act", Leave
October 19, 2018
Can a district pay noncontract employees when it is closed for an emergency? Find out in this Q&A.
tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Independent contractor", Leave, "Teacher contracts"
October 08, 2018
Two new documents on the subject of educator misconduct are available on the TASB School Law eSource website.
October 01, 2018
The ADEA protects applicants and employees who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination and harassment based on age.
tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "EEOC compliance"
September 17, 2018
While government entities are exempt from the TPA, charter schools are not. Learn more here.
tagged: "Payday law"
August 28, 2018
Learn how to determine the amount of assault leave payments.
August 21, 2018
We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and sexual harassment remains a key workplace problem employers are trying to solve.
tagged: "Employee discipline", "Employee handbook", HR
August 20, 2018
Is a principal’s email to a teacher regarding a parent’s complaint public information? Find the answer to this question and more in today's Q&A.
Learn whether or not it's permissible to pay 10-month employees over a 12-month period.
tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "Educator contracts"
August 07, 2018
We answered frequently asked questions on managing FMLA to help you navigate the rules.
August 06, 2018
Political subdivisions, such as school districts, colleges and community colleges, cities, or counties, are now required to post a first responder liaison notice.
tagged: "Workers’ compensation"
August 02, 2018
Do athletic coaches have to be certified teachers or contract employees? Find out in this Q&A.
As with any law, some of the ADA's language can be misinterpreted. We've highlighted and explained four myths to clear up common uncertainties.
tagged: ADA, "Americans with Disabilities Act"
July 18, 2018
Are districts required to pay employees for working outside of the official work calendar?
tagged: "Exemption status", "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, "Payday law"
July 17, 2018
Multiple changes to the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program, including new vendors and limits to exam attempts, will go into effect at the end of August.
July 09, 2018
Can districts use a third-party vendor to check the criminal history of student teachers and volunteers? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "Criminal history"
July 02, 2018
Must an interim or acting superintendent be certified? Find out in this brief Q&A.
June 25, 2018
The W3C added 17 new success criteria to its accessibility guidelines that primarily address issues related to handheld devices.
June 14, 2018
Assault leave is a common topic of discussion in the HR world, and we’ve outlined some of the basics with the Q&A in this post.
tagged: Leave, "Workers’ compensation"
June 08, 2018
The current FMLA forms, which are used to certify whether employees are eligible to take leave and to notify them of their leave rights, will expire June 30.
tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA
May 30, 2018
The Sample Records Retention Schedule for personnel records in the HR Library has been updated. Learn more in this article.
tagged: "Records retention"
May 24, 2018
Immigration and Customs Enforcement significantly ramped up its worksite investigations during the past federal fiscal year and the agency recently announced it's planning to double down on Form I-9 audits this summer.
May 18, 2018
When can a district issue a 1099, and when must a district consider someone an employee and issue a W-2? The answer is complicated, but we provide a detailed explanation in this article.
tagged: "Independent contractor"
May 14, 2018
Can we terminate an employee who has exhausted all leave? The answer isn't as simple as you might think.
tagged: Leave, Termination
May 07, 2018
There are a lot of rules concerning teacher service records, but there also are a few myths. We’ve separated fact from fiction in this article.
tagged: "Personnel records", "Records retention"
May 02, 2018
The 2018–2019 update to the Model Employee Handbook (MEH) is now available through myTASB.
tagged: "Employee handbook", HR
April 30, 2018
Student growth measures will be a required component of the T-TESS in the upcoming school year. Here's what you need to know.
What documents must be kept in a former employee’s personnel file and where should they be kept? Find out in this quick Q&A.
April 16, 2018
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Civil Rap Back program that provides notification of employee’s criminal activity occurring outside the state of Texas is now available.
April 12, 2018
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released today a fact sheet addressing the applicability of white collar exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to common jobs in higher education.
tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, Overtime
April 04, 2018
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released five videos on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance designed to help employers more easily understand their legal responsibilities.
tagged: "Department of Labor", DOL, "Fair Labor Standards Act", FLSA, Overtime
March 29, 2018
Can school administrators change teacher work hours during the school year? Find out in this brief Q&A.
tagged: "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Teacher contracts"
Many districts are now using private companies to manage payment to game officials, but can they also use third-party organizations to pay other game help?
tagged: Compensation, "Department of Labor", DOL
March 27, 2018
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
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
As districts begin renewal processes, the question of how long someone can be employed by probationary contract arises.
January 16, 2018
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a one-cent increase in standard mileage rates for the 2018 calendar year, which became effective January 1.
January 10, 2018
After the enactment of the 2017 tax act, the IRS has issued revised tax withholding tables for employees’ paychecks as well as withholding guidance this month to reflect the legislative changes.
January 01, 2018
Does TEA audit continuing professional education CPE credit for renewable standard certificates? Find out in this month's Q&A!
tagged: "Records retention", "Teacher certification"
December 11, 2017
Where are districts required to publish or post equal employment opportunity (EEO) notices? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "EEOC compliance", "Employee notices", Employment, "Employment law"
December 07, 2017
It's important to understand the intricacies of workers' compensation—after all, providing those benefits for employees is required by state law.
tagged: "Americans with Disabilities Act", "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "Workers’ compensation"
December 06, 2017
Each year, school districts across the state give employees shirts emblazoned with the district logo to wear throughout the year. Are these items taxable income to the employee, even if it’s just a t-shirt?
In November, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua and Haiti.
TASB Legal Services recently updated the School Law eSource article, Employee Free Speech Rights.
tagged: "Employee notices"
November 22, 2017
A common mistake human resources administrators and managers make is asking employees on Family and Medical Leave (FML) leave to report to work.
November 15, 2017
It’s important for HR staff to ask questions internally about what their district is doing to accommodate its employees.
November 01, 2017
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick posted another batch of interim charges to Senate committees to look into ahead of the next legislative session.
October 18, 2017
Can we hire a TRS retiree as a substitute to fill a vacant position? Find out in this Q&A!
October 15, 2017
House Bill (HB) 2610 changed the Texas Education Code by altering instructional requirements from days of instruction to minutes, providing districts greater scheduling flexibility.
tagged: "Educator contracts", HR
October 04, 2017
The Texas Equity Plan Toolkit supports districts in the process of developing a district equity plan.
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
Does the Every Student Succeeds Act require newly hired paraprofessionals to be highly qualified? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "Professional development"
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workers currently holding valid work permits may not be eligible for continued employment when the permit expires.
tagged: Hiring, Staffing
September 06, 2017
As Senate Bill 7 goes into effect, districts are deciding how to respond. Learn more in this Q&A!
September 05, 2017
The special session adjourned Tuesday, August 15, without the House and Senate coming to agreement on many of the governor’s 20 priorities.
August 16, 2017
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.
July 26, 2017
Check out our recap of the 85th Texas Legislature and find out what bills passed and their impact on HR in districts.
tagged: Certification, "Districts of innovation", DOI, "Teacher Retirement System", TRS, "TRS Care"
July 19, 2017
Texas legislators responded to a rise in reports on educator misconduct by passing Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) this session.
tagged: "Criminal history", "Employee discipline"
July 18, 2017
USCIS released the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.
July 12, 2017
Improving website accessibility for individuals with disabilities is not only a good district practice, but a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
June 20, 2017
Take a look at the new rates for next year.
tagged: Benefits, "Teacher retirement", "Teacher Retirement System", TRS
May 24, 2017
All major components of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) remain in place following a legal agreement with various teacher organizations in the state, according to Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.
USCIS announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card—also known as a Green Card—as well as the Employment Authorization Document.
May 17, 2017
Is the district required to remove access to an inactive employee’s information in the fingerprint clearinghouse? Find out in this Q&A!
April 19, 2017
Certain districts must develop a plan for how they will identify and address disparities that result in low-income students and minority students being taught by ineffective teachers.
April 12, 2017
Can a teacher withdraw his or her resignation once it has been submitted? Find out in this Q&A!
tagged: "Teacher resignations", Termination
April 05, 2017
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
The Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 7 (Bettencourt) on Wednesday, March 8, which addresses improper relationships between educators and students.
March 15, 2017
Are instructional employees eligible for intermittent family medical leave? Find out in this Q&A!
February 01, 2017
HR Services surveys cover Texas public school district practices for superintendent contracts, teacher contracts, and administrator and professional support contracts. Read our results here.
tagged: "Teacher contracts"
January 18, 2017
The most significant changes to the TASB Model Contracts in 2017 are those relating to the federal changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) removing the requirement for teachers to be highly qualified.
tagged: Certification, "Educator contracts"
January 04, 2017
On November 14, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
November 21, 2016
Do holidays count toward an employee’s FML entitlement? Find out in this month's Q&A!
October 27, 2016
Handling a request from an employee for a workplace accommodation is an important issue that must be handled correctly by all district staff. Following are some guidelines and reminders to help ensure legal and effective management of ADA accommodations.
October 26, 2016
What type of employee information can a district collect to use in the event of an emergency? Find out in this month's Q&A!
September 21, 2016
September 20, 2016
Effective July 1, 2016, districts had to adopt the use of T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) or a locally developed appraisal system that adheres to TEC § 21.352 and 19 TAC § 150.1007.
August 18, 2016
Are districts still required to send parents notices regarding teacher qualifications? We answer and explain in great detail for this month's Q&A!
August 08, 2016
As employer wellness programs have grown in numbers and sophistication, the EEOC has developed guidance on how these programs should comply with the ADA rule. Here are highlights of the requirements that your wellness program needs to follow.
tagged: "EEOC compliance"
May 25, 2016
Can we release personnel information to someone acting on behalf of an employee?
tagged: "Family and medical leave", FMLA, "Personnel records"
March 31, 2016
T-TESS, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System, is coming soon and it promises to be a sea change in the way teachers and instructional leaders work together.
March 29, 2016
With the highest number of discrimination charges in almost every major category, Texas is the state with perhaps the greatest need for Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training.
March 23, 2016
Under the new T-TESS appraisal system, does the end-of-year conference have to be completed before we can recommend nonrenewal of a teacher's contract to the Board of Trustees?
March 01, 2016
As the reporting deadlines under the Affordable Care Act near, many new questions arise regarding compliance with the IRS.
February 25, 2016
Where do districts draw the line on political activity at school?
A new Administrator’s Interpretation on joint employment should be reviewed by districts that take part in an educational co-op or outsource school district functions.
February 18, 2016
Educator misconduct cases seem to be in the news daily, keeping TEA’s Educator Investigations office busy. Director Doug Phillips talks about how the department’s new subpoena powers are working.
tagged: TEA, "Texas Education Agency"