Managing Leave Benefits Successfully

May 14, 2019 • April Mabry

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.

Federal, state, and local rules and regulations result in school districts having to manage a minimum of 13 types of leave. As a result, administering leave can be like trying to hold a handful of ping pong balls underwater. Just when you think you have clear understanding of your district benefits or everything under control, a unique and challenging situation pops.

HR Services members have the advantage of being able to easily addresses these challenges using easy-to-access written resources and tools, recorded webinars, quality training, and phone consulting.

Training options

HR Services provides in-district, regional, and annual training options. Our full-day leave workshops, Managing State and Federal Leave and Get a Grip on the FMLA will be held on June 4–5, 2019, at the TASB Headquarters. Access to registration is available on the HR Services Training Calendar. Sign up now for these workshops to get the member or early registration discount.

A list of the topics offered as local and regional training is available online. Regional training is done through partnerships with education service centers. The training offered in your region is chosen by your ESC.

Member districts can also arrange on-site training. Training can be customized to meet the unique needs of your district. You can limit participation to your staff or serve as a host district by inviting other districts to participate and share the cost of consulting fees and travel.

Self-serve resources

Written resources available at any time include HRX articles, the HR Library, and The Administrators Guide to Managing Leaves and Absences (reference guide available for purchase online in the TASB Store).

HR Services receives a large volume of calls each month and approximately one-third are related to leave. These calls help us identify topics and questions of interest to address in the HRX, resulting in a selection of over 60 articles. Articles are easy to find using the search feature.

The HR Library Leaves section is organized into topics to help you easily access forms, explanation of  federal and state requirements, and suggested methods for administering leave. Also included is the Family and Medical Leave Tracker used to create a district FMLA database. Access to the HR Library can be granted to any staff in member districts. The primary program contact can initialize the process by emailing the name, title, and email of the person to be added to hrservices@tasb.org.

Recorded webinars are also available for viewing at anytime including:

  • Best Practices for Handling Assault Leave
  • Coordinating and Reporting Workers’ Compensation Absences
  • FMLA for Public Schools
  • Introduction to the Family and Medical Leave Tracker
  • Leaves and Absences in Public Schools

Contact us

We’re always looking for suggestions on how to better meet member needs. If you have any suggestions, questions, or are interested in scheduling a local training please call HR Services at 800.580.7782 or email hrservices@tasb.org


April Mabry is an assistant director at HR Services. Send April an email at april.mabry@tasb.org.

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