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ESC-Sponsored Workshops

HR Services and ESC partnerships

HR Services works with education service centers to provide regional training for human resources staff, payroll and benefits staff, and supervisors. The training offered in your region is chosen by your ESC. If you’re interested in having a particular program presented, please contact your service center representative. For additional information, contact HR Services at 800.580.7782 or

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Dollars & Sense: Good Pay Practices

October 18, 2018 ESC 1
Understanding Wage and Hour Law November 7, 2018 ESC 3

Hiring Effective Teachers and Keeping Them

The key to improving student performance is ensuring that each classroom is staffed with an effective teacher. Selecting the right teacher involves using interview questions based on teaching competencies and knowing how to identify effective responses. Issues in teacher retention and engagement will be discussed and strategies for keeping top performers will be presented.

Topics Covered:

  • Identifying critical attributes of effective teachers
  • Structuring interviews to identify candidate competencies
  • Understanding teacher engagement and satisfaction
  • Implementing strategies to retain highly effective teachers


Understanding Wage and Hour Law

Understanding the basic components of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can reduce the district’s risk for wage and hour complaints and costly penalties. The keys to success are ensuring exemption tests are correctly applied, correctly identifying compensable time, and compensating nonexempt employees appropriately when overtime is worked.

Topics Covered:

  • Determining exemption status
  • Identifying compensable time
  • Recognizing when overtime occurs
  • Compensating and managing overtime


Dollars and Sense—Good Pay Practices (available July to December only)     

Understanding the strategy and architecture behind the district’s compensation plan is critical to recruiting and retaining top-notch staff and controlling costs. This workshop is designed for anyone who administers pay, recommends salaries, or explains it to employees or the board of trustees. Key components of pay administration will be covered including pay strategies, pay structures, pay adjustments, and placement for new or promoted employees.

Topics Covered:
  • Pay structure fundamentals
  • Job market analysis
  • Teacher pay
  • Individual salary decisions


Get a Grip on the Family and Medical Leave Act

Every leave request is unique, so how do you get a grip on all the rules for applying and processing family and medical leave? Using actual situations in exercises and case studies, participants will learn how to apply the FMLA regulations, identify potential problem areas, and develop procedures for administering family and medical leave. Scenarios related to standard FMLA, leave for qualifying exigency, and military caregiver leave will be used to discover answers to the most frequently asked family and medical leave questions.

Topics Covered:

  • Determining eligibility
  • Understanding qualifying events
  • Implementing administrative procedures
  • Meeting employer obligations
  • Communicating employee rights and responsibilities


Managing State and Federal Leave  

The challenges of leave administration include keeping up with who is absent, what type of leave applies, and managing notifications and return to work processes. This workshop explains the various types of leave benefits for public school employees and how they interact. Strategies for communicating with departments and employees, coordinating leave and workers’ compensation benefits, and absence control strategies will be discussed

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding state and federal leave benefits
  • Defining local leave policy and benefits
  • Coordinating and managing leave efficiently
  • Administering leave effectively


Determining Employment Status and Benefits

Ever wondered what to do with a retired, part-time, volunteer, substitute employee? Determining employment status is complicated due to the many state and federal rules that apply. Employment classification can affect rights and entitlements, pay and benefits, assignments and schedules, and even terms of employment. Improper classification can carry hefty fines and penalties for school districts. This workshop will provide an in-depth explanation of the various employment categories and how to classify employees correctly.

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding employment status—full- and part-time employees, independent contractor, temporary employee, and substitute
  • Defining the terms of employment and contract entitlement
  • Understanding benefit and leave entitlement and basic requirements of the Affordable Care Act
  • Determining exemption status under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Handling special cases including employment of retirees and student workers


Managing Personnel Records     

Do you know what documents should be kept and for how long? This workshop will help you ensure your personnel records are complete and accurate and to reduce the time, effort, and space required to manage both paper and electronic personnel records.  

Topics Covered:

  • Managing and organizing records
  • Understanding the basics of the Texas Public Information Act
  • Protecting confidentiality and ensuring security
  • Retaining records
  • Understanding the basic principles of electronic recordkeeping


Writing Effective Job Descriptions  

This workshop reveals the secrets to writing functional, low maintenance job descriptions that support administrative decisions related to hiring, pay classification, exemption status, ADA compliance, performance management, fitness to return to work, and more.  

Topics Covered:

  • Creating complete and practical job descriptions
  • Organizing and coordinating the writing or updating process
  • Defining "level-cutters" that distinguish skills and responsibility
  • Distinguishing exempt from nonexempt jobs
  • Using job descriptions in performance management
  • Identifying useful resources


Supervisors' Guide to Managing Employees

Supervisors need to understand basics of employment law and how to avoid placing the district at risk for employee grievances and lawsuits. This workshop will give supervisors a basic understanding of the major employment laws and how to prevent claims of discrimination, retaliation, and unfair treatment. Practical hands-on case studies and group discussions will show supervisors how to handle personnel situations appropriately and coach employees to do their jobs more effectively. 

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding employment laws and avoiding charges of discrimination
  • Motivating and managing employees
  • Communicating expectations clearly
  • Identifying and addressing tardiness, chronic absenteeism, insubordination


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