Topics: HR & Employment

CCSA Answers: March 15th Deadline for Layoff Notifications and Charter Schools

Learn how the March 15th deadline for employee layoff notification applies to charter schools.

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This Week: California Teacher Credentialing Workshop 101

This Wednesday, January 31, don’t miss this workshop and opportunity to meet one-on-one with a credentialing specialist to get your questions about teacher credentialing answered. Register for the online webinar today!

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CCSA Answers: Does "AB 168: Employers: Salary Information" Apply to Charter Schools?

Learn about AB 168, the purpose of the law, and how it applies to charter schools.

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Recent Minimum Wage Increase and Its Effect On Charter Public Schools

Learn about SB-3, which aims to raise California’s mandatory minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, and how it applies to charter schools.

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Next Week: HR Building Blocks Workshop & Webinar

Don’t miss this in-person workshop and webinar that will provide you with essential elements needed to build a strong HR framework for your charter school’s success, answers to your HR questions, and employment laws for 2018. Register here.

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CCSA Answers: 2018 Changes to Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts

Learn about changes to Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 2018 and how this will affect your school’s employees.

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CCSA Answers: AB 2393: School Employee: Sick Leave: Parental Leave and Charter Schools

Question: Does AB 2393: School employee: sick leave: parental leave apply to charter schools?

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CCSA Answers: Senate Bill 3 and Charter Schools

Question: Does Senate Bill 3: Minimum wage: apply to charter schools?

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CCSA Answers: CalPERS and Charter Schools

Question: Is CalPERS accepting new charter school employees?

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CCSA Answers: Opting out of the STRS Retirement Network

Question: Is there any way for our school to drop out of the STRS retirement network? We are facing renewal and would like to transfer all of our employees to a 401K system.

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CCSA Answers: Does the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014 Apply to Charter Schools?

Question: Do the new sick leave requirements under AB 1522, the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014 apply to charter schools?

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CCSA Answers: Brown Act Closed Session Exception

Question: Can a contractor’s evaluation be covered under a Brown Act closed session exception? The contractor is not an employee.

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CharterSAFE Compliance Reminder: New Sick Leave Law Requirements Go Into Effect July 1

The State of California’s new sick leave law goes into effect on July 1. All employers, including charter schools, must be ready to comply with the new Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014.

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Announcing Transition of EWBT to CharterLIFE for Health Insurance Benefits and Services

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) and the CCSA Employee Welfare Benefit Trust (CCSA EWBT) program are pleased to announce a collaborative transition of relationship and the establishment of “CharterLIFE” that will continue to provide health insurance benefits and services for the California charter school community.

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CharterSAFE: Be Prepared to Meet New Human Resources Compliance Requirements

As of July 1, there are three very important new compliance requirements which go into effect for employers, including all charter schools in California.

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CharterSAFE: Helpful Tips for School Leaders About Employee Leaves

From CharterSAFE: The rules for recognizing, designating and tracking leaves are complicated and can be confusing. Inside are some solutions to implement quickly and easily.

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CCSA Answers: Can Credentialed Elementary Instructors Teach Preschool?

Question: Can Credentialed Elementary Instructors Teach Preschool?

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CCSA Answers: Guaranteed Sick Leave

Question: Is there a state law which guarantees teachers 10 sick days a year? How many paid sick days are typically offered at a charter school?

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Lunch & Learn: HR Best Practices - San Bernardino

Join us for the session, “What Teachers & Staff Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income,” coordinated by your Regional Director and offered by CCSA Vendor Member, First Investors.

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The Importance of Employer Documentation

From CharterSAFE: In a survey by The HR Specialist, they asked readers whether an employee had ever sued them and, if so, what piece of advice would be they give to other HR professionals? The number one suggestion was: “Document! Document! Document!”

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CharterSAFE: Lawsuit-Proof Your Charter School

Twenty Tips from HR Peers, brought to you by CharterSAFE.

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Use of Personal Email Accounts

From CharterSAFE: Have you ever sent a business-related email to another individual using your personal account? How about a work-related attachment? If so, your privacy could be compromised.

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Human Resources - CharterSAFE Spotlight

From CharterSAFE: Are you giving your employees all of the pamphlets and information you required to provide under the law?

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Claims Management Resources

From CharterSAFE: At CharterSAFE we receive many questions about workers’ compensation claims. Read on for couple of quick, but very important tips about reporting such claims.

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The Importance of Creating Job Descriptions for Employees

From CharterSAFE: One of best investments a school can make is to create high-quality job descriptions for all of its employees.

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"Beyond the Workshop" Offers Online Professional Development for Charter Teachers

A new website has launched offering online reading and math strategy courses for teachers.

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E4E Teachers Release White Paper on Redesigning Classrooms and Careers

Read the paper and invite E4E to your school for an interactive presentation on this topic. The teachers recently presented their information to LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.

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CCSA Answers: Oath of Allegiance

Question: Are charter school employees subject to the requirement that all public employees in California must sign an Oath of Allegiance?

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CCSA Answers: STRS and Payment Schedule Options

Question: If we are paying STRS for our teachers, would it be possible to pay some teachers over a 12-month period and other teachers over a 10-month period? Or, because of STRS, do we have to have all teachers on the same pay schedule?

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CCSA Answers: Credential Needed to Teach Math and Science at a Site-Based Charter School

Question: Which credential is needed to teach 6th grade math and science at our site-based charter school?

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Webinars for School Developers

Upcoming school developer webinars include Insurance 101 for Developing Schools and How to Start a Charter School

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CCSA Answers: Opting Out of the STRS Retirement Network

Question: Is there any way for our school to drop out of the STRS retirement network?

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Looking for Learning and Leadership Opportunities?

Working in the charter school sector has some unique challenges and opportunities. That’s why several graduate schools and organizations have created degrees, fellowships and programs targeted specifically at educators from charter schools.

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New Poll Shines Light on Teacher Satisfaction at Charters vs. Traditional Schools

What’s it like teaching in a charter school versus teaching in a traditional public school? How are teachers feeling? CCSA recently did a statewide poll of teachers to find out.

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CCSA Answers: Principal Credentialing

Question: Is a principal of a charter school in California required to hold either an administrative services credential or a California teaching credential?

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Retirement Benefits at Risk - Take time to Speak Out

Many people have been asking me about the proposed IRS regulation regarding STYRS/PERS.

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CCSA is Hiring

At the California Charter Schools Association, employees have the goal of supporting member schools and the charter school movement more broadly. Keep reading to see a list of open positions!

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Act Now to Protect Charter School Teacher Retirement Funds

Proposed federal regulations will affect 90% of the charter school workforce - including California teachers — so take action today.

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California Court of Appeal Sides With Charter School in Teacher's Challenge to Exemption from District Employment Rules

A California Court ruled in favor of Ridgecrest Charter School in a lawsuit brought by a probationary teacher challenging her termination, claiming that the school was required to comply with laws applicable to school districts.

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Protect Charter School Teacher Retirement Funds!

More than 90% of the charter school workforce - including California teachers - will be affected by proposed federal regulations. Take Action today!

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Unionization Efforts in SDUSD Charter Community Continuing

The San Diego Education Association, the local teacher’s union in San Diego Unified, has been very active in the charter community since last spring. They have organized three charter schools over the last several months and continue to reach out to more schools.

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CCSA Answers: Length of time to become eligible to make a claim on California State Disability Insurance

Question: How long does it take to become eligible to make a claim on California State Disability Insurance (CASDI)? I know that employees have to pay $300 in CASDI before making a claim but it is not clear whether or not the “base period” wages would include wages earned while they were not paying into CASDI.

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Teacher Leadership in Charter Schools

One of the great things about charter schools is that public school teachers can take on a much greater role in the ownership, vision, operation, and leadership of a charter school than they can in a traditional public school. This is particularly valuable if a teacher is interested in “moving up” to a position of more responsibility within their school - but without having to totally leave the classroom.

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CCSA Answers: CLAD Requirements

Question: Do part-time vocational teachers have to be Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certified?

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CCSA Files Legal Brief Supporting Charter School Flexibility

The Fifth District Court of Appeal accepted CCSA’s amicus curiae brief filed in Squillacote v. Ridgecrest Charter School. In this case, an “at-will” teacher filed a lawsuit challenging her dismissal by the charter school, claiming it did not comply with the Education Code provisions applicable to school districts. CCSA weighed in to protect charter school freedom from these statutorily imposed teacher employment practices.

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CCSA Answers: How will the reduced school year impact staff retirement at charter schools?

Question: I understand that the CDE has ruled that charter schools may reduce their instructional year from a mandatory 175 days to a mandatory 170 days. How will the reduced school year impact staff retirement?

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Protecting Your Career: Why Teachers Need Liability Insurance

In today’s litigious society you can never be too careful. No matter how insulated you think you may be from harm, or the close-knit your community you teach in, misunderstandings, accusations, and accidents are common when working with some else’s children.

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LAUSD Charter SELPA Director Position

We are now in search of a SELPA Director for the new LAUSD Charter Operated Programs Division and are reaching out to you in hopes of identifying a qualified candidate for the position.

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CCSA is Hiring

CCSA currently has a number of job openings; be sure to share these opportunities with your network of charter school supporters!

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CDE Seeking Charter School Division Director

The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently recruiting for Division Director of the Charter Schools Division. The application filing deadline is October 4, 2011.

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Sept. 7 & 29: Charter Employee Services 101

Attend a quick, 45 minute webinar on Charter Employee Services and be entered into a drawing to receive a scholarship to cover full registration to the 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in Sacramento!

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External Resource: Free Teacher Professional Development

Teachers! Take advantage of this online resource: planning guides and actionable research delivered to your inbox!

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