Time & Attendance

The Top 10 Favorite Features of Time and Attendance Systems

A 2011 research study showed that more than 60% of organizations were using automated time-keeping. In just the last few years, that number has gone up even more due to the Affordable Care Act, budget pressures and an emphasis on improving efficiency in operations. So how are districts using their time and attendance systems? We took […]

Time & Attendance

Time and Attendance Quiz: What Is Your District Spending?

School’s back in full swing — and we’ve got a quick quiz for you! Time and Attendance Quiz: #1: What percent of your district budget is made up of labor costs?  #2: What’s the average percent of errors made in payroll?  #3: How much did the Department of Labor collect in FLSA backwages in 2008?  […]

Time & Attendance

Why You Need to Care About Time Collection (and How Doing It Right Can Boost Safety and Efficiency)

Note: This post was written in collaboration with our friends at Touchpoint, experts in time collection and partners with Frontline in serving the education community. If your district manually tracks employee hours using paper timesheets, you might feel like climbing the walls. Anyone who has ever been responsible for monitoring, calculating, and managing payroll knows […]

Time & Attendance

Update on the Affordable Care Act

Refer to the ACA Resource Center for the most up-to-date information. “Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” — Bertolt Brecht This quote sums it up when it comes to the Affordable Care Act! Since the proposed regulations were released in February, some changes have occurred and […]

Time & Attendance

The Top 10 Best-Kept Secrets of Time and Attendance Systems

Want to get in on a few secrets?  Most people know the basic premise of time and attendance software systems: electronically capturing employee time, clocking in and out, reporting on employee time. But we wanted to go further and find those “hidden nuggets” — little-known features that can bring a lot of value to school districts! […]

Time & Attendance

Buckle Up: FLSA Lawsuits Looming over School Districts

With the expanded overtime regulations on hold, you may think your school district has been granted a reprieve. In that case, you’re only half right. Whether the overtime regulations are passed, blocked or modified, the renewed focus on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) could pose issues — in more ways than one. Now that […]

Time & Attendance

The 5 Myths of Time and Attendance

So you’ve pretty much written off most popular myths: the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, we never really landed on the moon (conspiracy theorists, cover your ears)! But when it comes to time and attendance and workforce management systems, some myths are surprisingly hard to shake off. Here are some of the common myths school districts […]

Time & Attendance

Guest Post: A Different Approach to the Affordable Care Act

As most districts already know, this is “go time.” Like everyone else, we were initially surprised and overwhelmed by the Affordable Care Act requirements and determining what it meant for our organization. After evaluating some traditional routes, we chose a slightly different process for our district, which I hope others will find helpful as we […]

Time & Attendance

Paid Sick Leave for California Substitutes

While some jurisdictions have not yet adopted paid sick leave laws for part-time workers, the number that have has steadily risen over the last few years. California, however, is one of just three states where paid sick leave is mandated statewide for part-time workers. According to the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

Front & Center

A series showcasing various leaders in the K-12 space