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Diversity makes us stronger

Dale Wainwright, TBCJ chairmanThe Texas Department of Criminal Justice recognizes that diversity in the workplace is a valuable asset and is committed to equal employment opportunities and a zero tolerance policy against all forms of employment discrimination.

Message from the executive director: legislative update

TDCJ executive director Bryan CollierOn November 14, 2016, legislators began pre-filing bills for the upcoming legislative session; however, none of the legislation pre-filed to date would have a substantial impact on TDCJ or the agency's employees.

Correctional officers Haney, Greer receive CID Valor Award

TDCJ correctional officers Kimberly Haney and Paula Greer.In October, Telford Unit correctional officers Kimberly Haney and Paula Greer were presented with the Correctional Institutions Division's Valor Award for their quick and effective response during an attempted hostage situation earlier in the summer.

Women’s cognitive pre-release program opens at the Marlin Unit

Photo of TDCJ program case manager Irvanette Lofton helping offenders in class in the congnitive pre-release program.Nearly thirty female offenders at the Marlin Transfer Facility are participating in TDCJ's new six-month cognitive pre-release program for women, which is designed to provide releasing offenders with more of the information, skills and other tools they need to successfully reintegrate into society while leading productive and law-abiding lives.

TDCJ employees raise more than $1 million in 2016 SECC donations

The 2016 State Employee Charitable Campaign results have been finalized and TDCJ employees have once again raised more than one million dollars in donations for the state’s only statutorily authorized workplace fundraising program.

secc texas logo with image of little girl with flowers. 'Think with your heart...GIVE

ERS Sunset Review update

Employees Retirement System of Texas logo over photo of sky at sunset.The staff of the Sunset Advisory Commission has conducted a thorough review of the Employees Retirement System of Texas and has published its adopted recommendations for consideration during the 85th legislative session beginning in January.

TDCJ prohibits discrimination, harassment in the workplace

clipart showing road sign that reads 'equal employment opportunity' under images of people of different sexes, ages, religions and disabilitiesThe Texas Department of Criminal Justice has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of unlawful discrimination, to include sexual harassment. If you believe you have been subjected to any form of workplace discrimination or harassment, notify your immediate supervisor, department director, warden or other TDCJ official.

W-2, 1095 tax forms scheduled for distribution

image of tax forms, a pencil, calculator and cup of coffee on a table top.Tax time is approaching and, in addition to the standard W-2 wage and salary information form used to report income and withholdings, taxpayers will use 1095 forms to report that they and their tax dependents had medical insurance coverage during the previous year or to claim the premium tax credit.

OptumRx takes over as administrator for HealthSelect
Prescription Drug Program

clipart showing prescription 'Rx' symbol above a mortar and pestle setThe Employees Retirement System of Texas has awarded the third-party administrator contract for the HealthSelect Prescription Drug Program to OptumRx, an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare, Inc. The contract runs from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2020.

Employee Assistance Program: Help for holiday stress

Feeling Stressed? EAP can help!

Captain Harrison named 2016 Young Criminal Justice Professional of the Year

Photo of Captain Jacob Harrison with his 2016 Young Criminal Justice Professional of the Year award.In October, Captain Jacob Harrison was presented with the 2016 Young Criminal Justice Professional of the Year award at the Texas Criminal Justice Association Conference in San Antonio.

 

November/December 2016

Volume 24 Issue 2

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