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This is an unprecedented time. The TSFA events that are currently planned are subject to change, depending on guidelines from local and national governmental health organizations. The health and safety of our members is our highest priority. TSFA will continue to share updates throughout our website and in our Texas in Bloom Magazines.
TSFA presents An Interview with Beth O'Reilly AIFD TMF!
by: TSFA Staff
One of TSFA's very own, Beth O'Reilly AIFD TMF, is a contestant and featured in the new HBO Max series Full Bloom. Beth is the proud owner of Flower the Moment located in Cypress, Texas. The latest entry in the category of “floral-design reality TV” promises a distinctive focus on artistry and professionalism. Viewers can still expect all the suspense and entertainment value of an elimination competition with a $100,000 prize — but to floral industry insiders, watching “Full Bloom” on HBO Max may most recall a visit to the bustling workroom of an American Institute of Floral Designers Symposium. Full Bloom launched November 12, 2020. We are proud of you Beth! Watch the Full Bloom trailer here for free! #HBOMax
TSFA Knowledge Base, Level 1 and Level 2 Floral Certifications included on the 2020 - 2021 TEA approved list of Industry Certifications.
by: TSFA Staff
Attention Teachers! Check out our Educational videos under TSFA Classroom. These videos are built for classroom use. They showcase the techniques needed for floral design certifications so they can be on their way into a career of floral design!
Thank you to everyone who attended the ATAT Professional Development Conference this year!
by: TSFA Staff I ATAT
The Level 1 and Level 2 Floral Certification workshops that were held on Monday had over 150 participants! TSFA and ATAT would like to thank each and everyone of you for attending the workshops. TSFA is proud to be able to offer a new series for teachers called TSFA Classroom in 2020. Teachers and students may view these new series of videos under Teachers/TSFA Classroom. Thanks again for to all who make floral education possible in Texas! Specials thanks to the American Floral Endowment for supporting floral education and their contribution to the presentation of the Level 1 and Level 2 Floral Design Instruction Videos.
TSFA Annual Meeting and Election
by: TSFA Staff
The Texas State Florists' Association Meeting and Election originally scheduled for August 29, 2020 has been postponed due to current social distancing challenges. The Bylaws state
Good Business, Support Your New Hires!
by: TSFA Staff I Texas Workforce Commission
As a Texas employer, you are an essential partner to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). TWC’s mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to how Texas employers do business, the TWC continues to offer our full support.
On June 3, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Orders announcing the third phase of the plan to reopen businesses and activities in Texas. This results in more employers hiring new or rehiring former employees as they reopen their businesses. TWC wants to remind all employers how important it is to follow the statute to report your new hires and rehires to the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) New Hire Reporting Program.
Federal and State laws require all employers to report new hires and rehires within 20 calendar days of the hire date. Reporting both newly hired individuals and the rehiring of former employees assists TWC in detecting and preventing fraud within the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system. Using the new hire information, TWC can identify UI claimants who have returned to work to ensure earnings are reported. If employers do not report new hire information, TWC cannot identify these claimants until the employer files its quarterly UI taxes. This delay in reporting increases the average overpayment from approximately $416 to $878 per claim.
Reporting new hires prevents unnecessary payments of UI benefits, which reduces taxes that employers pay. In addition, reporting new hires and rehires to the OAG helps the state hold parents accountable for delinquent child support.
Visit the Office of the Attorney General’s website for more information. There are multiple ways to report new hires and you can choose the option that is best for you. It’s not just the law…it’s good business!
If you offered any of your employees a chance to return to work and they refused, TWC needs to know. Please report each individual who refused to return to work on our online Employer Work Refusal Documentation form. (https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/EBS_REF/ewrd/employeeWorkRefusalDoc)
If you used funds from a Paycheck Protection Program loan to pay wages and suspect the employee may have received unemployment benefits for the same period, please report the information to TWC at PPPreporting.BPC@twc.state.tx.us. Include the employee’s name and last 4-digits of their Social Security number, if available.
"The state of Texas is strong; our people, resilient.
As we have seen in years past, when tested by fire, flood, or hurricane, Texans respond with resilience and calm resolve. And just as we overcame those challenges, we will overcome this one.
When neighbors help neighbors, our resilience is redoubled.
I have no doubt that Texans will continue to work together in that spirit over the coming days and weeks.
And we are here to help."
-Governor Greg Abbott
Upcoming Events 2020
Hosted by: Texas State Florists' Association
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Texas Floral Expo 2021!
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Texas State Florists' Association has been cultivating member success and a solid platform for floral education for the future of the Floral Industry for over 105 Years!