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Reminder – Employees have until May 22 to utilize FY16 noncredit fee waiver.

Change to noncredit fee waiver deadline

As a reminder to all our full-time employees; you will be able to utilize your FY16 noncredit fee waiver benefit when registering for classes until May 22, 2016, this fiscal year.  New opportunities have been added to the catalog in My Learning Connection occurring in May and June that you can now register for using your FY16 noncredit fee waiver benefit.

Please check out our HR website for  newly posted updates and news and contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-4592/5779 or hrtraining@missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

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Spring Credit Course Fee Waivers

Attention:

Benefit Eligible Employees

As a reminder, the deadline for submitting a fee waiver for Spring 2016 is Thursday, May 12.

Below are the instructions if you still need to:

  1. Log in to the MyMissouristate Portal
  2. Click the Profile tab
  3. Scroll down to the Employment Details window
  4. Under Benefits, click Fee Waiver.

Please contact Denise Lofton at 6-5892 in the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions.

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Updates to Professional Learning Management system

Change to noncredit fee waiver deadline

As a reminder to all our full-time employees; you will be able to utilize your FY16 noncredit fee waiver benefit when registering for classes until May 22, 2016, this fiscal year.

Session for My Learning Connection admins scheduled May 3

We have scheduled an information session  on May 3 designed specifically for our My Learning Connection Admins who provide training in our current system; please register online in My Learning Connection and search under the  Human Resources category to locate.

Please check out our HR website for  newly posted updates and news and contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-4592/5779 or hrtraining@missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

 

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New Professional Learning Management System (PLMS) Implementation Underway

We have officially kicked off our implementation process for the new PLMS, Cornerstone OnDemand.  We are excited about this project and the improved services for My Learning Connection. There are some key milestones that we would like to share with our University community that will affect class registration and utilization of the FY16 noncredit fee waiver benefit (through June 30, 2016), and they are explained on this HR webpage which will be updated as we progress.   Our goal is to minimize the impact on our University community as we implement our new system,  which is designed to enhance customer service and provide better support for our workforce.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-4592/5779 or hrtraining@missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

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Vacation Leave – Reminder

As we approach the end of the fiscal year, we would like to remind employees to check their leave balances and consider donating vacation leave to the Shared Leave Pool.  In the past, some employees end up losing leave at the end of the fiscal year and the shared leave pool provides another alternative.

Please note that employees accrue vacation monthly and may carry days forward from one month to the next. The maximum amount of vacation that can be carried forward from one fiscal year to the next cannot exceed two times the employee’s annual allowance. For example, if an employee earns vacation at the rate of 13.34 hours each pay period, or 160 hours per year (20 days), the employee may carry forward up to a maximum of 320 hours (40 days). Any amount of leave over the maximum accumulation of two times the annual allowance is lost at the end of the fiscal year (June 30).

Please visit http://www.missouristate.edu/human/staffhandbook/Chapter7.htm for detailed information on Leave Benefits.

Follow the instructions below to check your current vacation leave balance.

  1. Log in to the MyMissouristate Portal
  2. Click the Profile tab
  3. Scroll down to the Employment Details window
  4. Under Benefits, click Shared Leave Pool.

Please contact Denise Lofton in the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

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New – Professional Learning Management System

Cornerstone – New Professional Learning Management System for MSU Workforce

The Office of Human Resources is  excited to announce that we have selected Ellucian – Cornerstone as our new Professional Learning Management System replacing our current LMS.  The system was selected by a cross disciplinary evaluation committee consisting of representatives from the Office of Human Resources, Administrative Services, and Information Services.  This will be the new online system for employees to access and register for their professional development activities along with much more.  Please check this site for updates and progress on the implementation.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-4592/5779 or hrtraining@missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

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ACA Tax Form 1095-C Mailed

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most Americans are now required to have health insurance or pay a penalty when they file their income tax forms. The IRS requires employers to provide a new form designated as Form 1095C to full-time employees enrolled in the employer’s medical plan. Thus, the University has sent all employees enrolled in the University’s medical plan during 2015 the new Form 1095-C. If you enrolled in Missouri State University’s medical plan for any coverage in 2015, the form provides the information needed to verify for your income tax return that you (and your spouse and dependents, if applicable) had qualifying health coverage for some or all months during the year.

There is some important information about this form that you need to know.

  • The Internal Revenue Service has issued instructions that have given employers an extended period in which to mail the forms to their employees.
  • As a result of the extended mailing time, you might receive this form after the filing deadline for your tax returns.
  • In the extension notice, the IRS has issued guidelines that indicate that you will not need this form to file your tax forms this year.
  • The University has sent you the Form 1095-C.

Important Note:

You do not have to wait on this form in order to file your taxes. This year you will be using it for information purposes.  Please refer to the following link for additional information from the IRS.

https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Questions-and-Answers-about-Health-Care-Information-Forms-for-Individuals

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616  or submit one online if you have any questions.

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Professional Development Seminar for MSU Administrative Professionals – April 20, 2016

A professional development seminar co-sponsored by the local International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Springfield, Local Area Chapter (LAN) and the Office of Human Resources.  Event includes three guest speakers, buffet lunch, and an opportunity to meet with other administrative professionals from MSU and the local community.  The cost for MSU employees  is $20.00 and is noncredit fee waiver eligible.  Please register online through My Learning Connection by April 13, 2016, search under the Professional Development category to locate for registration.   Please see speaker information below:

Speakers:

  • Colleen Neill, 2-1-1 Outreach Specialist, United Way of the Ozarks – presenting Developing Leadership and Mentoring Skills: Going From Ho-Hum to Gung-Ho
  • Lawrence Anderson, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Springfield Public Schools – presenting Why Does It Matter?
  • Nigel Holderby, VP of Communications, United Way of the Ozarks – presenting Social Media Savvy

Event is held at the  Meyer Alumni Center, Turner Family Hospitality Room on April 20, 2016 from 11:30am to 4:30pm.  Attendees do not need to be CAP Certified to attend.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-4592/5779 or hrtraining@missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

 

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Affordable Care Act Tax form 1095-C

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most Americans are now required to have health insurance or pay a penalty when they file their income tax forms. The IRS requires employers to provide a  new form designated as Form 1095C to full-time employees enrolled in the employer’s medical plan. Thus, the University will be sending all employees enrolled in the University’s medical plan during 2015 the new Form 1095-C. If you enrolled in Missouri State University’s medical plan for any coverage in 2015, the form provides the information needed to verify for your income tax return that you (and your spouse and dependents, if applicable) had qualifying health coverage for some or all months during the year.

There is some important information about this form that you need to know.

  • The Internal Revenue Service has issued instructions that have given employers an extended period in which to mail the forms to their employees.
  • As a result of the extended mailing time, you might receive this form after the filing deadline for your tax returns.
  • In the extension notice, the IRS has issued guidelines that indicate that you will not need this form to file your tax forms this year.
  • The University will be sending you the Form 1095-C in the near future.

Important Note:

You do not have to wait on this form in order to file your taxes. This year you will be using it for information purposes.  Please refer to the following link for additional information from the IRS.

https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Questions-and-Answers-about-Health-Care-Information-Forms-for-Individuals

Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 6-6616  or submit one online if you have any questions.

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Mercy/Med-Pay Onsite Support – April Session

Mercy/Med-Pay onsite support will be available again from 2pm – 4pm April 28 in Carrington 110.

This support may be helpful to you if you:

  • Currently participate in the medical health insurance provided by the University
  • Have had any issues with claims or the processing/billing of your claims
  • Wish you had a better understanding of how your benefits worked

No appointment necessary, just show up.

For a complete schedule, please visit the Human Resources site.

Please contact the office of human resources at 6.6616 if you have any questions.

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