A message from your campus HR Department!

Last and Final Reminder
The deadline for faculty, staff and student employees to complete your annual training is January 15, 2021!

As of January 7th, UMSL’s overall completion rate is 76%!
  To complete your annual training please access myLearn and select the “Access myLearn “ icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  

If you need support as you complete training, reach out to the HR Service Center at (573) 882-2146, (800) 488-5288 or via email at hrservicecenter@umsystem.edu.  

Professional Development…Registration is OPEN!
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites all faculty and staff to participate in FREE professional development programs.  Please visit the ODEI blog for details and registration.
If you are unsure if ODEI programs are right for you, click here to read what your UMSL colleagues have to say about their experiences!

Upcoming Events…
MLK Event
Please join us virtually on January 18, 2021 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance at 11am.  
Register at umsl.edu/go/MLK2021 (NOTE. The link to the virtual celebration will be sent closer to the event date).  

 

 

 

 

 

 


HOMECOMING Week Events

Looking for some campus fun…UMSL’s Homecoming week is February 8-13th.  Stay up to date with all of the upcoming activities:  https://homecoming.umsl.edu/.

Complete Annual Training

Final Reminder…
The deadline for faculty, staff and student employees to complete your annual training is December 22, 2020!

As of December 9th, UMSL’s overall completion rate is 50%!
  To complete your annual training please access myLearn and select the “Access myLearn ” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  

If you need support as you complete training, reach out to the HR Service Center at (573) 882-2146, (800) 488-5288 or via email at hrservicecenter@umsystem.edu.  

New Minimum Wage Announcement…

Effective January 1, 2021, UMSL will adopt the new Missouri minimum wage of $10.30 per hour.  The University adopted the $9.45 minimum wage in August 2020 and the $8.60 minimum wage increase in July 2019. HR will process increases for UMSL staff and student employees who aren’t currently paid at the new minimum. There is no action required on your part.  Equity increases for employee and students currently/historically paid above the minimum wage are not authorized at this time. While Missouri exempts Public entities like UMSL from complying with the minimum wage, many have expressed concern about our ability to compete in the local job market if we remained below the new minimum.  The law increases the rate again effective Jan 1, 2022 and we will re-evaluate at that time whether or not adopt it in January.

Just a few important reminders from Human Resources…

How to report COVID- 19 case and/or symptoms:
1.  Please log on to umsl.edu/staysafe/reporting.html.  The submission of the form is received by the Campus Health Officer, who is responsible for tracking confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases on campus. For faculty and staff, the form will also be received by Human Resources who will work with the appropriate supervisor to address departmental needs related to the affected employee’s absence. Employees are also responsible for notifying their supervisor if their health status results in an absence from work.
Questions? Contact Health Services at (314) 516-5671.

How to apply for FFCRA Leave:
2.  Employees requesting paid time off as a result of qualifying Families First Coronavirus Response Act  (FFCRA) reasons must complete the “FFCRA Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family and Medical Leave Request Form (PDF, 854KB).  The form will be signed by your supervisor and then reviewed by human resources for eligibility and approval. Instructions on where to submit the form for review and approval is noted on the request form.  If approved, you and your supervisor will receive an email with instructions on how to put the time in your time sheet.  FFCRA Paid Sick Leave ends December 31, 2020.

Having technical issues with completing the Return to Campus training:
3.  Users can learn more about how to access training in our how-to guide. If you need support as you complete training, reach out to the HR Service Center at (573) 882-2146, (800) 488-5288 or via email at hrservicecenter@umsystem.edu.  For our campus, myLearn is reporting a 40% completion rate as of November 25th.  The last day to complete all  of the Return to Campus training is December 22, 2020. 

The New Employee Orientation dates for the remainder of 2020:
4.  December 7 and December 14

Reminder: Complete Required Annual Training

This is a reminder that the deadline for faculty, staff and student employees to complete your annual training is December 22, 2020. 

UMSL’s overall completion rate is about 33% as of November 11th.  To complete your annual training please access myLearn and select the “Access myLearn ” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  For the best experience while completing your training, use either Firefox or Google Chrome as your web browser.  It is recommended you avoid using a mobile device to complete your training.

A Message from Human Resources…

Just a few reminders of upcoming events and deadlines…

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd
November 3rd is election day and polling places in Missouri are open from 6:00 am until 7:00 pm.  Form UMSL employees (even if you live in Illinois) whose schedule does not allow three (3) successive hours off when polls are open, they may, prior to election day, request the necessary (paid) time off to vote.   Supervisors may specify the time an employee may be absent to vote.  For details see UM Policy HR-411     
The voting time reporting code for BIW employees is “VOT” while the code for monthly employees is “VTM”.
If you have any questions, please contact your HR Consultant.

Annual Enrollment Ends Friday, November 6th
Annual Enrollment is coming up; from October 26–November 6, 2020, you can make changes to your insurance elections for the 2021 plan year.  There are a few steps you can take now to prepare:

Focus Friday, November 6th:   The Chancellor has designated November 6 as Focus Friday – a day for us to focus on self-care, reflection and wellness.   The goal of this day is for us all to make adjustments, no matter how small, that support the health and well-being of each one of us.
Just a few simple changes to our day can give us all a brief, but meaningful break from the new normal:

  • Modify assignments or instruction/class plans to give students a day to focus on studies or personal needs
  • Supervisors can reschedule plans to provide a day free of Zoom/Teams meetings and conference calls for their staff
  • Take a walk, visit the Rec Center or join a virtual fitness class to stay active
  • Limit email activity to avoid inbox-overload for others
  • Visit the Virtual Relaxation Room or engage in a guided mindfulness practice
  • Reach out to connect with friends, family members or neighbors
  • Send a note of gratitude to those who have helped you during this time or find an opportunity to volunteer for others
  • Perform an act of kindness

 

 

 

REMINDER, Last Visit: Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic

Flu season is quickly approaching, and getting your annual flu shot is as important as ever as we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help you get vaccinated in the safest way possible, the university is holding drive-thru flu shot clinics. Flu shots are only available to faculty, staff, dependents (children 7 years and older accompanied by a parent or guardian) and retirees who are enrolled in UM System medical plans. No cash or credit cards will be accepted/processed during the event.

Thursday, October 22
Parking Lot K
2:30-5:30 p.m.

Tips for attending a drive-thru flu shot clinic:

*Bring your insurance card and a completed flu shot consent form.

*You’ll receive your vaccination from the convenience of your car. It’s recommended you wear loose-fitting clothing or short sleeves so your arm is easily accessible.

*Someone will collect insurance information, payment (if necessary) and provide additional details about the process. Signs will help direct traffic flow. Please be patient and anticipate a wait.

*Staff members will screen for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival. If you are not feeling well, attend a clinic later or get your vaccination from another location offering flu shots when you are feeling well.

*To protect staff members, keep your windows rolled up as you wait. Everyone at the clinic is required to wear a face covering—including those in vehicles. Children under the age of two should not wear face coverings.

*When receiving your shot, keep your face covering on and face forward to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Questions? Contact the HR Service Center at 573-882-2146 or HRServiceCenter@umsystem.edu.

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Virtual Graduate Information Fair

Are you a staff member at UMSL thinking about pursuing a graduate program here at UMSL? Join the Graduate School and Office of Admissions for a virtual Graduate Information Fair on Wednesday, October 28 to learn more about graduate programs here at UMSL.

You will hear about graduate admissions at UMSL followed by breakout rooms hosted by different academic departments. Faculty, staff, and current students will be available to help answer your questions.

Graduate Admissions – 4:00 p.m.
Academic Session #1 – 4:30 p.m.
Academic Session #2 – 5:30 p.m.

Check out the academic departments who will be presenting and register at this website.

 

For more information please contact UMSL Admissions:
For Applicants:  314-516-5458
Email:  gradadm@umsl.edu

For Current Students:  314-516-5900
Email:  gradadm@umsl.edu

Professional Development Opportunities from ODEI

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is offering many professional development opportunities this Fall/Spring to support your efforts to build a more welcoming and inclusive campus community.  In order to mitigate risk, all programming for the Fall 2020 is scheduled to take place online (either Canvas or Zoom).  Spring 2021 registration will be opened once it is determined if sessions will take place in-person or will continue online.

All programs are free of charge and open to all UMSL employees.

Click here to download the ODEI Professional Development flyer.

For more information and registration please visit https://blogs.umsl.edu/diversity/training-and-professional-development/