UM System Sponsored Staff Development Week – Registration is open!

Great news! Registration is open for the 2021 semiannual, virtual training conference sponsored by UM System’s Office of Human Resources on November 9, 10 and 11! The conference is very flexible, by allowing you to pick and choose the sessions that interest you and work with your schedule. Sessions are scheduled between 8:30am and 4pm daily.

Review and register for any of the 30+ sessions in Percipio. Sessions have a wide range of topics like “Principles and Techniques of Effective Communication” or “Are Your Sleep Habits Impacting Your Health?”.

We hope you will be able to join us for this professional and personal development opportunity!

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Strayhall at

Annual Enrollment October 25th – November 5th

Annual Enrollment for faculty and staff is October 25 – November 5. As always, we hope you will take some time to get to know your plan options and make an informed decision about the coverage that will work best for you in 2022.

Tip 1:
Prepare for Annual Enrollment (Oct. 25 – Nov. 5) to make choices that support you and your family in the coming year. Visit for more information.

Tip 2:
Just like it is important to get your health checked annually, the same annual “benefit check-up” is important, too. Annual Enrollment for faculty and staff is Oct. 25 – Nov.5. Visit to learn more.

Tip 3:
Annual Enrollment for Active Employees is Oct. 25 – Nov. 5. Research the plan options that are right for you. Visit for more

If you have questions regarding Annual Enrollment, please contact the HR Service Center at 816-235-1621 or email

Benefits Updates!

Benefit Process Change

Beginning Monday, February 1, 2021, there will be a new process in place for employees to make Benefit Changes to their insurance plans.

If you experience a change in family or employment status during the year, you may be eligible to make changes to your benefit elections. Instead of submitting a paper form, you will now submit these Life Events directly online. You will login to myHR and go to the myBenefits Icon, then select “Life Events” from the left hand menu. The page will walk you through the steps and completing the action, and you will also be able to upload any required documentation.

Benefit Tax forms

As tax season is beginning, we wanted to remind employees about related tax forms that they may need.

The 1095-c should be available around March 1st. These are the forms that you receive from the employer that verify that you, and your dependents, were eligible for health insurance coverage as well as confirms enrollment. If you submitted your consent to receive them electronically to print through myHR, you will receive an email notifying you when they are ready. If you did not consent to receive electronically, they will be mailed to the home address on file. You are able to file your taxes without this form.

Health Savings Account (HSA)

For those that have been enrolled in the Health Savings account, you recently received an email from Optum Bank notifying you that your tax forms are ready. The forms are the 1099-SA, which shows your distribution from the HSA for that tax year, and the 5498-SA, which shows the contributions made to your account and the fair market value of your account for that tax year. You can access these forms by:

  1. Sign in at
  2. Scroll down and click on the dollar sign ($) icon to access your account.
  3. Click “Manage your Optum Bank HSA.”
  4. Select “Statements and Docs” from the “I want to…” section.

Should you have questions or need assistance, you can contact Ted Stahl with UMKC HR at 816.235.1625 or the UM System HR Service Center at 800.488.5288.

Winter Break Reduced Operations

The University of Missouri, including the UMKC campus, will be operating under a reduced operation plan:

  • December 25: Christmas Day Observed
  • December 26 – December 31: Winter Break – Reduced Operations
  • January 1: New Year’s Day Observed

Normal business operations will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

If you are in a position that accrues vacation, sick leave, and personal days, you are eligible for winter break paid leave during this period. Unit leadership will determine whether any employees will be required to work during the winter break and will directly notify those employees. If you are required to work during the winter break, you will receive the same amount of paid time off to be used sometime before November 30 of the following year or they will be forfeited.

For additional information, you can view the official Collected Rules and Regulations as well as the Winter Break Reduced Operations Q&A document. Additionally, Human Resources can be reached at 816-235-1621.

Open Enrollment Assistance

If you need assistance during this year’s Annual Enrollment, Ted Stahl will be in the Human Resources Office (Administrative Center 226) to provide assistance Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 2pm, beginning Oct 27th and going through Nov 6th.  We do encourage employees to bring personal laptops with them to login to myHR and complete their elections; however, we will have our computer kiosk available for use.

Please contact the UMKC HR Service Center at 816-235-6401 or at if you have questions.