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HR Service Center

The HR Service Center at UMKC is a cross-functional area in the Human Resources office where employees are able to be supported in a variety of areas. The HR Service Center at UMKC serves as a valuable resource for employees related to any of the HR service areas.

Our goal is to promptly and effectively serve every customer who calls or walks into our office. The HR Service Center Blog is a central resource for employees related to trending topics, frequently asked questions and current, HR-related news.

Service Center

Mercedes Tillman
Human Resource Specialist II

UMKC Benefits – Special One-time FSA Modification

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS recently eased restrictions surrounding changes that can be made to FSA enrollments during the plan year. The University FSA plan will allow for a one-time special modification period from June 1 through June 30, 2020, in which you may choose to stop or decrease your existing Health Care FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA.

Please note, you cannot decrease your contributions below the amount of reimbursements you have already received from your FSA since January 1, 2020. If you stop future contributions or decrease your annual election to less than the minimum required amount ($50), your coverage will terminate at the end of the month in which your last contribution was made. Claims incurred after coverage termination will not be eligible for reimbursement.

If you wish to make a change to your Health Care FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA for plan year 2020, please complete the 2020 FSA Enrollment and Change Form and select “Special Modification Period (June 1-30, 2020)” as the type of qualified status change.

To make use of this special one-time opportunity, return your form by June 30, 2020. Your change will be effective July 1, 2020. After June 30, 2020, you will not be able to make a change to your election unless you have a change in family status or a qualified family/employment status change, as defined by the IRS.

If you have additional questions, contact the HR Service Center (umurl.us/hrsc) at (573) 882-2146, toll free at (800) 488-5288 or at HRServiceCenter@umsystem.edu.

UMKC Supervisory Development Series

UMKC Supervisory Development Series

The UMKC Supervisory Development Series begins June 23. All summer sessions are on Tuesday in the afternoon on Zoom. Fall dates will be in the morning on Wednesdays. Most courses will be available over the summer and the full schedule will resume in the fall. Sessions are available for enrollment on myLearn.

The online portion of the program is available continuously on myLearn.

If you have started the program, now is a great time to pick up courses you still need to finish. Courses do not need to be completed in order and many finish the program over two terms.

Click here for the summer and fall sessions schedule.

Enroll in the instructor led and online programs on myLearn at UMKC Supervisory Development Series. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Susi Mickey at mickeysu@umkc.edu.

Optum Resources

Psych Hub – Optum is sponsoring 60 videos that are available for free on the Psych Hub website. The videos have evidence based content, mixed media, and closed captioning. The intent is to create an effective, engaging experience for both patient and provider audiences, on topics such as mental health, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and more.

Join the UMKC Book Club!

Do you occasionally want to give your brain a breather from your everyday work tasks?  Have you been looking for ways to connect with other people around campus? Join the UMKC Book Club! We will be reading a variety of books related to work, happiness, and positivity. Topics that we all need during times like these.

Our first read will be, “How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life,” by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. For this title, a total of four sessions will be held in Zoom on a bi-weekly basis. As of May 5th, you can enroll for each session through MyLearn, which is also where you can access the book in both text and audio versions.

The inaugural meeting will take place Thursday, May 21st at 3pm. Each meeting will be set up for 45 minutes. Please note, space is limited to 23 spots per meeting, so sign up as soon as possible!

Please see the schedule below, along with chapters to be discussed:

Thurs, May 21st – Introduction and Chapter One: Negativity Kills

Thurs, June 4th –  Chapter Two: Positivity, Negativity, and Productivity and Chapter Three:                                                  Every Moment Matters

Thurs, June 18th – Chapter Four: Tom’s Story: An Overflowing Bucket and Chapter Five:                                                       Making it Personal

Thurs, July 9th –    Chapter Six: Five Strategies for Increasing Positive Emotions and                                                                Epilogue

Sign up today in MyLearn. We look forward to seeing you there!