HR Update

HR Update is a way for MOSERS to communicate benefit news and updates with human resource and payroll representatives. Check back often and sign up to receive our emails. 

  • New MOSERS Board Rules on Separation of Service, Effective Jan 1, 2021

    Jan 15, 2021, 11:41 AM By MOSERS

    Before receiving a benefit payment from MOSERS, IRS rules require a “bona fide termination” of the member’s employment. For purposes of MOSERS Board Rules, a "bona fide termination" occurs when:  

    • Member’s employment has been completely severed
    • No prearranged agreement (written or oral) exists for reemployment (full, part-time or other); retiring members must certify on retirement application, under penalty of fraud, that no prearrangement for employment exists  
    • Retiree has not been reemployed by the State of Missouri or any MOSERS-covered employer (full, part-time or other) within 30 days after their prior employment ended                    

      See FAQs – MOSERS’ Board Rule on Separation of Service for more information. 


    • CURP Transfers

      Jan 15, 2021, 11:40 AM By MOSERS

      Attention University Employers: After participating in the College and University Retirement Plan (CURP) for at least six years, and while still employed in a CURP-covered position, an employee may elect to transfer their membership to the Missouri State Employees’ Plan 2011 (MSEP 2011). Please note that HR should mail the Transfer of CURP Membership form to MOSERS. The member must ALSO enroll through SEBES. Enrolling through SEBES is a new step in this process so we want to draw your attention to this change. See Transferring from CURP to MOSERS for more information. 


    • Cleaning Up the HR Update Emailing List

      Jan 15, 2021, 11:39 AM By MOSERS

      We cleaned up our list this month to just those who currently have Access Authorization to the MOSERS Employer Login or another known reason to receive HR Update. Please check with your co-workers who normally receive HR Update. If they did not receive the HR Update email this month but still want to get these emails, they can quickly and easily re-subscribe on the HR Update web page. 


    • From the Education Desk

      Jan 15, 2021, 11:38 AM By MOSERS

      Please share this information with your employees.

      REGISTRATION FOR MID-CAREER WEBINARS NOW OPEN!

      Do you have at least five years of service (vested) and are more than ten years from your first normal retirement eligibility date? If so, then this webinar is for you!

      Agenda: Join us to learn about the employee benefits administered by MOSERS, including pension plan features and how different career and life events may affect your pension benefit. You will also hear from MO Deferred Comp regarding retirement savings plan options and learn valuable strategies for saving money.

      Register: It’s easy! Log in to myMOSERS! Make sure you complete both steps of the registration process:

      1. myMOSERS and
      2. GoTo Webinar (you will find this link on the confirmation page of your myMOSERS enrollment).

      Make sure to select the correct webinar date from the dropdown on the GoTo Webinar registration page; this should be the same date you registered for in the first step. The second step is necessary in order for you to receive the instructions and link to join the webinar.

      Confirmation/Reminder Emails: We will send confirmation to your MOSERS Document Express online mailbox (log in to view and print) as well as reminders leading up to the session. You will also receive confirmation and reminder emails from GoTo Webinar with instructions and the link to join the webinar. These emails contain the MOSERS logo at the top and, in some instances, may end up in your spam folder.  

      MOSERS Mid-Career Education - Find Your Direction Video


      Ready to Retire Sessions are Filling!

      Registration for 2021 Ready to Retire webinars and seminars are filling. If you are within 5 years of retirement eligibility and wish to join us, visit the Education webpage at https://www.mosers.org/education. Select Ready to Retire and then your plan for more information. Register soon to save your spot! 


    • Important Benefit Payment Information

      Jan 15, 2021, 11:37 AM By MOSERS

      Please inform your employees that all retirement benefits initiated on or after January 1, 2021, will be paid via direct deposit. Not only is this method more efficient but it is also more secure. This paperless option allows their benefit payment to be transferred to their account faster and with ease. This process will be mandatory and members will no longer have the option to opt-out of direct deposit. Currently, we issue more than 99% of existing retiree and survivor payments by direct deposit.


    • Filing LTD Claims with The Standard is now Faster than Ever!

      Jan 15, 2021, 11:35 AM By MOSERS

      With the new telephonic system, filing will now be paperless and more efficient! Speaking to a representative from The Standard over the phone will make the overall process smoother and more personable. By using this system, there is no need for employees to fill out any of the required pieces of information as this will be done via a telephone call. Employees simply need to contact The Standard’s Claim Intake Service Center at (844)-505-6026. Please remind them to contact their Human Resources contact right away after they have filed for disability. This notification will trigger HR to submit information directly to The Standard necessary to review their claim.


    • Recently Updated Resources

      Jan 15, 2021, 11:35 AM By MOSERS

      CURP Overview – January 2021

      CURP Transfers to MOSERS – January 2021

      Direct Deposit Authorization form – January 2021

      Missouri Public Pension Exemption – January 2021

      SEBES Benefits Enrollment Guide – December 2020

      Key Facts Regarding Funding – December 2020

      Divorce and Your Pension Benefit  – December 2020

      2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – December 2020

      Notification of Change – Personal Information form – November 2020

      NEO - Keeping Up to Date Video – October 2020

      Beneficiary Request for Refund of Employee Contributions – October 2020

      Member Request for Refund of Employee Contributions – October 2020

      Mid-Career Education - Find Your Direction Video – September 2020

      The Standard – Benefits at a Glance for MOSERS Members – August 2020 with rates effective January 2021 (now enter bi-monthly pay instead of monthly pay)

      For more information please visit MOSERS' Online Library: https://www.mosers.org/library


    • 12/31/20 DEADLINE: TRANSFERS FROM CURP TO MSEP 2000

      Dec 18, 2020, 1:34 PM By MOSERS
      Attention CURP Employers!

      Please remind your eligible employees of the recent amendment to the MOSERS Transfer of CURP Membership rule. Participants in CURP who were employed prior to January 1, 2011 and who wish to transfer from CURP to the MSEP 2000 defined benefit pension plan, must have the transfer form filled out, signed, and to their HR department on or before December 31, 2020. Please visit the CURP page of our website and see below for additional information.

      On November 19, 2020, the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS) Board of Trustees amended the Transfer of CURP Membership rule.

      Effective January 1, 2021, after participating in CURP for at least six years and still employed in a CURP covered position, you may elect to transfer from CURP to the MSEP 2011 defined benefit pension plan administered by MOSERS.

      A MOSERS defined benefit pension provides a guaranteed lifetime benefit amount based on years-of-service (from transfer date) x final average pay x a multiplier in addition to a possible temporary benefit until age 62. Upon transfer,

      • You will immediately become a vested member of the MSEP 2011. As a member of the MSEP 2011, you must contribute 4% of pay to MOSERS.
      • You must meet age and service requirements. The MOSERS MSEP 2011 defined benefit pension plan’s normal retirement is age 67 or earlier (minimum age 55) if retirement age and service under MOSERS equals 90.
      • You won’t receive credit in MOSERS for service rendered while participating in CURP. Your MOSERS pension benefit will be calculated based on your MOSERS service only.
      • You will forfeit all rights to future participation in CURP (i.e., you can’t go back to CURP). However, you’ll continue to own and control your CURP account with TIAA.

      For calculation purposes, the six-year period begins after you’re initially employed in a position covered by the CURP and ends six years later. It includes time for breaks in service, sabbaticals or leaves of absence. If you have questions about the MSEP 2011 defined benefit pension plan, please contact a MOSERS benefit counselor at (800) 827-1063.

      If you have approached or are approaching eligibility to participate in this transfer provision, please review the Transferring from CURP to MOSERS Brochure.


    • Registration is OPEN!

      Dec 16, 2020, 10:50 AM By MOSERS

      *Please forward this to your employees who are within five years of retirement eligibility.

      If you are within five years of retirement eligibility, register to attend a Ready to Retire Webinar or Seminar!

       

      Agenda: Attendees will learn about the decisions they will need to make and about the retirement process.

      Speakers MOSERS MODC MCHCP SSA
      General full-day session checkcheckcheckcheck
      General evening session checkcheck  
      University part-day session checkcheck  
      MCHCP information will not apply to Conservation or University employees nor in all situations. University employees may attend a university part-day or general full-day session.

      Note:  All MOSERS sessions for both general state and university employees will be held online until at least June 1, 2021. This is due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Any in-person seminars scheduled after that date are subject to change based on the COVID-19 situation at that time. In lieu of cancelling, the session will be transitioned to an online webinar, and we will notify enrollees at least one week prior to the seminar date.


      Register: It's easy...log in to myMOSERS! To see the webinar and seminar schedules together make sure that 'show all' is selected. Once you've reviewed the schedule, select the session you wish to attend, and complete the registration information. You may be registered for only one session at a time.

      • Webinar: If you are registering for an online webinar, make sure that you complete both steps of the registration process: 1) myMOSERS and 2) GoTo Webinar (you will find this information on the confirmation page of your myMOSERS enrollment). Make sure to select the correct webinar date from the dropdown on the GoTo Webinar registration page; this should be the same date you registered for in the first step. The second step is necessary in order for you to receive instructions and the link to join the webinar.
      • Seminar: If we need to transition an in-person seminar to an online webinar due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and/or large gathering restrictions, MOSERS will notify enrollees via email at least one week prior to the seminar date with instructions on how to register for the webinar.
      • Guests: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, social distancing requirements, and limits on the number of seats available in conference rooms, spouses and guests may not attend in-person seminars in 2021. However, your spouse or guest is welcome (and encouraged) to attend with you in an online webinar.
      • Confirmation/Reminder Emails: We will send a confirmation to your MOSERS Document Express online mailbox (log in to view and print) as well as reminders leading up to the session. If you registered for an online webinar, GoTo Webinar will also send confirmation and reminder emails with instructions and the link to join the webinar. These emails contain the MOSERS logo at the top, and in some instances, may end up in your spam folder.

      Cancel: If you need to cancel your registration for an in-person seminar, contact MOSERS at (800) 827-1063 as soon as possible. This will open a seat in the seminar and allow us to provide an accurate headcount to the caterer, venue, etc.


      Special Needs: If you need special meeting room accommodations or have dietary needs due to a medical condition, contact MOSERS at (800) 827-1063, at least two weeks prior to the seminar date.


      Prep Work: There are several things you can do to help prepare yourself for the session and for retirement. Use the Comparison Calculator to see the long-term impact of different retirement options. Log in to your MO Deferred Comp account and review your last statement. Open a mySocialSecurity account to review your most recent Social Security statement.


    • Transferring Sick Leave

      Dec 16, 2020, 10:49 AM By MOSERS

      Sick leave hours accrued by an employee at a MOSERS covered college or university may be transferred to a state agency or vice versa.

      To verify a member’s transferred sick leave from a state agency to a MOSERS covered college or university position you will need to do the following:

      • The HR representative from the college or university will need to contact the SAMII HR representative from the employee’s previous state agency employer.  
      • For agencies that do not report sick leave in SAM II, unused sick leave should be reported in hours only (not days). If the employee has no sick leave, please enter “0.” Do not leave blank.

      For retirement purposes, employees may receive service credit for unused sick leave as reported by the last employer only. 


    • Important Benefit Payment Information

      Dec 16, 2020, 10:48 AM By MOSERS

      Please inform your employees that all retirement benefits initiated on or after January 1, 2021, will be paid via direct deposit. Not only is this method more efficient but it is also more secure. This paperless option allows their benefit payment to be transferred to their account faster and with ease. This process will be mandatory and members will no longer have the option to opt-out of direct deposit. Currently, we issue more than 99% of existing retiree and survivor payments by direct deposit.


    • Cleaning Up the HR Update Emailing List

      Dec 16, 2020, 10:47 AM By MOSERS

      In January 2021, we will be cleaning up our HR Update email list.

      We will work to keep anyone on the list who has an active Access Authorization form on file with MOSERS. (This form gives authorized users access to employee information through the MOSERS Employer Login and must have been signed by the agency director.)

      In January, we will remove email addresses that do not match up in our records with someone who currently has access authorization.

      If you don’t have Employer Login access authorization, but still want to get HR Updates, you can. You will just need to re-subscribe in January. If you currently have access but perhaps with a different email address than what we have on file, you can also re-subscribe using the email address of your choice. 


    • Filing LTD Claims with The Standard is now Faster than Ever!

      Dec 16, 2020, 10:47 AM By MOSERS

      With the new telephonic system, filing will now be paperless and more efficient! Speaking to a representative from The Standard over the phone will make the overall process smoother and more personable. By using this system, there is no need for employees to fill out any of the required pieces of information as this will be done via telephone call. Employees simply need to contact The Standard’s Claim Intake Service Center at (844)-505-6026. Please remind them to contact their Human Resources contact right away after they have filed for disability. This notification will trigger HR to submit information directly to The Standard necessary to review their claim.


    • Recently Updated Resources

      Dec 16, 2020, 10:38 AM By MOSERS

    • Proposed Board Rule on Separation of Service and Other Revisions

      Nov 24, 2020, 8:41 AM By MOSERS
      At their November 19, 2020 meeting, the MOSERS Board of Trustees adopted:
      • Board Rule 9-2, "Termination of Employment and Reemployment of MSEP/MSEP2000/MSEP 2011 Retiree"
      • Board Rule 4-9, "Termination of Employment and Reemployment of ALJLAP Retiree"
      • Board Rule 4-10, "Termination of Employment and Reemployment of Judicial Plan or Judicial Plan 2011 Retiree"
      • Revisions to various other MOSERS Board Rules.
      The purpose of Board Rules 9-2, 4-9, and 4-10 is to set forth procedures relative to compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations regarding retiree re-employment and in-service distributions.

      Before receiving a benefit payment from MOSERS, IRS rules require a “bona fide termination” of the member’s employment. For purposes of these new rules, a "bona fide termination" occurs when:

      1. a member has completely severed the member’s employment;
      2. the member has not entered into a prearranged agreement, prior to retirement, with any employer for subsequent employment on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other); and
      3. the member is not subsequently employed by any employer on any basis (full-time, part-time, or other) within 30 days after the member’s employment with the member’s prior employer has ended.

      For purposes of these rules “employer” means the State of Missouri or any other employer covered by MOSERS.

      All board rule changes will take effect on December 21, 2020.  


    • Important Benefit Payment Information

      Nov 24, 2020, 8:40 AM By MOSERS

      Please inform your employees that all retirement benefits beginning on or after January 1, 2021, will be paid via direct deposit. Not only is this method more efficient but it is also more secure. This paperless option allows their benefit payment to be transferred to their account faster and with ease. Currently, we issue more than 99% of existing retiree and survivor payments by direct deposit. This process will be mandatory and members will no longer have the option to opt-out of direct deposit. Please note that anyone currently receiving paper checks will continue to receive paper checks unless they make a change. 

       


    • Changes to Employer Site

      Nov 24, 2020, 8:40 AM By MOSERS

      After a review of our secure Employers site by staff and our internal auditors, we have removed some data from the site, including the life insurance beneficiary data and employee demographic data. This change helps ensure that data provided by MOSERS is being used only to perform MOSERS-related business. If you believe you need this data to perform MOSERS business, please contact us at employers@mosers.org.


    • Cleaning Up the HR Update Emailing List

      Nov 24, 2020, 8:39 AM By MOSERS

      In January 2021, we will be cleaning up our HR Update email list.

      We will work to keep anyone on the list who has an active Access Authorization form on file with MOSERS. (This form gives authorized users access to employee information through the MOSERS Employer Login and must have been signed by the agency director.)

      In January, we will remove email addresses that do not match up in our records with someone who currently has access authorization.

      If you don’t have Employer Login access authorization, but still want to get HR Updates, you can. You will just need to re-subscribe in January. If you currently have access but perhaps with a different email address than what we have on file, you can also re-subscribe using the email address of your choice. 


    • Attend the Upcoming Employer Training Webinar!

      Nov 24, 2020, 8:16 AM By MOSERS

      Please share with your staff who are responsible for processing LTD claims and/or submitting payroll data to MOSERS and encourage them to attend.

      MOSERS is hosting an employer training webinar on Thursday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This is a joint session between The Standard and the MOSERS Employer section. You are welcome to attend all sessions or you may attend just the sessions that pertain to your position. Register today at Employer Training Webinar!

      Webinar Agenda:

      • LTD New Process

        10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

        The Standard is launching a faster, easier, and more personal option for members to apply for long-term disability (LTD) benefits. If you are responsible for processing LTD claims for your employees, join The Standard session to learn more about this new LTD application process! 

      • Employer Error Reports

        10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

        MOSERS will be discussing the Aged Accounts Receivable Report and the Terminated Report. If you are responsible for submitting payroll data for your employees, join the MOSERS session to learn more about the importance of these reports, how to remedy discrepancies and how to ensure that your employees are correctly receiving their benefits. 

      • Open Q & A

        11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

      Stay around afterward for an open Q & A session. Representatives from both The Standard and the MOSERS Employer section will be on hand to answer questions on either topic.

      Recordings will be posted on the MOSERS website as soon as possible after the event. 


    • Filing LTD Claims with The Standard is now Faster than Ever!

      Nov 16, 2020, 1:36 PM By MOSERS

      With the new telephonic system, filing will now be paperless and more efficient! Speaking to a representative from The Standard over the phone will make the overall process smoother and more personable. Training on this new method will be included in the employer webinar on December 3, 2020, at 10:00 am. This webinar will be an excellent opportunity to learn more and ask questions. You may have received an email with a link to register. If not, you can register here.


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