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  • Welcome Our New Employer Services Manager!

    Mar 16, 2021, 11:29 AM By MOSERS

    It is our pleasure to introduce Jamie Mullen as our new employer services manager. As our former assistant benefit officer, with more than ten years of service working for MOSERS, Jamie is an expert regarding members' benefits and employer relations. Jamie will be providing direction, oversight, employer training, and educational programs to communicate complex statutes, benefit information, and employer representative procedures simply and accurately. He will lead the implementation of all procedures related to submitting contributions accurately and timely. Working as a direct contact to employers, Jamie will oversee all communication and employer relations. We are thrilled to have Jamie continue his work with MOSERS in the employer services manager position.

    Contact Jamie:

    Email: jmullen@mosers.org

    Phone: (573) 632-6133


  • April is MOSERS Month!

    Mar 16, 2021, 11:28 AM By MOSERS

    We are thrilled to announce that April will be the first annual MOSERS Month! MOSERS Month will be dedicated to encouraging all state employees to learn more about their employee benefits.

    Throughout the month, active members will have the opportunity to discover their retirement journey through a series of fun activities. We will have a web page dedicated especially to the month where they can download their very own adventure activity book. Additionally, each week they will receive an email encouraging them to view their annual benefit statements, unlock hidden codes, and participate in activities to help them learn more about their MOSERS benefits and discover their retirement path.

    We will be posting more information to the news section of our website in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for updates. Please encourage your employees to participate and view their annual benefit statements during the month. We appreciate your help in getting the word out! 


  • Employer Training Webinar!

    Mar 16, 2021, 11:27 AM By MOSERS

    (Please share with your staff who are responsible for submitting payroll data to MOSERS and encourage them to attend.)

    Save the date!

    Join the MOSERS Employer Services staff to learn more about the importance of submitting leave of absence forms and how leaves affect employees' benefits administered by MOSERS. We will also discuss how and when to submit transfer and termination forms.

    Wednesday, April 21

    10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

    Registration information coming in early April! 


  • University Ready to Retire Webinars

    Mar 16, 2021, 11:26 AM By MOSERS

    Spring webinars for university faculty and staff will start in April. If you are a campus HR representative, please check your email for a reminder from us, which includes important information about the webinars along with a promo piece to forward to employees and instructions for enrolling. We will be mailing packets to members who enroll two weeks prior to the webinar date. For those who enroll within two weeks of the webinar date, resources will be available to download during the webinar with the exception of an individualized Benefit Estimate which may be generated online via myMOSERS.

    Visit MSEP/MSEP 2000 University Ready to Retire Sessions for more information and to see the full schedule.

    If you didn’t receive your reminder email, please send us an email at MOSERSEducation@mosers.org and we will send one to you.

    Thank you for helping us promote these sessions for your employees! 


  • Proper LTD submissions

    Mar 16, 2021, 11:25 AM By MOSERS

    Don’t be the reason your disabled employee is not approved for LTD.

    Please remember to submit the simplified and updated Employer Statement to ltdmosers@standard.com when you know your employee is applying for long-term disability (LTD) benefits. 

    Please advise your employee to provide their HR representative's contact information to The Standard when they call in (844-505-6026) to initiate their LTD claim. 

    On occasion, the employee neglects to provide the employer contact information to The Standard. This causes a delay in the review of the claim. To assist with this process, MOSERS is collecting the contact information for the individual(s) responsible for completing the Employer Statement at each covered employer. As such, please email the name, phone number, and email address of the person best suited to complete the Employer Statement at your agency to employers@mosers.org. Please also include the contact person’s department, agency, and organization number.  


  • Separation of Service Awareness

    Mar 16, 2021, 11:24 AM By MOSERS

    Reminder: 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; and
    • 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. 

    Please contact MOSERS if you have questions on separation of service requirements. 


  • From the Education Desk...

    Mar 16, 2021, 12:00 AM By MOSERS

    Education is open!

    We have redesigned our educational programs to help state employees learn information about their benefits as they progress through their career and experience different life events along the way.

    • Newer Employees & MOSERS WebinarsNEW! Start learning about the state benefits administered by MOSERS.
      • For employees who are newer to the state with at least six months but less than five years of service (not yet vested)
      • Speakers include MOSERS and MO Deferred Comp
      • Daytime and evening session available
      • Sessions last approximately 1½ hours
    • Mid-Career Webinar – Learn how different career and life events may affect your pension benefit.
      • For employees with at least five years of service (vested) and ten or more years until retirement eligibility
      • Speakers include MOSERS and MO Deferred Comp
      • Daytime and evening sessions available
      • Sessions last approximately 2 hours
    • Ready to Retire Sessions – Learn about the retirement process and how different decisions may impact your pension benefit.
      • For employees within five years of retirement eligibility
      • Speakers include MOSERS, MO Deferred Comp, MCHCP, and Social Security
      • Daytime and evening sessions available
      • Sessions are full-day or part-day or evening depending on the type

    Download and share our  NEW  Education Poster with your employees and hang it in your common areas. If possible, we encourage you to allow eLearning credit for your employees attending one of these sessions.

    Stay up to date and visit www.mosers.org/education  frequently for more information, including schedules and how to register. 


  • Timely Submissions

    Feb 17, 2021, 12:50 PM By MOSERS

    Maintaining accurate service records is vital in the calculation/determination of benefits for MOSERS members. It is very important that you submit termination, transfer, and leave of absence/back to work forms in a timely manner through the MOSERS Employer Portal. We appreciate your continued support in making these processes smooth and efficient for you and your employees.

    Terminations
    • Report the last day the employee was actively employed by your agency, this includes the last day worked or on leave (paid or unpaid).
      • If you are a SAMII agency, the termination date entered on the form is typically one day earlier than the termination date used in SAMII.
    • If an employee is terminating at the end of a pay period, and the pay period ends on a regularly scheduled day off, please submit the termination date as the last day of the pay period.
    • An employee’s date of termination and payroll must agree.
      • Example: If an employee’s last day of work is on January 31, they should receive payroll for the full month of January.
    • If there is a date difference between the last day worked (or on paid leave) and the date of termination, submit a Leave of Absence form for the period between the last time worked or when the leave was exhausted to the date of termination.
      • Example: Termination date 3/14/2021 — no payrolls received for March 31 payroll
      • Submit a leave form effective 3/1/2021 to term date of 3/14/2021.
    • If an employee is retiring directly from active employment, use the last day of the month in which they were actively employed by your agency as the termination date.
      • Example: Retirement date is 4/1/2021 = Termination date of 3/31/2021
      • Please submit the employee’s termination form no later than the first week of the month in which he/she is retiring.
    • Be cautious about submitting a termination form too early (i.e., two months or earlier). Once the form has been submitted online, it automatically updates the employee’s records in our system and shows them as terminated. The employee then may no longer be able to generate benefit estimates using myMOSERS.
    Transfers
    • If the employee has not missed 30 calendar days of payroll and is transferring employment from one state agency to another (in a MOSERS-covered benefit-eligible position):
      • The hiring agency must complete the Transfer of Employment form.
      • The previous employer must complete the Termination of Employment form. 
    • Exceptions for completing a transfer form:
      • Employees returning to state employment who have missed 30 calendar days of payroll.
      • Employees transferring from the Department of Conservation, Highway Patrol, Department of Transportations, or a state college/university (except State Technical College of Missouri and Lincoln University), which are not covered by MOSERS' life insurance plan.
      • If either exception exists, the hiring agency should enroll the employee in SEBES rather than submitting a transfer form.  
      Leave of Absence
      • MOSERS requires the agency to report a leave of absence using the first full day the employee is in an unpaid status as the effective date of leave.
      • Report to MOSERS when the employee returns to work. 

    • Next Employer Training Webinar – SAVE THE DATE!

      Feb 17, 2021, 12:23 PM By MOSERS

      MOSERS is hosting the next employer training webinar on Wednesday, April 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This session will be delivered by the MOSERS Employer Services Department and topics will include leave, transfer, and termination forms. More information to come!


    • Employer Error Report Webinar - Recording

      Feb 17, 2021, 12:23 PM By MOSERS

      View the recording of the Employee Error Reporting portion of the Employer Training Webinar held on Dec 3, 2020. Content is presented by Juanita Mummert, Assistant Benefits Officer-Education; Juanita Libbert, Receivables Analyst; and Shelley Lehmann, Contribution Analyst.

      Use the navigation bar at the bottom of the recording to move through the recording: 

      00 min – 23 min: Employer Error Report 

      23 min – 38 min: Q & A, including review of MOSERS website

      38 min – 45 min: LTD Employer Statement, Claims Process and FAQs

      45 min – 49 min: Employer Error Report Reference Guide & review of Employer webpages

      You may also view The Standard’s LTD Claim Process Submission video for a review of their portion of the Dec 3, 2020, webinar. 


    • 30-Day Separation of Service Rule

      Feb 17, 2021, 12:22 PM By MOSERS

      Reminder: 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; and
      • 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. 


    • HR Update Emailing List – Cleaned Up

      Feb 17, 2021, 12:20 PM By MOSERS

      We cleaned up our mailing list in January 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. 


    • 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.


      • 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.



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