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Updated Oct. 23, 2020

Spring Planning Update for Staff

Dear UMass Amherst staff,

As you know, over the past month, a Strategy Group and seven Working Groups have been analyzing possible options for the spring semester.  Earlier this week, Chancellor Subbaswamy received their recommendations and later today he will share his plan for next semester with the entire campus community.

Just as has been the case this fall, staff members will play a critical role in ensuring our students have a successful spring semester.  We still have many details to work out and more information about what spring will look like for staff will be forthcoming.  As we prepare for the spring semester, I want you to know that university leadership is appreciative of the valuable work you do and your important place in our community.

I know your work and home lives continue to be impacted by the pandemic and I want to thank you for your ongoing commitment to our mission, our students, and the entire UMass Amherst community.

Sincerely,

Bill Brady
Vice Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer

Oct. 23, 2020

Documents related to notification of furloughs and reduced hours for AFSCME members

Temporary Furlough Letter
English (doc pdf) | Chinese (doc pdf) | Khmer (doc pdf) | Korean (doc pdf) | Nepali (doc pdf) | Polish (doc pdf) | Russian (doc pdf) | Spanish (doc pdf) | Vietnamese (doc pdf

Reduction of Hours Letter
English (doc pdf) | Chinese (doc pdf) | Khmer (doc pdf) | Korean (doc pdf) | Nepali (doc pdf) | Polish (doc pdf) | Russian (doc pdf) | Spanish (doc pdf) | Vietnamese (doc pdf

Impact of Furlough on Benefits Letter
English (doc pdf) | Chinese (doc pdf) | Khmer (doc pdf) | Korean (doc pdf) | Nepali (doc pdf) | Polish (doc pdf) | Russian (doc pdf) | Spanish (doc pdf) | Vietnamese (doc pdf

GIC Premium Payment Election Notice
English (doc pdf) | Chinese (doc pdf) | Khmer (pdf) | Korean (doc pdf) | Nepali (doc pdf) | Polish (doc pdf) | Russian (doc pdf) | Spanish (doc pdf) | Vietnamese (doc pdf)

Human Resources

Here's who to contact if you need assistance 

The HR Employee Service Center team is working remotely and are actively responding to inquiries. Please call or email and clearly state your name, telephone number and the nature of your inquiry:

RETIREMENT
Dorothy Shimel
dshimel@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6113

Kelly Pleasant
pleasant@umass.edu
413-545-1478

The MA State Retirement Board
srb@tre.state.ma.us
617-367-7770 / 800-392-6014

TUITION WAIVERS AND
NEW EMPLOYEE ORIENTATIONS

Darlene Rowe
dlrowe@umass.edu
413-545-5459

Melanie Croteau
mcroteau@umass.edu
413-545-6110

EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION
The Work Number
www.theworknumber.com
(employer code 18128)

PERSONNEL PROCESSING
Faculty/Staff
Ann Watson
awatson@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0315

Temp “03”/EPAF Support
Chris Bombardier
cbombard@admin.umass.edu
413-545-9660

Graduate Assistantships
Lisa Prouty
lprouty@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0244

Undergraduate & Graduate Hourly
Tami O’Malley
tomalley@umass.edu
413-545-6120

PAYROLL, TAXES AND DIRECT DEPOSIT PROCESSING
Brenda Libertine
brenda@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6119

Louise Siwy
lsiwy@admin.umass.edu
413-545-3761

TIME REPORTING PROCESSING
Ashley Martinez
ammartin@umass.edu
413-545-6108

Kathie McInerney
kmmcinerney@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0391

INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYEE PROCESSING/GLACIER
Laura Macsuga
macsuga@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6211

FUNDING CHANGES AND SECURITY
Parisa Soleimani
psoleima@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6117

WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Commonwealth Human Resources Workers Compensation Unit
617-727-3437

Leesa Lesenski
lesenski@admin.umass.edu
413-545-6114

Frequently-asked Questions 

What happens if an employee becomes ill while working from an alternative site?

Should employees become ill or otherwise be unavailable to perform work, they are required to enter accrued time for absences from work duties during those times and notifying their supervisor.

Will the campus allow designated onsite employees who are parents or caregivers time off from work to care for sick family members with COVID-19?

Designated onsite employees who are healthy but whose family members are home sick with COVID-19 should contact central Human Resources at 413-687-2283 or Covid19HR@umass.edu, and they will contact public health officials for guidance on conducting a risk assessment of their potential exposure. A designated onsite employee may be entitled to take leave to care for a family member who is ill under applicable policy and collective bargaining agreement provisions.

If I work off campus at a remote location, what guidance do I follow?

Employees working remote will follow the measures announced in the communication from Chancellor Subbaswamy released on March 13, 2020. This applies in Amherst, the Mount Ida Campus in Newton and at the UMass Center in Springfield.

If someone is not an on-site employee, can they come to campus to gather materials from their workplace?

Yes. Employees can certainly come to campus to retrieve items from their offices or other work locations. This is an individual choice. They should use social distancing practices while on campus.

What strategies will be used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19?

Seven core actions are being implemented: required education for all; daily self-screening for all; enhanced cleaning; increased testing and tracing capabilities; arranging for high-risk individuals to study and work remotely; increased mental health support; and use of face coverings and physical distancing.

What is the Daily Screening?

Faculty, staff and students must conduct symptom self-monitoring every day before coming to campus or leaving their residence hall room. Students (on or off campus) will be required to use the COVID-19 symptom checklist through University Health Services’ secure patient portal (Medicat Connect). Faculty and staff can use the My UMass app.