HR News

  • Information Related to Fraudulent Unemployment Claims & Locked Accounts Updated 6/10/20! On May 27, 2020, the campus community was notified of the risk of fraudulent unemployment claims being submitted on behalf of UMass employees. Massachusetts Department of...
  • Retirement Information and Zoom Workshops University Human Resources is offering zoom workshops on “Retiring from the State Employees’ Retirement System” through Workplace Learning & Development (https://www.umass.edu/wld/workshops). ...
  • UMass / PostDoctoral Health Insurance Plan Open Enrollment UMass Amherst PostDoctoral Health Insurance Plan Annual Open Enrollment May 25, 2020 - June 12, 2020 for Coverage Effective July 1, 2020   New this year: Effective July 1, 2020 PostDoctoral employees...
  • Voluntary Separation Incentive Program and Unpaid Furloughs Announced On May 18, 2020, the University announced the launch of a voluntary separation incentive program for benefited staff and faculty.  Information can be found here.    Additionally, the University...
  • MA Group Insurance Commission (GIC) Open Enrollment is April 6 – June 1, 2020 The MA Group Insurance Commission (GIC) open enrollment is April 6 – June 1, 2020 for changes effective July 1, 2020: Your GIC health insurance plan enrollment will remain the same if you do not...
  • Update on Staff Hiring The University of Massachusetts Amherst is currently reexamining open positions as our campus monitors and responds to the novel coronavirus pandemic. At this time, hiring priority is being given to...
  • Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act The U.S. federal government has passed much legislation related to the current coronavirus outbreak including the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Under the FFCRA employees...
  • Human Resources Modified Operations Contact Information University of Massachusetts Amherst Human Resources staff are primarily working remotely. Please reference the Human Resources modified operations listing for most efficient service.
  • GIC/Benefits Strategies Flexible Spending Accounts Qualifying Event Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP) The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has given direction to close all daycare businesses in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result the MA Group Insurance...
  • Coronavirus and Massachusetts Health Insurance Benefits Commonwealth Connector: the Commonwealth has extended open enrollment for Commonwealth Health Connector health insurance coverages through April 25, 2020. If you are an uninsured Massachusetts...
  • COVID-19 and University Employment As of the date of this message there have been no known cases of COVID-19 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our campus has modified operations in order to reduce its community members’...
  • Isenberg School of Management VITA Tax Assistance Program The Isenberg School of Management Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has discontinued services for the remainder of the year. Please reference the VITA website for additional information.
  • 2nd Annual HR Conference Postponed The 2nd Annual UMass Amherst HR Conference has been postponed and will not occur on Thursday, March 12, 2020.  We will be looking to reschedule the conference for sometime later this year.    
  • No GIC, Non-Unit Dental or Post-Doctoral Health Deductions Scheduled for 03/06/2020 MA Group Insurance Commission (GIC), Post-Doctoral health insurance & Non-Unit Dental insurance premium deductions are not withheld when payments are made for the third payperiod ending in a...
  • Open Enrollment: Met/Hyatt Legal Plan & InfoArmor Plus Identity Theft Protection Met/Hyatt Legal is a voluntary benefit providing benefited* employees who enroll, and their family members, professional legal counsel for $18.25 per month (paid via payroll deduction). Covered legal...
  • Campus Finalists: VC of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Associate VC of Equal Opportunity Information related to the finalists for the positions of Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunity can be found on the Executive...
  • 2019 W-2 Distribution and Information 2019 W-2s will be sent to the mailing address on file in HR Direct on January 24, 2020. Current employees who have signed up for Multi-Factor Authentication/Two-Step Login can currently view 2019 W-...
  • Chancellor’s Citation Award Nominations Sought The campus community is invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Chancellor’s Citation Award, which honors outstanding work performance by University staff (nomination form online - deadline for...
  • New Federal Tax Form W-4 for 2020 In response to the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated the tax tables for 2020 and within the last few weeks released a new federal Form W-4; both...
  • Take the next step in your supervisory development! Take the next step in your supervisory development! Enrollment is now open for the Spring 2020 Leadership Academy programs: Foundations of Supervision & Essentials of Management. These multi-...
  • First Cohort celebrates completion of the UMass Amherst Leadership Academy Workplace Learning and Development (WLD) is excited to announce that twenty two supervisors from various departments across campus completed the University’s Leadership Academy: Foundations of...
  • New Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Tax The Massachusetts Legislature passed the Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) law in 2018 to assist in securing income for employees* who are out of work due to their own illness/injury, their own...
  • Employee workshops for October! It’s time to expand your learning through free workshops for UMass Amherst staff and faculty. October brings many engaging workshops such as: “Time & Organizational Management”, “Giving &...
  • Long-Term Care Insurance The University of Massachusetts is now offering eligible employees* (and their spouse or partner) voluntary Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance through Mutual of Omaha. Long-Term Care services are...
  • MA Paid Family Medical Leave Law In 2018 Massachusetts signed into law a statute providing paid family and medical leave (PFML) benefits effective January 1, 2021 & requiring taxes to be paid on wages for covered employees...
  • New: Leadership Academy for Supervisors and Managers Are you a current University supervisor/manager looking for ways to develop your management and supervisory skills?  Through the newly launched UMass Amherst Leadership Academy you can find distinct...
  • No GIC, Non-Unit Dental or Post-Doctoral Health Deductions Scheduled for 09/06/2019 MA Group Insurance Commission (GIC) and Post-Doctoral health insurance & Non-Unit Dental insurance premium deductions are not withheld when payments are made for the third payperiod ending in a...
  • September 2 -- Human Resources Employee Service Center Hours The UMass Amherst Human Resources Employee Service Center will be open Monday, September 2, 2019 / Labor Day from 9:00am - 1:00pm.
  • Non-unit Professionals Salary Increases Fiscal Year 2020 salary increases for non-unit professionals will be processed in time for the August 23, 2019 pay day.  To be eligible, non-unit professional must have demonstrated satisfactory...
  • New On Campus Met Home/Auto Campus Representative The University's Corestream program offers home and auto insurance coverages to benefitted University employees at a reduced rate if premiums are paid via payroll deduction. One of the available...
  • UMass PostDoctoral Health Insurance Plan Webinar Employees who wish to attend the May 29, 2019 1pm webinar regarding the UMass Amherst PostDoctoral health insurance plan should register online. Subsequently, registrants will receive a confirmation...
  • HR Employee Service Center Hours The Human Resources Employee Service Center will be open from 10:45am - 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. We look forward to assisting you during those hours.
  • UMass Regular Business Operations Close at Noon Friday, May 10, 2019 To ensure that Commencement is a memorable and enjoyable experience for our graduating students and their guests, the campus will close regular business operations at noon on Friday, May 10.  Staff...
  • Shared Services Project The University of Massachusetts system strives to identify and implement efficient processes as a responsable steward of taxpayer funds and as part of constant efforts to improve effectiveness. In...
  • MA Group Insurance Commission Health Fair & Open Enrollment The MA Group Insurance Commission (GIC) open enrollment is April 3 - May 1, 2019 for changes effective July 1, 2019. The UMass Amherst/GIC Benefit Fair is April 18 in the UMass Amherst Campus Center...
  • New Supervisor Orientation – Online Workplace Learning and Development has just launched an updated online Moodle course for New Supervisors. This course will cover the basics of supervising at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst...
  • New Procedures for changing Direct Deposit information Individuals wishing to change their direct deposit information, including adding or changing bank accounts, outside of HR Direct must do so in person at the HR Service Center on the 3rd floor of...
  • UMass Amherst Employee Learning Opportunities for Spring 2019 Your Spring learning opportunities are ready for you!  Staff and faculty can participate in this spring’s schedule of FREE workshops and classes, as well as new online learning opportunities through...
  • GIC Health New England 1099-HC forms Individuals with Health New England health insurance coverage through the MA Group Insurance Commission (GIC) in calendar year 2018 will receive two (2) 1099-HC forms for use when filing 2018...
  • 2018 W-2 Overview W-2s will be sent to the mailing address on file in HR Direct by Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Current employees who have signed up for Multi-Factor Authentication/Two-Step Login can view W-2s in HR...
  • 2019 Voluntary Pre-Tax Retirement Withholding Limits The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) increased the amount eligible employees can contribute to 403(b) and 457 plans by $500 over 2018 levels. Elective deferral limits for 2019 are: $19,000 for...
  • Voluntary Benefits Deduction Effective January 11, 2019, deductions previously displayed on pay statements as “MetHome/Auto” and “Met Legal” will appear as ‘Voluntary Benefit; deductions. If you are enrolled in both plans, your...
  • Met/Hyatt Legal Open Enrollment & Employee Discount Platform The University President's Office is pleased to announce a new Voluntary Benefits and Discount Program platform - UMass Compass. Compass allows benefited employees to take advantage of: The Met/Hyatt...
  • 2019 Chancellor's Citation Awards The Division of Human Resources invites the campus community to submit nominations for the 2019 Chancellor's Citation Award. Members of the campus community may nominate any GIC benefit eligible (01...
  • Non-Unit Dental Open Enrollment: October 1 – November 16, 2018 Open enrollment for the Non-Unit Health and Welfare Fund Dental Plan is October 1 – November 16, 2018 for coverage changes effective January 1, 2019. There are no changes to the Non-Unit dental...
  • MA Group Insurance Commission coverages The MA Group Insurance Commission (GIC) plan year starts July 1, 2018. A few corresponding reminders: Premiums for July coverage are payroll-deducted starting on the June 15, 2018 paydate Plan...
  • 2018 Outstanding Student Employees and Staff Recognized Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy recognized ten student employees, eight staff members and two teams of employees for outstanding contributions to the University of Massachusetts Amherst at a...
  • Human Resources and Employee Service Center Hours The University of Massachusetts Amherst Human Resources Employee Service Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 - 5:00, Thursday 9:30 - 5:00. All University of Massachusetts...
  • Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“the Act”) provides various protections for pregnant and nursing employees.   Pursuant to the Act, employees have the right to be free from...
  • 2018 IRS Exemption Calculator We have been notified by the University System Office that the new tax tables have been implemented in HR Direct as required by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  Withholdings based on the new...
  • MA Group Insurance Commission Vote on Health Plans On Thursday, February 1, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) voted in favor of maintaining all current commercial insurance carriers on the GIC platform effective July 1, 2018.  This decision means...
  • New Information Security Service (Multi-Factor Authentication) Available for HR Direct Members of the campus community who access Direct Deposit or W-2 information using the HR Direct Self-Service portal will be required to sign up for a new information security service called two-...
  • Open Workshops for Faculty & Staff Learning and Development opportunities for all staff and faculty on a wide range of topics, (Leadership, Supervisory Development, Communication, Workplace Success, Personal Wellness, Computer Skills...
  • GLACIER Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance System GLACIER is the University’s new secure online tax compliance system designed to allow Nonresident Aliens (NRA) to provide UMass Amherst with their immigrant and tax data efficiently and effectively....
  • Employee Discounts Discounts are available to University employees through a number of different sources including discounts as listed on the University President's Office website. Employees should be prepared to show...
  • UMass Employment and Income Verifications The Work Number® provides automated employment and income verifications for University of Massachusetts employees. The University of Massachusetts uses The Work Number (“TWN”) to provide timely and...
  • Tuition Credits (formerly "tuition waivers" The implementation of "tuition retention" leglislation (Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2015) has resulted in changes of University terminology related to tuition credits (formerly "tuition waivers")....