HR News

  • 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...
  • UMass Amherst Employee Learning Opportunities for Fall ‘18 Your Fall ‘18 learning opportunities are ready for you!  Staff and faculty can participate in this fall’s schedule of FREE workshops and classes, as well as new online learning opportunities through...
  • 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....
  • MetLife Office on UMass Amherst Campus Move Scheduled for August 5, 2017 The MetLife home/auto insurance office on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus is moving from room 206 Middlesex House to room 214 Hampshire House on or about August 5, 2017. Office hours...
  • 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")....