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September 2020

Audience Date Message
All September 22, 2020

Policy Update

University Decides Not to Implement Payroll Tax Holiday: Based on a variety of complex factors, the University will not be implementing the Social Security payroll tax holiday (IRS Notice 2020-65) at this time. The decision aligns with other Big 10 universities and local private industry. OHR will gather more details on the tax notice that may clarify the open issues and will report back to senior management.

Supervisors/Hiring Managers September 22, 2020

Student Workers

Adjustment to Federal and State Work-Study Reimbursement: Changes to both federal and state work-study are waiving the institutional share/employer match for fall 2020. That means hours worked by students with a placed work-study award will be 100% reimbursed by that award. Units do not need to make any changes for this to occur. Campuses will be monitoring earning levels throughout the year and may adjust this reimbursement percentage midyear if spending becomes too high.

Work-Study Resources

  • Review the Work-Study Placement Job Aid for help placing a student's work-study.

    • If the student has more than one position, contact your campus resource below and include the student's ID number and details on how the award should be split.
  • Use the work-study reports in the Reporting Center to help monitor current student employees.

    • Employed Students with Unused Work Study Awards
    • Employed Students with Maxed Work Study Awards and Unmet Need
Hiring Managers/Supervisors/I-9 Administrators September 14, 2020

Training

I-9 Process Changes: Training Thursday at 1:00 p.m.: Several complicating factors related to the pandemic have affected the I-9 process over the past six months. The federal government's relaxed provisions for verifying I-9 information are expected to expire on September 19. The fact that these relaxed rules have been extended month to month with little notice have made it hard to anticipate when we will be required to return to normal compliance rules and when we will need to complete I-9s initiated under the relaxed provisions. With these factors in mind, we'll be making some changes to the I-9 process, of particular consequence for foreign national employees:

  • Beginning Sunday, September 20, the employing unit will be responsible for I-9 completion and compliance for their foreign national employees.
  • We will ask units to alert Payroll Services when a foreign national is hired so we can work directly with the employee to collect the information needed to comply with foreign national tax requirements.
  • We continue to urge units to complete the I-9s initiated during the USCIS relaxed provision period as soon as you can.

We will hold an online Zoom session this Thursday, September 17, at 1:00 p.m. to address these process changes in more detail and train I-9 administrators on factors unique to completing I-9s for foreign national employees. The session will be recorded and posted on the OHR website. We are also creating job aids on these process changes that will be shared at the session.

To join the online meeting, see the OHR Operations weekly update for September 14, or email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu, 612-624-8647, or 800-756-2363.

All September 14, 2020

Resources

HR Analytics Releases 2 New Dashboards on Employee Hires and Terminations: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 30th and 31st in a continuing series of data dashboards:

  • Employee Hires and Transfers In provides information on all employee hires or transfers in across a specified time period by employee class, job category, pay group, and HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015, to today.
  • Employee Terminations and Transfers Out provides information on all employee terminations or transfers out in a specified time period by employee class, job category, pay group, and HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015, to the current date.

These dashboards are now available in the MyU Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > Workforce Analysis > Retention and Attrition. Then choose either Employee Hires and Transfers In or Employee Terminations and Transfers Out.

Both dashboards have enhanced security features that allow only HR professionals access to the information. If you can't view the dashboards but believe you should have access, email ohr@umn.edu to explain why it is required in your role.

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August 2020

Audience Date Message
Payroll Accounting August 27, 2020

Update

Biweekly Payroll Encumbrances Are Delayed: Due to system processing delays, biweekly payroll encumbrances processed on Wednesday night will not be available on financial reports until tomorrow, August 28. Payroll encumbrances on financial reports are current through Tuesday, August 25.

Appointment Entry August 27, 2020

Data Entry Reminder

Contract Renewals: The 9-month contract renewals for UMTC and UMR will be run later this week. Please have the Return from Short Work Break rows entered into job data.

Appointment Entry August 27, 2020

Data Entry Reminder

Furlough/Pay Reduction Time for 9- and 10-Month Faculty: Compensation will be pulling data for all P09/P10 fall appointments on Tuesday, August 25, to determine Furlough and Pay Reduction Program time amounts. Please ensure these appointments are entered by end of today (Monday, August 24). Pay Reduction Program hours will be loaded according to appointment start dates.

Payroll August 27, 2020

Reporting

Expanded Exception Reporting Coming: The HRMS Advisory Group, in partnership with OHR's Workforce Data Management, Payroll, and HRMS teams, is embarking on an effort to expand reporting for payroll exceptions. This exception reporting will improve data integrity and increase unit efficiency during the biweekly payroll review process. Expect to hear more about this effort in the coming weeks, including opportunities to become involved and support the project.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 27, 2020

Resources

Reminder: New Web Page Outlines Fall I-9 Process: A recent OHR web page provides instructions on the I-9 process for foreign national employees this fall. Please review the web page for information on:

  • The process for submitting documents
  • Required forms
  • Required visa documents
  • How to get an I-94
Appointment Entry August 17,2020

Deadline

Enter 9- and 10-Month Appointment Data by August 24: As a reminder, all 9- and 10-month appointment data entry must be completed by the end of day on August 24. This data will be pulled on August 25 so the Furlough and Pay Reduction Program calculations can be completed for this group.

All August 17,2020

System Update

HRMS Not Quite Right This Morning? You May Have to Clear Your Cache: Because of system work over the weekend, HRMS users may have to clear their caches if processes don't seem to be working properly. Here is a brief tutorial on clearing caches in various browsers.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 17,2020

Resources

Background Check Video and Job Aid Now Online: The University recently transitioned to a new vendor, HireRight, to conduct background checks on new hires. A new job aid and video have been posted on the OHR website that provide instructions on how to initiate a background check, plus information about HireRight.

Payroll/Supervisors August 11, 2020

Procedure

How to Process Wire Transfers for Foreign National Employees Working Overseas: In anticipation of an increase in the need to pay foreign national employees working overseas due to the pandemic, Payroll Services has recently documented this process. The process should only be used for a foreign national employee who is working overseas and doesn't have a U.S.-based bank account. If you have employees in this situation, you should also submit the new form Notification of Employee Working Overseas to payforms@umn.edu.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 11, 2020

I-9s

I-9 Compliance During COVID-19: Since March 20, USCIS has relaxed the rules on completing I-9s, allowing employers to review documents while not in the physical presence of the employee. The provision allowing this relaxed approach will expire on August 19. This presents two issues:

  1. Completing I-9s Processed During the Relaxed Provision
    Employers who used the relaxed provision must complete the I-9 process by physically reviewing the necessary documents within three days of a return to normal operations. The review must be documented on the I-9, adding "documents physically examined" with the date of inspection to the Section 2 Additional Information field on the Form I-9, or to Section 3 as appropriate. The definition of "return to normal operations " has not been defined by the government. We recommend that units focus now on completing these I-9s before the fall rush begins. To help, we will be providing you with reports of the I-9s completed during this period. Keep in mind that, if the employee is working on site at all, the documentation can be reviewed and completed by a supervisor or colleague on paper and uploaded into I-9 Express. These I-9s could also be completed using the Remote Employee Form I-9 Process by establishing an authorized representative to review the documentation in person.
  2. Completing I-9s After the Relaxed Provisions Expire
    Starting August 20, you will again be required to review I-9 documentation in the presence of the employee. Again, keep in mind that if the employee is in the physical presence of any other University employee, they can complete the I-9 on paper, including the review of documentation, and submit this to the unit's HR department to be uploaded into I-9 Express. Units can also use the Remote Employee Form I-9 Process.
Payroll/Time Managers August 11, 2020

Furlough/Pay Reduction Program

Furlough/Pay Reduction Time for 9- and 10-Month Faculty: Compensation will be pulling data for all P09/P10 fall appointments on Tuesday, August 25, to determine Furlough and Pay Reduction Program time amounts. Please ensure these appointments are entered by end of day on Monday, August 24. Pay Reduction Program hours will be loaded according to appointment start dates.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 3, 2020

I-9s

Fall 2020 I-9 Verification Process for Foreign National Employees: I-9 verifications for foreign national employees will continue to take place remotely by contacting the OHR Contact Center. The Donhowe office will remain closed through the fall and will not be hosting walk-in sessions or taking in-person appointments in August for foreign national employees.

To process I-9 verifications promptly and remain in compliance with I-9 completion before or on the first day of employment, a new email address has been created where foreign national employees can send I-9 forms and visa documents: I9OHR@umn.edu. We have also created a new OHR web page, which provides more information about the I-9 process for foreign national employees this fall.

To ensure the I-9 verification is done in time, it is important that forms and documents be sent in as soon as possible. The OHR Contact Center is only able to process documents Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. If documents are sent on a weekend and the start date is the following Monday, the process will most likely not be completed in time. Incomplete forms and missing visa documents will delay processing.

The OHR Contact Center can also help with questions about forms and documents. Call 4-UOHR Option 2 or 612-624-8647.

HR Leads/Supervisors August 3, 2020

RIO

Procedure for Employees Accepting Retirement Incentive Option: From August 17 through October 19, employees will have the opportunity to sign up for the University's Retirement Incentive Option (RIO) if they retire by January 15, 2021. For employees taking retirement, departments will enter a Retired with Benefits/Severance row in HRMS. Benefits will centrally update the record for the RIO.

Departments should follow the procedure outlined in the "Ending a Phased Retirement" section in the Phased Retirement Job Aid. The directions apply for all employees participating in the RIO—Faculty, P&A, Civil Service, and Labor Represented.

Payroll/Time Managers August 3, 2020

Furloughs

Review Furlough Requests: Please remember to use the query UM_PY_FURLOUGH_HRS_CS_LR - Furlough Hours Audit for CS&LR to review what furlough hours are in an employee's balance, what have been scheduled, and how many have been used. We have seen a few instances in which employees have requested more furlough hours than are in their balance. For example, an employee is scheduled for eight hours in a day, has seven hours of furlough, but submits a request for eight hours of furlough, taking the whole day off. This employee will go unpaid for eight hours. If they want to be paid for that eighth hour, they should request one hour of another type of absence to complete the day.

All August 3, 2020

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard Monitors Temporary/Casual Workers: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 26th in a continuing series of data dashboards—Temporary/Casual Assignment Analysis. This new dashboard reports temporary/casual appointment information and provides initial determinations on which temporary/casual employees are working more than 67 days a year or more than 14 hours a week. The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > Workforce Analysis > Employee > Temporary/Casual Assignment Analysis.

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July 2020

Audience Date Message
All July 27, 2020

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Positions UNS University Non-Service: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 25th in a continuing series of data dashboards—Positions UNS University Non-Service. This new dashboard displays all active positions in company UNS (University Non-Service) by HR department hierarchy. The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > Workforce Analysis > Position > Positions UNS University Non-Service.

Payroll/Time Managers July 27, 2020

Furlough/Pay Reduction Program

Reporting Center Queries for Furlough and Pay Reduction Program Hours: As mentioned in the July 20 Operations weekly update, these queries are available in the Reporting Center to help you track employee Furlough and Pay Reduction Program hours:

  • Furlough Hours for Civil Service and Labor Represented
  • Vac_PH_Cmp Hours Scheduled Prior to Furlough
  • Pay Reduction Hours for P&A and Faculty
  • Pay Reduction Hours Scheduled in Excess of Available Balance

If you have any issues accessing these queries, send an email to wfdmdq@umn.edu for assistance.

Payroll/Time Managers/Supervisors July 20, 2020

Furlough and Pay Reduction Program

Queries Now Available for Furlough and Pay Reduction Program Hours: OHR has created several queries, available in the Reporting Center, to help units monitor the hours employees are using in the Furlough and Pay Reduction Program:

  • Furlough Hours for Civil Service and Labor Represented: Includes initial balance, current balance, used hours, hours scheduled, and hours alerts
  • Vac_PH_Cmp Hours Scheduled Prior to Furlough: For Civil Service and Labor-Represented employees. Includes initial balance, current balance, used hours, hours scheduled, and hours alerts.
  • Pay Reduction Hours for P&A and Faculty: Includes initial balance, current balance, used hours, hours scheduled, and hours alerts
  • Pay Reduction Hours Scheduled in Excess of Available Balance: For P&A and Faculty employees. Includes current balance, hours taken, hours scheduled, and hours over balance.

This job aid provides more details about prompts and how to find and run each report. Help documents for each query are also available in the Reporting Center. The HRMS data in the query is private-restricted and requires access to private HR data. If your job requires access to private data not currently granted, submit an Access Request Form.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors July 20, 2020

I-9s

Covid-Related Form I-9 Accommodations Extended Once Again: On July 18, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was granted earlier this year. Due to the continued precautions related to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security has decided to once again extend this policy for an additional 30 days, to August 19.

Under these accommodations, employers are not required to review the employee's identity and employment authorization documents in the employee's physical presence. If unable to do so in person, employers must inspect the Section 2 documents remotely (video link, fax, email, etc.) and obtain, inspect, and retain copies of the documents needed to complete Section 2. Employers should enter "COVID-19" as the reason for the physical inspection delay in the Section 2 Additional Information field. After normal operations resume, the documents should be physically inspected within three days. Once the documents have been physically inspected, the employer should add "documents physically examined" with the date of inspection to the Section 2 Additional Information field on the Form I-9, or to Section 3 as appropriate.

For more information, see the original guidance from March.

Payroll/Appointment Entry July 20, 2020

Pay Increases

Technical Unit Lump Sum Payments: All technical employees at the top of their classification's step range will receive a $200 lump sum. The lump sums will be entered centrally into Additional Pay with the following:

Earnings Code: NLM
Effective Date: 07/06/2020
End Date: 07/19/2020
Earnings: $200.00

Departments will be notified of eligible employees receiving the lump sum payment.

HR Leads/Supervisors/Appointment Entry July 20, 2020

RIO

Retirement Incentive Option Begins August 17: The OHR Contact Center has already been getting some inquiries about the University's upcoming retirement incentive option (RIO). If employees in your unit have questions, let them know that more information about RIO will be sent to employees at the end of July. Eligible faculty and staff will be able to elect the program from August 17 through October 19, 2020.

All July 20, 2020

Clarification

PRP Earnings Code in HR Analytics: OHR has received questions about why the PRP earnings code is not appearing in the Non-Institutional Base Salary dashboards in HR Analytics. The reason is that earnings assigned to the PRP code are negative earnings. By design, negative earnings are excluded from the Non-Institutional Base Salary dashboards.

All July 20, 2020

Procedures

OHR Contact Center Remains Closed for In-Person Appointments: As a reminder, the OHR Contact Center in the Donhowe Building remains closed for I-9 appointments and document pickups.

  • For an I-9 appointment, new foreign national employees should email ohr@umn.edu.
  • Employees are no longer able to pick up checks, W-2 reprints, and 1042-S reprints in person. These are being automatically mailed.
  • Benefits consultations are now handled by phone or virtual meeting. Email or call to make an appointment.

The Contact Center is taking phone calls remotely. Phone numbers are the same as before—612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363. Or email ohr@umn.edu.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors July 13, 2020

Background Checks

Reminder: Background Check Vendor Migration and Training Dates: The University will be migrating to the HireRight background check system this month, as part of the HireRight and GIS merger. Current GIS users can attend one of these remaining training webinars for the new HireRight system:

  • Wednesday, July 15, 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 1:00 p.m.

Users will have received invitations to these events already, so email Nicole Salm at salm0078@umn.edu if you need access to GIS/HireRight or have a new employee who needs access. If you can't attend on one of these dates, the training will be recorded and made available to all users.

The new HireRight system will begin accepting new background check orders from users on July 20, with new log-in information sent directly to current users that week. GIS will still accept new background check orders through July 31. Any requests still pending or being reviewed on that date will continue through the process normally until completed. You will still have access to GIS for reporting purposes. For questions, contact Nicole Salm in OHR Talent Acquisition at salm0078@umn.edu.

Payroll Accounting July 7, 2020

Furlough/Pay Reduction Procedures

Payroll Accounting for Furlough and Pay Reduction Program: Information to help people understand and report on payroll accounting data for the Furlough and Pay Reduction Program has been created through the collaboration of the University Budget Office, Sponsored Projects Administration, Accounting Services, and Sponsored Financial Reporting. For questions about reporting on payroll accounting data, contact the Financial Helpline at controller@umn.edu or 612-624-1617.

All July 7, 2020

System Update

PeopleSoft HRMS Update Set for Weekend of August 8–9: OHR Operations is in the process of a planned software update to the PeopleSoft HRMS system, which is scheduled to be installed the weekend of August 8–9. The update will fix several minor bugs in the system and add updates to maintain system stability. The changes will not affect daily processes and routines for users. Throughout July, Operations will be conducting quality assurance testing in advance of the go-live date. Later in July we will provide more information about possible system downtimes that weekend as we move closer to go-live.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors July 7, 2020

New Procedure

Background Check Vendor Migration and Training Dates: The University will be migrating to the HireRight background check system this month, as part of the HireRight and GIS merger. Current GIS users can attend a training webinar for the new HireRight system on these dates:

  • Monday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 15, 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 1:00 p.m.

We will send more information directly to current users, including links for the online training webinar, later this week. If you are unable to attend, the training will be recorded and made available to all users.

The new HireRight system will begin accepting new background check orders from users on July 20, with new log-in information sent to current users that week. GIS will still accept new background check orders through July 31. Any requests still pending or being reviewed on that date will continue through the process normally until completed. You will still have access to GIS for reporting purposes. For questions, contact Nicole Salm in OHR Talent Acquisition at salm0078@umn.edu.

Position Management July 7, 2020

Reporting

More Position Information Now Available in Ad Hoc Reporting: The data in HR Analytics ad hoc reporting has been expanded to include all the position data in the Positions and Incumbents dashboard. If you have ad hoc access, the data is now available in the PJC-Operational area in the ad hoc environment. We have also scheduled a working lab for Thursday, July 9, from 9:00 a.m. to noon via Zoom.

If you would like access to HR Analytics ad hoc reporting, please complete an Access Request Form (ARF). (Select Additional Applications & Data Warehouse Tables > Additional Applications > UM Analytics. Be sure to choose Create access [Author] and Human Resources–Public.) You will also need to complete two prerequisite courses to gain access: "Working with Employee Data" (OHR060) and one of the "UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards" courses (EUS132, EUS133, or EUS134). Register for both of these courses in Training Hub.

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June 2020

Audience Date Message
Time & Absence June 22, 2020

Procedure Change

Change in Vacation Balance Transfers to P&A Positions: Beginning July 6, when employees move from Civil Service to a Professional & Academic position, OHR will centrally process a transfer of up to 120 hours of unused vacation time instead of the current maximum of 80 hours. Any remaining hours over 120 will be paid out at the Civil Service pay rate. Balances less than 120 hours will be transferred in full.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors June 22, 2020

New Employees

Personalized Emails Will Welcome New Employees: Because we are unable to host the New Employee Welcome events during the pandemic, we have developed a plan to welcome new employees with an email that includes information and resources to help give them a strong start in their new role at the University. Beginning Tuesday, June 23, new employees and their supervisors will receive personalized emails, based on their employee group. The emails will go out weekly to new employees. Their supervisors will also receive a copy, along with content that directs them to onboarding resources.

Payroll Accounting June 22, 2020

Fiscal Year Update

Fiscal Year-End: Payroll Encumbrances: All non-sponsored and cost-share payroll encumbrances have been zeroed out for fiscal year 2020. Payroll encumbrances for sponsored chartstrings will continue to be available on payroll reports until June 30, when they will be zeroed out on the last day of the fiscal year. On July 1, all payroll encumbrances will be calculated for fiscal year 2021 and will be available in reporting on July 2. Reminder: No daily payroll encumbrance adjustments will be processed between June 18 and July 1.

Payroll June 22, 2020

Fiscal Year Update

Pre-Confirm Payroll Report Updated for 27 Pay Dates: To help you identify employees who will have their pay spread over 27 pay dates in fiscal year 2021, the Pre-Confirm Payroll Report has been updated to include the employees' frequency code from the job data compensation tab.

Payroll/Payroll Accounting June 18, 2020

Fiscal Year Update

Fiscal Year-End: Payroll Encumbrances: All non-sponsored and cost-share payroll encumbrances have been zeroed out for fiscal year 2020. Payroll encumbrances for sponsored chartstrings will continue to be available on payroll reports until June 30, when they will be zeroed out on the last day of the fiscal year. On July 1, all payroll encumbrances will be calculated for fiscal year 2021 and will be available in reporting on July 2. Reminder: No daily payroll encumbrance adjustments will be processed between June 18 and July 1.

All June 15, 2020

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Positions and Incumbents: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 24th in a continuing series of data dashboards—Positions and Incumbents. This new dashboard displays all active positions and information on the current or previous incumbent in that position for each level of the HR department hierarchy. The new dashboard replaces two legacy UM Reports, the Position Management Position List and the Position Management Vacant Position List, which will both be retired. To see the new dashboard, in MyU navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > Workforce Analysis > Position > Positions and Incumbents.

Time and Absence June 8, 2020

Procedures

Time Reporting Updates for University Closure on Thursday Afternoon, June 4: The University was closed the afternoon of Thursday, June 4, out of respect for the memorial service of George Floyd. Here are instructions for the different employee groups to ensure employees are paid correctly for that time:

  • Essential employees who worked during this time may be paid the $2-an-hour essential employee augmentation using the time reporting code "Essential Employee Augment." The augmentation should be added to the time sheet in addition to regular time worked during that period.
  • Hourly employees who normally would have worked Thursday afternoon should report their time as REG according to their schedule.
  • Salaried and exception hourly employees will be paid for their regular hours and do not need to take any action.
Appointment Entry June 8, 2020

Data Update Reminder

It’s Time to Process Regents Scholarships: The summer term is our first start-of-term under reduced operations and remote work. This is normally when Regents Scholarships are being processed and are being reported to Payroll Services so that we can apply the taxable value of this benefit to employees' earnings. Understandably, we are noticing some delay in this processing. That can result in a shorter period over which the additional taxable earnings can be reported. Please encourage employees and supervisors to submit and route the necessary forms.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors June 8, 2020

Resources

New Web Page Can Help With Remote Hiring: Even during a hiring freeze, recruiting for some exempt positions continues. And with social distancing still in place, hiring can be especially challenging. To help units cope with these new realities, OHR’s Talent Acquisition Department has created the Remote Hiring Toolkit, a web page that offers tools and advice for interviewing and selecting candidates remotely. The web page shows you how to prepare for and conduct virtual interviews using time-saving technology—including video conferencing, one-way recorded video interviews to screen candidates, and automated reference checking—to ensure that you and the applicants have a positive experience.

Appointment Entry June 8, 2020

Records Update

Labor-Represented Increases Have Been Updated: Last week pay increases were updated for Teamsters and for AFSCME Clerical, Health Care, and Technical bargaining units. The program inserted a 6/8/2020 Pay Rate Change/Annual Increase row and updated the hourly rate on that row and any rows after that date. (The program was run twice for the Clerical and Technical increases to ensure all eligible employee records were updated.) You can review reports in the Reporting Center via Reports Run for Me > HRMS.

Clerical

Health Care:

Technical

Teamsters

Departments will need to update records for employees listed with the "Expected End Date Less Than Effective Date" error message. Departments do not need to update records for employees listed with the "Future Pay or Step Increase" error message.

Appointment Entry June 8, 2020

Data Records Update

Job Data Records Have Been Updated for 27 Pay Dates: Last week, central OHR updated job data records in preparation for 27 pay dates in fiscal year 2021. These two rows were added:

  • A 6/8/2020 - Data Change/FY Comp Freq - CNTRL USE ONLY row was inserted to update the comp frequency from B to B27 for salaried employees paid over 12 months.
  • A 6/8/2020 - Data Change/Special Circumstances row was inserted for hourly and exception hourly employees to ensure correct reporting through the Data Warehouse.

Units should not change or delete these rows.

All June 8, 2020

Reporting

Be Aware of How 27 Pay Dates Will Affect Data Tables: The 27 pay dates in FY21 will affect HR analytics and HR data warehouse tables that derive from PS_UM_EMPLOYEES. If you use this data, review the Knowledge Article that has been put together to help data users prepare for the changes this will have on reporting.

All June 8, 2020

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard Will Replace 2 Position Reports: HR Analytics is excited to be deploying a new Positions and Incumbents dashboard on Monday, June 15. The new dashboard will improve reporting on position management and will include reporting on position incumbents. With the deployment of this new dashboard, two legacy UM Reports, the Position Management Position List and the Position Management Vacant Position List, will both be retired. If you have any questions or concerns about the retirement of the two UM Reports, email or call the OHR Contact Center at OHR@umn.edu, 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363).

Supervisors June 8, 2020

Resources

Talent Share Program Can Help Meet Staffing Needs: As a reminder, if your department could use extra staffing for important projects—or if you have employees who have time for more work during reduced operations—the University's Talent Share program can help. The program matches work opportunities in one unit with employees from other units who have the time and skills to complete additional tasks.

To take part in Talent Share—either to request help or share available employees—visit the Talent Share website for details and an online form to get started. For questions, contact your unit's HR representative or your OHR Talent Acquisition consultant.

All June 8, 2020

Training

Correction to 27th Pay Date eLearning: In response to recent questions and discussions, OHR Training Services would like to make a correction to one of the examples given in the 27th Pay Date eLearning course on the new B27 frequency code for fiscal year 2021. In Module 3, in the scenario "Return from Work Break and Data Change for B27 Frequency," the example for Lucas uses the action/reason "Data Change/Pay Group Change" to document the B27 frequency after his return to work. The action/reason in that situation should be "Data Change/Special Circumstances." While we can't update the training at this date, please keep this correction in mind as you take the course or review the materials.

To enroll in or review the training, sign in to Training Hub [training.umn.edu], click on Course Catalog, and search for the course name/keyword "B27: New Frequency Code for FY21."

Hiring Managers June 1, 2020

Job Application Process

Conflict of Interest Question Added to External Applications: As of May 31, external applicants are now required to identify any conflicts of interest on submitted job applications to the University. After attaching or completing their work history and education information, they must respond yes or no to the following:

To the best of your knowledge, are either of the following statements true:

  • You have a prior relationship, professional, business, or personal, with individuals involved in the hiring process for this position.
  • You are currently employed outside the University and, as part of that employment, you work with the University or are in a position to make decisions that impact the University.

Those who answer yes will be required to provide more information. Unit recruiters and central recruiters will have a new role in reviewing and resolving any identified conflicts of interest for candidates brought in for interview or hired. The business process is available under Recently Updated Materials on the HRMS website.

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May 2020

Audience Date Message
All May 28, 2020

Resources

HR Analytics Releasing 2 New Dashboards: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 23rd in a continuing series of data dashboards- Workforce Actions. This new dashboard displays information on job record workforce actions by HR department hierarchy or employee for any date range from April 6, 2015, to the current date. The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > Workforce Analysis > Employee > Workforce Actions.

In addition, HR Analytics is excited to be deploying a new Positions and Incumbents dashboard on June 15. The new dashboard will improve reporting on position management and will include reporting on position incumbents. With the deployment of this new dashboard, two legacy UM Reports, the Position Management Position List and the Position Management Vacant Position List, will both be retired. If you have any questions or concerns about the retirement of the two UM Reports, email or call the OHR Contact Center at OHR@umn.edu, 612.624.8647, or 800-756-2363).

FMLA Administrators May 18, 2020

FMLA Process

Process for FFCRA Paid Expanded FMLA Leave: As we discussed in the last HRMS Advisory Group, under the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act's Expanded FMLA provision, employees who cannot work because they must care for children due to COVID-related school, daycare, or summer camp closures, and who are close to exhausting their 160 hours of emergency paid leave, may be able to access more paid time away.

If you have employees who are eligible for the expanded FMLA leave, please contact Blaine Bloomgren in Payroll Services( bloo0250@umn.edu). (Previously you were instructed to contact Employee Relations or Lauren Daughenbaugh in Total Compensation.) A collaborative team in Total Compensation and Payroll will review the person's eligibility, address your questions, and provide instructions on using the employee's absence balances as a part of their 10 weeks of paid FMLA, which you can then communicate to the employee.

Appointment Entry May 18, 2020

Job Code Change

Discontinue Using ECT Earnings Code for Student Continuation of Pay: If you are still making entries in Additional Pay to add or change student worker continuation of pay, be sure you do not add to an ECT earnings code record. You must use ECW. We found more than 300 instances of new ECT earnings during the payroll close for pay period ending 5/10/20 that had to be corrected manually, as many would have resulted in overpayments.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors May 11, 2020

Records Update

Work-Study Continuation of Pay Codes Corrected Centrally: As we announced previously, since the state is now allowing state-funded work-study to be used for both hours worked and student worker continuation of pay, the use of the ECT earnings code was discontinued. At that time, we also let you know that we would correct the previous use of ECT centrally. Those updates took place this week. Units do not need to take any action regarding this change.

HRMS and Payroll took the following steps:

  1. For all ECT records in Additional Pay that have an end date greater than 04/26/2020, the end date was updated to 04/26/2020.
  2. An ECW record was added with an effective date of 04/27/2020. The number of hours, rate, and end date did not change.
  3. For all pay periods before 05/10/2020, where ECT was paid to an employee, Payroll Services will move these funds from ECT to ECW on a pay line adjustment, so the appropriate funds will be applied to Work Study. Please remember, the work-study program in PeopleSoft will determine if the student has work-study funds and will apply them appropriately.
May 11,2020

COVID

Temp/Casual Employees and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Recent clarification of the FFCRA has alerted us that temp/casual employees are eligible for two weeks of paid leave (prorated) under this law. While University emergency and reduced operations pay provisions do not include temp/casuals, the federal leave entitles them to the number of hours they work, on average, over a two-week period. The time should be entered on the employee's time sheet using the Emergency Reduced Ops or Emergency Pandemic Hourly time reporting codes, depending on the reason for their leave.

To help in this effort, Payroll Services will send HR Leads a list of temp/casual employees paid in the pay period ending 3/1/20 to help you determine who did not continue to work in subsequent pay periods. We also refer you to the UM_TL_PAYABLE_TIME query in the Reporting Center. Beyond those resources, we encourage you to work with your supervisors to determine which temp/casual employees should receive paid leave.

All May 11, 2020

New COVID Procedure

Emergency Leave Reason Reporting Form: On May 7, OHR sent more than 2,100 employees a request asking them to complete the Federal Leave Reason Reporting Form. If you get questions from employees about this form, please assure them that all employees who received the request need to complete the form. The form applies to employees being paid under both continuation of leave and University emergency leave. We also need the forms from employees being paid intermittently under one of these provisions.

All May 11, 2020

Resources

Find Answers to COVID HR Questions on the Operations Google Site: If you have a COVID-related HR question, the answer may already be available on the OHR Operations Google site. COVID questions and their vetted and approved answers are regularly being logged on a Google spreadsheet. In the menu at the top of the Operations home page, click on Resources and look for the document "HRER Follow-Up FAQ," under the COVID-19 heading at the top of the page. If you don't have access to the OHR Operations website, please email ohr@umn.edu.

Appointment Entry May 4, 2020

Job Code Change

Teamster Salary Grade Changes: Effective 3/16/20, two new salary grades-47D and 43B-were created for the following job codes:

  • 6073-Senior Maintenance Plumber: Salary plan/grade changed from S1/47 to S1/47D
  • 6075-Maintenance Plumber: Salary plan/grade changed from S1/43 to S1/43B

Positions and job data records have been centrally updated.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors> May 4, 2020

Funding Change

Students Can Now Be Paid With State Work-Study Funds: State-funded work-study has been approved for paying students who are working during the pandemic, the same as federally funded work-study. As a result, the time-reporting code CCW should no longer be used in the time sheet. These hours should be recorded as REG, which will allow pay funded by work-study to be processed correctly in the system.

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April 2020

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All April 28, 2020

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee Headcount and FTE by RRC: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 22nd in a continuing series of data dashboards—Employee Headcount and FTE by RRC. This new dashboard displays the headcount and FTE by RRC (Resource Responsibility Center) for any date from April 6, 2015, to the current date.

The new dashboard is now available in the MyU Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > Workforce Analysis > Employee > Employee Headcount and FTE by RRC.

Appointment Entry April 22, 2020

Clarification

How to Enter 'Essential Employee Augmentation': We'd like to clarify some confusing and contradictory instructions we have given about using the new EEA "Essential Employee Augmentation" time reporting code. EEA is used on both hourly and exception hourly time sheets to grant essential workers a $2-an-hour augmentation for the hours they work on site. To apply the augmentation correctly, the earnings code should always be listed with a corresponding REG line of pay. The EEA line should report the number of hours worked on site, while the REG line should report the total hours worked that day.

For more details and examples of correct and incorrect EEA entries, download and save this instruction sheet.

Appointment Entry/Payroll April 22, 2020

Records Updates

Instructions for Entering Teamsters Pay Increases: It is time to update PeopleSoft records to reflect pay increases to Teamsters-represented employees as a result of recent contract negotiations. Units must enter retro pay into Additional Pay by 4:30 p.m. on 5/13/20 for the 4/27–5/10/20 pay period. Use these instructions and charts:

Instructions for units
Teamsters Rates for 2019–2021
Teamsters Rates—Mechanics
Teamsters Rates—Gardeners
Teamsters Rates—Plumbers

All April 22, 2020

Reminder

Check the OHR Operations Google Site for COVID Updates: OHR Operations is compiling the latest information, updates, and procedures related to COVID-19 on its Google site for HRMS users. Once you are logged in to the home page, click on Resources, then look for the COVID-19 heading at the top of the page. Here you will find an FAQ on many common HR situations, hiring freeze guidelines, and links to updated job aids and the new Talent Share program for loaning employees between units. Information will continue to be added here as needed.

All April 22, 2020

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Temp/Casual and Student Worker Headcount Snapshot: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 21st in a continuing series of data dashboards—Temp/Casual and Undergrad Student Workers Headcount Snapshot. This new dashboard displays a headcount of temp/casual and undergraduate student workers by HR department hierarchy in biweekly snapshots from April 2020 to the current date.

The new dashboard is now available in the MyU Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > Workforce Analysis > Employee > Temp/Casual and Undergrad Student Workers Headcount Snapshot.

All April 13, 2020

Update

OHR Contact Center Is Accepting Calls Again: Beginning today, the OHR Contact Center is once again taking phone calls, thanks to software installed by OIT that allows staff to field calls from home. The phone numbers are the same as before—612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363. Or email the Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu.

Appointment Entry/Payroll April 13, 2020

Clarification

$2 Essential Employee Augmentation and Overtime: There has been some confusion about the $2 augmentation for essential employees (Time Reporting Code EEA). The augmentation is eligible to be used on overtime hours. Also, it is included in the FMLA rate when overtime is calculated. The job aid Time Reporting Codes for COVID-19 (available on the Recently Updated Materials page of the HRMS Instruction site) has been corrected to reflect this clarification.

Time and Absence April 13, 2020

Procedure Change

Employees Now Have Access to Excused Paid Absence Type: As requested by HR Leads, we have opened access to the Excused Paid Absence Type to all absence-eligible employees so that employees can enter their own pandemic-related absence requests. A new job aid is being developed to guide employees on selecting the correct absence reason. When directing employees to enter their own pandemic-related absence requests, please emphasize the importance of selecting the correct absence reason:

  • For emergency leave, choose: Emergency Pandemic
  • For continuation of pay for employees unable to work remotely under extended reduced operations, choose: Emergency Reduced Operations
All April 13, 2020

Systems Update

PeopleSoft Unavailable From Noon Saturday to Noon Sunday: Due to a planned software update this weekend (April 18 and 19), the HR PeopleSoft system will be unavailable from noon Saturday through noon Sunday. During that time, users will not have access to PeopleSoft HRMS applications. That includes:

  • MyU self-service functions, such as the tabs My Time, My Pay (including W-2 tax information), My Benefits, My Info, and Manager Info
  • HRMS-related queries in the Reporting Center
  • The job search site

This PeopleSoft update will provide technical enhancements but will not affect end users. Mark your calendars for the upgrade weekend so that you can plan around the service outage.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors April 13, 2020

Resources

Guide to Posting Jobs During Hiring Freeze: Even during a hiring freeze, some aspects of the hiring process may need to continue. OHR has created a brief guide to job postings during this time, outlining what steps should be taken for 1) putting current postings on hold, 2) posting exceptions to the freeze, and 3) accepting applications without further hiring action. Find the guide on the Operations Google website under Resources > COVID-19 > Hiring Freeze Guidelines > UMN Postings During Hiring Freeze: Quick Guide.

HR Leads/Hiring Managers April 13, 2020

Procedure Change

Provisional Hires While Waiting for Background Checks: With background checks significantly delayed during the pandemic, units should put a hold on new hires until the checks can be completed. If necessary, however, exceptions can be made for some critical positions by using a new provisional hiring form. (The provisional form cannot be used for candidates whose background checks are required under the administrative policy Safety of Minors.) The criteria and process for a provisional hire are explained in a new guide—Provisional Hiring Due to Background Check Delays—that has been posted on the Operations Google website under Resources > COVID-19 > Hiring Freeze Guidelines.

Appointment Entry/Payroll April 13, 2020

Update

Teamster increases Completed: The increase program was run and inserted a 9/30/19 Pay Rate Change/Annual Increase row into job data. You can see a report in the Reporting Center under Reports Run for Me > HRMS > UMHRAE002 - TEAMSTERS INCREASE.PDF (04/09/2020) . The new hourly rates will be paid on the 4/22/20 payday (3/30/20–4/12/20 pay period). Detailed pay increase and retro pay instructions will be forthcoming.

Appointment Entry/Payroll April 7, 2020

Reminder

Enter AFSCME Retro Pay by April 15: All retro pay for AFSCME clerical, technical, and health care employees must be entered by the departments no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The retro pay will be entered for the 3/30/2020–4/12/2020 pay period and paid on the April 22 pay date.

All April 7, 2020

COVID

Answers to COVID HR Questions Now on Operations Google Site: OHR has a new location for answers to COVID-related HR questions that have been vetted and approved. A Google spreadsheet is now available on the OHR Operations Google site. In the menu at the top of the home page, click on Resources and look for the document, “HRER Follow-Up FAQ,” under the COVID-19 heading at the top of the page. If you don’t have access to the OHR Operations website, please email ohr@umn.edu.

Since many of these questions are very HR-specific and not necessarily relevant to a larger audience, we thought the Operations website was a better place for them than a public-facing FAQ on the OHR website. Answers that are relevant to employees will continue to be added to the public FAQ.

HR Leads/Supervisors/Hiring Managers April 7, 2020

New Procedure

Use Hiring Freeze Exception Form for Critical Positions: During the University’s hiring freeze, if collegiate or administrative unit leaders decide that an unfilled position is critical to operations, units should submit a Hiring Freeze Exception Request to the Office of Human Resources. This new form is available on the Recruiting and Hiring page of the OHR website, under Additional Resources. The form will be reviewed by the vice president for human resources and the Executive Leadership Review Team. See page 3 of the form for positions exempt from the freeze or for options in cases in which an offer has already been made.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors April 7, 2020

Resources

Help Document Now Available for Student Average Hours Query: Last week we told you about a new query in the Reporting Center to help you figure the average work hours for student workers who can continue to be paid even if they are not able to work during the University’s extended reduced operations. We have now added a help document in the Reporting Center that provides more details about the query, Spring Semester 2020 Undergrad Student Avg Hours. View it by clicking on the information icon next to the report name.

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March 2020

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Payroll March 30, 2020

Resources

New Report Computes Students' Average Hours of Work: Student workers who are not able to work due to the extended reduced operations can continue to be paid, based on the average number of hours they have worked per pay period so far. A report now available in the Reporting Center can determine those average hours for you. The query Spring Semester 2020 Undergrad Student Avg Hours provides a student worker's average hours and hourly rate. In MyU, navigate to the report via Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > HR Operational > Payroll > Spring Semester 2020 Undergrad Student Avg Hours. The job aid Student Worker Pay for Not Actively Working: Additional Pay During COVID-19 can provide more details.

Hiring Managers March 30, 2020

Tip

Cancel or Suspend Multiple Job Postings Using Group Actions: With a hiring freeze in place, unit recruiters will want to cancel job postings or put them on hold in Recruiting Solutions. A new job aid shows how you can use the Group Actions feature to update multiple job openings at once. For questions, email the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or Talent Acquisition at employ@umn.edu

Appointment Entry March 30, 2020

Update

Teamsters Pay Increases: Teamsters annual pay increases are effective 9/30/19. During the week of April 6, central OHR will update the Salary Admin Plan and Grade tables and run the annual increase program to update employee job data records. Departments are responsible for processing and entering the retro pay. New hourly rates will be paid in the 4/13/20–4/26/20 pay period and paid on the 5/6/20 pay date. Retro pay will be processed by the units for the 4/27/20–5/10/20 pay period and paid on the 5/20/20 pay date.

All March 19, 2020

New Procedures

Changes to OHR Contact Center and Donhowe In-Person Services: Effective immediately, and until further notice, we are making these changes to OHR's in-person services in the Donhowe Building:

  • Employees will not be able to pick up checks, W-2 reprints, and 1042-S reprints in person. These will be automatically mailed.
  • For benefits consultations, employees should email the OHR Contact Center to make an appointment. Consultations will be handled by phone or virtual meeting.
  • Be aware that the Donhowe Building, as with other campus buildings, requires a UCard to enter even during regular business hours.
Payroll March 19, 2020

Schedule

Payroll Close This Week: The payroll close process is continuing as usual. The timeline remains the same (as noted below). If you have a question during the payroll close process, please send emails as usual to payroll@umn.edu or ohr@umn.edu. The OHR Contact Center will not be able to accept phone calls. Please do not call or email questions to individual OHR employees, as some employees will be working remotely and responsibilities may shift during this time.

Payroll Close Timeline:

Thursday, March 19: Payroll preconfirmation report will be available.
Friday, March 20: 10:00 a.m.: Payroll Update deadline

Payroll March 19, 2020

New Procedures

Off-Cycle Checks and Check Pickup: We will continue to process off-cycle requests and stop pay requests as usual, but employees will not have the option to pick up checks at Donhowe B20 during the COVID-19 outbreak. All checks we are now holding will be mailed today. However, we ask that you be judicious with off-cycle requests and add the pay to the next on-cycle check when possible.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors March 19, 2020

New Procedures

I-9 Processing During the COVID-19 Outbreak: We have received a number of questions about how the University will process I-9 forms during the outbreak. Unfortunately, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at this time is not providing any flexibility on the requirement to review original documents in person. I-9 guidance specifically prohibits reviewing documents "via webcam."

If a new employee in your department is beginning their job remotely and will not meet with colleagues, please have them complete a paper I-9 form (https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/i-9-paper-version.pdf) at home using an employer's authorized representative. An authorized representative can be any person we designate to complete and sign Form I-9 on our behalf. Under the circumstances raised by COVID-19, DHS will consider "any person" to include even a family member or household member. There is no need to have specific agreements or other documentation for Form I-9 purposes.

If the new employee is coming to a University work location but HR is not available to complete section 2 of an I-9, a colleague should complete section 2 of the I-9 on paper.

Paper I-9 forms should be kept and uploaded to I-9 Express at the earliest convenience.

We will continue to process I-9s for new foreign national employees in Donhowe B20. Please have the employee make an appointment by emailing ohr@umn.edu.

For foreign national I-9 reverifications, during the COVID-19 outbreak we will ask foreign national employees to send us a photo or scan of their renewed document and present the document in person in the future. Please continue directing them to call the OHR Contact Center, which will provide them with instructions for sending us documentation.

All March 19, 2020

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: EEO Goal Setting: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 20th in a continuing series of data dashboards—EEO Goal Setting. The new dashboard provides information about the demographics of the University's workforce, the University's estimate of the available workforce in the market (Percent Availability), and the University's equal opportunity goals, for specific snapshot dates from October 2019 to the present. The dashboard is an important tool to use during the search and hiring processes.

It includes security features that ensure only individuals approved to view "HR Private" data can see the report. If you can't view the dashboard and believe you should have access, please submit an access request form (ARF).

The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > EEO Goal Setting.

All March 10, 2020

Resources

HR Analytics Releases New and Enhanced Dashboards: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released a new data dashboard—Employee Headcount and FTE Demographics Snapshot—and has added new features to a previous dashboard, Employee Headcount and FTE Demographics. The new demographics snapshot dashboard—the 19th in a continuing series—displays the headcount and FTE by ethnicity, legal sex, employees with disabilities, and protected veterans, viewable by HR department hierarchy for specific snapshot dates from October 2019 forward.

The enhanced Employee Headcount and FTE Demographics dashboard adds two new tabs, which display the headcount and FTE by employees with disabilities and protected veterans by HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015, to the present.

The new and revised dashboards are now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources. Then choose either Employee Headcount and FTE Demographics Snapshot or Employee Headcount and FTE Demographics.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors March 10, 2020

Resources

'Recruiting and Hiring' Web Pages Get a Makeover: Talent Acquisition has streamlined its Recruiting and Hiring web pages (on the OHR website under Supervising at the U), making it easier to find information on the hiring process. All the previous information has been retained, but some pages and sections have been moved to new categories, so you may have to re-bookmark some of your favorites. We have also added a new page on technology tools to support the hiring process: LinkedIn recruiting, video interviews, and automated reference checks. If you can't find the information you're looking for, email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647; 800-756-2363).

HRMS Advisors March 3, 2020

Meeting

HRMS Advisory Committee to Meet Tuesday, March 10: Members of the HRMS Advisory Committee will hold their next meeting Tuesday, March 10, at 9:00 a.m. in Bruininks Hall, Room 131B.

Payroll March 3, 2020

Update

AFSCME Clerical, Health Care, and Technical Increases: Central OHR will complete the manual entry of retro annual and step increases by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. We will send spreadsheets on Thursday, and instructions will follow.

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February 2020

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Payroll/Payroll Accounting February 17, 2020

Issue Resolved

Fix to Payroll Encumbrance Calculation: The PeopleSoft monthly release yesterday included a fix to resolve a previous issue with payroll encumbrances. The encumbrance calculation will now recognize that additional pay earnings should stop at the end of the fiscal year. Previously, if additional pay had an earnings end date that was the same as the end of the fiscal year and was distributed on sponsored funds, the calculation would improperly extend the additional pay until the end of the grant award period or project end date.

Appointment Entry February 17, 2020

Records Updates

Pay Increases for AFSCME Clerical, Health Care, and Technical Employees: As a result of recent contract negotiations, central OHR will be manually updating PeopleSoft records with step realignments and pay increases to employees represented by AFSCME Clerical, Health Care, and Technical.

The salary plan and grades will be updated this week. The step realignments and pay increases will be updated in employee job data from February 24 to March 4. The new hourly rates will take effect in the 2/17/20–3/1/20 pay period and will be paid on the 3/11/20 pay date.

Effective Dates

Clerical:
Step realignment: Effective 6/10/2019
Annual increase: Effective 12/23/2019
Step increases: Have been programmatically entered monthly (June 2019–March 2020)

 

Health Care:
Step realignment: Effective 6/10/2019
Annual increase: Effective 12/23/2019
Step increases: Will be entered based on employee's progression/anniversary date

Technical:
Step realignment: Effective 6/10/2019
Annual increase: Effective 06/10/2019
Step increases: Effective 10/1/2019

Retro pay will be entered by the departments for the 3/30/2020–4/12/2020 pay period and paid on the 4/22/2020 pay date.

Appointment Entry February 17, 2020

Update

'Year Acquired' Field for Degree Data Is Now Required: Following a PeopleSoft monthly release yesterday, the Year Acquired field for degree data is now a required field for both employees and applicants. To ensure degree data flows successfully through PeopleSoft, any blank Year Acquired field in degree data entered before the update has been populated with "1900." HRMS users can update the Year Acquired field in PeopleSoft by going to the UM HR Homepage, clicking the Workforce Development tile, and choosing Person Profiles. If you have questions, please email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363).

Hiring Managers/ Supervisors February 17, 2020

Procedure Change

New Time Reporting Code for Work-Study During Campus Closures: In case of emergency closures, departments can now use a new time reporting code to pay work-study students from department funds instead of work-study funds, as required under work-study regulations. Under Time Reporting Code, tell work-study student employees to select the option "53 Campus Closure Work Study." If a student fails to do so, the approver can still make that change before approving the time sheet. The time reporting code will appear as CCW=Campus Closure Work Study. The code should be used only for campus closure days.

Hiring Managers February 17, 2020

Reminder

Add Automated Screening Questions for 1826 and 1885 Job Openings: Unit recruiters should still be adding system screening questions to all 1826 and 1885 job openings. Adding these questions reduces screening time for central recruiters so that hiring managers can review qualified applicants sooner. Refer to the job aid for more information on adding the questions to a job opening. You can also view the job aid by visiting the A-Z Materials/Tools page of the HRMS Instruction site and clicking on Adding Screening Questions to a Job Opening.

Payroll/Payroll Accounting February 10, 2020

Reports

Year-End Payroll Adjustments Being Run Today: As part of the normal year-end process, Payroll Services runs an abbreviated year-end, off-cycle payroll to make year-end adjustments and check adjustments or reversals that affect employees' 2019 year-to-date amounts. That payroll was processed on Monday, February 10. As a result, you may see additional UM Payroll Verification Reports for your department in the Reporting Center with a pay end date of 12/07/19. These payroll entries will post to the general ledger on Wednesday evening with an accounting date of 02/12/20.

Note: You will not see a payroll verification report for your area if no employees had year-end adjustments.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors February 10, 2020

New Employees

Health Benefits Workshop Friday: The next Health Benefits Workshop for new employees will be held Friday, February 14. The workshops are for employees who want to learn more about their benefit options (medical, dental, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability) and would like help before completing their enrollment online. This workshop complements the New Employee Welcome by providing detailed benefits information. New employees should plan to attend the earliest session after their start date.

New employees should register in advance. For questions, call 612-624-8647 and select option 1 to reach Employee Benefits. The workshops will be held on these dates from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Donhowe Building, Room 210:

  • Friday, February 14
  • Friday, March 20
  • Thursday, April 30

All February 3, 2020

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee Headcount and FTE Demographics: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 18th in a continuing series of data dashboards—Employee Headcount and FTE Demographics. This new dashboard displays the headcount and FTE by ethnicity (institutional calculation) or legal sex for any date from April 6, 2015, to today. It also allows comparisons across and within the HR department hierarchy. We will be adding more demographic data, such as disability status, protected veteran status, and so on, in the coming months.

This new dashboard is the first one with security features that only allow people approved to view "HR Private" data to see the information. If you can't view the dashboard but believe you should have access, please submit an access request form (ARF).

The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Headcount and FTE Demographics.

All February 3, 2020

Resources

More Data Now Available for HR Analytics Ad Hoc Reports: We have also expanded the data available in HR Analytics ad hoc reporting. It now includes all employee workforce actions taken from April 6, 2015, to today. In addition, several fields used for Office of Institutional Research reporting have been added to the snapshot area.

If you don't yet have ad hoc access, complete an Access Request Form (ARF) for HR Analytics ad hoc reporting. Select Additional Applications & Data Warehouse Tables > Additional Applications > UM Analytics. On the ARF form, under Author Access, select HR Public. You will also need to complete two prerequisite courses: Working with Employee Data (OHR060) and one of the UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards courses (EUS132, EUS133, or EUS134). Register in Training Hub . In addition, a working lab is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Humphrey 50A.

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January 2020

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Appointment Entry January 28, 2020

Data Entry

Reminder on Data Entry for Notice of Appointments: We have found a number of Notice of Appointment (NOA) data elements missing or inaccurately entered in PeopleSoft. Please remember to complete the Contract entry for salaried Faculty and Staff on a 12-month, 10-month, or 9-month appointment (including 9- or 10-month appointments paid over 12 months).

This entry is a required step in the new-hire process. It completes the employment agreement document that employees see in MyU when they click on the Notice of Appointment link at the bottom of the My Info tab. We will be escalating missing NOA data to department leadership in February.

If you have questions about how to complete this entry, please review the online resources at https://hrms.umn.edu/appointment-entry/contract-details or email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647; 800-756-2363).

Hiring Managers/Supervisors January 28, 2020

New Hires

I-9 and Contact Center Reminders: Here are a few tips to keep in mind when referring employees to the Contact Center:

  1. I-9 forms for permanent residents should be completed in your department.
  2. The Contact Center has had quite a few foreign national employees walk in to complete their I-9 or tax treaty forms without an appointment. It is very important that employees make an appointment to ensure we are staffed to help. However, we will accept a walk-in if the employee is starting that day.
  3. If an employee has a question about payroll or recruiting, please refer them to the 4-UOHR number (612-624-8647; 800-756-2363) or ohr@umn.edu. We are not staffed to take walk-ins for these types of questions.
All January 21, 2020

System Update

Please Limit PeopleSoft Use for Start of Spring Semester: Twin Cities classes resume today, and PeopleSoft will experience peak usage as thousands of students and faculty start up a new term. Please limit manual processing and large queries today and tomorrow to protect critical systems for student and faculty use.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors January 21, 2020

Student Workers

Student Work-Study Reminders: As spring semester begins, make sure your department is using available work-study funds effectively and correctly with your student workers:

  • Use the Employed Student With Unused Work Study Awards query in the Reporting Center to identify any student worker in your unit who may have a work-study award that is not being used. If one of your student workers appears on the report, confirm whether they are using the award on another job and place the award following the Work Study Placement Job Aid.
  • Check that the Placement Status on the UM WS Award Placement page has the appropriate effective date, usually the student's hire date.
  • Students can decide to split their work-study between a maximum of two positions. To split work-study, email stdtempl@umn.edu with the student ID and how much the student would like to allocate of the remaining award to each job record (for example, 50/50).
  • Check the end date for your student worker's appointment. The last day to use work-study funds for spring semester is May 10.

The department will begin receiving the 70% reimbursement of the student's earnings once the placement panel is completed. For questions, please contact Student Employment Programs at stdtempl@umn.edu.

All January 21, 2020

Taxes

W-2s Now Available Online: The 2019 W-2 tax form is now available to all employees online. Employees can log in to MyU and click on the My Pay tab, then on View W2/W2C Forms. Employees who have opted to receive their W-2s exclusively online will not receive a printed form in the mail. If they did not opt in, their printed forms will be mailed this week.

For added security, logging in to MyU now requires Duo two-factor authentication. Employees who haven't yet signed up for Duo will be required to enroll when they log in to MyU to get their W-2. They can get help with Duo at https://it.umn.edu/technology-help-our-staff. Suspected phishing attempts, which tend to increase during tax season, should be reported to UMN Technology Help at 612-301-4357 or help@umn.edu.

All January 13, 2020

System Security

New 'Personal Data View' Security Group Created: To make access to private data more secure, a new security group—Personal Data View—has been created to provide view-only access to these PeopleSoft pages:

  • Citizenship-Identification Data
  • Disabilities
  • Modify a Person

Users with a business need for view-only access to this private data should submit an Access Request Form (ARF) for the new security group. Appointment View users who need to see personal data should have the ARF process completed by February 16; at that point, Appointment View will only provide access to appointment data. Users with Appointment Entry access do not need to request the new security group; they will continue to have access to both appointment and personal data.

Time and Absence Managers/Supervisors January 6, 2020

Procedure Change

Change in Access for Entering Excused Paid/Unpaid Absences: Beginning with the pay period Monday, January 6, employees will no longer be able to submit the absence types Excused Paid and Excused Unpaid directly in Absence Management through MyU. Only unit absence administrators will have access to enter these absence types and will need to make them on behalf of their unit's employees. The change is the result of an audit that found these absence types were often used incorrectly.

All January 6, 2020

Resources

New Feature Added to Institutional Base Salary Dashboard: The Employee Institutional Base Salary dashboard has been enhanced to show whether an employee was scheduled to receive additional pay during the previous year. If additional pay was scheduled, you will now see a link to the Employee Non Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay) dashboard. To view the updated Employee Institutional Base Salary report, in MyU go to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resources > Workforce Analysis > Employee Institutional Base Salary.

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2019

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December 2019

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Payroll/Payroll Accounting December 30, 2019

Update

Issue with Payroll Encumbrances: On December 24, an issue caused all existing payroll encumbrances to reverse and recalculate only through 01/03/20. The issue has been resolved, and payroll encumbrances will recalculate correctly tonight. All corrected payroll encumbrance balances will be available on UM Reports tomorrow morning.

In addition, due to payroll being moved back a day to Thursday, payroll activity for the current week is reflected in Finance Payroll Accounting UM Reports as of Tuesday, December 31.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors December 31, 2019

Taxes

IRS Issues New W-4 Form: The IRS has issued a new version of the W-4 form for 2020. You can find it here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

Here are a few key things to know about the form:

  • A new concept: Withholding allowances will no longer be used.
  • Current employees are not required to complete a new revised form. The IRS has designed the withholding tables so they will work with both the new and previous forms.
  • Employees hired in 2020 and any employees who make withholding changes during 2020 will be required to use the new form.
  • Employers cannot give employees advice on what content to provide on the form. Instead, direct employees to the Tax Withholding Estimator (www.irs.gov/W4App). The new form will be available in MyU tomorrow, January 1.
  • The IRS has published Frequently Asked Questions that may be helpful in completing the form: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-on-the-draft-2020-form-w-4.
All December 31, 2019

Pay Schedule

First 2020 Pay Date Moved From Wednesday to Thursday: As a reminder, the first scheduled pay date of 2020 is tomorrow, January 1. However, New Year's Day is a bank holiday, which means pay cannot be delivered on that day. In order for employees to receive their pay in the same tax year as it is accounted for, the University will move this pay date to the following business day, Thursday, January 2. Normally, pay dates are moved one day earlier if they fall on a bank holiday, except when the change affects taxes.

All December 31, 2019

Reports

More Data Now Available for HR Analytics Ad Hoc Reports: If you run ad hoc reports using HR Analytics in the Reporting Center, you now have more data available to you. The data has been expanded to include all information in two recent dashboards: Employee Non Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay) and Departmental Non Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay). You can also choose from several new fields when running ad hoc reports.

If you don't yet have ad hoc access, you can complete an Access Request Form (ARF) for HR Analytics ad hoc reporting. Select Additional Applications & Data Warehouse Tables > Additional Applications > UM Analytics. On the ARF form, under Author Access, select HR Public. You will also need to complete two prerequisite courses: Working with Employee Data (OHR060) and one of the UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards (EUS132, EUS133, or EUS134) courses. Register in Training Hub.

Payroll December 16, 2019

Payroll Schedule

Payroll Close Schedule During Christmas Holiday: The University's holidays during the week of Christmas fall on a payroll close week. The University will be closed from Monday, December 23, through Wednesday, December 25, leaving only Thursday and Friday to process and close payroll. In this case, the unit deadlines that normally fall on Wednesday of payroll close week will be moved to Thursday, December 26:

  • UMP will close Thursday morning
  • The time and absence and interface deadline is 2:00 p.m.
  • The job data deadline is 6:00 p.m.

Payroll Services will carry out a one-day payroll close on Friday, December 27, with a payroll update deadline of 1:00 p.m.

Please plan ahead, as much as possible, to ensure that time, absences, and job data are entered, approved, and validated by the end of this week.

All December 16, 2019

Header

Extra Pay Statement for Employees in Fit Choices: Employees who participate in the Wellbeing Program’s Fit Choices will see two pay statements in MyU this pay period. One statement is their regular paycheck. The other statement shows a zero balance, along with a line item showing taxes the University has paid on their Fit Choices reimbursements for the last year. Fit Choices reimburses $20 to employees when they visit a participating gym at least eight times a month. Federal tax law requires these reimbursements to be taxed as income. The second pay statement adds their annual reimbursements to their taxable gross earnings on the 2019 W-2 they will receive in January. It also allows payment of FICA taxes. The University pays both the employer and employee portions of FICA for this reimbursement.

All December 16, 2019

Taxes

IRS Issues New W-4 Form: The IRS has issued a new version of the W-4 form for 2020. It can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf

Here are a few key things to know about the form:

  • A new concept: Withholding allowances will no longer be used.
  • Employees are not required to complete a new revised form. The IRS has designed the withholding tables so they will work with both the new and previous forms.
  • Employees hired in 2020 and any employees who make withholding changes during 2020 will be required to use the new form.
  • Employers cannot give employees advice on what content to provide on the form. Instead, direct employees to the Tax Withholding Estimator (www.irs.gov/W4App). We are working to make the new form available in MyU by January 1.
  • Employees will receive the following communication:

The 2020 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Certificate, is very different from previous versions. This is due to the federal tax law changes that took place in 2018. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not requiring all employees to complete the revised form and has designed the withholding tables so that they will work with both the new and prior year forms. However, certain employees will be required to use the new form: those hired in 2020 and anyone who makes withholding changes during 2020.

Even though the IRS does not require all employees to complete the revised form, and even if your tax situation has not changed, we recommend you perform a "paycheck checkup" to see if you need to make adjustments to your current withholding. To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS's Tax Withholding Estimator (www.irs.gov/W4App). To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most recent pay stub and tax return. It is likely that the estimator will be updated to account for the 2020 tax tables in early January. Please note: if you do not submit a new form, withholding will continue based on your previously submitted form.

Before completing the 2020 Form W-4, please read the instructions that are included with the form. You must complete Steps 1 and 5. Steps 2, 3, and 4 are optional, but completing them will help ensure that your federal income tax withholding will more accurately match your tax liability. Step 1 is for your personal information; Step 2 is for households with multiple jobs; Step 3 is used to claim tax credits for dependents; Step 4 is for other adjustments (additional income such as interest and dividends, itemized deductions that exceed the standard deduction, and extra tax you want withheld); and Step 5 is where you sign the form.

The IRS takes your privacy seriously and suggests that, if you are worried about reporting income from multiple jobs in Step 2 or other income in Step 4(a), you check the box in Step 2(c) or enter an additional withholding amount in Step 4(c). To determine the additional withholding amount, you can use the withholding estimator.

The IRS has also published Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful as you complete the form (https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/faqs-on-the-draft-2020-form-w-4).

Hiring Managers/Supervisors December 16, 2019

Student Employees

Work-Study Reminders:

  • Work-study funds cannot be used on days when the University is closed, including University holidays (refer to your campus holiday calendar) and unexpected campus closures.
  • For campus closures, it is a best practice not to use work-study student employees as essential employees, and departments should inform those students that they should not report to work on those days.
  • If a student employee is graduating this fall 2019 semester, the last day they can work is December 22, 2019.
  • If a student was not registered for the fall 2019 semester, the first day they can work is December 26, 2019.

All December 9, 2019

Resources

New Look: Human Resources Area in Reporting Center: The Human Resources section in the Reporting Center will have a new look on December 16. The top-level folders will be “HR Operational,” “Talent Management,” “Work Study,” and “Workforce Analysis,” with subfolders containing relevant reports. We hope this new design will provide a more intuitive user experience. You can also use the “Filter by Title” search box at the top of the Reporting Center to quickly find a report or query. The change will not affect reports you have added to your Favorites.

All December 9, 2019

Payroll Schedule

First 2020 Pay Date Moved From January 1 to January 2: The first scheduled pay date of 2020 is January 1. However, New Year's Day is a bank holiday, which means pay cannot be delivered on that day. In order for employees to receive their pay in the same tax year as it is accounted for, the University will move this pay date to the following business day, Thursday, January 2. Normally, pay dates are moved one day earlier if they fall on a bank holiday, except when the change affects taxes.

Payroll December 9, 2019

Resources

Presentation from December 5 Payroll Forum Now Online: If you missed the December 5 Payroll Forum, or would like to review the material, you can view a recording of the online session, or see the slide presentation only, on the Payroll Administration page of the OHR website or on the OHR Operations Google site in the Payroll section.

Hiring Managers December 2, 2019

New Employees

Health Benefits Workshop December 12: The next Health Benefits Workshop will be held Thursday, December 12, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Donhowe Building, Room 210. Participants should register in advance through Training Hub. Health Benefits Workshops are for employees who want to learn more about their benefit options (medical, dental, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability) and would like help before completing their enrollment online. This workshop complements the New Employee Welcome by providing detailed benefits information. New employees should plan to attend the earliest session after their start date. For questions, call 612-624-8647 and select option 1 to reach Employee Benefits.

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November 2019

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All November 25, 2019

Benefits

Open Enrollment Ends December 2: Monday, December 2, is the last day for employees to review their benefits selections for 2020 and make any changes to their medical and dental coverage, short- or long-term disability coverage, flexible spending accounts, or additional life insurance. Employees can sign up through the My Benefits tab in MyU. Because HealthPartners Dental will be discontinued next year, employees who want dental coverage will need to select a Delta Dental plan for 2020. Employees will also need to enroll if they want a flexible spending account in 2020, even if they had an FSA in 2019. If they are satisfied with their current selections, don't want an FSA or additional life insurance, and are already enrolled with Delta Dental, they do not need to take any action; their benefits will stay the same for next year. Learn more about Open Enrollment options, which will take effect January 1, on the Open Enrollment website. For questions, email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363).

All November 25, 2019

Resources

‘Employee Job History’ in UM Reports Has Been Retired: The HR Analytics Employee Job History report in the MyU Reporting Center has been enhanced to include all job history information dating back to 1998. The previous version of the dashboard provided data back to April 6, 2015. In addition to the expansion of historical data, the dashboard has been updated with new security features: Only HR professionals can view the job history of all employees. As a result of these enhancements to the HR Analytics report, the legacy Employee Job History in UM Reports has been retired.

All November 18, 2019

Schedule

Payroll Close and the Holiday Season: Thanksgiving Week: This year the Thanksgiving holidays fall on November 28 and 29, which is during a payroll close week. With a shortened week, the unit deadlines that normally fall on Wednesday of payroll close week will be pushed back to Tuesday, November 26. Payroll Services will carry out a one-day payroll close on Wednesday, November 27, with a payroll update deadline of 1:00 p.m. Please keep this in mind as you are planning for coverage during the short holiday week.

Christmas Week: The University's holidays during the week of Christmas also fall on a payroll close week. The University will be closed from Monday, December 23, through Wednesday, December 25, leaving only Thursday and Friday to process and close payroll. In this case, the unit deadlines that normally fall on Wednesday of payroll close week will be moved to Thursday, December 26. Payroll Services will carry out a one-day payroll close on Friday, December 27, with a payroll update deadline of 1:00 p.m.

In both of these cases we urge units to plan ahead. As much as possible, please ensure that time, absences, and job data are entered, approved, and validated before the abbreviated payroll close weeks.

Payroll November 18, 2019

Meeting

Save the Date: Online Payroll Forum Thursday, December 5 : This quarter's Payroll Forum will be held online from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, December 5. We will record the session and make it available online for those not able to attend at that time.

All November 18, 2019

Resources

Updated Employee Job History (HR Analytics) Report: On Monday, November 25, the Employee Job History (HR Analytics) report will be enhanced to include all job history information dating to 1998. The previous dashboard provided data back to April 6, 2015. The dashboard will also be updated with new security features; only HR professionals will be able to view the job history of all employees.

All November 18, 2019

Employee Wages

State Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $10: Minnesota's minimum wage will increase by 1.4% to $10 an hour for large employers beginning January 1. The minimum wage is now $9.86 an hour. All University of Minnesota employees, including student workers, must be paid at or above this rate no later than January 1. HR Leads will receive a report of any affected employees in mid-December. The Office of Human Resources will process pay increases centrally, using an effective date of December 23. These changes will appear on January 15 paychecks. We want to make you aware of this change now so you can begin to assess the potential impact to your collegiate or administrative unit.

Payroll November 4, 2019

Payroll Schedule

Payroll Close Deadlines Affected by Thanksgiving Holiday: This year the Thanksgiving holidays fall on November 28–29, which is during a payroll close week. With a shortened week, the unit deadlines that normally fall on Wednesday of payroll close week will be pushed back to Tuesday, November 26. Payroll Services will carry out a one-day payroll close on Wednesday the 27th, with a payroll update deadline of 1:00 p.m. Please keep this in mind as you plan for coverage during that short holiday week.

All November 4, 2019

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Departmental Non-Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay): OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 17th in a continuing series of data dashboards- Departmental Non Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay). This new dashboard displays the non- institutional base salary compensation (otherwise known as additional pay) by HR department hierarchy for any date range from the start of fiscal year 2019 (June 1, 2018) to the present. The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Departmental Non Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay).

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October 2019

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Data Entry October 28, 2019

Data Entry

Future-Dated Benefits Row Added to Some Employee Records: During the week of October 28 to November 1, a 12/9/2019 Data Change/Benefits Use Only row will be inserted into some employee records for Open Enrollment processing. Please do not delete this row unless the employee is terminating before December 9, 2019.

All October 28, 2019

Benefits

Open Enrollment Starts November 1: Open Enrollment begins November 1 and runs through December 2. This is the one time each year employees can make changes to their benefits, including medical and dental coverage, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and Voluntary Life Insurance.

The medical plan rates have changed for 2020. In addition, as of January 1, 2020, HealthPartners Dental will no longer be a UPlan option. Employees now enrolled in HealthPartners Dental should choose a Delta Dental option during Open Enrollment to continue dental coverage in 2020. Otherwise:

  • Employees who now have HealthPartners Dental and use the Open Enrollment online portal through MyU to submit changes to their benefits but do not select a dental plan are waiving their dental coverage for 2020.
  • Employees who now have HealthPartners Dental but do not enter the Open Enrollment online portal and submit any changes to any benefits for 2020 will be automatically enrolled in a similar Delta Dental plan.

Employees who want a flexible spending account for 2020 will need to enroll whether or not they have had one before—FSA selections do not carry over to the next year.

To make a change, employees need to enroll online through MyU by the December 2 deadline. The selections they make will take effect January 1. If an employee does not want an FSA, is already enrolled with Delta Dental, and doesn't want to add or change anything about their current benefits, they do not need to take any action; their benefits will stay the same for next year.

For more information, see the Open Enrollment website, or email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363).

Payroll October 14, 2019

System Improvement

Improvements to Distribution Entry: Improvements to the search and display features of the UM Distribution Entry page in HRMS will be made on Sunday, October 20. These improvements include:

  • A more robust search screen. A drop-down menu to select the department or employee distribution view will replace the radio buttons. The search criteria and results now display on the same page for quicker navigation.
  • Introduction of the "As Of" search criterion. This new criterion allows you to view job data and distribution funding levels as of a specific date in the fiscal year.
  • Appointment funding page: The distribution effective date has moved above the job data information. Job data will now display relative to the current distribution effective date.
  • All funding level pages changed to a pop-up window that overlays the main search page, and the action buttons have been standardized (Save and Close). This allows for a consistent experience in all pages.

For more information, see the job aid Distribution Entry Improvements Fall 2019.

All October 9, 2019

News

Two Important Regulatory Changes Effective January 1:
State Minimum Wage Increasing to $10
Minnesota's state minimum wage will increase to $10 an hour for large employers effective January 1, 2020, from the current rate of $9.86 an hour. All employees, including student workers, must be paid at or above this rate. We will provide more information next month about the process the Office of Human Resources will follow to implement these mandated increases, but we wanted to make you aware now so you can begin to assess the potential impact to your collegiate or administrative unit.

Salary Threshold for Maintaining Exempt Status Increasing to $35,568 per Year
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released the final rule increasing the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions to the federal overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act from $23,660 to $35,568, effective January 1, 2020. The DOL did not make any changes to the duties test. Collegiate and administrative units will receive more information in the coming months, including a project timeline and steps for identifying solutions for affected employees.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors October 9, 2019

Student Workers

Student Work-Study Reminders: As you continue to hire for student jobs, here are a few tips to make sure your work-study students are set up properly:

  • On the UM WS Award Placement page, be sure the Placement Status appears on your department's record with the appropriate effective date. The effective date is usually the student's hire date.
  • Use the "Employed Student With Unused Work Study Awards" query in the Reporting Center to identify any student worker in your unit who may have a work-study award that is not being used. If one of your student workers appears on the report, talk with them about using their award and complete the work-study placement panel.
  • Students can have more than one work-study job. They can decide to split their work-study between a maximum of two positions. How the award is divided between the two employing departments is up to the students. To split work-study, please email stdtempl@umn.edu with the student ID and how much the student would like to allocate to each job record (for example, 50/50).

The department will begin receiving the partial reimbursement of the student's earnings once the placement panel is completed. The work-study placement panel is part of the appointment entry process. Please refer to the Work Study Placement Job Aid for entry details, or find it on the A-Z Materials/Tools page of the HRMS Instruction site.

For questions, please contact Student Employment Programs at stdtempl@umn.edu or 612-626-8606.

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September 2019

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All September 30, 2019

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee Headcount and FTE by Administrative Cost Benchmark and Subgroup: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 16th in a continuing series of data dashboards—Employee Headcount and FTE by Administrative Cost Benchmark and Administrative Cost Benchmark Subgroup. This new dashboard displays the headcount and FTE by administrative cost benchmark, administrative cost benchmark subgroup, and HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015, to the present. The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Headcount and FTE by Admin Cost Benchmark and Subgroup.

All September 30, 2019

System Issue

Daily System Interruption Between 12:30-1 p.m.: Each afternoon there is a process that runs to update who has access to view University of Minnesota employee data in the HRMS system. If this process does not complete successfully, all users lose HRMS access until the process runs to success. This normally occurs 2-3 times per year but has recently increased significantly to almost daily in the last few weeks. The process is being monitored daily so that issues can be resolved quickly, however, you may experience a 10-15 minute interruption in the afternoon between 12:30-1 p.m. until a more stable solution can be developed. Development is in progress and we will communicate back when the solution is implemented. This issue does not impact the data in the system.

All September 25, 2019

Resources

UM Report 'Job Code Average Salary' to Be Retired: The Job Code Average Salary report will be removed from the Reporting Center on Monday, September 30. It has been replaced with the Employee NHBR Job Code Average Salary report found in the Human Resources area of the Reporting Center and delivered through the UM Analytics system (MyU > Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee NHBR Job Code Average Salary). Please send an email to OHR@umn.edu by September 27 if you have any concerns with the removal of this report.

All September 25, 2019

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee Non Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay): OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 15th in a continuing series of data dashboards—Employee Non Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay). This new dashboard displays an employee's "non-institutional base salary compensation" (otherwise referred to as "additional pay") for any date range from the start of fiscal year 2019 to the present.

The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Non Institutional Base Salary (Addl Pay).

All September 25, 2019

Resources

OHR Operations Website: A Wealth of Resources in One Location: The busy fall semester is here, and so we would like to remind you of a resource developed to make your human resources–related duties easier: the OHR Operations website. It has payroll information, links to resources, tips and tricks, an archive of the OHR Operations updates, and much more. If you have questions or feedback about the site, please email ohr@umn.edu .

Hiring Managers/
Supervisors/
Unit HR Staff
September 9, 2019

New Procedure

Updates on Implementing Minnesota's New Wage Theft Law: A new Minnesota law, which took effect July 1, provides several protections for employees from wage theft by their employers. Among the law's provisions, employers are required to provide new employees with a very detailed written notice of the terms and conditions of their employment when they start work, which should be included in the offer letters the University sends to new hires. In addition, all employees must receive advance written notice of changes in any of the terms and conditions of employment. Here are a few updates on the University's implementation of the law:

  • Temporary, casual, and labor-represented employees should be included in coverage under the Wage Theft Law. Student workers are not covered by the law.
  • Offer letter templates on OHR's website have now been updated to comply with the law. Please download the new versions and use them from now on. (Note: The offer letters available in the Recruiting Solutions module in PeopleSoft have not been updated. We have determined that they do not meet the law's requirement that employees must review and sign their offer letters. We are still reviewing how to resolve that issue.)
  • OHR is working on a process of notifying employees about changes in their terms and conditions of employment. In the meantime, if you make changes to an employee's terms and conditions, notify the employee as soon as possible in advance of the change.
  • For employees who request a language translation of their notice of employment terms (a right under the new law), the Minnesota Department of Labor has downloadable notices online in several languages . If you need further translation help, the State of Minnesota has a contract with Betmar Languages that includes the University. Use the normal purchase order process and reference state contract S-888(5).

For a helpful resource on the Wage Theft Law, see this question-and-answer page of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. As always, the Contact Center can also help with specific questions.

Hiring Managers/
Supervisors
September 9, 2019

Training

Reminder on Completing 'Preventing Sexual Misconduct' Training: Occasionally new employees call the Contact Center asking why they haven't been credited with completing the Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct training, even though they have taken the course. Most likely it is because the employees haven't completed the final step by pressing the Next button in Training Hub after finishing the course. To resolve the issue, see this guide on how to return to the training and complete the last step.

Hiring Managers/
Supervisors
September 9, 2019

New Hires

Health Benefits Workshop September 20: The next Health Benefits Workshop for new employees will be held Friday, September 20. The workshops are for employees who want to learn more about their benefit options (medical, dental, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability) and would like help before completing their enrollment online. This workshop complements the New Employee Welcome by providing detailed benefits information. New employees should plan to attend the earliest session after their start date.

New employees should register in advance. For questions, call 612-624-8647 and select option 1 to reach Employee Benefits. Meetings will be held on the following dates from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Donhowe Building, Room 210:

  • Friday, September 20
  • Thursday, October 10
  • Thursday December 12
Hiring Managers/Supervisors/Appointment Entry September 2, 2019

Student Workers

Student Work-Study Reminders: As students return for the new school year and are hired for student jobs, here are a couple of tips to make sure your work-study students are set up properly:

  • On the UM WS Award Placement page, be sure the Placement Status appears on your department's record with the appropriate effective date. The effective date is usually the student's hire date. The first day a student can work is 8/19/19.
  • Use the "Employed Student With Unused Work Study Awards" query in the Reporting Center to identify any student worker in your unit who may have a work-study award that is not being used. If one of your student workers appears on the report, talk with them about using their award and complete the work-study placement panel.
  • Students may have more than one work-study job, if interested. Students can decide to split their work-study between a maximum of two positions. How the award is divided between the two employing departments is up to the students. To split work-study, please email stdtempl@umn.edu with the student ID and how much the student would like to allocate to each job record (for example, 50/50).

The department will begin receiving the partial reimbursement of the student's earnings once the placement panel is completed. The work-study placement panel is part of the appointment entry process. Please refer to the Work Study Placement Job Aid for entry details, or find it on the A-Z Materials/Tools page of the HRMS Instruction site.

For questions, please contact Student Employment Programs at stdtempl@umn.edu or 612-626-8606.

Unit HR Staff September 2, 2019

New Procedure

Layoff Letters: As a reminder, departments no longer need to send copies of layoff letters to the Total Compensation Department in OHR.

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August 2019

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Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 26, 2019

New Employees

Reminder: Foreign National Employees Need I-94 Form for I-9 Walk-in Appointments: Through September 4, foreign national employees who need to complete an I-9 will not need an appointment. They can stop by the Donhowe Building, Room 210, anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. To complete their I-9s, foreign national workers will need to bring some required documents, including their I-94 form, which can be printed from this government web page. Other required documents depend on the type of visa they have. They can find that Information on the I-9 Process for Foreign National Faculty, Staff, and Student Workers page of the OHR website.

All August 26, 2019

News

First 2020 Pay Date Moved From January 1 to January 2: The first scheduled pay date of 2020 is January 1. However, New Year's Day is a bank holiday, which means pay cannot be delivered on that day. In order for employees to receive their pay in the same tax year that it should be paid, the University will move this pay date to the following business day, Thursday, January 2. Normally, pay dates are moved one day earlier if they fall on a bank holiday, except when the change affects taxes.

Appointment Entry August 19, 2019

Contract Renewals

9-Over-9 Contract Renewal Reports Available: The 9-over-9 contract renewals for the Twin Cities and Rochester campuses and the Law School were completed on Thursday, August 15. The reports below are available in the MyU Reporting Center (Reports Run for Me > HR Contract Renew):

Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 19, 2019

New Employees

I-9 Walk-in Dates for Foreign National Employees Begin This Week: Beginning today through September 4, foreign national employees who need to complete an I-9 will not need an appointment. During those dates, foreign national workers can complete their I-9s anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Donhowe Building, Room 210.
 
As a reminder, please make sure foreign national employees know what documents they need to bring to complete their I-9, based on the type of visa they have. They can find that Information on the I-9 Process for Foreign National Faculty, Staff, and Student Workers page of the OHR website. Foreign national workers will also need to bring their most current I-94.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 19, 2019

Reminder

Increased Security Measures for Direct Deposit Authorization: As we all prepare for new employees, remember that, to increase the security of access to employees' direct deposit data, Payroll Services has added some additional steps to the process for updating a direct deposit using a revised paper Direct Deposit Authorization form. Keep in mind that the best and most secure way to establish a direct deposit is for an employee to set it up themselves online in MyU.  
 
If a paper form must be used, we now require these added security steps:

  1. Unit HR/Payroll verification is now required. The new form includes fields for this verification.  
  2. "Paper" forms will only be accepted by scanned email, sent to payforms@umn.edu from a unit HR/Payroll representative. We no longer accept paper forms by mail. To facilitate this, the new form no longer requires a Social Security number or a voided check or deposit slip.  
  3. Only complete forms will be processed. If the form is not complete, it will be returned to the department. 
Appointment Entry August 19, 2019

Procedure Change

Job Data Changes for Graduate Assistants: To prevent issues in running the tuition benefits program, job data changes to graduate assistants qualifying for Advanced Classification appointments can no longer be entered mid-semester or retroactively. Graduate assistants must meet the requirements for Advanced Classification job codes and must have their appointment entered before the beginning of the semester. If the graduate student’s qualifications are met or verified mid-semester, the hiring unit must then wait until the following semester to make the change. Email gaesinfo@umn.edu with questions.

Payroll August 19, 2019

Resources

August Payroll Forum Recording Now Online: A recording and PowerPoint slides from the August 14 Payroll Forum are posted on the Payroll page of the OHR Operations Google site. The meeting focused on the I-9 employment verification process but also included discussion of the January 2, 2020, pay date change, HR requirements under Minnesota's new wage theft law, and Payroll project updates.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 12, 2019

New Employees

Health Benefits Workshop Dates Set Through December: Health Benefits Workshops are for employees who want to learn more about their benefit options (medical, dental, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability) and would like help before completing their enrollment online. This workshop complements the New Employee Welcome by providing detailed benefits information. New employees should plan to attend the earliest session after their start date.
 
Please register in advance. For questions, call 612-624-8647 and select option 1 to reach Employee Benefits.  Meetings will be held on the following dates from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Donhowe Building, Room 210.

  • Monday, August 19
  • Friday, September 20
  • Thursday, October 10
  • Thursday December 12

All August 5, 2019

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee NHBR Starting Salary: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 14th in a continuing series of data dashboards—Employee NHBR Starting Salary. The new dashboard displays employee starting salary information by job and HR department hierarchy for any date range from April 6, 2015, to the present. (NHBR is an hourly compensation value that allows for comparison regardless of pay group, compensation frequency, standard hours, additional pay, etc. It is the best way to compare pay because it provides a common baseline for comparison that excludes other variables.)
 
The Employee NHBR Starting Salary dashboard is now available in the MyU Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources >  Employee NHBR Starting Salary.

Payroll/Payroll Accounting August 5, 2019

Meeting

Next Payroll Forum Wednesday, August 14: The next Payroll Forum will be held Wednesday, August 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Bruininks Hall, Room 412. As in previous years, the August Payroll Forum will focus on I-9 compliance. If you have specific topics or questions you'd like addressed, please email Heather Kidd at kidd0029@umn.edu.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors August 5, 2019

New Employees

I-9 Walk-in Dates for Foreign National Employees: August 21–September 4: Mark your calendars: From August 21 to September 4, foreign national employees who need to complete an I-9 will not need an appointment. During those dates, foreign national employees can complete their I-9s anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Donhowe Building, Room 210.

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July 2019

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Payroll July 29, 2019

Meeting

Next Payroll Forum Wednesday, August 14: The next Payroll Forum will be held Wednesday, August 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Bruininks Hall, Room 412. As in previous years, the August Payroll Forum will focus on I-9 compliance. If you have specific topics or questions you'd like addressed, please email Heather Kidd at kidd0029@umn.edu.

Appointment Entry July 29, 2019

Contract Renewals

Preparing for 9-Month Contract Renewals: The 9-month contract renewals will be run the week of August 12. Please enter the Return from Short Work Break rows into job data by Friday, August 9.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors July 29, 2019

New Employees

I-9 Walk-in Dates for Foreign National Employees: August 21–September 4: Mark your calendars: From August 21 to September 4, foreign national employees who need to complete an I-9 will not need an appointment. During those dates, foreign national employees can complete their I-9s anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Donhowe Building, Room 210.

Payroll/Payroll Accounting July 15, 2019

Procedure Change

Reporting Taxable Gifts to Employees and Taxable Expense Reimbursement: The Internal Revenue Code stipulates that the value of some awards or gifts to employees as well as some reimbursable expenses must be included in an employee’s income (for details, see University Employee Recognition Awards, an appendix to the University policy Business Expenses).  

When reporting employees' taxable gifts (including gift cards) and taxable expense reimbursements (expense reimbursements submitted after 60 days), departments will no longer have the option to gross up an employee's pay to cover any tax obligation related to an award. This aligns with the aforementioned policy. We have also developed a new taxable benefit reporting form that should be used when reporting these taxable gifts or taxable expense reimbursements.  

To report taxable benefits, gifts, or expenses as taxable income, complete the Taxable Benefit Taxation Reporting Form detailing the taxable income. Be sure to include all requested information. E-mail the form to payforms@umn.edu.

All July 15, 2019

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Departmental IBS by Workforce Category: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 13th in a continuing series of data dashboards—Departmental IBS by Workforce Category. This new dashboard displays institutional base salary by workforce category and HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015, to the present. The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Departmental IBS by Workforce Category.

Payroll/Payroll Accounting July 8, 2019

Procedure Change

Change to MSRS Vacation and Comp Payments for Active Employees: As of July 1, the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) is requiring the University of Minnesota to cover the first 40 hours of vacation or compensatory time payments for MSRS purposes if the payments are made while the employee is actively employed. You may notice on your payroll reports that several earnings codes (TMO, TMD, and CMO) have been added to accommodate this requirement. Time and Absence has been reprogrammed to allocate these payments appropriately, starting on the July 31 paycheck.
 
If you are a member of the HRMS Advisory Committee, you will notice that the actual processing method is not changing, as we are able to program the changes to occur automatically. We hope this is good news for you, as it simplifies the process significantly.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors July 1, 2019

Reminder

Summer Work-Study Items to Keep in Mind: Because Wednesday, July 4, is a University holiday, students' earnings cannot be funded by work-study. For the Fourth of July and other official University holidays, departments are responsible for 100% of the students' pay on those dates.

Also, students are eligible for employment during certain dates each term. The student employment begin and end dates for the 2019–2020 school year have been published to the OHR website

Payroll Accounting July 1, 2019

Procedure Change

Taxable Gifts to Employees: Beginning with the pay period starting July 8, departments that give employees taxable gifts, including gift cards, will no longer have the option to "gross up" (charge the tax to the University rather than to the employee) the reporting of these taxable earnings. The gross-up option is being discontinued because it requires additional complex steps to report the taxable income correctly. Making the change also aligns with finance practices.

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June 2019

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Hiring Managers/Supervisors June 24, 2019

New Hires

Foreign National Employees Should Make Appointments for I-9 Processing: Please emphasize to your foreign national employees who must come to Payroll to process an I-9 or reverification that they should call the OHR Contact Center (612-624-8647) to set up an appointment—even  those who need to come in the same day because of their start date. Scheduling appointments avoids long waits and assures that employees know what documents to bring.

All June 24, 2019

Reminder

Personal Holidays Must Be Used by June 30: Please remind your employees that they must use their personal holidays by the end of this week. Unit HR and supervisors can review their employees' leave balances by running the "Vacation, Sick and Comp Balances" report in the Reporting Center. Follow this path: Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Payroll & Time > Vacation, Sick and Comp Balances.

Payroll/Payroll Accounting June 10, 2019

Update

Payroll Accounting Distributions Are Ready for FY 2020: On Sunday, June 9, Accounting Services completed the payroll accounting distribution roll for fiscal year 2020. All current and future-dated payroll accounting distributions were automatically copied forward into the new 2020 entry and are now available for review.

Reminder: If any distribution changes are needed for the 26th pay period that should also apply to the first pay period of 2020, distribution changes must be made in both 2019 and 2020.

All June 10, 2019

Payroll Update

First 2020 Pay Date Moved From January 1 to January 2: The first scheduled pay date of 2020 is January 1. However, News Year's Day is a bank holiday, which means pay cannot be delivered on that day. In order for employees to receive their pay in the same tax year as it is accounted for, the University will move this pay date to January 2. Normally, pay dates are moved back by one day if they fall on a bank holiday, except when the change impacts taxes.

All June 10, 2019

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee Pay Increases: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 12th in a continuing series of data dashboards: Employee Pay Increases. This new dashboard displays employee pay increase information by workforce action and HR department hierarchy for any date range from April 6, 2015, to the present. The Employee Pay Increases dashboard is the first to use new security features that allow access to HR professionals only. If you can't view the dashboard but believe you should have the access granted only to HR professionals, please send an email to ohr@umn.edu requesting access and explaining why it is required in your role.
 
The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Pay Increases.

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May 2019

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Appointment Entry May 29, 2019

Records Update

Contract Renewals Updated: Contract renewals for 12-month appointments and 9- or 10-month appointments paid over 12 months have been entered. Contracts, job data, and notice of appointments have been updated. Five contract renewal reports, dated 5/21/19, are available in the Reporting Center via Reports Run for Me > HR Contract Renew.

Appointment Entry May 29, 2019

Records Update

Teamsters Pay Increases and Step Realignments Are Now Entered: Teamster pay increases and step realignments for eligible job codes and employees were manually entered by OHR the week of May 20. OHR updated the Salary Admin Plan/Grade tables in PeopleSoft with the new hourly rates of pay and step realignments. For eligible employees, Central OHR manually inserted a Data Change/Special Circumstances row and updated the hourly rate of pay and/or the step. Not all Teamster employees were eligible for these updates.

All May 14, 2018

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Departmental Institutional Base Salary: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the 11th in a continuing series of data dashboards— Departmental Institutional Base Salary. This new dashboard displays institutional base salary by pay component (such as base, hourly, or incremental pay) and HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015, to the present. It allows comparisons across and within departments. The new dashboard is now in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Departmental Institutional Base Salary.

All May 7, 2019

System Update

New Look for U: PeopleTools Update Coming June 1–2: On Saturday and Sunday, June 1–2, the University's PeopleSoft system will be updated. The project team will be sending change management communications weekly in preparation for the launch. Please review these communications and familiarize yourself with the upcoming changes. In addition, mark your calendars so your unit can plan around the service outage during the launch weekend. If you have questions about the PeopleTools update, contact psupdate@umn.edu.

All May 1, 2019

Resources

OHR Contact Center Reduces Hours Due to Training Through June: Throughout May and June, the OHR Contact Center team is going through training to learn all aspects of benefits, payroll, and HR operations. Contact Center phone lines will be closed during these times:

May 7: Noon–3:00 p.m.
May 8: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
May 9: Noon–3:00 p.m.
 
May 14: Noon–2:30 p.m.
May 15:  10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
May 16:  Noon–4:00 p.m.
 
May 21: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
May 22: 9:30–11:00 a.m.
May 23: 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
 
May 30: Noon–4:00 p.m.
 
June 4: Noon–3:30 p.m.
June 6: Noon–3:00 p.m.
 
June 11: Noon–3:00 p.m.
June 13: 8:00–10:00 a.m.
 
June 18: 8:00–10:00 a.m.
 
June 25: Noon–3:00 p.m.

 
Team members will be trained to take all calls starting July 1.

Although the Contact Center phone lines will be unavailable, you can still email ohr@umn.edu to open a case, and we will reply as quickly as possible when we return. Thank you for your support as we do this important cross-training to enhance our service.

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April 2019

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All April 30, 2019

Resources

OHR Contact Center to Reduce Hours Due to Training Through June: Starting May 7, the OHR Contact Center team will be going through training to learn all aspects of benefits, payroll, and HR operations. Team members will be trained to take all calls starting July 1. Throughout May and June, Contact Center phone lines will be closed during these times:

May 7: Noon–3:00 p.m.
May 8: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
May 9: Noon–3:00 p.m.
 
May 14: Noon–2:30 p.m.
May 15:  10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
May 16:  Noon–4:00 p.m.
 
May 21: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
May 22: 9:30–11:00 a.m.
May 23: 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
 
May 30: Noon–4:00 p.m.
 
June 4: Noon–3:30 p.m.
June 6: Noon–3:00 p.m.
 
June 11: Noon–3:00 p.m.
June 13: 8:00–10:00 a.m.
 
June 18: 8:00–10:00 a.m.
 
June 25: Noon–3:00 p.m.

 
Although the Contact Center phone lines will be unavailable, you can still email ohr@umn.edu to open a case, and we will reply as quickly as possible when we return. Thank you for your support as we do this important cross-training to enhance our service.

Payroll April 30, 2019

New Procedure

Increased Security Measures for Direct Deposit Authorization: To increase the security of access to employees' direct deposit data, Payroll Services is adding some additional steps to the process for updating a direct deposit using the paper Direct Deposit Authorization form. While the revised form is now available, the new requirements will be effective Monday, May 6, 2019. Keep in mind that the best and most secure way to establish a direct deposit is for an employee to set it up themselves online in MyU.  
 
If a paper form must be used, we will require the following additional security steps:

  1. Unit HR/Payroll verification will be required to be processed. The new form includes fields for this verification.  
  2. "Paper" forms will only be accepted by scanned email, sent to payforms@umn.edu from a unit HR/Payroll representative. We will no longer accept paper forms by mail. To facilitate this, the new form will no longer require a Social Security number or a voided check or deposit slip.  
  3. Only complete forms will be processed. If the form is not complete, it will be returned to the department.
All April 23, 2019

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee Headcount by Workforce Category: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the tenth in a continuing series of data dashboards—Employee Headcount and FTE by Workforce Category. This new dashboard displays the numbers of employees in broad employment categories—such as athletics, building and grounds, executive leadership, faculty, legal, and so on—for any date from April 6, 2015, to today. It also allows comparisons across and within the HR department hierarchy. This dashboard is the first to use the workforce category, which is defined as a "categorization of job codes used to organize University employees and student workers into groupings based on the type of work performed." Importantly, this and other dashboards represent a shared understanding of how this information is defined; users can trust that the information has been vetted and approved by the greater organization.
 
The new dashboard is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Headcount and FTE by Workforce Category.

Hiring Managers April 11, 2019

New Procedure

1826 and 1885 Job Openings: New Screening Questions: As part of a pilot program beginning April 15, unit recruiters will be required to add system screening questions to all new job openings for 1826 and 1885 job codes. This pilot aims to reduce screening time so that hiring managers can review and contact qualified applicants sooner. A new job aid is available on adding these screening questions. To see the job aid, visit the A–Z Materials/Tools page or the Recently Updated Materials page of the HRMS Instruction site and click on Adding Screening Questions to a Job Opening.

Hiring Managers April 11, 2019

New Procedure

Updated Hiring Manager Access: Starting April 15, the Hiring Manager, Interviewer, and Search Committee roles in Recruiting Solutions will have access to only qualified applicants for Civil Service and Labor-Represented positions. These roles will not have access to applicants who have not been screened by a central recruiter or to applicants whose status has been changed to "Rejected." This change restores the access previously in place and eliminates the possibility of hiring an applicant who is not minimally qualified.

I-9 Administrators April 11, 2019

New Procedure

Single Sign-on for I-9 Express: Department I-9 administrators are now able to access I-9 Express using their University log-in credentials. From now on, please log in to I-9 Express using this URL: z.umn.edu/i9express. The current sign-in method, including your current password, has been disabled. Employees completing I-9s will continue to access I-9 Express the same way they do now.

Appointment Entry April 1, 2019

Resources

Summer Appointments Instructions for 2019 Now Online: Many units are already starting to think about the approaching summer term. To help with summer hiring, OHR has updated the summer teaching appointments instruction manual for 2019. Here is a link to this year's materials. You can also view them by visiting the HRMS Training site and clicking on A-Z Lists > A-Z Material/Tools > Summer Teaching and Research Appointments (Includes May Sessions).

Reporting April 1, 2019

Resources

More Data Now Available for Ad Hoc Reports: The data available in HR Analytics ad hoc reporting has been greatly expanded. You can now run your own customized reports using all the compensation data in the four existing compensation dashboards. In addition, the data now include all active and inactive employees and workers, including undergraduate student workers and temp/casuals.
 
If you don't yet have ad hoc reporting access, you can complete an Access Request Form (see instructions below). You will also need to complete two Training Hub courses as prerequisites: Working with Employee Data (OHR060) and one of the UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards (EUS132, EUS133, or EUS134) courses. Register for both in Training Hub. We have also scheduled a working lab for Thursday, April 18, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Humphrey 50A. 
 
To complete an Access Request Form (ARF): From OIT's Enterprise Access Requests page, scroll down to Instructions and Forms and select Additional Applications & Data Warehouse Tables > Additional Applications > UM Analytics. On the ARF form, under Author Access, select Human Resources—Public.

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March 2019

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Payroll Managers March 12, 2019

Schedule Change

One-Day Payroll Close Thursday, March 21: Payroll Services will close payroll on Thursday, March 21, due to the Friday, March 22, floating holiday. Please submit Payroll Updates no later than 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in order for them to be processed.

Payroll Managers March 12, 2019

Meeting

Save the Date: Online Payroll Forum Tuesday, March 26: This quarter's Payroll Forum will be held as an online-only meeting and will take place on Tuesday, March 26, from noon to 1:00 p.m. We'll share sign-on information in next week's Operations update.

All March 12, 2019

Systems Update

PeopleTools Update Postponed Till June 1–2: The PeopleTools update, originally scheduled for the weekend of April 6–7, has been postponed to the weekend of June 1–2. MyU and PeopleSoft applications will be available as usual April 6–7. The PeopleTools project team will send more information in the coming weeks.

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February 2019

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Time and Absence/Supervisors February 26, 2019

Policies

FMLA Listening Sessions This Week: OHR will hold two listening sessions to gather information on internal processes units are using to track FMLA leave. We are working on developing standardized processes in response to the recent FMLA audit and want to hear what approaches are working for FMLA unit administrators. If you attend, please be prepared to share information on how your unit handles FMLA administration, and in particular how you track employees' use of FMLA leave. The sessions will be held: 

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1, 9:00 a.m. 

Both sessions will be held in the Donhowe Building in conference room 210.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators February 26, 2019

New Process

Single Sign-on for I-9 Express: Department I-9 administrators are now able to access I-9 Express using their University log-in credentials. From now on, please log in to I-9 Express using this url: z.umn.edu/i9express. The current sign-in method, including your current password, will be disabled for the University on March 8. Employees completing I-9s will continue to access I-9 Express the same way they do now. Department I-9 administrators who need access to I-9 Express can find the request here: https://it.umn.edu/self-help-guide/enterprise-access-requests-complete.

All February 26, 2019

Systems Update

MyU and PeopleSoft Applications Unavailable Weekend of April 6–7: On Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, the PeopleSoft development platform, PeopleTools, will be updated. We will be sending more information before then but wanted you to know that while the update work is underway, MyU and PeopleSoft applications will be unavailable for most of that weekend. Please mark your calendars so your unit can plan around the service outage. If you have questions about the PeopleTools update, contact pt_project_inbox@umn.edu.

Hiring Managers February 26, 2019

Update

U of M's Indeed.com Job Postings Delayed: The process to send UMN job postings directly to Indeed.com each day has been delayed one week to March 3. The delay is needed to ensure adequate communication and testing. We appreciate your patience as we finalize this complicated process. Please contact your unit recruiter or Talent Acquisition consultant to discuss alternative advertising and sourcing strategies.

All February 26, 2019

Resources

Headcount by Job Category Dashboard Has Been Modified: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released an enhancement to one of its previous data dashboards. The revised Headcount and FTE by Job Category dashboard removes the Leadership category and redistributes those employees to the category most applicable to their job code (P&A, Civil Service, Faculty, Labor Represented, Graduate Assistants, and Professionals-in-Training). The revised dashboard allows any University employee to easily gather headcount and FTE totals by job category at any level of the HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015. The Employee Headcount and FTE by Job Category report is available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Headcount and FTE by Job Category.

All February 26, 2019

Resources

Regents Scholarship Info Now on OHR Operations Website: Do you have questions about the Regents Scholarship? The OHR Operations site now has some helpful documents on the Resources page, including some frequently asked questions about Regents Scholarship taxes. Take a moment to check out the revised Resources page.

Appointment Entry February 18, 2019

Pay Increases

Pay Increases for AFSCME Technical Employees: PeopleSoft records will be updated the week of 2/25/19 to reflect pay increases to AFSCME Technical–represented employees as a result of recent contract negotiations. The annual and step increases will be reflected on the 3/13/19 payday. Specific instructions for processing retro pay and the non-recurring lump sum payment for eligible employees will be sent in a separate communication to HR Leads. The retro pay and non-recurring lump sum payments will be processed in the 3/4/19–3/17/19 pay period.

All February 18, 2019

Resources

New Email Address for HRMS Help Desk: The email address hrmshelp@umn.edu has been deactivated. Please use the regular Contact Center address, ohr@umn.edu, and your email will be forwarded to the HRMS Help Desk.

All February 11, 2019

Resources

Contact Center Moves to New Customer Management Software This Week: The OHR Contact Center is moving to a new customer relationship management system this week, which means hold times for callers may be a little longer for the next couple of weeks as the team gets used to the new system. You can reach the Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363).

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators February 11, 2019

New Procedure

Coming Soon: Single Sign-on for I-9 Express: In the next few weeks OHR will introduce a new sign-on procedure for I-9 Express that will allow I-9 administrators to access the site using their University log-in credentials. Look for more information in future Operations updates when we have determined the implementation date. I-9 administrators will also receive direct emails about the change. Employees completing I-9s will continue to access I-9 Express the same way they do now.

Appointment Entry February 11, 2019

Update

Updated Military Data Entry Instructions: Maintaining accurate data in PeopleSoft about our employees’ veteran status is important for accurate reporting to the Department of Labor and for appropriately recognizing our veteran employees for their service to our country. To support consistent data entry, we recently updated the Appointment Entry job aid to clarify how military data provided by employees on the HR Information Form (HRIF) should be entered into PeopleSoft. Find the updated job aid on the HRMS Instruction site under Recently Updated.
 
In addition, the military fields on the HRIF have been updated to better align with the options in PeopleSoft. The updated document is on OHR's HRMS Training and Resources web page under Resources. Please make sure you are using this updated HRIF when asking employees for information.
 
As a reminder, employees can voluntarily choose to designate their veteran status anytime in MyU by navigating to My Info > More Personal Information.

Hiring Managers/Supervisors February 11, 2019

Onboarding

Health Benefits Workshop for New Employees Friday: The next Health Benefits Workshop, designed for new employees interested in learning more about their benefit options, is scheduled for Friday from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., in Room 210 of the Donhowe Building. The workshop covers medical, dental, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability benefits. It complements the New Employee Welcome by providing detailed benefits information before employees complete their enrollment online. Workshops are held monthly. New employees should plan to attend the earliest session following their start date at the University.
 
Employees should register in advance. They can call Employee Benefits at 612-624-8647 (select option 1) if they have questions in advance of the workshop. Upcoming workshops will also be held March 15 and April 12.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators February 4, 2019

Update

Government Resumes Form I-9 E-Verify Processing: E-Verify resumed operations following the temporary reopening of the government. While all E-Verify features and services, including the ability to resolve a Tentative Non-Confirmation (TNC), are now available, you may experience longer than usual processing times as the government works through a large volume of accumulated cases. You may receive a response that they are working on your submission. 
 
Form I-9
Even though E-Verify service was disrupted and Form I-9 support representatives were unavailable during the government closure, employers were still required to complete Form I-9 for every person hired during that time.
 
Tentative Non-Confirmations
If your employee received a TNC and notified you of their intention to contest it by February 11, you must revise the date by which your employee must contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to begin resolving the TNC. To do this, add 10 federal business days to the date on your employee’s Referral Date Confirmation notice. Federal business days are Monday through Friday and do not include federal holidays. Give the revised notice to your employee. 
 
You may reprint a copy of your employee’s Referral Date Confirmation by logging in to E-Verify, selecting your employee’s case, and selecting the Print Confirmation button. Be sure to cross out the old date and insert the new date. Employees have until this new date to contact the SSA or DHS to resolve their cases.
 
For TNC cases that were referred after E-Verify resumed operations, do not add days to the time your employee has to contact either SSA or DHS. If your employee decided to contest the TNC when E-Verify was unavailable, you should now refer the employee’s case and follow the TNC process.

All February 4, 2019

Resources

New and Improved HR Analytics Dashboards Introduced: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team continues to add to and improve its series of data dashboards, with two more releases:

  • Employee Outside of Salary Grade Range is a new dashboard that identifies all employees whose pay falls below their salary grade minimum or above their maximum. It displays the employee's normalized hourly base rate (NHBR), the salary grade minimums and maximums, and whether the employee's NHBR is below the minimum or above the maximum. The report can be run by job code and HR department hierarchy for today's date. The new dashboard replaces the Reporting Center query Over Max/Under Min Salary. To see the new dashboard, navigate to MyU and click Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Outside of Salary Grade Range.
  • Employee NHBR Jobcode Average Salary has been enhanced with a new tab titled Years of Service Analysis. The new feature displays the average normalized hourly base rate and calculated annual P12 salary by number of years an employee has been in each job code and their number of years at the University. The report can be run by job code and HR department hierarchy for any date since April 6, 2015. To see the enhanced dashboard, navigate to MyU and choose Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee NHBR Jobcode Average Salary.

Payroll Managers February 4, 2019

Update

Pay Procedure for January 30 Campus Closure: We have had many questions about pay during the Twin Cities campus closure on Wednesday, January 30. The applicable policies are: 

Campus and Building Closing: Twin Cities

 
The policy states that employees required to work during an emergency closing that falls within their normal workweek will be awarded equivalent time off at regular pay for the hours they worked during the official closing. Time off granted under this policy must be approved by the supervisor and taken at a time convenient to the department. 
 
To report this equivalent time off, the employee should request an absence in Absence Management and choose Excused Paid as the absence type and Other as the reason code. This combination of type and reason will trigger the correct time reporting action to be recorded on the employee’s time sheet and will flow appropriately to Payroll Accounting.
 
For questions about these policies, please contact your Employee Relations consultant. For questions about requesting an excused paid absence, please email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363).

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January 2019

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Appointment Entry January 23, 2019

Update

Pay Increases for AFSCME Health Care Employees: PeopleSoft records have been updated to reflect pay increases to AFSCME Health Care–represented employees as a result of recent contract negotiations. Last week, central OHR processed the increases by manually inserting a Pay Rate Change/Annual Increase row and updating the hourly rate on that row and future-dated rows for bargaining unit employees. The new hourly rates will be paid in the 1/7/19–1/20/19 pay period, 1/30/19 pay day.
 
Units will need to enter all associated retro pay for the 1/21/19–2/3/19 pay period. Instructions and a spreadsheet with new hourly rates will be sent to HR Leads in all units that have employees from the health care bargaining unit. The instructions will outline how the increases were processed centrally and how the retro payments should be processed by units. HR Leads will be sharing those instructions with staff responsible for updating appointments.

All January 23, 2019

Schedule change

OHR Contact Center to Close for a Few Hours Next Week for Training: On February 11, the OHR Operations Center, Payroll, and Benefits Administration teams will begin using Salesforce as their customer relationship management software, rather than ServiceNow. Because the change requires quite a bit of training before implementation, the Contact Center will be closed for training during these times next week:

January 28: 8:30 a.m.–noon
January 29: 10–11 a.m.
January 30: 8:30 a.m.–noon
January 31: 1:00–2 p.m.

Supervisors/I-9 Administrators January 14, 2019

Procedure Change

New I-9 Process for Foreign National Employees: We have some great news that will make I-9 processing for new foreign national employees easier! After consulting with experts and our I-9 Express vendor, we’ve learned that foreign national employees are not required to apply for a Social Security number before they complete their I-9. This will make it easier for foreign national employees to meet the University requirement of completing their I-9 on or before their first day of work for pay, because they can go to the Social Security Administration after completing their I-9.
 
Things to Know

  • New F-1 and J-1 students and scholars who have just arrived at the UMN: All international students and scholars must attend ISSS’s Immigration Check-In (for students) or Scholar Check-In (for scholars) before they complete their I-9. New H-1B employees and others do not need to check in at ISSS (see the full list at the bottom of this message).
  • New foreign national employees should call 612-624-8647 to make an appointment to complete their I-9 at OHR’s Foreign National Employee Support Desk.  
  • F-1 student employees must obtain an employment verification letter (printed on department letterhead) from their department and bring it to ISSS to have it signed before applying for their SSN. J scholars do not need this letter.

Foreign national employees should be strongly encouraged to apply for their SSN within 10 days of their employment start date. A Social Security number is required for employment, and foreign nationals will not be able to claim tax treaty benefits until they have received and reported their SSN. They will also need their SSN for many personal transactions such as opening a bank account and filing a tax return.
 
We ask that all new foreign national employees call 612-624-9647 to make an appointment to complete their I-9 at OHR, but we do accept walk-ins for employees who are completing their I-9 on their first day of employment.  
 
Several types of non-immigrant employees are not required to check in with ISSS, including:

  • H-1B and E-3 visa holders (optional but not required; interested individuals should call 612-626-7100 to make an appointment)
  • F-1 OPT whose most recent I-20 was not issued by the UMN 
  • J-1 Academic Training whose DS-2019 was not issued by the UMN
  • J-1 Scholars whose DS-2019 was not issued by the UMN
  • J-2s whose J-1s DS-2019 was not issued by the UMN
  • Other visa types such as TN and O-1, for which ISSS is not involved in any stage of the application process
All January 7, 2019

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee Institutional Base Salary: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released the eighth in a continuing series of data dashboards—Employee Institutional Base Salary. This new dashboard displays an employee's institutional base salary and breaks that salary into individual components to provide a single page view of that employee's institutional base salary. The report can be run by Employee ID for any date from April 6, 2015, to today.
 
The Employee Institutional Base Salary report is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Institutional Base Salary.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators January 2, 2019

Update

I-9 Express, E-Verify, and the Federal Government Shutdown: You do not need to make any changes to your I-9 process due to the E-Verify service interruption during the federal government shutdown.

During the shutdown, the E-Verify system will not accept new I-9 form submissions. However, I-9 Management service will continue to hold I-9 forms in queue. Employees may work even though they do not yet have a status of "verified." Continue to ensure that both sections 1 and 2 of the I-9 form are completed on or before the first day of employment.

Once E-Verify is reinstated, the I-9 Management service will submit pending E-Verify cases. You do not have to track the status of the shutdown or resubmit cases. After the E-Verify system is running again, please continue to monitor your E-Verify open cases to ensure they are being handled in a timely manner.

Please email or call the OHR Contact Center with any questions at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363).

Payroll Managers/Appointment Entry January 2, 2019

Update

Minimum Wage Increase: As of January 1, the minimum wage in the state of Minnesota was increased to $9.86 an hour for large employers. To reflect that change, on Friday, December 28, OHR centrally updated more than 3,100 records that were below the new minimum wage. A Data Change/Special Circumstances row effective 12/24/18 was inserted into job data to increase the hourly rate to $9.86 for affected employees.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators January 2, 2019

Reminder

Check Your Offer Letters to New Hires for Correct I-9 Link: The OHR Contact Center occasionally gets calls about newly hired employees who can't access I-9 Express to fill out their I-9 information. Often it's because the offer letter they received gave them the wrong link to the site. Please make sure your unit's offer letters have the correct I-9 link. "I-9 Process Template Letters" for the various bargaining units, which have the correct link, can be found on the OHR website here: https://humanresources.umn.edu/supervising-u/template-letters. Units should use these templates as the basis for their offer letters.

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Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators December 27, 2018

Procedures

I-9 Processing With New MN Driver's License: The new Minnesota driver's license continues to be acceptable for use as a Form I-9 List B document, notwithstanding the notation "Not acceptable for official federal purposes." According to the USCIS, a driver's license with this type of notation is an acceptable List B document since it contains a photo and identifying personal information. The notation simply indicates the license "does not meet the standards for the issuance and production of a compliant card under the REAL ID Act."

USCIS also specifically says an employer may not ask an employee to provide a different List B document and that acceptance of this driver's license does not support a conclusion that the employer had actual or constructive knowledge that the employee was not employment authorized.

Since Minnesota has now brought its new driver's license into conformity with the REAL ID Act, this will be an increasing occurrence.

Payroll Administrators December 19, 2018

Holiday Schedule

Payroll Close Deadline Changes the Week of Christmas: Our last payroll close of the year falls during the week of the December 24–25 University holiday. Due to these holidays, and the January 1 holiday the following week, we are making these changes to the payroll close schedule:

4:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 26: Time and absence validation deadline (normally noon Wednesday)

8:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 26 : Job data and additional pay deadline (normally 4:30 p.m. Wednesday)

1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 27: Payroll Update deadline due to a one-day close

Please email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363) with any questions.

All December 19, 2018

New Procedure

New Process for Retirement Deductions When Employees Terminate: The University is changing the way it takes deductions for certain retirement plans when employees leave the University or become ineligible for the plan. Beginning January 1, the University will not take deductions or deposit contributions after the date an employee is ineligible for the plans, either through a change of job or job status, such as termination of employment. The last contributions will be made on the paycheck immediately before such a change. (Currently deductions continue to be made from any paycheck sent to them after they leave their job.)

The impacts on the different plans are described below. The change affects only these plans.

For the Faculty Retirement Plan, Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), and 457 Retirement Savings Plan, employee and University contributions will end on the pay period before a change in eligibility status. For example, if a faculty or staff member resigns effective January 4, 2019, their last deductions and contributions will appear on their January 2 pay statement.

In addition, employees in the ORP and 457 plans will no longer be able to defer their vacation payouts into the plan after their last day of work. They will need to modify their contributions so they are deducted from their regular paycheck before their last day.

Why this change is happening: The University is making this change as part of a broader project to make benefit changes more consistent: Any benefit or status change that affects an employee's benefits will be reflected either on the first paycheck following the change (such as Open Enrollment deductions taking effect on the January 2 paycheck) or on the last paycheck before the change, as described above. This will make it easier for employees to understand when their benefit deductions stop and start and reduce the chance for errors.

If you have questions about this change, email the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or call 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363) and press option 1.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators December 4, 2018

Process Update

How to Complete I-9 Section 3 for Citizen Rehires: If you rehire an employee within three years of the date that a previous Form I-9 was completed, you may either complete a new Form I-9 for your employee or complete Section 3 of the previously completed Form I-9.

Unfortunately, a system functionality issue in I-9 Express doesn't allow you to complete section 3 when an employee is rehired in the same location, although you can with a different location. (To change a location in I-9 Express, send a request to the OHR Contact Center, as it can only be changed centrally). If you are rehiring a citizen or permanent resident in the same location within three years of the previous I-9 date, you have two options:

Option 1: Complete a new I-9.
Option 2: Complete Section 3 on paper and upload it into I-9 Express:

  1. Search for the employee and open their employee detail page.
  2. Click on Upload Paper I-9.
  3. Enter the information from the original I-9 when it asks for the documentation reviewed.
  4. Select Edit Data and enter the Section 3 information on the screen. This is so the Section 3 information shows up in the online data and not just on the uploaded paper form.

We also recommend reviewing the general USCIS instructions for completing section 3, which can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/complete-correct-form-i-9/completing-section-3-reverification-and-rehires.

Appointment Entry December 4, 2018

New Procedures

Changes to Delegations of Authority: As of August 27, delegations of authority (DOA) at the University changed from pointing to an individual (internet ID) to the position number they hold in HRMS. The following actions may impact the delegations data when updating a position.

  1. Increasing a headcount on a position that has delegations of authority. Because delegations are tied to a position number, if you increase the headcount for that position number (for example, from one to two) all incumbents will automatically have all the delegations associated with that position number. In this case, we recommend two steps:
    1. View the Delegations Library to see if any delegations are attached to the position number. If not, enter the headcount.
    2. If delegations are attached to the position number, contact the DOA specialist to see if any special measures need to be taken before increasing the headcount.
  2. Instead of filling an existing position number when there is a vacancy, a new position record is created for the next incumbent. Delegations are tied to the original position number. The DOA specialist can transfer all the delegations to the new position number. Please email the specialist for your collegiate or administrative unit in these cases.
  3. The "reports to" position number on the position management record is incorrect. All delegations flow through management lines (for example, from the president to the executive vice president to the dean). If the "reports to" position number doesn't reflect managerial lines, it will prevent the DOA specialists from establishing correct subdelegations.

Please contact your unit's DOA specialist if you have any questions. They will be monitoring these actions through routine reporting.

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November 2018

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I-9 Administrators November 19, 2018

Procedures

Retaining I-9 Documents: We'd like to clarify the document retention rules we follow for I-9 processing. Since we participate in E-Verify, you must upload to I-9 Express a copy of any document any employee presents that triggers photo matching. If an employee presents one of the following documents:

  • U.S. passport/U.S. passport card
  • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
  • Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766)

the document should be scanned (front and back) and uploaded in I-9 Express. Do not keep a paper copy.

While you can of course accept other documents, copies should not be retained. Retaining unneeded documents can actually present a compliance issue, as USCIS regulations require that retention of supporting I-9 documentation be uniform for all employees.

Hiring Managers November 19, 2018

Update

New 'Fluid' Job Search Site Brings Some Changes for Applicants: With the successful introduction of the new "fluid" technology to the U's job search pages a couple of weeks ago, which creates a more mobile-friendly experience for job seekers, we wanted to highlight three key changes to the site:

  • The area where applicants upload and view their résumé and cover letter is now called My Job Applications (it was formerly My Activities). New job postings will refer to My Job Applications, but we encourage unit recruiters to change current job postings to reflect the new title.
  • Applicants now see "Submitted" as their application status for any positions to which they have applied. (Previously the status was listed as "Under Review.") This change was part of PeopleSoft's new fluid technology. There are no plans to change back to the previous language at this time.
  • Job codes will be added back to all job openings in mid-December. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.

Overall, the new site has been well received. Please continue to share your feedback with us at ohr@umn.edu or by calling the OHR Operations Contact Center at 4-UOHR (612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363).

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators November 13, 2018

Resources

Report Helps Units Identify Missing or Incomplete I-9s: The I-9 Needed query was developed to help units maintain I-9 compliance. It is available in the Reporting Center under Pay/Time Queries. We strongly suggest that department I-9 administrators run the I-9 Needed query daily or at least every three days. If an employee appears on the report, corrective action is required.

The query can be run by department ID or ZDeptID. It pulls all active employees who have missing I-9s in PeopleSoft, meaning an I-9 has not been successfully uploaded or entered into PeopleSoft.

The first step is to check I-9 Express to see if there is a completed I-9 for the employee. If not, an I-9 must be completed as soon as possible, and the employee must be told to stop working until they have completed their I-9. Refer foreign nationals to the OHR Contact Center to schedule an I-9 appointment.

If you find a completed I-9 form in I-9 Express, the employee appeared on the query because the I-9 was not successfully uploaded or entered into PeopleSoft due to a data error. In that case, please correct the record for the following data errors:

  • Job Data is missing
  • SSN is missing from PeopleSoft or I-9 Express
  • Either the SSN or Employee ID are missing in I-9 Express
  • SSN does not match between PeopleSoft and I-9 Express
  • Employee number does not match between PeopleSoft and I-9 Express
  • Date of birth does not match between PeopleSoft and I-9 Express

If you can't determine why the employee is on the report, please email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363) for help. You will need to provide the employee number, employee name, and hire date.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators November 13, 2018

Update

New Location for Access Request Form for I-9 Express: The access request form departments use to request I-9 administrator access to I-9 Express has a new location. It has moved from OIT's Provisioning and Requests web page to the ServiceNow Request Catalog at https://umnprd.service-now.com/catalog_home.do?sysparm_view=catalog_default.

All November 13, 2018

Resources

New Analytics Dashboard Shows Job Code Average Salary Using NHBR: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released another in its continuing series of data dashboards—Employee NHBR Job Code Average Salary. The new dashboard calculates the average and median salary, as well as each individual employee's salary, for a P12, P10, and P09 pay group situation. All the values are calculated using the recently introduced employee normalized hourly base rate (NHBR). The report can be run by job code and HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015, to today.

The dashboard replaces the existing Job Code Average Salary UM Report, which will be removed from the Reporting Center on December 31. The new dashboard will provide a more accurate picture of compensation, with data based on normalized hourly base rate (NHBR). NHBR is an hourly compensation value that allows for comparison regardless of pay group, compensation frequency, standard hours, additional pay, etc. Breaking down pay into an hourly rate is the best way to compare pay because it provides a common baseline for comparison that excludes other variables.

Because of this change in how the Job Code Average Salary is calculated, you may find some differences from the results displayed in the previous Job Code Average Salary report. While neither value is incorrect, the Compensation team believes the new NHBR calculation presents a more accurate picture.

The Employee NHBR Job Code Average Salary report is now available in the MyU Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee NHBR Job Code Average Salary.

All November 5, 2018

Records Update

State Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $9.86: State officials recently announced that Minnesota's minimum wage will increase by 2.5% to $9.86 an hour for large employers beginning January 1, 2019. The minimum wage is now $9.65 an hour. All University of Minnesota employees, including student workers, must be paid at or above this rate no later than January 1. The Office of Human Resources will process required pay increases centrally, using an effective date of December 24, 2018. These changes will appear on the January 16, 2019, paychecks. We wanted to make you aware of this change now so you can begin to assess the potential impact to your collegiate or administrative unit.

Payroll/Payroll Accounting November 5, 2018

Reminder

Processing Reimbursements for Moving and Relocation Expenses: As year-end approaches, please remember that all reimbursements for moving and relocation expenses for 2018 must be reported as taxable in this tax year, whether the employee is paid via Payroll Services or Accounts Payable. The last payroll of 2018 is the pay period ending 12/9/18 (pay date 12/19/18). As a reminder, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 increased the taxable nature of these payments, removing all exclusions from taxation.

If the payment is made through Payroll Services (using the code MRL), taxes are collected at the time of payment. The payment must be processed no later than the pay period ending 12/9/18 to be paid and reported in time.

If the payment is made through Accounts Payable, the amount of the payment is reported to Payroll Services, added to the employee's pay as taxable income, and the appropriate taxes (federal, state, Social Security, and Medicare) collected. Payments through Accounts Payable must be paid to the employee no later than 12/7/18 to be reported on the last pay of the year, which means the payment must be entered in EFS and approved no later than 11/30/18.

All moving and relocation reimbursement expenses received after PPE 12/09/18 will be grossed up for taxes (federal, state, Social Security, and Medicare) and charged to the department. The amounts and grossed-up taxes will be included on the employee's 2018 W-2.

Hiring Managers November 5, 2018

Reminder

Use Reports to Track I-9 Status: Keeping track of where new hires are in the I-9 process can be a bit complex. Reports are a great way to help you monitor the I-9 status of faculty, staff, and student workers. Remember to use all the reports at your disposal to monitor compliance to the day-one I-9 standard.

  • The I-9 Management Report User Guide gives step-by-step instructions for using all reports available in I-9 Express.
  • The I-9 Reports Grid is a handy chart with descriptions and parameters for reports both in I-9 Express and the MyU Reporting Center, including how to find them and how often you should run them.

You can find links to these resources on the new I-9 page of the OHR website via this path: Supervising at the U > I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification > I-9 Resources.

All November 5, 2018

Employment

U Job Search Pages Get a New Look: The Office of Human Resources has introduced a new "fluid" technology to the U's job search pages that makes it easy to search for jobs anywhere—from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. This is a much-needed function that will move the University forward in meeting applicant needs. The revised pages provide a search experience consistent with tested design principles known to appeal to applicants. One change to note: The My Activities section changes in the fluid environment to My Job Applications.To see the new fluid pages at work, visit OHR's Find a Job page and click on the Current U Employees button.

All November 5, 2018

Data Analytics

Headcount Snapshot Dashboard Now Includes Fall 2018 Data: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has updated the Employee Headcount and FTE Snapshot dashboard to include fall 2018 snapshot data (FY19 pay period 9). "Snapshot" data shows information as it appeared on a specific date. The data in this dashboard will not change; if something has since beendeleted or corrected in the original database, the changes will not show up in this history.

The enhanced Employee Headcount and FTE Snapshot report is now available in the Reporting Center. In MyU, navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Headcount and FTE Snapshot.

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October 2018

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All October 15, 2018

Procedures

New Process for Becoming I-9 Administrator Begins This Week: Beginning Thursday, the process for becoming a department I-9 administrator and gaining I-9 administrator access in I-9 Express will change. Prospective I-9 administrators will need to complete training through Training Hub and submit an Access Request Form (ARF) in ServiceNow to gain access to I-9 Express. On the I-9 Express ARF, they should indicate what department they are requesting access for; access will be granted only to employees in that department. The ARF process will require applicants to complete training and get approval from both the employee's supervisor and the department security contact. This change will not affect current I-9 administrators.

Hiring Managers, Supervisors October 8, 2018

Hiring

Do Your Student Workers Have Unused Work-Study Funds?: With fall student hiring activity slowing down, we want to remind you to take advantage of any work-study funds your student workers may have available. Recent University work-study reports show there are student workers who have work-study funds that are not being used.

You can use the Employed Student With Unused Work Study Awards query in the Reporting Center to identify any student worker in your unit who may have a work-study award that is not being used. If one of your student workers appears on the report, talk with them about using their award and complete the work-study placement panel. You will begin receiving the partial reimbursement of the student's earnings once the placement panel is completed. The work-study placement panel is part of the appointment entry process. See this Work Study Placement job aid for details, or find it on the A-Z Materials Tools page of the HRMS Instruction site.

Contact Student Employment Programs at stdtempl@umn.edu or 612-626-8606 if you have questions.

All October 8, 2018

Analytics

Access Request Form for HR Analytics Now Available: The Access Request Form (ARF) for requesting access to HR Analytics ad hoc reporting is now available. Ad hoc access allows users to create custom data queries and dashboards for their specific unit populations. As a reminder, you will need to complete two course prerequisites before submitting an ARF: 1) "Working with Employee Data (OHR060)" and "UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards (EUS132, EUS133, or EUS134)."

When filling out the online ARF, select Additional Applications & Data Warehouse Tables > Additional Applications > UM Analytics. Under "AUTHOR ACCESS—Select the area or type of UM Analytics data needed," select "Human Resources—Public."

All October 8, 2018

Analytics

Employee Normalized Hourly Compensation Dashboard Has Been Enhanced: The new Employee Normalized Hourly Base Rate (NHBR) dashboard, introduced last week, has been enhanced to allow the data to be viewed by Job Code Family Reporting Group as an additional option. If you previously included the dashboard in your favorites, you will need to click "Add to Favorites" to bookmark the new report, as the previous link will no longer work. The Employee Normalized Hourly Base Rate dashboard lets users compare pay according to a common hourly baseline, regardless of pay group, compensation frequency, standard hours, additional pay, and so on.

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September 2018

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Payroll Accounting September 27, 2018

Update

Biweekly Payroll Encumbrances Are Not Available: Due to system processing delays, biweekly payroll encumbrances processed on the evening of Wednesday, September 26, will not be available on financial reports until tomorrow, September 28. Payroll encumbrances on financial reports are current through Monday, September 24.

As always, updated payroll encumbrance data is available within HRMS via the online inquires UM Encumbering by Combo Code or UM Encumbering by Employee ID. Navigation in HRMS: UM Payroll Accounting > UM Encumbering

Payroll September 25, 2018

Schedule Change

One-Day Close Due to Columbus Day Holiday: Next week's payroll close will be a one-day close due to the Columbus Day mail and bank holiday on Monday, October 8. The Payroll Update deadline will be Thursday, October 4, at 1:00 p.m. We need to do a one-day close when there is a banking and mail holiday that lands between the payroll close and the payday in order to get printed checks (which constitute about 5% of employees) in the mail a day earlier. With this in mind, please continue to encourage your employees to sign up for direct deposit!

All September 24, 2018

Update

Direct Retro Distribution Processing Delayed: Due to the timing of the biweekly payroll processing and system upgrade activities over the weekend, all retro distributions that were entered on Friday, September 21, were not processed in the system until this morning. Retro distribution activity will be posted to the general ledger tonight and available in UM Reports on Tuesday, September 25.

All September 24, 2018

Reminder

Tips on Getting the Best Service From Payroll, Benefits : OHR cares about customer service, and we want to make sure employees get quick answers to their HR questions. Please remind your faculty, staff, and student workers that questions about payroll, benefits, graduate assistantships, or other topics are best answered by emailing or calling the OHR Contact Center. Because staff in the Contact Center are usually on the phone with employees, in-person visits could result in wait times.

For general questions, employees can reach the Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647, 800-756-2363). For benefits questions, they should press Option 1 whencalling 4-UOHR, or email benefits@umn.edu.

For employees who need to visit Payroll Services in person to pick up off-cycle or disbursement checks, or for I-9 or tax treaty processing, please remind them that Payroll hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

All September 10, 2018

Resources

How to Get Access to HR Analytics: As of August 30, the first group of HR Analytics users were granted ad hoc reporting access to HR Analytics. Ad hoc access allows users to create custom data queries and dashboards for their specific unit populations. To get this access, HR Analytics users must first complete the "Working With Employee Data (OHR060)" and "UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards Using HR Data (EUS134)" courses (or an equivalent Finance or Student course). After completing the course series, users submit a UM Analytics access request form (ARF), which must be approved by their unit. The next session of "UM Analytics: Creating Basic Analyses and Dashboards Using HR Data" is October 18 in the Humphrey Graduate School of Public Affairs, Room 50. You can register for both courses via Training Hub.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators September 10, 2018

Update

Foreign National Employees Must Now Make Appointments for I-9 Help: Foreign national faculty, staff, and student workers who need to complete an I-9 must make appointments once again by emailing or calling the Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363). Walk-in services ended on September 5. International employees and student workers with appointments can visit the Foreign National Help Desk in Payroll Services, in the Donhowe Building, Room B20 (basement level), 319 15th Avenue SE, on the East Bank. Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

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August 2018

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Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 27, 2018

Update

Clarification on Foreign National Employees and I-9 Timeliness: As you know, establishing work eligibility for foreign national faculty, staff, and students is a complex intersection of immigration laws. We're doing further research on this issue to ensure that we offer you the best guidance to address multiple federal requirements. In the meantime, here is some clarification on our earlier instruction about I-9 timeliness with foreign national employees and student workers.

Please do not change the start date in the cases where you have:

  • A graduate student on an F or J visa who has an assistantship
  • A J-1 scholar employed by the U of M anywhere in the system

Changing the start date of these international employees could negatively impact their non-immigrant status. We do not want to put their eligibility at risk.

We still want to urge colleges and units to support these employees and student workers in completing their I-9s as quickly as possible, though there are some instances in which, due to logistics, it is simply not possible to meet this expectation by their first day.

For foreign national F-1 visa holders working in other areas, without tuition benefits, please continue to follow the instructions to delay a start date if they are not able to complete their I-9 on or before their first day of employment.

We'd like to add that, while the University standard for I-9 timeliness is new, the process has not changed. You can continue to advise incoming foreign national employees and student workers about the steps of the process as you have done in the past, while including the new timeliness standards.

As we learn more through our research, we will notify you as quickly as possible of further updates on this approach. If you have further questionson these situations, please email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647; 800-756-2363).

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 27, 2018

Procedures

I-9 Receipt Rule Reminder: New employees who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents may use a receipt from an issuing authority for I-9 purposes if their document has been lost or stolen. The new hire must bring in the new document within 90 days from the date of hire. If the person does not bring in the newly issued original by the end of the 90 days, they can no longer work, and they must be terminated using the termination reason code of Employment I-9 Ineligibility (EII). To monitor employees who need to return with their new documents within 90 days, run the I-9 Express dashboard Receipt Due query.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 27, 2018

Update

Clarification on Confirming That I-9 Documents Satisfy Federal Law: We've gotten a few questions on the language in the offer letter that states, "you must ... 3) receive confirmation from the University that your documentation satisfies the federal law requirements." Units have asked whether this confirmation means an employee can start work only when a completed E-Verify result is registered in I-9 Express. The answer is no. The employee or student worker is eligible to work as soon as both sections of the I-9 are complete. That said, it remains important to check for E-Verify issues and attend to them when they arise.

Appointment Entry August 27, 2018

Procedures

I-9 Reminder: Social Security Numbers in PeopleSoft and I-9 Express Must Match: Please remember that the Social Security number entered into I-9 Express must match the Social Security number entered into PeopleSoft. If you findan error in either system, please email or call the OHR Contact Center at ohr@umn.edu or 4-UOHR (612-624-8647; 800-756-2363). Also, when a foreign national employee who had applied for their Social Security number upon arrival receives their card, they should bring it to their department HR office so it can be entered into PeopleSoft and I-9 Express. Please be sure to enter it in both places.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 27, 2018

Resources

I-9 Walk-in Dates for Foreign National Employees: Through September 5, foreign national faculty, staff, and student workers who need to complete an I-9 will not need to make an appointment. Remember that all I-9 processing now takes place in the Donhowe Building, 319 15th Avenue SE, on the East Bank. Foreign national employees can complete their I-9s anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in Room 210.

Be sure to let your foreign national workers know they must bring these items with them to complete their Form I-9 verification:

  1. Valid (unexpired) passport
  2. Most current Form I-94
  3. Form I-20 or DS-2019
  4. Offer letter (for correct start date)
  5. Social Security card or receipt from Social Security showing they have applied for one

Please remember that people holding only UNS appointments (fellowship and scholarship recipients) do not need to complete an I-9 form as they are not employees. Also, employees and student workers who are permanent residents should complete their I-9s in the college or unit. They do not need to come to OHR to complete their I-9s.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 27, 2018

Reports

Two New Resources Will Help With I-9 Reports: Keeping track of where new hires are in the I-9 process can be a bit complex. Reports are a great way to help you monitor the I-9 status of faculty, staff, and student workers. Two new resources outline all the reports at your disposal and how each of them can be used.

  • The I-9 Management Report User Guide gives step-by-step instructions for using all reports available in I-9 Express.
  • The I-9 Reports Grid is a handy chart with descriptions and parameters for reports both in I-9 Express and the MyU Reporting Center, including how to find them and how often you should run them.

You can find links to these resources on the new I-9 page of the OHR website via this path: Supervising at the U > I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification > I-9 Resources.

Time & Absence Administrators August 27, 2018

Reminder

Please Ensure Schedules Are Correct: With the beginning of the fall semester, we'd like to remind unit time and absence administrators to ensure that exception hourly employees' schedules are correct in PeopleSoft.

All August 27, 2018

Resources

New and Improved Employee Headcount Dashboards Now Available: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released its fifth in a continuing series of data dashboards—Employee Headcount and FTE by Job Code Group. The team has also added an important enhancement to a previous dashboard that shows headcount by job category.

The new job code dashboard allows any University employee to easily gather headcount and FTE totals by job code group at any level of the HR department hierarchy for any date from April 6, 2015. To find it, log in to MyU and navigate to Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Headcount and FTE by Job Code Group.

In addition, the previously announced Employee Headcount and FTE by Job Category dashboard has been enhanced to include an optional filter that allows a user to select which job categories will be included in the report display.

Payroll August 20, 2018

Resources

Payroll Forum WebEx Recording and Materials Are Now Available: If you missed Monday's Payroll Forum, devoted to the I-9 process, you can now listen to the WebEx recording and follow along with the PowerPoint presentation (pdf) from the meeting. The forum covered important new changes to the I-9 process, how to communicate those changes to faculty, staff, and student workers, various I-9 scenarios you may encounter, and much more. It is essential information for anyone involved in hiring and onboarding new employees and student workers.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators/Payroll August 20, 2018

Resources

I-9 Walk-in Dates for Foreign National Employees: From August 22 to September 5, foreign national faculty, staff, and student workers who need to complete an I-9 will not need to make an appointment. Remember that all I-9 processing will now take place in the Donhowe Building, 319 15th Avenue SE, on the East Bank. Foreign national employees can complete their I-9s anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in Room 210.

In addition, foreign national faculty, staff, and student workers may need to visit the Social Security Administration, which will have special hours at International Student and Scholar Services, 190 Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue S., on the West Bank:

August 23, Room 15, 8:00–9:00 a.m.
August 27, Room 27, 8:00–9:00 a.m.
August 30, Room 15, 8:00–9:00 a.m.

OHR representatives will also be present in the morning on those days to complete Form I-9 verification.

Be sure to let your foreign national workers know they must bring these items with them to complete their Form I-9 verification:

  1. Valid (unexpired) passport
  2. Most current Form I-94
  3. Form I-20 or DS2019
  4. Offer letter (for correct start date)
  5. Social Security card or receipt from Social Security showing they have applied for one

 

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 20, 2018

Training

Ever Wonder Why We Use E-Verify as a Part of Our I-9 Administration?: The E-Verify Workflow Process Summary Guide (you must be signed in to E-Verify to view) is designed to educate clients on the E-Verify program and to provide instructions on how to send cases to E-Verify, close cases, and monitor issues using the Equifax Workforce Solutions I-9 service. The document also includes a list of all E-Verify statuses, as well as frequently asked questions.

Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 20, 2018

Resources

OHR Website Has a New, Central Location for I-9 Information: As part of the University's continuing efforts to fully comply with federal I-9 regulations, the OHR website has been updated with new or added I-9 materials. In addition, I-9 information is now collected in one place: On the OHR site, click Supervising at the U in the top navigation headings, then in the left navigation click on I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification. The information has been updated to reflect revised University policy, which now requires the I-9 process to be completed for all new hires,including student workers, by the end of their first day of work for pay. That includes completing Section 2 of the I-9 form by presenting documents confirming the faculty, staff, or student worker's identity and eligibility to work.

Be sure to bookmark the pages for future use. For units using your own intranet sites to convey I-9 information, please upload the new materials to your site or direct people to the OHR I-9 site.

Hiring Managers August 20, 2018

Training

Ordering a Background Check? There's Now a Job Aid for That: Earlier this year, as part of OHR's process improvement efforts, we changed the process of requesting background checks so that units can now order them directly, which saves time and eliminates duplication of work. As a reference for this new procedure, we now have a new job aid: Ordering Background Checks and Verifications. (It is also available on the Recently Updated Materials page on the HRMS Instruction site). The job aid gives step-by-step instructions on how to enter background check requests directly into the General Information Services system.

All August 15, 2018

Resources

Fall Planning Guide Is Here: The "HR Fall 2018 Planning Guide for HR Leads and HRMS Users" is now available on the HRMS Instruction website under Recently Updated Materials. As we begin a new school year, the planning guide contains tips and reminders to keep the HRMS system running smoothly. Topics include position management, recruiting, appointments, benefits, time and absence, and payroll accounting.

Payroll/Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 15, 2018

Meeting

Reminder: Payroll Forum on I-9s Set for August 20: This quarter's Payroll Forum is scheduled for Monday, August 20, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Bruininks Hall, Room 412. As in previous years, the August Payroll Forum will be dedicated largely to the topic of I-9 employment eligibility verification compliance. We strongly encourage all staff involved with I-9 processing to attend, as we will be discussing process changes, new tools to support compliance, and increased monitoring, in addition to the I-9 compliance basics we discuss every year.

Payroll/Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 15, 2018

Training

New Form I-9 Training Now Available: The "I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification" course, a new training for I-9 administrators at the University, is a webinar-on-demand provided by Equifax. The webinar covers the details of completing Form I-9 sections 1, 2, and 3 and also discusses using the I-9 Management dashboard in the I-9 Express system. This training is required for I-9 administrators who do not yet have access to I-9 Express. For those who already have I-9 Express access, the training is a highly recommended review and demo. When you register for the training through Training Hub, you will receive a confirmation email with a full list of topics with time stamps.

To get access to I-9 Express, new I-9 administrators will need to completethis course and have their HR Lead send approval for access to ohr@umn.edu.

Payroll/Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 15, 2018

Resources

New and Updated Materials Can Help With I-9 Compliance: In our continuing efforts to fully comply with federal I-9 regulations, Operations has several new or updated materials available:

  1. The Form I-9 remote hire instructions have been updated to reflect the new requirement that I-9s be completed on or before the first day of work for pay.
  2. A new Employer Quick Reference Guide covers important information on how to process Form I-9s using our vendor system Equifax.
  3. Academic waive appointment instructions are available for those units that are using this type of appointment. As a reminder, all instructors need to be set up as employees in PeopleSoft and to complete a Form I-9. The preferred payment method for these appointments is to use the academic temp/casual appointment setup. For units now using accounts payable for these waive payments, pleaseemail or call the Contact Center (ohr@umn.edu, 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363) for detailed instructions on how to set them up in PeopleSoft.
  4. A new termination code has been added to PeopleSoft, effective August 13, to be used when you need to terminate an employee who hasn't brought in their Form I-9 documentation by the end of the first day of work for pay. The code description is "I-9 employment ineligibility," and the code is EII.
Payroll/Hiring Managers/I-9 Administrators August 15, 2018

News

I-9 Walk-in Dates for Foreign National Employees: From August 22 to September 5, all foreign national employees who need to complete an I-9 will not need to make an appointment. Remember that all I-9 processing will now take place in the Donhowe Building, 319 15th Avenue SE, on the East Bank. Foreign national employees can complete their I-9s anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Room 210.

Appointment Entry August 15, 2018

Procedures

Reminder When Entering Employee Names Into PeopleSoft: In our efforts to be compliant with Social Security regulations, please make sure to enter employee names in PeopleSoft as they appear on the individual's Social Security card. Also, do not make employee-requested name changes unless the employee shows you a new Social Security card with the requested name. These measures are necessary to maintain the accuracy of our year-end reporting.

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July 2018

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Payroll Managers/I-9 Administrators July 31, 2018

Meeting

Save the Date: Payroll Forum on I-9s Set for August 20: This quarter's Payroll Forum is scheduled for August 20 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Bruininks Hall, Room 412. As in previous years, the August Payroll Forum will be dedicated largely to the topic of I-9 employment eligibility verification compliance. We strongly encourage all staff involved with I-9 processing to attend, as we will be discussing process changes, new tools to support compliance, and increased monitoring, in addition to the I-9 compliance basics we discuss every year.

All July 27, 2018

Benefits Change

Employee MSRS Contributions to Increase: Beginning with the August 1 paycheck, employees enrolled in the Minnesota State Retirement System will see an increase in their contributions, due to recently passed legislation. Employee contributions will increase from 5.5% to 5.75%, and the University's contribution will increase from 5.5% to 5.875%. For more details, see this legislative summary. For questions, contact MSRS directly at 651-296-2761.

All July 27, 2018

OHR News

Several OHR Services Moving From West Bank to East Bank Campus: Key services offered by the Office of Human Resources will be relocating from the West Bank Office Building to the Donhowe Building, 319 15th Avenue SE, on the East Bank. The move will have limited impact on services, but please be aware of the following changes:

  • Payroll Services: Payroll will relocate on Thursday, August 2, to Room B20 in Donhowe. During the transition you may experience a slight delay in email responses. Off-cycle checks that need to be picked up can be collected at the front desk in B20 (basement level) starting August 6.
  • I-9 Processing for International Students and Scholars: Starting Tuesday, August 7, I-9 processing for all international students and scholars will be located in Donhowe, Room B20. Because of the move, the Foreign National Employee Help Desk will be closed on these days:
    Friday, August 3: Noon-4:00 p.m.
    Monday, August 6: All day

  • The desk will reopen on Tuesday, August 7, for appointments beginning at 8:30 a.m. Appointments are required; to schedule, call the Contact Center at 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363.
  • Contact Center: This service will move to Donhowe B20 on Monday, August 6. During the transition you may experience a slight delay in phone and email responses.
  • Job Center: The Job Center and Talent Acquisition team will move on Monday, August 6, to the first floor of Donhowe. During the transition, you may experience a slight delay in phone and email responses.
  • HRMS and Operations: These services will move to the second floor of Donhowe on Tuesday, August 7. During the transition you may experience a slight delay in email responses.
Hiring Managers, I-9 Administrators July 27, 2018

Resources

I-9 Walk-in Dates for Foreign National Employees: From August 22 to September 5, all foreign national employees who need to complete an I-9 will not need to make an appointment. As noted in the item above, I-9 processing will now take place in the Donhowe Building, 319 15th Avenue SE, on the East Bank. During those dates, foreign national employees can complete their I-9s anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Room 210.

All July 27, 2018

Resources

New HR Analytics Dashboard: Employee Job History: OHR Operations' HR Analytics team has released its fourth in a continuing series of data dashboards, which shows an employee's job history from April 2015 to the present. The dashboard will be enhanced in the future as more data becomes available in the HR Analytics system. Eventually this dashboard should replace the Employee Job History report in the Legacy Data Warehouse. The new dashboard is available in the MyU Reporting Center. In MyU follow this path: Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Job History (HR Analytics). More dashboards are in the works; we'll let you know about them as they arrive.

All July 27, 2018

Survey

Tell Us What You Think About the OHR Operations Website: The OHR Operations website has been online for three months now, and we'd like to hear your opinions about how you use it and how it could be improved. Please visit the site's home page and take a quick survey to let us know what you think. Is the site useful to you? What resources do you use most frequently? What improvements or added features would you like to see? Your responses and comments will be very helpful to us as we plan future work on the site. Thank you for your participation.

All July 16, 2018

System Update

PeopleSoft Unavailable for 24 Hours on Weekend of July 21–22 The HR PeopleSoft system will be unavailable for part of Saturday and Sunday due to scheduled software updates. From Saturday, July 21, at noon through Sunday, July 22, at noon, users will not have access to PeopleSoft HRMS applications. That includes:

  • MyU self-service functions, including the tabs My Time, My Pay, My Benefits, Manager Info, and My Info
  • HRMS-related queries in the Reporting Center
  • The job search site

The planned software update will fix several minor bugs in the system and add some cosmetic changes to enhance the user experience. The changes will not affect daily processes and routines for users.

Personalized Pages in PeopleSoft: In the HR PeopleSoft system, users can personalize some of the pages to change the way information is displayed, including sort order and hiding columns. With the update, many of the personalizations will be reset on pages that Oracle has changed. As a result, users may see minor changes such as sort order or rearranged columns and will need to re-create their personalizations if they choose.

Hiring Managers July 16, 2018

Reports

Are You Using Your Missing I-9 Query?: The UM_PY_I9_NEEDED query was developed to help units maintain compliance with the federally mandated time limits for completing Sections 1 and 2 of Form I-9. It is available in the Reporting Center. The query can be run by department ID or ZDeptID and pulls all active employees who have missing I-9s in PeopleSoft, meaning an I-9 has not been successfully uploaded or entered for the employee into PeopleSoft. This job aid will tell you more about the query.

The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requires that employees complete Section 1 of the I-9 on or before the date of hire. Within three days after the start of work for pay, the employee must present original documents that show their identity and employment authorization.

For example, if an employee begins employment on Monday, you must review the employee's documentation and complete Section 2 on or before Thursday of that week. If the I-9 is not complete by the third day, the employee must be told to stop working until their I-9 is completed.

Another example: An employee's first day of work is Thursday and they work in Dining Services, a seven-day-a-week operation. The employee must complete Section 1 of the I-9 form on or before Thursday. They must present their original supporting documentation to be reviewed, and Section 2 of the I-9 form must be completed, no later than Sunday. If they are not able to present supporting documentation by Sunday, they may no longer work until they present the documentation.

Hiring Managers July 16, 2018

I-9 Process

Completing I-9 Forms for Employees Who Don't Work Locally: In our continuing efforts to be fully compliant with federal I-9 regulations, here is information about how to handle the rare circumstance of a new employee who doesn't work locally and can't easily show the required I-9 documents like passports or Social Security cards.

For these remote employees, the I-9 process is a bit more complicated. It involves finding a designated agent of the University near where the employee lives. The employee can then bring the required documents to the agent, who can verify them and complete Section 2 of the I-9 form. The remote employee then returns the form to the hiring unit.

This instruction sheet will walk you through the entire process, including how to find a designated agent. It also includes specific instructions for both the remote employee and the designated agent. (You can also find these instructions on the OHR website via Supervising at the U > Payroll Administration > I-9 Employment Authorization Requirements, under the New Hire section.)

Please look through the instructions linked above and email or call the Contact Center if you have any questions ( ohr@umn.edu, 4-UOHR, or 800-756-2363). Thank you again for all your help in ensuring that the University fully meets our I-9 responsibilities.

Appointment Entry July 16, 2018

Updates

Positions Have Been Updated: The Position Status has been updated to Frozen for over 11,800 positions, and the Status field has been changed to Inactive for over 1,600 positions that were previously frozen.

Appointment Entry July 9, 2018

Update

Positions Will Be Updated This Week: The programs to freeze or inactivate positions will be run by the end of the week. Positions without an active incumbent in Job Data or Additional Pay for one year and that are not currently a job opening will have the Position Status field changed from Approved to Frozen. The Status field will remain as Active. Positions with a Position Status of Frozen for one year will be changed to Inactive. The Status field will change to Inactive.

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June 2018

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Payroll June 19, 2018

Holiday Schedule

One-Day Payroll Close and Pay Date Change for Independence Day: This year our first pay date in July falls on the July 4 Independence Day holiday. As a result, the pay date will shift to Tuesday, July 3, and we'll have a one-day payroll close on Thursday, June 28. The deadline for Payroll Updates on that day will be 1:00 p.m.

Appointment Entry June 19, 2018

Job Data Update

Contract Renewals Have Been Entered: Contract renewals for 12-month appointments and 9- or 10-month appointments paid over 12 months have been entered. Contracts, job data, and notice of appointments have been updated. Five contract renewal reports dated 6/17/18 are available in the Reporting Center via Reports Run for Me > HR Contract Renew.

Payroll Accounting June 11, 2018

Update

Payroll Accounting Distributions for FY 2019: On Sunday, Accounting Services completed the payroll accounting distribution roll for fiscal year 2019. All current and future-dated payroll accounting distributions were automatically copied forward into the new 2019 entry and are available for review starting today (Monday, June 11).

Reminder: If any distribution changes are needed for the 26th pay period that also apply to the first pay period of 2019, distribution changes must be made in both 2018 and 2019.

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May 2018

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Hiring Managers May 30, 2018

Resources

New I-9 Compliance Query in Reporting Center: A new query to support I-9 compliance has been added to the Reporting Center in MyU. The query will show you employees with job data who have not yet completed verification of I-9 employment in PeopleSoft.

We urge you to run this query—UM_PY_I9_Needed—at least every three days to ensure that new employees' I-9 form verifications are completed within the federally mandated three-day time limit.

Here is more detailed information on the content of the query.

Payroll/Appointment Entry May 30, 2018

Update

Teamster, Clerical Increases Set for Next Week: Annual increases for eligible Clerical and Teamster employees will be processed centrally the week of June 4.

All May 30, 2018

Resources

Job Aid Helps With Entering Performance Reviews into HRMS: Many employees at the University take part in annual or probationary performance reviews. Once the reviews are complete, they should be entered into HRMS. The job aid Reporting Annual or Probationary Performance Reviews in HRMS can walk you through the few simple steps for entering employee reviews in the system.

All May 30, 2018

Resources

OHR Operations Releases First in a Series of Powerful HR Analytics Dashboards: The University community now has a valuable, easy-to-use new tool for determining exactly how many employees work in a particular campus, college, or department. The Employee Headcount and FTE dashboard, now available in MyU via the Reporting Center, shows the number of employees both numerically and in a bar graph format, and it can be filtered by several criteria, down to the department level. To check it out, sign in to MyU and follow this path: Key Links > Reporting Center > Human Resource Management > Human Resources > Employee Headcount and FTE. For more information on using the dashboard, click the Help Resources link in the upper left.

This new resource is just the first of many powerful new dashboards to be released by a joint team from OHR Operations' HR Analytics department and OIT in the coming months. Future dashboards will show HR-related information such as salary costs, employee job history, and workforce demographics in a similar user-friendly format, providing invaluable information to colleges and administrative units.

The HR Analytics effort is part of a University-wide Enterprise Data Management and Reporting initiative, which is developing an analytics data warehouse to make the University's vast stores of data more accessible and useful. By mining the treasure trove of data already available in various University databases, and presenting it in an easy-to-use, consistent format, University leaders and managers can make highly informed decisions about their workforce and finances, spot trends and changes over time, and plan more confidently for the future.

Payroll May 14, 2018

Resources

Payroll Forum Recording and Slides Are Now Online: If you missed last week's Payroll Forum, or would like to review the information, a WebEx recording of the meeting is now posted on the OHR Operations Google site, along with a PDF of the meeting slides. Just click the Payroll tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. Records of future forums will also be posted there to create an archive of the meetings.

Payroll/Hiring Managers May 14, 2018

Procedures

How to Store I-9 Documentation: A question came up during a recent Payroll Forum about whether units should be keeping paper copies of documents presented with an employee's I-9 form (such as passport, driver's license, and Social Security or EAD card). The answer is no: Copies of those documents should be uploaded in I-9 Express and stored electronically rather than on paper. We recommend to units that have not been uploading the documents and have been storing paper copies to upload the documents to your employees' I-9 records as soon as you can and then shred the paper copies.

Payroll May 7, 2018

Meeting

Payroll Forum Tomorrow, May 8, 10:00 a.m.–Noon: We hope you'll join us for this quarter's Payroll Forum. We'll meet tomorrow morning at 10:00 in room B50 of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. You can also attend the meeting remotely via Webex using this link: https://umn.webex.com/umn/onstage/g.php?MTID=e86fc08ab904849730367d2668a782211

Payroll May 7, 2018

Resources

Payroll Cutoff Calendar Posted for FY19: A new Payroll Cutoff Calendar has been posted on the OHR website showing pay periods, payroll deadlines, and paydays through mid-June of 2019. To see the new calendar, follow this link, https://humanresources.umn.edu/payroll-administration/payroll-hrms-calendars, or find in on the OHR website via Supervising at the U > Payroll Administration > Payroll and HRMS Calendars.

Hiring Managers May 7, 2018

Onboarding

I-9 Compliance Tips: An important part of the I-9 administrator's role is verifying that the information on the I-9 form is correct and that it matches the documentation the employee is presenting. When you are completing Section 2, are you reviewing all data in Section 1 and verifying that it matches the presented documentation? Many of the tentative non-confirmations we see come from simple errors like a difference in the spelling of a name or mistyped numbers.

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April 2018

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Payroll Accounting April 27, 2018

Revised Process

End Date Required in Additional Pay: In alignment with HRMS instructions, we've added a small change to the Additional Pay page in PeopleSoft. With the Sunday, April 22, HRMS release the page requires an end date to be entered in order to save a record. While HRMS instructions do tell users to always enter an end date for Additional Pay, the change will help prevent the frequent pay errors we've seen because of Additional Pay records that didn't have an end date.

Please keep in mind that these two very useful queries in the Reporting Center can help you track your Additional Pay records:

Additional Pay for Active Employees: This query lists all active additional pay for active employees in the selected DeptID, ZDeptID, or College.
Additional Pay on Inactive Job Records: This query lists active additional pay data records that are attached to an inactive job record.

Payroll April 27, 2018

Meeting

Next Quarterly Payroll Forum May 8: The next Quarterly Payroll Forum will take place on Tuesday, May 8, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We'll meet in the Humphrey School of Public Administration, Room 50. Please send suggestions for agenda items orquestions to address to Heather Kidd, payroll services director, at kidd0029@umn.edu

Payroll April 27, 2018

Holiday Schedule

Pay Date Changes Due to July 4th Holiday: In 2018, the Fourth of July holiday falls on what would normally be a payday. Since that is a bank holiday, the pay date for that week will shift to Tuesday, July 3. This change will require that we close payroll a day early as well. We will have a one-day payroll close on Thursday, June 28. The Payroll Update deadline will be 1:00 p.m.

Appointment Entry April 3, 2018

Resources

Summer Appointments Instructions for 2018 Now Online: Many units are already starting to think about the approaching summer term. To help with summer hiring, OHR has updated the summer teaching appointments instruction manual for 2018. Last year's summer appointments went well, and this year's manual has just a few minor changes, which are listed on the first page of the instructions. Here is a link to this year's materials. You can also view them by visiting the HRMS Instruction site and clicking on A-Z Lists > A-Z Material/Tools > Summer Teaching and Research Appointments (Includes May Sessions)—2018 Manual.

All April 3, 2018

Resources

The New OHR Google Site Is Here!: OHR Operations has created a new Google site exclusively for HRMS users. Here you'll find many of your most important daily resources, along with HRMS and Operations news, on one convenient site. visit ohroperations.humanresources.umn.edu and click the link to the Google site. Once on the site, you can bookmark pages to return the next time. (If you don't have access, email OHR@umn.edu.)

We designed the OHR Operations site based on what you told us you wanted in a survey of HRMS users and from what we have heard from our HRMS Advisory Group members. Our goal is to make these pages as useful as possible to you in your daily routine.

Remember that this is your site, and it is meant to be a continual work in progress. We encourage you to email ohr@umn.edu with suggestions for improving the site or adding more features.

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March 2018

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Payroll / Appointment Entry March 22, 2018

Records Update

Teamsters Unit Pay Increases: PeopleSoft records will be manually updated by central OHR this week to reflect pay increases to eligible Teamster employees as a result of contract negotiations. The annual increases will be reflected on the 3/28/18 paycheck. We will send specific instructions for processing retro pay and lump sum payments in a separate communication the week of March 26.

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February 2018

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Position Entry February 26, 2018

New Process

New Action/Reason Code for Some Rehires: Beginning today (Monday, February 26), a ne/tablw action/reason code, REH/ADL (Rehire/Additional Job), should be used for a special type of rehire.

When should it be used? Use REH/ADL when an employee is rehired on an additional job and 1) is returning more than 30 days since leaving, and 2) has another active job during the time they were gone from the second job.

What is the new process? Use the action/reason REH/ADL instead of HIR/ADL when an employee has an active job and a separate terminated job. Enter the new code on the previously terminated record.

Why the change? The new code will make sure the employee's benefits are automatically processed correctly for an additional job. The new code will prompt a Miscellaneous (MSC) event to open rather than a Hire event.

Special note: This new action/reason should not be built onto a POI record. The MSC event will not generate, and Employee Benefits will not be able to evaluate it for eligibility.

Payroll February 26, 2018

Training

Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Training Is Posted Online: If you missed the WebEx training on the new online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Payment Request form, you can find a recording of the training, along with FAQs from the sessions, on the Payroll Forms page of the OHR website: https://humanresources.umn.edu/payroll-administration/payroll-forms. And thank you to everyone in the units who provided input into the online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle form project. Our University-wide rollout last week went well, and your contributions were essential to the project's success.

Payroll February 26, 2018

New Process

Online Off-Cycle Payment Form Includes Employee Notification: We'd like to highlight one feature that comes with the new online Off-Cycle Payment Request: When the off-cycle check is processed, an email notice is sent directly to the employee and is copied to the person who submitted the form.

Position Entry February 26, 2018

New Process

New Hard Stop Error Messages: Three new hard stop error messages are now in PeopleSoft and will prevent a record from being saved.

'Add a Person' or 'Manage Hire' Processes

Social Security number: If you enter a Social Security number into PeopleSoft that already exists for another employee ID, this error message appears: "STOP. National ID [#] is already used for employee [EmplID]. A national ID cannot be used within the same country for two people. The national ID you entered is already in use by another employee, dependent, or applicant. You must enter a unique ID before the record can be SAVED."

Future-Dated Home Address: This error message prevents you from entering a future-dated home address. The effective date of the address needs to be the current date or priordate. The error message reads: "The effective date cannot be greater than today." Once you save the record and the employee ID is generated, you can enter a future-dated home address.

Job Data

Company Change: This message prevents you from changing the company on an employee job data record when you enter a new job data row (for example, changingcompany UMN to company UNS). The error message reads: "Company cannot be changed. Contact OHR for assistance."

Payroll February 20, 2018

Data Entry

AFSCME Clerical Step Increases: The AFSCME clerical step increase program runs on the 15th of each month and inserts a Pay Rate Change/Step/Progression Increase row into job data for employees with a Progression/Anniversary date in the next month. The email notifications will no longer be sent. You can review reports by going to the Reporting Center and clicking on Reports Run for Me > HRMS. For the March step increases, please review the reports dated 2/15/18:

Payroll February 20, 2018

New Process

Wednesday Is the Transition to Online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Request: As of Wednesday, we ask that you no longer email Payroll Updates and Off-Cycle Requests and begin using the online request forms exclusively. If you have questions about using the form, please contact the OHR ContactCenter by email at ohr@umn.edu or by phone at 612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363.

Payroll February 20, 2018

New Process

Need a New Work Schedule Created in Time and Labor?: The creation of new work schedules has been transitioned to the Tier 2 OHRContact Center team. From now on, please send your request to OHR@umn.edu.

Payroll February 13, 2018

Training

Transition to New Online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Form: On Wednesday, February 21, all users will be asked to begin using the online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Request form in PeopleSoft rather than submitting emailed forms. We urge all users, including approvers, to attend one of the two online WebEx sessions to train on using the new online form. The sessions will take place:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 12:30–2:00 p.m.

A WebEx meeting link and instructions will be sent in a separate message. A recording of the training will be available online. The training for the new online tool will replace this quarter's Payroll Forum. You can also find job aids for this new payroll form in the A-Z list of HRMS materials here: https://hrms.umn.edu/z-lists/z-materialstools.

Payroll February 13, 2018

New Process

Confirm Your Access to Online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Request: Please remember that those who currently submit and approve the Payroll Update or Off-Cycle Request forms will need access to the UM Payroll Requests folder in PeopleSoft. Each online submission will require a separate preparer and approver. This is the same security access required for a Stop Pay Request, so if you have access to that form in PeopleSoft you will already have access to the Payroll Update and Off-Cycle Request. If you do not have access, submit anAccess Request Form requesting payroll forms access no later than Wednesday, February 14, at https://it.umn.edu/self-help-guide/enterprise-access-requests.

Payroll February 13, 2018

Update

Year-End Payroll Adjustments Have Been Run: As part of the normal year-end process, Payroll Services runs an abbreviated year-end, off-cycle payroll to make year-end adjustments and check adjustments or reversals that affect employees' 2017 year-to-date amounts. This payroll was processed yesterday (Monday, February 12). As a result, you may see an additional UM Payroll Verification Reports for your department in the Reporting Center with a pay end date of 12/09/17. These payroll entries will post to the general ledger on Wednesday evening with an accounting date of 02/14/18. (Note: If no employees in your area had year-end adjustments, you will not see a payroll verification report.)

All February 13, 2018

System Updates

System Security Updated Over the Weekend: As part of quarterly system maintenance, several University systems were updated over the weekend with security patches. OIT recommends that MyU and PeopleSoft users clear their browser cache before logging in to those systems. If any issues arise, please contact the Technology Help service desk (612-301-4357, help@umn.edu).

Payroll February 6, 2018

New Process

Confirm Your Access to the Online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Request: As we announced last week, the online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Request form will be rolled out to all users with the February 22–23 payroll close. We will no longer accept emailed forms as of Wednesday, February 21.

Those who currently submit and approve the Payroll Update or Off-Cycle Request forms will need access to the UM Payroll Requests folder in PeopleSoft. Each online submission will require a separate preparer and approver.

This is the same security access required to send a Stop Pay Request, so if you have access to that form in PeopleSoft you will already have access to the Payroll Update and Off-Cycle Request.

If you do not have access, submit an Access Request Form requesting payroll forms access no later than Wednesday, February 14.

Also, mark your calendars—we'll be offering two online trainings:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 12:30–2:00 p.m.

These online trainings will replace this quarter's Payroll Forum.

Payroll February 6, 2018

Tax Information

New Tax Rates: We will send out a message to all employees on Friday letting them know about the time frame for the implementation of the new tax tables. As a reminder, employees will see the new tax rates applied to the pay period of February 5-18, which is paid on February 28.

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January 2018

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Payroll January 29, 2018

News

Tax Reform Update: In mid-January, the IRS released the new 2018 tax withholding tablesreflecting the changes included in the tax reform law, with instruction that the changes be implemented no later than February 15. We recentlyreceived the PeopleSoft update to the tax tables. HRMS and OIT are working to apply the update to the pay period of February 5-18, which is paid onWednesday, February 28. We will send a communication to all employees in February.

Payroll January 29, 2018

New Process

Online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Request Form Coming Soon: We're excited to announce that the online Payroll Update/Off-Cycle Request form will be rolled out to all users with the February 22-23 payroll close. We'll be offering two online trainings:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

We will provide more details as the rollout approaches. If you use the Payroll Update or Off-Cycle Request forms, please plan on attending one of these sessions.

Reporting January 29, 2018

Update

Query That Audits Expected End Dates Has Been Improved: Based on feedback from users, HRMS has made several enhancements to the Reporting Center query that audits employees with an expected end date coming up in the next 30 days. The query is important in making sure positions are updated at the end of each term. The improved report lets departments access data based on ZDeptID, adds more fields for troubleshooting, and provides complete results for both UMN and UNS employees. Specifically, the enhancements:

  • Allow users to prompt by college
  • Exclude records where a future-dated row already exists
  • Add Compensation Frequency
  • Add current comp rates
  • Add Reports To/Supervisor information
All January 29, 2018

Tax Information

W-2s Now Available: W-2 tax reporting forms are now available online. As in past years, all employees have access to their W-2 forms online. Employees can log in to MyU, click on the My Pay tab, then on View W2/W2C Forms. Employees who opted to receive their W-2s exclusively online will not get a printed form in the mail. For those who did not opt in, printed forms have been mailed. If employees have trouble opening their W-2s, they should make sure their web browser's pop-up blocker is turned off or allows University sites as an exception (see instructions at it.umn.edu/how-disable-pop-blockers-or-add-trusted).

All January 18, 2018

Update

Errors in Absence Accruals: We have discovered an error in the way absence accruals are being displayed on .pdf and printed pay statements, and in some cases also on MyU. We wanted to alert you of this error in the event you are getting questions from employees in your units.

This error was due to a combination of the pay period spanning two calendar years and a subsequent technical issue in the process that displays the absence balances. HRMS is working to ensure that all balances are displayed correctly, with MyU as a priority. I can assure you that this is a display issue and the actual balances stored in PeopleSoft are correct.

We do not intend to rerun the .pdf pay statements for the January 17 pay date. The January 31 pay statement will display the correct balance.

Appointment Entry/Payroll January 12, 2018

Job Data Updates

Time to Enter Pay Increases for AFSCME Technical Employees: PeopleSoft records should be updated to reflect pay increases to AFSCME Technical-represented employees as a result of the bargaining unit's new contract. Last week, central OHR processed the increases for AFSCME Technical:

  • Salary Admin Plan/Grade tables
  • Hourly rate increases
  • Step increases
  • New hires/rehires/recalls or transfers
  • Terminated employees

Units will need to enter all associated retro pay and lump sum payments into Additional Pay by January 24. Instructions and a spreadsheet with new rates have been sent to HR Leads. The instructions outline how the increases were processed centrally and how the retro and lump sum payments should be processed by units. HR Leads will be sharing those instructions with staff responsible for updating appointments.

All January 4, 2018

System Update

PeopleSoft, MyU Unavailable Saturday Through Noon Sunday: Annual maintenance of the University's primary data center is scheduled for this weekend, which will require a complete shutdown of the data center and will affect many IT services, including MyU and PeopleSoft. The work is set to begin Saturday, January 6, at 6:00 a.m. and is expected to be completed by noon on Sunday, January 7. The shutdown will not affect University email, Google applications, Moodle, or Canvas. See a complete list of affected services or visit the University's IT Service Status page for maintenance updates.

Payroll January 4, 2018

Holiday Schedule

One-Day Payroll Close January 11: Due to the Martin Luther King Jr holiday on Monday, January 15, we will have a one-day payroll close on Thursday, January 11, in order to get printed paychecks in the mail on Friday the 12th. The Payroll Update deadline on January 11 will be 1:00 p.m.

Payroll January 4, 2018

Update

How Tax Reform Law Will Affect Payroll: Employees will likely have questions about when they will see the impact on their pay of the tax reform bill that was signed into law on December 22. OHR Operations is keeping a close eye on this and will implement the changes once they are made available.

The first step in the implementation process will come from the IRS, which is now developing guidance on withholdings to implement the new law. The IRS expects to issue its initial withholding guidance in January, and employers and payroll service providers will be encouraged to implement the changes in the first quarter of 2018. PeopleSoft will release system updates that will allow us to implement these changes within the required time frame.

In the meantime, employers have been told to continue using the existing 2017 withholding tables and systems. The IRS also emphasizes this information will be designed to work with the existing Form W-4 that employees have already filed, and taxpayers do not need to take any action at this time.

The tax reform law also includes changes to the taxable nature of other types of employee compensation. We are working with the Tax Management Office to understand these changes and how they affect University employees. We will provide more information on this in coming weeks.

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