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HR Monthly Bulletin February

Please welcome our new bearcats!


Danika Drake

Dispatcher
University Police Department


Kevin Hawkins

Police Officer
University Police Department


Sarah Jones
Cataloger
B.D. Owens Library


Brad Sullivan
Fire & Safety Coordinator
Facility Services

Lindsey Wood
Painter
Facility Services

Employee Anniversaries

Congratulations to these employees for their milestone years of service in March 2021!

15 Years
Colleen Lainhart Office Manager Northwest Kansas City
5 Years
Amy Woerth Head Volleball Coach Athletics

Day of Engagement

Policy & Required Training Updates

New Family Medical Leave forms are being used by Human Resources.  These forms can be located on MyNorthwest or by contacting Wendy Berthiaume, Compliance Specialist wendyb@nwmissouri.edu or 660-562-1034. 

Only eligible employees are entitled to take FMLA leave. An eligible employee is one who:

  • Works for a covered employer;
  • Has worked for the employer for at least 12 months;
  • Has at least 1,250 hours of servicefor the employer during the 12 month period immediately preceding the leave;
  • Works at a location where the employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles

Eligible employees may take up to 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons:

  • The birth of a son or daughter or placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or court ordered foster care;
  • To care for a spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; or
  • For any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that a spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a military member on covered active duty or call to covered active duty status.

 

Additional Training & Development Opportunities

Career Pathing Information:
Staff may register for Career Pathing opportunities on the Human Resources website at the following link:  http://www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/trainingopps.htm

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

5KXCV-KRNW Run for Radio

Join us for our 2nd annual VIRTUAL 5KXCV-KRNW Run for Radio.

  • Run or Walk a 5K anytime-anywhere between April 11-24, record your time, take a photo, and email us the results!
  • Cost: $25 Regular | $15 Student
  • Register here: https://www.kxcv.org/50years/5K.htm
Contact Info
Helen Konstantopoulos
helenk@nwmissouri.edu
(660) 562-1163

 


The Office of Human Resources would like to highlight the following resources that employees can use if needed. Mindful by BlueKC, the EAP and TAO are completely confidential:

Mindful by BlueKC

Mindful by BlueKC is a behavioral health initiative dedicated to reducing stigma around behavioral health in our communities while making care accessible and affordable for members. Mindful by Blue KC is a commitment to covering the health needs of the whole person and comes to life as a set of tools and resources to address stress, depression, anxiety, substance use and more. This ensures that members can access and afford the behavioral healthcare they need.

 

Mindful Advocates are available 24/7 and are licensed behavioral health clinicians who match members to providers and guide care plans. Mindful Advocates can be reach at 833-302-6463. Click here for additional information about the Mindful by BlueKC initiative.

Blue KC Virtual Care App

If you download the Blue KC Virtual Care app, you will have affordable access to virtual behavioral health care. You can schedule a visit with a board-certified behavior health therapist right from your smartphone tablet or computer. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All Northwest employees are eligible to utilize Ability Assist Counseling Services sponsored by The Hartford. Please click here to read about the many benefits this program provides.

TAO-Therapy Assistance Online

This is a private online library of behavioral health resources. This is a free and confidential resource available to faculty and staff as well as students. Please click here for more information. 

Wellness Services is offering a variety of on-line programing while we are all social distancing.  Make sure to follow us on social media @nw_wellness for all the updates.

New Directions Resource Program Center

Provides reliable information on a variety of mental and behavioral health topics. Visit here for their main page.

New Directions Substance Use Disorder Center - click here for information specific to substance use, or call the Substance Use Disorder Hotline at 877.326.2458.

Personal and Professional Development Webinars

All BCBS members have access to free live webinars available through New Directions each month. Several topics are available for employees, leaders and parents.  

To register for a live webinar:

  1. Go to  https://eap.ndbh.com
  2. Enter Company Code:  YourEAP
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Register for Live Webinars” in the "Check out our Webinars" box

You can also view a number of archived webinars. To view:

  1. Go to  https://eap.ndbh.com
  2. Enter Company Code:  YourEAP
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “View all Webinars” in the "Check out our Webinars" box
  4. Once in the Webinar Center, click "Live Webinars Archive" at the bottom of the screen
  5. After you register for the webinar, you will need to download Adobe connect to be able to view the webinar

 If you have any questions, please email healthybearcat@nwmissouri.edu.

Student Employment

Career Pathing Information:
Staff may register for Career Pathing opportunities on the Human Resources website at the following link:  http://www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/trainingopps.htm


New Student Employment Supervisor Training Wednesday, April 7, 9:00 – 11:30 am via Zoom (a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent after your register)

The Office of Human Resources is hosting training for new Student Employment Supervisors. This training is offered recurrently throughout the year.  If you are a new student employment supervisor or an experienced supervisor and would like to refresh your student employment knowledge this training is for you. Come join us as we review student employment policies and procedures. 

We will be covering the following information.

  • Student Labor Budgets
  • Job Descriptions
  • Job Postings
  • Electronic Personnel Action Form
  • Employment Verifications
  • Payroll - Web Time Entry
  • Career Pathing Program
  • Job Performance Evaluations
  • Student Employment Handbook, Portal & Website

Click here to register for New Student Employment Supervisor Training

 

National Student Employment Week

April 12-16

Student Employee and Graduate Assistant Celebration Contest

Northwest offices and departments have an opportunity to show their appreciation in the Student Employment and Graduate Assistant Appreciation contest. 

Two contest categories

  1. Video Contest
  2. All Others… Creative Celebration Ideas

Offices may participate in decorating their office, creating a video/song, making a banner or any other unique creative idea.  All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 13.  Entries will be posted on Facebook and the office with the most likes and shares, for each category, will receive a prize and bragging rights for the year. Entries will be judged through noon, Friday, April 16. (Department funds should not be used for contest supplies.) 

Contest entry details are attached.

Student Employee & Graduate Assistant Celebration Ideas

Students make up an important and valuable part of the workforce at Northwest. Acknowledging the contributions made by your student employees and graduate assistants encourages and motivates them to do their best. Attached are some suggestions for ways to let your students know how much their work is appreciated. Use these tips during National Student Employment Appreciation Week (second full week of April) or any time!

Contact Student Employment with any questions at 660.562.1140 or contact Paula McLain at pmclain@nwmissouri.edu.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Northwest Affinity Groups

Affinity groups are designed to create safe spaces for members to share and process experiences. As allies, our affinity group also allows participants the opportunity to identify ways in which we can appropriately use our privilege to bring about social change.

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For more information please click here!


Northwest Staff Council

Northwest Staff Council represents a unified voice for all Northwest Staff. To learn about the staff, upcoming events, or if you have any concerns please visit us at https://www.nwmissouri.edu/staffcouncil/index.htm

Benefits and Wellness Information

Spring 2021 Fitness Challenge

The Benefits and Wellness Committee is sponsoring a six-week individual steps challenge, titled "Bright Lights Big Cities." Participants who complete the challenge will be entered into a prize drawing and winners will select from a list of prizes.

For complete challenge details, as well as other available wellness opportunities, visit 

www.nwmissouri.edu/hr/bulletin/events/Benefits%20and%20Wellness%20Resources.htm.


Rogers Pharmacy Update

Rogers Pharmacy is now part of the BCBS narrow network and is considered an in-network provider. If you have questions about this information, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1127.


MOSERS Ready to Retire Session

All MOSERS Ready to Retire sessions will be held online until at least June 1, 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Employees who are within 5 years of retirement eligibility should have received an email from MOSERS with instructions on how to register.

Online webinars will be held on the following dates:

April 1 - 9:00 a.m. to noon
April 7 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 13 - 9:00 a.m. to noon
April 22 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
October 19 - 9:00 a.m. to noon

You can log in to your myMOSERS account to register or you can call a benefits counselor at 800-827-1063.

MOSERS also has webinars available for employees who are not within 5 years of retirement eligibility. To view webinars available for newer employees, click here. For mid-career employees, click here


MO Deferred Compensation 

The MO Deferred Comp team of education specialists offer individual appointments via web or phone and live webinars. If you have questions about your MO Deferred Comp account or would like to learn more about saving for retirement, click here to register for an upcoming event. 


Mindful by BlueKC

Mindful by BlueKC is a behavioral health initiative dedicated to reducing stigma around behavioral health in our communities while making care accessible and affordable for members. Mindful by Blue KC is a commitment to covering the health needs of the whole person and comes to life as a set of tools and resources to address stress, depression, anxiety, substance use and more. This ensures that members can access and afford the behavioral healthcare they need.

 

Mindful Advocates are available 24/7 and are licensed behavioral health clinicians who match members to providers and guide care plans. Mindful Advocates can be reach at 833-302-6463. Click here for additional information about the Mindful by BlueKC initiative.


BlueKC Extension of COVID-19 Coverage and Policies

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) remains focused on ensuring our members have access to the care they need as the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the fall and winter.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced they will extend the COVID-19 public health emergency period through April 20, 2021 (it was previously set to expire on January 20, 2021).

As a result, Blue KC is announcing we will go beyond the public health emergency period and extend the following coverage and member relief through June 30, 2021 for Commercial plans (ACA Individual and Family plans will observe the COVID-19 benefit coverage until the end of the emergency period only):

  • Waiving all member cost sharing for virtual (face-to-face), telephone, e-mail or text visits for medical services or behavioral health therapy (cost sharing still applies to physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy).
  • Waiving all member cost sharing and copayments for in-patient hospital admissions due to the diagnosis of COVID-19 for Commercial plans. Applicable cost share applies, under plan provisions of each policy, for ACA Individual and Family plans.
  • Prior authorizations will be waived for diagnostic tests and for outpatient covered services that are medically necessary and consistent with CDC guidance if diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 tests ordered by a physician, and associated services, will continue to be covered with no cost sharing for Blue KC members. Note: Tests and services that are work-related, as well as public surveillance testing are not covered.

MyBlueKC Mobile App Available for Download Today

The MyBlueKC app makes it easy to manage your Blue KC coverage - no matter where you are. The app will help you understand your healthcare plan and how it works. The app provides a customized experience based on your plan and coverage and includes the following benefits:

  • find doctors and specialists in your network
  • access benefit information about your plan
  • view details about your claims
  • download your digital ID card

If you have already registered your account on the MyBlueKC.com website, you can use the same log in for the app! For additional information, click here.

 

 


A Healthier You (AHY)

A Healthier You is Blue KC's health and wellness program focused on achieving outcomes by improving the health of members. AHY offers helpful tools and resources, as well as a personalized empowerment portal and mobile experience - uniquely designed to learn more about each member and provide the appropriate support, incentives, and interventions for the members health journey. Members can also earn points for completing health actions and can potentially win digital gift cards to retailers such as Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

Click here for information how to log in to your AHY portal and here to learn how to earn points and be entered into the gift card sweepstakes. 


Blue365 Deals

Blue365 is a free health and wellness discount program offered to Blue KC members and offers year-round discounts on gym memberships, fitness gear, healthy eating options and more. To register and browse available discounts, log in to your mybluekc.com portal and select Health Programs in the Health & Wellness menu or click here for additional information.


Blue KC Virtual Care App

If you download the Blue KC Virtual Care app, you will have affordable access to 24/7 health care. You can schedule a visit with a board-certified doctor or behavior health therapist right from your smartphone tablet or computer. Blue KC Virtual Care is convenient for everyday medical and behavioral healthcare. 


Blue KC Redesigned Explanation of Benefits

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, Blue KC has redesigned the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to enhance the member experience by making the information included in these documents easier-to-read and understand.

 

Members can view their EOBs anytime in the “Claims & Usage” section of the MyBlueKC.com member portal or the new app. Members can sign-up for paperless EOBs in the “Communication Preferences”

 

Click here for information on how to read the new EOB.

 


Delta Dental Virtual Visits

Delta Dental has partnered with TeleDentistry.com to provide 24/7 access to a dentist, 365 days a year. Teledentistry.com dentists provide initial consultation services and can write prescriptions when appropriate. Members will be referred to a Delta Dental network dentist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. For additional information on this service, click here.


Dietician Services

Dietitian services with Aramark Registered Dietitian Nathan Slinkard are provided as a free resource for faculty and staff. If interested, contact Nathan at slinkard-nathan@aramark.com 


Personal and Professional Development Webinars

All BCBS members have access to free live webinars available through New Directions each month. Several topics are available for employees, leaders and parents.

To register for a live webinar:

  1. Go to  https://eap.ndbh.com
  2. Enter Company Code:  YourEAP
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Register for Live Webinars” in the "Check out our Webinars" box

You can also view a number of archived webinars. To view:

  1. Go to  https://eap.ndbh.com
  2. Enter Company Code:  YourEAP
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “View all Webinars” in the "Check out our Webinars" box
  4. Once in the Webinar Center, click "Live Webinars Archive" at the bottom of the screen
  5. After you register for the webinar, you will need to download Adobe connect to be able to view the webinar

 If you have any questions, please email healthybearcat@nwmissouri.edu.


Campus Recreation Offerings 

The Foster Fitness Center, the Student Recreation Center and the Hughes Fieldhouse walking track are free for all employees and spouses to use. Please complete the assumption of risk and waiver of liability form on CatPAWS in advance of Foster Fitness Center use https://www.nwmissouri.edu/recreation/memberships.htm.  

The Mozingo Outdoor Education and Recreation Area (MOERA) is located nine miles from Northwest at Mozingo Lake Recreation Park. It offers a variety of outdoor programs, including a high ropes challenge course with a Carolina climbing wall, Alpine obstacle tower and TDC team-building course as well as a shotgun range, and canoes and kayaks on the lake. Contact Chase Hall at crec@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1759 for information and reservations. 

For a complete listing of campus recreations hours of operation, please visit https://www.nwmissouri.edu/recreation/Hours.htm


Mosaic Offerings

Mosaic Medical Center - Maryville is offering a personalized weight management program called Healthy Lifestyles. The program is designed to help people of all ages and sizes achieve an improved quality of life through medical nutritional counseling, teaching and lifestyle changes. For additional information about the program, click here.  

Employee Discounts

State Employee Discount

The State Employee Discount Website provides Missouri State Employees and Retirees opportunities to purchase deeply discounted tickets for events the whole family can enjoy. In addition to Attractions and Entertainment, the website also offers year round savings for Education, Products and Services, and Technology.  

Use this link to find more information on other products and services available on the State Employee Discount website.


Home Chef is recognizing our nation’s educators and school support personnel with a 50% discount on their first scheduled Home Chef meal kit, and a $10 discount on 5 subsequent deliveries. Simply use code EDU50 at checkout to begin receiving your education discount. Click here to get started!

Home Chef makes home cooking simple. Their fresh, weekly meal kits are customized to your liking and delivered straight to your doorstep. Minimize your trips to the grocery store and destress your evenings with delicious, pre-planned meals starting at just $6.99 per serving. Here’s how it works:

- Select recipes each week that fit your preferences.
-Use their Customize feature to upgrade, swap, or double up on your favorite protein.
-Receive fresh, pre-portioned ingredients delivered to your door.
-Effortlessly create exciting dishes with step-by-step recipe cards.

Your education discount is available at //homechef.com/edu and if you are already a customer, you can verify with ID.me on the payment page of your account to begin receiving 10% off all future orders.

Miscellaneous

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance 

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Funeral Reimbursement Program will launch on April 2021. FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000 for funerals, as a result of deaths from COVID-19 as of January 20, 2020. For additional information, please click here. (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS ONLY AN FYI AND IS NOT A NORTHWEST SPONSORED BENEFIT).


Reminder: Bearcat Food Pantry

The mission of the Bearcat Food Pantry is to provide a source of food and necessities for Northwest students and employees experiencing food insecurity and hunger. The food pantry is located in the J.W. Jones Student Union and is accessible from 8 am to 5 pm. Northwest accepts food donations for the pantry at the Student Engagement Center and the Student Affairs office both located on the 2nd floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union. For a list of most needed items, click here. Monetary donations to support the food pantry should be directed to the Northwest Foundation and are tax deductible.


"We Gotchya!"

"We Gotchya!" is supplying feminine products in high-traffic ladies’ rooms on campus. For more information about “We Gotchya!” visit wegotchya.org.


Friends of International Students

Friends of International Students (FIS) is a community-based organization established to match interested area individuals and families (friends) with international students at Northwest. The program goals are to provide support to the students as they become adjusted to their new home and to promote friendship and understanding between people of different nationalities.

FIS is currently recruiting more friends to connect with international students. Friends are asked to make contact with assigned students at least once a month during their year-long commitment to the program. Contact can take many forms including family dinners, attending sporting events, pumpkin carving, and various other activities involving two-way cultural tradition sharing. For more information or to apply, please contact the board members at FIS@nwmissouri.edu or check it out online https://www.nwmissouri.edu/international/services/friends/index.htm.


Does your department need office supplies?

Please check the “How to Purchase Office Supplies” guide here: https://www.nwmissouri.edu/services/purchasing/pdf/How%20To%20Purchase%20Office%20Supplies.pdf. There are various binders, hanging file folders, and other office supplies available at no cost to departments at the Materials Distribution Center.


Purchase Requisition Training Videos

The Purchasing Department has created two instructional videos that explain how to create a purchase requisition and a Central Stores purchase requisition in Banner/INB. The videos are available here: http://www.nwmissouri.edu/services/purchasing/videos/index.htm