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HR Essentials


HR Announcements (Updated September 2014)


2014 Open Enrollment Memo - Open Enrollment for the State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan (Posted September 2014)


2014 Benefits Fair Flyer & Enrollment Information (Posted September 2014)


CIGNA will be available to enroll employees in Long-term Disability Insurance with Guaranteed Issue.  No medical questions necessary!


Allstate Insurance Representatives will be onsite for the 2014 Benefits Fair offering the following new products:


REGIONS BANK will offer free seminars to help employees "Protect Yourself from Identity Theft" on Thursday and Friday, September 25 – 26, 2014.  These 30-minute presentations are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Room 3241, JSU Student Center.  If you have questions, please contact Tiffany Hoard in Human Resources at X0875. 


Employee Background Checks (Posted July 2014)

Outside Employment Form (Posted July 2014)

Update your W-4 online

Employees can now change their Federal Tax withholding allowances and additional withholding amounts online by clicking the Update W-4 link on Employee Tab in JSU P.A.W.S.
Please click here for instructions:



2012-2013 Comprehensive Performance Management Process (CPMP) (Posted June 2014)

Training Presentation: 

HR Benefits


ING Rebranding – April 2014

2014 Cafeteria Plan Enrollment 



Insurance Plan Updates – Posted November 2013


PERS Employer Contribution Rate to Increase July 1, 2013

The employer contribution rate will increase for the Public Employees' Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) and the Optional Retirement Plan from 14.26% to 15.75%, effective July 1, 2013.


New Long Term Disability (LTD) Carrier

The University has accepted a proposal from CIGNA Group Insurance to offer Long Term Disability to employees.  Currently, this product is offered by UNUM.  Effective July 1, 2013, any employee who is enrolled in Long-term disability coverage will no longer be covered by UNUM, but will be covered by CIGNA.  You will be required to complete a short enrollment form in order to continue your coverage.  Those forms will be available in Human Resources and/or at the Benefits Fair.  If you are interested in enrolling in a Long-term disability plan, you will be able to during the upcoming 2013 Benefits Fair, April 25-26, 2013.  This option will be offered on a guarantee issue basis (no medical questions).  For more information click the following link: New Long Term Disability Carrier – CIGNA

New Benefits from Allstate

Allstate offering new benefits, effective July, 2013, including GAP – a secondary insurance that pays out of pocket expenses associated with major medical deductibles and co-insurance.

Daphne Lyons, our representative from Allstate, will be on campus to discuss and answer questions concerning the GAP – Major Medical Supplemental Insurance product. She will be set up on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, Student Center, Room 3213 and Friday, April 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Student Center, Room 3241.

For more information click the following link:  New Benefits from Allstate      



Training & Development 


University Operations Training Calendar


Electronic Personnel Action Forms (EPAF) Support

EPAF Security Application - Once you've completed EPAF training, submit your EPAF Security Application via email at using the email title: EPAF Security Application.


People Admin User Guide - The New Online Recruitment and Hiring Application (TBA)


Change to a Semi-Monthly Pay Cycle

Effective July 1, 2013, all employees including students will be paid semi-monthly on the 15th and the last day of each month for a total of 24 pays each year.  The first semi-monthly payment will be July 15th.

This adjustment in pay cycle will allow the university to move from multiple pay periods and multiple pay types (faculty, monthly staff, students, and hourly staff) to a consolidated approach to payroll.  Payroll consolidation offers the opportunity to increase functionality and reduce administrative costs.

The Office of Payroll and The Division of Human Resources hosted several informational sessions regarding this change in the months of May and June. A link to the presentation if you need to review again or was unable to attend an information session can be found below.

We also want to remind all employees to make any necessary arrangements with banks and creditors especially for those who have become accustomed to paying bills at the first of the month.  You may find it necessary to adjust due dates and automatic bill-pay arrangements as a result of the University’s conversion to a semi-monthly payroll.

Also below is a calendar with the pay dates for the remainder of the year and a schedule of when transactions must be submitted to be effective on 15th or last day of the month for review.

The Office of Payroll and The Division of Human Resources will be available to answer any questions regarding this change.