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This newsletter highlights events and programs offered through the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

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Quarterly Contribution and Wage Reports Due

Quarterly Contribution and Wage Reports Due

Each quarter, employers are required to file a Quarterly Contribution and Wage Report. The report allows employers to submit wage information for their covered employees to the Division of Employment Security (DES) in order to accurately determine the amount they owe to the Unemployment Trust Fund.

Employers must file Quarterly Contribution and Wage Reports on time each quarter to avoid costly late penalties on their account. The 4th Quarter Contributions and Wage Reports are due Jan. 31, 2015. Employers can file their reports quicker and easier by using the Unemployment State Tax Automated Reporting (USTAR) System. USTAR is an online reporting tool designed to make filing your quarterly reports easy, safe, and convenient. We created a tutorial video on how to use USTAR for your convenience.
Benefits of using USTAR:

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Information is secure
  • Worker information is entered automatically - just enter the wages
  • Totals and amounts due are calculated for you
  • Multiple payment options available

Log in to USTAR today!

In early 2014, the DES made the final payment to the United States Treasury to return the state’s Unemployment Trust Fund to solvency. By meeting the obligation, Missouri employers will realize savings of $84 per employee, which totals more than $186 million statewide.

With Missouri’s expanding economy and steady job growth, Missourians are filing fewer claims for unemployment benefits. Since 2009, the amount of unemployment claims has dropped by more than 46 percent.

To see report due dates for each quarter and for more information on Quarterly Contribution and Wage Reports, visit the Quarterly Reports page.

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Are You Covered: Now Mobile!

Are You Covered: Now Mobile!

Do you know if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance coverage? The National Council on Compensation Insurance has created a new phone app for workers to verify if their employers have workers’ compensation coverage quickly and easily.

The app provides coverage verification for 32 jurisdictions nationwide. By providing your state and your employer’s insured name or Federal Employer Identification Number, you can find the coverage provider and policy number of your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. Several states also allow users to set up e-mail notifications when a policy cancellation is reported or to provide additional claim information.

The app also provides a listing of all 32 state workers’ compensation websites for additional benefit information.
If you do not find your employer’s workers’ compensation policy by searching the app:

  • Your employer may be authorized to self-insure its workers' compensation liabilities in the state of Missouri
  • Your employer may operate under a name different than what you searched
  • Your employer may have fewer than five employees, in which case, it is not required to have workers' compensation coverage in Missouri
  • Your employer may for other reasons not be required to obtain workers' compensation coverage in Missouri
The app is FREE and available for Apple and Android devices. Search for WC Coverage Verification in your phone’s app store and be sure to download the app created by NCCI.

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MCHR Diversity Spotlight - Martin Luther King Day

MCHR Diversity Spotlight - Martin Luther King Day

In January, our nation recognizes the birthday of one of the most visible advocates of nonviolent direct action for social change, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929, and we mark his birthday with a host of celebrations each year throughout the United States. Dr. King’s birthday became a federal holiday on November 2, 1983, when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill passed by Congress.

In 1994, in keeping with Dr. King’s legacy of advocacy and assistance for others, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service, making it the only federal holiday so observed. The MLK Day of Service is a featured part of United We Serve, the President's national call-to-service initiative, asking Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to the nation's most pressing problems. The national holiday celebration occurs on the third Monday in January. On October 16, 2011, a monument to Dr. King was dedicated in Washington, D.C., the first on the prestigious National Mall honoring a civilian.

In the spirit of Dr. King’s commitment to equality, state human rights agencies, such as the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR), were created. Established in 1958, the MCHR’s goal is to foster mutual understanding and eliminate discrimination through education and outreach and the enforcement of the Missouri Human Rights Act. The MCHR investigates complaints of discrimination in housing, employment, and places of public accommodations because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age (in employment only), and familial status (in housing only). If you believe you have been discriminated against due one of these protected categories, contact the MCHR at (877) 781-4236 or take this assessment to determine if the MHRA applies to your situation.

The MLK Day of Service is “A Day On, Not a Day Off” and is the perfect time for Americans to actively work toward solutions to social problems and move our nation closer to achieving the ideals of Dr. King. MLK Day is a national celebration, but its emphasis is on local action, working close to home to create a better, more equitable, and just society. You can celebrate MLK Day by participating in any of these or many other inspiring events around our state:

Western Missouri

  • The University of Central Missouri's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will have several related events. Programs include the MLK Community Service Awards presented at the monthly business luncheon of the Greater Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce on January 14. This event will begin at 11:45 a.m. and will be held Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, 121 Pine Street, Warrensburg. The MLK Freedom Scholarship Dinner on January 20 will feature keynote speaker Lucas Boyce, Director of Business Development and Legislative Affairs for the Orlando Magic, author of Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA, and UCM Alumni. This program begins at 6:30 p.m. and will also be located in the Elliot Student Union Ballroom. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance at the UCM Mentoring, Advocacy, and Peer Support Office, Dockery 212 or by calling (660) 543-4156. On January 15, there will be an Issues Forum on “The Dream Still Matters” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UCM’s Elliott Student Union Atrium.  Register for the Forum by contacting Brianna Nesbitt at (660) 543-4007.
  • “Unity in the Community” is the theme of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, beginning at 5 p.m. on January 19 in the Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 Northwest Murray Road, Lee’s Summit. For more information, call (816) 969-1000.
  • The City of Independence is celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7 p.m. on January 19 at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 East Maple. The event theme is "Act Like You Care" and features a scholarship essay contest. The keynote speaker will be Reverend Sam Mann. For more event information, call (816) 325-7000. 
  • Join Metropolitan Community College (MCC) for the annual MLK Day of Service. Each MCC campus will host a number of community service projects as a special way to celebrate the day with friends and fun. Arrive prior to 8 a.m. at the MCC-Pen Valley Education Center to turn in your paperwork and receive a complimentary morning snack.  For further details, contact the Campus Life & Leadership Office at 816-604-4255.
  • A breakfast honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. will kick off the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at Missouri Southern State University. The festivities will include featured guest speakers and volunteer opportunities. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the MSSU Ticket Office or online.

Central Missouri

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Missouri University of Science and Technology is a time for students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in the celebration on January 19. The day opens with registration and a hot breakfast buffet, followed by service projects later in the morning and early afternoon with a sack lunch provided to all registered participants. For more information, contact S&T Student Life at stulife@mst.edu.
  • The University of Missouri celebrates MLK Day with featured speaker, Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights advocate and former NAACP chairperson, on January 28, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Missouri Theatre, 203 South Ninth Street. Free tickets are available at the Missouri Theatre and MSA/GPC Box Offices. For more information, call 573-882-5838 or e-mail diversity@missouri.edu.
  • The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration on January 15 brings people together throughout the community to share in a special breakfast program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards also will be presented at the celebration. Pre-registration is required, and the deadline to register is 5 p.m. on January 9. For additional information, contact OCA@GoColumbiaMo.com or call (573) 874-6386.

Eastern Missouri

  •  Join the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the St. Louis community on January 19 at 10 a.m. for their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Boulevard, St. Louis.
  • Don’t miss the American Stroke/Heart Association and Express Scripts Foundation’s Dr. Martin Luther King Health Fair and Luncheon at the St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street. Receive free health screenings from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and stay for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Register online or call 314-692-5642 to reserve a table for your group.
  • On January 19, the Multicultural Affairs Center at Truman State University will host the Martin Luther King Collegiate Challenge. This year, students, faculty, and staff volunteers will go out into the local community and make their day off from school “A Day On” by helping community partners with projects that they may not have the time or resources to complete. The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies, team building activities, and the completion of projects.

National Resources

  • For more information on Dr. King’s life and legacy of social justice, plan a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. The center was opened in 1968 thanks to the dedication of Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. King, to the ideals of the American Civil Rights movement. The repository there consists of the papers of Dr. King and those of the organization he co-founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as the records of eight major civil rights organizations and of several individuals active in the movement. The archives also include more than 200 oral history interviews with Dr. King’s teachers, friends, family, and civil rights associates. The King Center is at the hub of a 23-acre National Historic Site, which brings one million visitors each year. Free attractions include the birth home, the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King, exhibits at Freedom Hall, gift shop/information facility, and reflecting pool. For more information, call 404-526-8900.
  • Visit the website of the Corporation for National and Community Service to find out more about the MLK Day of Service. The site includes MLK Day Legacy of videos featuring civil rights luminaries Congressman John Lewis, Ruby Bridges, Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, and former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, reminding us of the importance of keeping Dr. King's legacy of service alive and challenging us to make service a part of our everyday lives. Find a MLK Day of Service project in your community or list your project so others can participate. For more information, e-mail MLKDay@cns.gov.
  • Visit All For Good to find service opportunities in your specific area.

If you choose to celebrate, we encourage you to seek ways you can work in your community to help make America a place of freedom, opportunity, fairness, and justice, which are hallmarks of the American dream. Enjoy the holiday, and do something positive in your community – remembering to support the MLK Day of Service as “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

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