Human Resources

Leaving UMass Boston

This program is designed for employees who lose their jobs as a result of layoffs, staff reductions, departmental re-organizations and other funding agencies. It is also for employees looking for a job or career change, seeking assistance with career planning, and/or looking to improve job search skills and resume writing.

Depending on your need, some or all of the program components may apply. This program reviews the process for concluding employment at the university; reviews benefit options upon leaving the University; helps employees develop techniques to cope with job loss, job dissatisfaction and/or job search stress; describes how and where to start the process of finding a new job, and/or enhancing individual marketability for a new job; and explains the role of a One-Stop Career Center and the resources it provides.

Your Benefit Options Upon Leaving The University

When employment ends with the University, you still have options for maintaining your benefits. You also have options on how you wish to handle your contributions to state retirement, and you may be eligible for unemployment insurance. The options that are available to you are presented below. For additional information, you can contact Human Resources at 617-287-5150, or the respective plan administrator.

Health Insurance and Dental/Vision Coverage

When employment with the University ends, coverage is continued for a short period of time at a part-cost premium through the University. After that, coverage can be continued temporarily at the full-cost premium through COBRA.

A. Coverage Period through the University

Health Insurance – Your health coverage continues for one full month after the month in which the termination date falls. For example, if employment terminates on June 5, coverage will remain in effect until July 31. Employees can contact the Group Insurance Commission, the plan administrator, at 617-727-2310.

Dental/Vision Coverage (CSU and PSU employees only) – Your dental/vision coverage continues for 30 days after the month in which the termination date falls. For example, if employment terminates on June 5, coverage will remain in effect until July 31. For layoffs, coverage continues for 120 days after the month in which the termination date falls. Classified Staff Union and Professional Staff Union employees can contact the Mass Public Employees Fund, the dental/vision plan administrator, at 617-367-6167 or 1-800-325-5214.

Dental Coverage (MTA FSU/Non-Unit employees only) – Your dental coverage continues for one full month after the month in which the termination date falls. For example, if employment terminates on June 5, coverage will remain in effect until July 31. MTA Faculty Staff Union/Non-Unit employees can contact McKenzie & Company, the dental plan administrator, at 617-723-7232.

B. Extending Coverage through COBRA

The plan administrator will mail you a COBRA application. For more information on COBRA, contact the appropriate plan administrator.

COBRA key points:
• Coverage can be extended up to 18 months
• Must pay full-cost premium
• Information sent to you by plan administrator
• Have 60 days from the date you would lose coverage to notify the plan administrator of your intent to elect continuation of coverage

Vacation Payouts

Employees who leave employment with the University are entitled to a payout of any unused vacation time in accordance with their applicable collective bargaining agreements and/or personnel policies.

State Retirement Contributions

As an employee of the University, you have been contributing to the State Employees Retirement Systems (SERS). When employment with the University ends, you have three options with your state retirement funds:

1. You can withdraw all the money you have contributed, including any interest if you were involuntarily terminated, but 20 percent will be withheld for federal taxes. The form (“Request for Return of Accumulated Deductions”) is available in Human Resources or on the State Board of Retirement’s website.

2. You may directly “rollover” the funds to a tax-qualified IRA and not pay any taxes. The form (“Request for Return of Accumulated Deductions”) is available in Human Resources or on the State Board of Retirement’s website.

3. You may leave your funds in the State Retirement system in the event that you return to state service. If you choose this option, you do not need to contact the State Board of Retirement. The Board will contact you about every two years to ask what you want to do with the funds.

Contact the State Board of Retirement at 617-367-7770 for more information.

Unemployment Insurance

Employees whose appointments terminate at the University may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. For information on eligibility, available services, and how to file a claim for unemployment insurance, check the Division of Employment and Training web site , or call the main number at 1-888-626-5553 or 617-626-5553. To assist you in filing a claim, you need the following information:

Employer Name and Address: University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

D.E.T. Employer ID Number: 78-418460 (State-funded jobs/positions)
78-418470 (Non-State-funded jobs/positions)

Federal Employer ID Number: 046002284

You may also be qualified for health insurance benefits through the Medical Security Plan, administered by the Division of Employment and Training. For information, visit the Medical Security Plan web site, or call 1-800-914-4455.

Correct Address

Please make sure your current address is on file in Human Resources. The Personal Data Change Form, can be used to update your address. Human Resources sends updated address information to each of the plan administrators. Not having an updated name and address on file in Human Resources can result in mail not being received at your new address, health claims being rejected due to a new name that has not been registered with the proper plan administrators, an incorrect W-2 being filed with the IRS, and a W-2 not being mailed to your proper address.