October 8, 2015

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Donate Your Over Maxed Annual Leave
Hours to ShareLeave
New Options for Foster or Adopted Child Leave

Employee annual leave hours hit their maximum accrual limits at the end of October. If you will not be able to get below your maximum accrued amount, please consider helping your fellow employees by donating to MoDOT’s ShareLeave Program. Donated hours remain with MoDOT and provides additional paid sick leave to eligible MoDOT employees who have exhausted all of their accrued leave time due to an illness or injury that is life threatening, catastrophic, or resulting in a potential permanent disability.

shareleaveThe department manages an Employee Pool for an employee’s medical condition and a Family Pool for an employee’s family medical condition. Starting this month, the ShareLeave program has added a third leave sharing option for purposes of foster or adopted child placement or care after placement. Recently passed Missouri legislation created this new program.

Employees can now donate annual leave hours to the Foster and Adoptive Placement and Care Pool. Employees who have exhausted their accrued leave time can apply for ShareLeave for items including appointments, court proceedings, travel, training and other time needed related to becoming a foster parent or adopting a child.

The form to donate your annual leave hours to ShareLeave is available on the Human Resources Division SharePoint site. Please note the form allows you to designate donated hours to the Employee, Family or Foster and Adoptive Placement ShareLeave pools. Click Here for the forms.

In 2014, employees donated 3,235.45 hours to ShareLeave to keep the program with a healthy balance. This generosity by MoDOT employees helped 15 employees in 2014 continue to receive a paycheck during their time of need.

MoDOT Employees Participate in Illinois Infrastructure Security Conference
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Marisa Ellison, communications manager for the Northeast District, discusses crisis communication with attendees at the Infrastructure Security Conference in Peoria, Illinois.
Our neighbors to the east recently held an Infrastructure Security Conference in Peoria bringing together about 100 Illinois Department of Transportation, Highway Patrol and Department of Natural Resources employees to learn about various practices to improve incident management.

Marisa Ellison, communications manager for the Northeast District, and Owen Hasson, Incident Management for the St. Louis District, were guest presenters.

Marisa shared information on crisis communication and the importance of taking the time to plan your communications, citing a case study from 2006 when a cave was discovered under a highway project.

Owen shared some of the incidents he and his team deal with on a regular basis, as well as insight to civil disobedience and the effect the activities in Ferguson has had on MoDOT operations and its employees.

EAC Blurb

U.S. Department of Transportation
Emergency Relief for Roads and
Bridges Damaged by Flooding
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One of the graphics MoDOT used on social media to keep the public informed on road closures during extreme flooding earlier this year.
The Federal Highway Administrator recently announced the release of $1 million in federal emergency relief funds to MoDOT to help with repairs to the state’s highway system due to extreme flooding earlier this year. Bridges and roads throughout the state have been damaged from landslides, erosion and scouring, and many culverts have been washed out. In total, 76 of Missouri’s 114 counties received damage to state roads and bridges.

The greatest immediate need is in the Northeast and Kansas City areas and these immediate funds will be used to work on their high priority needs.

MoDOT will continue to address the repairs statewide and will continue to pursue funding for the locations with major damage.

You can read FHWA’s news release here -

New Medical Plan Option FAQs

More Frequently Asked Questions on the New High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) option.

Employees are encouraged to review all of FAQs and other information on the website at and attend one of the workshops being held in the districts and central office to see if this new plan would be beneficial for you. You can also contact employee benefits staff at 877-863-9406.

FAQs for MedicalQ. Is there a separate prescription drug deductible such as in the traditional PPO plan?

A. No, the prescription and the medical deductibles are shared.

Q. If I have accumulated over $2,000 in the HSA account and elect to invest those funds over the $2,000, what happens if my account goes below $2,000 because
I have claimed qualified expenses?

A. You would have to liquidate some of the money invested in order to get back to the $2,000 level.

Q. If I have a claim in February for $1,000 but only have $250 in my HSA, can I collect the fully $1,000 to pay my claim?
A. No, you cannot exceed the balance in your account as it is a debit card and would reject? Your available balance will always show on the Health Equity web portal.

Q. Can you contribute a check to Health Equity mid-year after you realize you did not set your monthly deductions high enough to take care of the expenses you incurred?

A. Yes, as long as you stay below the IRS annual limit.

Q. How do you realize a tax savings when you are making your contribution on-line or sending the deposit to Health Equity?
A. You would not realize the tax savings until you file your taxes the next year.


Missouri High Schools Challenged to
Drive Safe and Buckle Up

Safe Driving Campaign Educates to Save Teen Lives

LogoCalling all Missouri high schools to compete in the 2015 "It Only Takes One" campaign for an opportunity to win prizes for your school while educating young drivers about safe driving habits and safety belt use. Sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and ACT Missouri, the statewide competition will run from October 1 to the end of the school year.

It's important that young drivers realize it only takes one text, one drink, one call, one reach, one distraction to cause one fatal moment but that one clicked safety belt could be the difference between life or death in a car crash.

"Six out of ten young drivers and passengers killed in 2014 Missouri vehicle traffic crashes weren't buckled up," said Bill Whitfield, executive committee chair for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Through education, competition and fun, the ‘It Only Takes One' campaign can make a difference with young Missourians and save lives."

Young drivers are over represented in crashes both nationwide and in Missouri. Although comprising only eight percent of Missouri's licensed drivers, they were involved in 17 percent of the 2014 fatal and serious injury crashes. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15-20 years old. Research indicates that driver distractions are the primary cause of fatal collisions. In addition, one of the greatest risk factors faced by young drivers is the number of passengers in the vehicle. Studies have confirmed that with the presence of just one passenger, young drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Also, results of a 2015 survey among Missouri young drivers indicate that 31 percent are not wearing safety belts.  Read More.

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What's Happening
traffic conferenceSave the Date
Missouri’s 2016 Traffic Safety and Blueprint Conference

Oct. 18-20, 2016
Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, MO

Oct. 18 - Conference begins at 1:00 p.m. with a keynote presentation and the roll out of the next edition of the Blueprint.
Oct. 19 - A full day of traffic engineering and Blueprint behavioral topics during concurrent separate breakout sessions.

Oct. 20 - Conference ends at noon with a program that includes the overlap of the disciplines with topics such as human factors, elderly drivers, young drivers, pedestrians, MUTCD and more.

Conference chairs,
Charlie Nemmers, University of Missouri
Michelle Gibler, ThinkFirst
John Miller, MoDOT Traffic and Highway Safety
Bill Whitfield, MoDOT Traffic and Highway Safety

freight logoHaunting Fun this Fall at Missouri’s
Amusement Parks

Six Flags and Worlds of Fun are offering state employees big discounts on
tickets this fall. There’s something for the whole family as these parks deck
out for spooky fun. Click on the flyer below for all the details on dates and
discounts – Theme Park Discounts.

October Service Anniversaries

30 Years

Donald Ingram Standley - NW
Rodney M. Martin – NW
John W. Gabathuler - CD
Leroy E. Bauer - CD
Kelly R. Hensen - SL
Julie Ann Zibert - SW
Lonnie D. Chambers - SE

25 Years
Kathy Jean Tripp – NW
Timmy E. Lake – NE
Michael J. Tourney – NE
Donald Eugene Klaus – KC
Robert Ray Lawrence – SW
Charles Andrew White – SW

20 Years
Brenda Sue Hughes – NW
Dan M. Fox – NE
Keith F. Rush – KC
Chad E. Baldwin – KC
Melissa Renee Black – KC
Michael N. Adams – SW

20 Years Continued
Deidre K. Berry – SW

Randy Lee Patterson – SW
Dwayne C. Severs – SW

Jaylyn Ann O'Connor – SW
Steven Thomas Markham – SW
Brad L. Cook – SE
Dale D. Wright – SE
Jeffrey Eugene Payne – SE
Melissa Ann Wilbers – CO
Donna H. Schmitz – CO
Steven A. Sanning – CO
Shawn D. McKee – CO

15 Years
Jimmie D. Martin – NW
Kevin M. Haner – NE
Clinton W. Tillitt – NE
Rebel Jess Walker – KC
Terry James Talley – SL
Mitchell A. Davis – SW
Duane E. Fish – SE
Deborah Lynn Hill – CO
Rebecca Lynn Jackson – CO
Amy Kathleen Binkley – CO

10 Years

Jason Wayne Sears – NE
Donald Lee Hall – KC
Damon Sheridan B. Rinehart – KC
Andrew Lee Dobnikar – KC
Jamey Asahl – CD
Kevin W. Blankenship – CD
Ronnie G. Pyatt – CD
Anthony D. Archer – SL
Melinda Ann Lawrence – SL
Donald Ray Dipley – SW
Alan Dwayne Hooper – SW
Anthony W. Bennett – SE
Justin L. Adey – SE
Tonya Renea Doyel – CO
Leann Glanel Kleffner – CO
Marisa Jade Kling – CO

5 Years
Jamie R. Mathes – NE
Joshua Cody Chapman – KC
Randall Lavance Ewing – KC
Gregory Kurt Giedinghagen – KC
Matthew R. Kidder – KC
William John Lutgen – KC
Tiesun Tejay Hochlan – SL
David Lynn Kaercher – SL
Richard A. Kelley - SE


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