For specific information about any of the benefits available, visit the UM System Total Rewards Benefits webpage. For assistance, contact the MU Extension HR office at 573-882-2146 or by email at [email protected].

All employees

Statutory benefits applicable to all employees

Under federal and state law, certain forms of employment-related benefits, including Social Security, Medicare, unemployment compensation and workers' compensation, are provided to all employees.

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    Social Security and Medicare

    Social Security (old age, survivors and disability insurance) and Medicare are federal programs providing a variety of benefits. For more information, see

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    Unemployment compensation

    Under Missouri state law, unemployed workers who are out of work through no fault of their own, are unable to work because of a natural disaster, or quit work for good cause related to the work or the employer may be eligible for unemployment compensation. Detailed eligibility requirements and conditions do apply. Information on the Missouri Unemployment Compensation system can be found on the Missouri Division of Employment Security website. Unemployment compensation is funded by a payroll tax applicable to covered employers.

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    Workers' compensation

    Under Missouri state law, workers' compensation provides for the payment of medical expenses and compensation to any covered employee who is either injured in a work-related accident or incurs a compensable occupation disease. It also provides for death benefits should the injury or disease result in death. All employees, including students while in an employment status, and certain recognized volunteers are covered under workers' compensation. For specific information about workers' compensation, see HR 307 Workers' Compensation, UM System Risk Management and visit the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations website. You can also download the Workers' Compensation form UM WC1 (Report of Injury) (XLS).

Other benefits and services available

In addition to retirement and insurance benefits, benefit-eligible employees have access to other services including the Employee Assistance Program, Tuition assistance and Wellness resources.


Retired employees of MU Extension may continue participation in many of the insurance and other benefit programs available to active employees. However, participation may be limited or available on different terms than apply to active employees. For specific information on retiree benefits, see Retiree benefits overview.

Extension Retiree Recognition

For the process for recognizing retirees, see Extension Retiree Recognition (PDF).