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Benefits available to State of Wisconsin Employees
The fringe benefits offered to State of Wisconsin employees are a significant and valuable part of an individual's compensation package. The fringe benefits may vary somewhat between employee groups based on occupational status (i.e., protective, executive, general), whether or not the employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement and the percentage of full-time employment.

A number of provisions in 2011 Wisconsin Acts 10 and 32 affect the retirement and health insurance programs administered by ETF. Read more about these provisions.

The benefits available are:

Retirement icon
Retirement
 Most state employees are offered a retirement benefit through the Wisconsin Retirement System. All full-time, and most part-time employees, initially employed on or after July 1, 2011, must be expected to work at least 1,200 hours to be considered a WRS employee. Employee-required contributions are approximately one-half of the total required WRS contribution. The state pays the other half. Employees initially employed on or after July 1, 2011, having no prior employment with any WRS employer, are required to have at least five full years of WRS-creditable service to have vested rights to the WRS-employer contribution.
Vacation icon Vacation
Vacation is earned from the first day of employment, but cannot be used until the employee has worked for six months. Vacation is earned by full-time employees at the following rate:

Years of Service

Annual Vacation Hours
Non-Exempt

Annual Vacation Hours
Exempt

During first 5
5+ to 10
10+ to 15
15+ to 20
20+ to 25
25 and Over

104
144
160
184
200
216

120
160
176
200
216
216

Personal Holiday icon Personal Holidays
Employees are granted 4.5 days of personal holiday time.
Legal holiday icon Legal Holidays
The state provides nine legal holidays with pay:
          • New Year's Day
          • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
          • Memorial Day
          • Independence Day
          • Labor Day
          • Thanksgiving Day
          • Christmas Eve Day
          • Christmas Day
          • New Year's Eve Day
Sick leave icon Sick Leave
Sick leave is earned at the rate of five hours per bi-weekly pay period for full-time employees. Unused sick leave accumulates from year to year. Upon retirement, the state matches a certain amount of the unused sick leave, and the entire balance can be converted at the employee's current hourly rate to pay health insurance premiums.
Health Insurance icon Health Insurance
A variety of Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Plans and fee-for-service health providers offer coverage. Employees may obtain coverage within one month of starting work, but the state contribution toward the premium is not effective until after two months of state employment under the WRS.
Life Insurance icon Life Insurance
After six months of coverage under the WRS, an employee may have group term life insurance coverage in an amount up to five times his/her annual salary. The state contributes approximately 49% of the premium toward two of the five units of coverage; however, the premiums for the remaining three units of coverage are paid totally by the employee. Employees may also secure coverage for their spouse (up to $20,000) and dependents (up to $10,000) each.
Money icon Income Continuation Insurance
After six months of coverage in the WRS, employees are eligible for income continuation insurance. This benefit ensures that individuals will receive up to 75% of their gross salary for physical or mental disabilities. The state contribution, which can range from 0% to 100%, is contingent upon an employee's accrual and use of sick leave.
Catastrophic       Insurance icon Catastrophic Insurance
Excess medical, accidental death and dismemberment, and dental coverage are features of this insurance. Employees are responsible for the entire premium.
Dental icon Dental Insurance
Some dental coverage is included in many of the group health insurance plans and the catastrophic insurance plan. Many unions offer separate dental coverage to their membership.
Long-Term care icon Long-Term Care Insurance
This insurance covers short-term and long-term home health care, assisted living, community-based care and nursing home care. The plan is available only to state employees and annuitants, including their spouse, parents and spouse's parents. Employees pay the full premium.
Employee Reimbursement icon Employee Reimbursement Accounts Program
The Employee Reimbursement Accounts Program allows employees to pay eligible medical and dependent care expenses from pre-tax rather than post-tax income. In addition, premiums for State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, catastrophic and life insurance (excluding spouse and dependent life insurance coverage) may be treated as pre-tax deductions.
Commuter icon Commuter Benefits Program
The Commuter Benefits Program allows employees to save money on their commuting costs by using pre-tax dollars to pay for bus passes, parking expenses and other mass transit costs.
Deferred icon Deferred Compensation
The Deferred Compensation Program allows eligible employees an opportunity to save pre-tax earnings to supplement retirement income. Under Sec. 457, participants are allowed to defer up to the lesser of 100% of gross income, or $18,000 in 2015.
Worker’s Compensation icon Worker’s Compensation
All employees are covered by the State of Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Law the day they start employment. The law covers both mental and physical harm from either accidents or occupational diseases.

 

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