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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:

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 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 (part-time employees would be pro-rated):

Years of Service

Annual Vacation Hours

Annual Vacation Hours

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



Personal Holiday icon Personal Holidays
Full-time employees are granted 4.5 days of personal holiday time each calendar year. Personal holidays are pro-rated for part-time employees.
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

Legal holidays are pro-rated for part-time employees.

Sick leave icon Sick Leave
Sick leave is earned at the rate of five hours per bi-weekly pay period for full-time employees; accrual is pro-rated for part-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 highest hourly rate attained while in state service to pay health insurance premiums.
Health Insurance icon Health Insurance
Employees can choose amongst a variety of health insurance plan designs offered by various health insurance companies. Employees may obtain coverage within one month of starting work, but the state contribution toward the premium is not effective until the first of the month after two months of state employment under the WRS.
Life Insurance icon Life Insurance
All WRS covered employees 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 elect coverage for their spouse (up to $20,000) and dependents (up to $10,000) each.
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Income Continuation Insurance
All WRS covered employees are eligible to apply for income continuation insurance coverage. This benefit ensures that individuals will receive up to 75% of their gross salary for physical or mental disabilities, certified by a physician, that require the employee to be away from work for more than 30 calendar days. The state contribution, which can range from 0% to 100%, is based on an employee's accrual and use of sick leave.

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Supplemental Benefits

  • Dental Insurance: Some dental coverage (Uniform Dental) can be included in most of the group health insurance plans. In addition, there are purely supplemental dental plans (Delta Dental PPOSM- Select Plan or Delta Dental PPO Plus Premier™ - Select Plus Plan) available to choose from. The entire premium for the supplemental plans is paid by the employee.
  • Vision Insurance: Evaluations for visual acuity are generally covered by health insurance. For eyeglass frames, lenses, or for vision exams outside of your health network, optional vision care insurance (VSP Vision Care) is available to state employees, retirees and dependents. Subscribers pay the full premium. The vision services plan covers eye exams, frames, lenses, and contact lenses, with plans for singles, couples and extra visits for families.
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment: Provides payments for specific amputation injuries, such as loss of a limb or for accidental death.
Long-Term care icon Long-Term Care Insurance
This insurance covers long-term home health care, assisted living, community-based care and nursing home care. The plan is available 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 daycare expenses from pre-tax rather than post-tax income. In addition, premiums for the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, supplemental benefits 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 eligible parking and transit 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 $18,500 in 2018.
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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