All WRS Employers
Vol. 18, No. 2
January 16, 2001
Termination Dates Required for Receipt of Disability Benefits;
Extranet Service and Benefit Inquiry Screen Changed
Termination Dates Required for Receipt of Disability
The Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) offers disability retirement
and long-term disability insurance benefits for WRS covered participants
who meet the eligibility requirements. To apply for disability benefits,
an employee does not have to be terminated from WRS employment.
However, once a Disability Benefit Approval (ET-5804)
is issued, an employee must terminate from WRS covered employment
in order to receive the disability benefit payments.
Effective immediately, upon receipt of a copy of the Disability
Benefit Approval (ET-5804), employers must submit a termination
date to the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) so the employee
can receive the disability benefit payments. Termination dates may
be submitted to ETF either on an Employee Transaction Report
(ET-2533) or through electronic media. An Employee Transaction
Report (ET-2533) or electronic media must be used when reporting
final earnings and hours in addition to the termination date and/or
when reporting only a termination date. For information about reporting
terminations, refer to the WRS Administration Manual (ET-1127),
Chapter 8 - Employee Transaction Reporting;
Chapter 12 - Electronic Media Reporting;
and Chapter 14 - Termination Rule and Reporting.
Disability annuities that have been approved will be reviewed to
identify missing termination dates. ETF will contact employers to
submit any missing terminations dates.
The employee cannot be a WRS-participating employee and an annuitant
at the same time. If the employee does not terminate from employment
covered under WRS and is receiving disability payments, the disability
benefit will be terminated and any payments made to the employee
must be refunded by the employee to ETF.
For more information, contact the Employer Communication Center
at (608) 264-7900.
Changes Made to Extranet Previous Service and Benefit
The Extranet Previous Service and Benefit Inquiry Screen was modified
recently based on the provisions of 1999 Wisconsin Act 11. Even
though the Supreme Court injunction remains in effect, ETF made
changes to the database in order to be able to implement the provisions
when the injunction is lifted.
Act 11 applies a higher formula factor to creditable service performed
before 2000; the original formula factor in effect before Wisconsin
Act 11 is applied to creditable service performed after 1999. Therefore,
the Creditable Service by employment category that appears at the
bottom of the Previous Service and Benefit Inquiry Screen now shows
pre-2000 and post-1999 service. Pre-2000 contains creditable service
performed before 01/01/2000. Post-1999 contains creditable service
performed after 12/31/1999. The amount of Creditable Service by
employment category shown in the total service field should be used
to determine the total amount of service.
For example, a general employee has 7.50 years of pre-2000 service
or 7.50 years of service as of 12/31/1999. The employee accrued
1.00 year of post-1999 service or 1.00 year of service for work
performed in 2000. The employee's total creditable service amount
as of 12/31/2000 is 8.50 (7.50 + 1.00).
State employers use creditable service information to help determine
eligibility for supplemental sick leave credits. Creditable service
includes current WRS creditable service, forfeited service purchased,
qualifying service purchased, prior WRS creditable service and military
service granted under WRS.
NOTE: There are differences between years
of adjusted continuous service or seniority and years of WRS creditable
service. Years of adjusted continuous service or seniority with
the state relate to the number of years without a break in service
that an employee has worked for the state.
Please direct questions about the Previous Service and Benefit
Inquiry Screen to the Employer Communication Center at (608) 264-7900.