All WRS Employers
Vol. 20, No. 3
February 5, 2003
Department Completes LTDI Administrative Rule Process Regarding
The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) has completed the
Administrative Rule process revising the Long-Term Disability Insurance
(LTDI) Employer Disability Certification. This revision should remove
the problems and barriers of the current disability plan design
that delay receipt of disability benefits to those who are eligible.
Effective December 1, 2002, ETF §50.48(3), Wis. Admin. Code
no longer requires employers to make a medical determination that
the employee has ceased employment due to an apparent disability.
The LTDI Employer Statement
(ET-5315, revised 11/2002) formerly known as the LTDI
Employer Disability Certification, has been modified, allowing
employers to report the termination date, and hours and earnings
not previously reported directly on the form. A separate Employee
Transaction Report (ET-2533) is no longer required. Employers
using electronic media reporting should use the same form to expedite
their employee's receipt of disability benefits. ETF will internally
review the earnings reported on any subsequent tape and make any
A sample of the revised Employer Statement is attached
to this Bulletin. Instructions for completing the earnings
information on the form are found in Chapter 8, Employee Transaction
Reporting, of the WRS Administration Manual, ET-1127 (revised
5/99). Chapter 14 of the manual provides information for determining
the termination date.
When a participant files a LTDI claim, via telephone or on paper
(ET-5313) with CORE, INC., CORE will send the Employer Statement
to the WRS Agent. To expedite the process, CORE will e-mail the
Employer Statement to the WRS Agent. Employers without
an e-mail address, or who have not provided one to ETF or CORE,
will have the form sent via US mail. Employers: Return this
form to ETF; do not return it to CORE.
The WRS Agent must complete the Employer Statement including
the following information:
- Last day worked
- Last day paid
- Termination date
- Hours and earnings
In addition, the employer must indicate whether the employee is
expected to resume active service. An employer may contest the employee's
application for disability benefits. However, the reason(s) for
this action must be indicated on the form. IF an employer contests
an employee's disability, the employee's disability will
be denied. The employee then has the right to appeal the denied
application and the employer will be responsible for presenting
its case at an evidentiary hearing.
Upon receipt of the Employer Statement from the employer,
ETF updates the employee's WRS account with the last day paid,
termination date, and hours and earnings as indicated by the employer.
If the final earnings and hours have been reported to the WRS, but
the last day paid and/or termination date has not, ETF will update
the employee's retirement account based on the dates entered
on the Employer Statement.
Please direct your questions to the Employer Communication Center
at (608) 264-7900.