WRS Military Service Credit - Frequently
What type of retirement credit does Uniformed
Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA)
Under USERRA, who pays for the Wisconsin Retirement
System (WRS) contributions I missed while on military leave?
What responsibility does my employer have
when I assert my right to WRS credit under USERRA?
What responsibilities do I have in connection
with my pension rights under USERRA?
What is the difference between USERRA and
WRS Continuous Military Service Credit?
What type of retirement credit does
USERRA provides for WRS service credit and contributions in the
amount you would have received (see next question) if you had been
continuously employed with your civilian employer.
Under USERRA, who pays for the WRS
contributions I missed while on military leave?
You are responsible for making WRS employee required contributions
unless you were covered by a collective bargaining agreement with
provisions to the contrary. When you return to work with your pre-service
employer, you have the choice to make all, some or none of the employee
required make-up contributions related to your military leave. Your
employer will submit WRS employer required contributions matching
the employee required contributions you choose to make up.
USERRA allows for employee required make-up contributions to the
WRS to be made beginning with the date of reemployment and ending
on the earlier of: three times the period of military service or
five years. USERRA specifies that make-up contributions are only
allowed while you are employed with your pre-service employer.
For more information about the relationship between Acts 10 and
32 and military service, see Information
for Military Service Members Regarding 2011 Wisconsin Acts 10 and
What responsibility does my employer
have when I assert my right to WRS credit under USERRA?
When you return from a military leave of absence to the same employer,
your employer should provide you with a USERRA
Certification Form (ET-4560). That form is required for any
length of military leave to ensure that you receive WRS service
credit and to provide you with information on making up missed WRS
employee required contributions.
What responsibilities do I have in
connection with my pension rights under USERRA?
What is the difference between USERRA
and WRS Continuous Military Service Credit?
Continuous Military Service Credit
is based on state law. It is similar to the federal USERRA law,
but contains more restrictions on the types of service that may
Use the USERRA Certification
Form (ET-4560) to apply for continuous military service credit.