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Employer of National Service

The City of Milwaukee is now an Employer of National Service

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Administration of the Sick Leave Control Incentive Payment (SLCIP) - Paid Leave (062)

SLCIP (062) should be scheduled the same way vacation is scheduled as allowed by departmental rules. (download memo)

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Employee Safety

In light of the tragic death involving the Department of Neighborhood Services employee killed in the line of duty on March 22, 2017 the Department of Employee Relations (DER) has conducted a comprehensive review of departmental policies and practices related to City employees working in the field. This review included collecting and analyzing information about field safety practices from departments, assessing the needs and priorities of the departments based on employee feedback and exploring the availability of resources to address those concerns. Specific recommendations stemming from that review were presented at the April 13, 2017 meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee of the Common Council. The report with specific recommendations to address field safety can be found at

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Workplace Clinic Excuse Policy (2.21.17)

The Workplace Clinic Excuse Policy and Return to Work Certificate have been adopted by the Department of Employee Relations and Froedtert Workforce Health to ensure that clinic practices and protocols comply with all federal and state standards and regulations applicable to healthcare providers.

Residency Requirement for Emergency Personnel (10.11.16)

On July 26, 2016 the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee adopted legislation imposing a residency requirement on law enforcement, fire, and emergency personnel to reside within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City. (Common Council File # 160453: Effective 10/11/2016).

Worker Compensation Claims Process Changes (10.03.16)

As of October 3, 2016, Gallagher Basset Services, Inc. (GB) is the City’s third party administrator (TPA) for all worker compensation claims. GB has been in the risk management services industry since 1962 and has had a presence in the state of Wisconsin since 1981.

Salary Adjustments for General City Employees for 2016 (r. 04.08.16)

Common Council File #151209 was approved by the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Common Council in December 2015. Therefore, changes were made to the Salary Ordinance that allowed the Department of Employee Relations to create and administer salary adjustment provisions in 2016 for City of Milwaukee employees who have been excluded from pay progression practices allowed under career ladders created in 2012 and beyond or employees covered by provisions of labor agreements.

Pension Contribution Changes Effective 02.01.15 (r. 02.11.15)

Effective February 1st or Pay Period 4 of 2015, all general city employee members of the Employee’ Retirement System who were hired prior to January 1, 2014 will contribute 5.5% of their earnable compensation (i.e., base salary) towards their pension. The following table summarizes employees’ eligibility for salary adjustments as a result of having to make this 5.5% contribution per the WI Supreme Court decision on Act 10.

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Contact Us

City Hall, Room 706
200 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3515

General Information
(414) 286-3751
(414) 286-5555 (job hotline)
(414) 286-2960 (TDD)

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Employee Relations Director

Maria Monteagudo


Phone: 414-286-3398
Fax: 414-286-0203