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Health and Dental Benefits:

For those with family coverage, your coverage for health and/or dental will continue and your employee share, if any, will be covered by the City. For those with single coverage, your coverage will end while you are on active leave, but will be reinstated the day you return.

Questions?  Contact the Employee Benefits Division at 286-3184, or send an e-mail to

Life Insurance:

For those with coverage, premium payments can be made by the member for a maximum of 12 months. At the end of the 12 month period coverage will end but will be reinstated the day you return to work. If premium payments are not made by the member  coverage will end but will be reinstated the day you return to work.

Questions?  Contact the Employes' Retirement System (ERS) at 286-3557, or send an e-mail to; or visit the ERS website

Flexible Spending:

If you are on Military Leave and are enrolled in an FSA Medical, Dependent Care or Parking account, your coverage ends on your Leave date. Upon return to work, if the you make-up the missed deductions then the original election remains active but if the you choose to not make up the missed deductions then any expenses while on leave do not qualify for reimbursement.

Questions?  Contact the Employee Benefits Division at 286-3184, or send an e-mail to

Pension Contribution:

Chapter 36 of the City charter provides that service credit for pension purposes will continue to accrue while on an approved military leave of absence from the date the leave begins up to a maximum of 90 days after the military discharge date. Contributions are required from the agency during this time period to reflect the salary the employee would have earned had they not been on military leave. In effect, it will appear, for pension purposes, that there was no break in service for military leave.

Questions?  Contact the Employes' Retirement System (ERS) at 286-3557, or send an e-mail to; or visit the ERS website

Deferred Compensation Program:

The participant’s 457 account is not frozen while they are on active leave. Their accounts are active and they can make allocation changes anytime. They can only contribute when they are receiving pay from the City of Milwaukee. Once they return from Military Leave, they may start up their deferrals.

Questions?   Conact a Nationwide Retirement Solutions representative at 414-276-2079 or 1-800-829-1183.  The Nationwide Retirement Solutions office is located at 735 N. Water Street, Suite 612 (First National Bank Building, west side of street.)  Click here to go to their website.

Sick Leave / Vacation:

Sick leave and vacation are frozen when a member is off the City payroll. The member does not lose any sick leave or vacation and does not accrue any sick leave or vacation when member is off payroll.

Questions? Contact your department's payroll personnel.

Where provisions of an applicable labor contract differ from this policy, benefits are administered per the labor contract. 

Family and Medical Leave Act:

Promotional Exams:

  • Employees must notify their department if eligible and want to take such promotional exams.

Employee Assistance Program: (EAP)

  • Pre-deployment: Mental health, social services and information for member and/or family. Contact Cris Zamora at 286-3145.
  • Deployment: Mental health and social services for member and/or family. Contact Cris Zamora at 286-3145,; 200 East Wells Street, Room 701, Milwaukee, WI 53202 (Member via e-mail or snail-mail)
  • Post deployment: Mental health, social services, and information for member and/or family including transitional talk with EAP Coordinator or set-up with specific VA counselors with experience dealing with fire-fighters.
  • Click here for the EAP webpage.

Federal Government Sponsored Retirement and Investment Plan (Thrift Savings Plan):

Other Services:

  • State of Wisconsin, Service Member Support Branch “One-stop shopping:” Resource to help families and employers through the stress of military mobilization: 608-242-3480.
  • Milwaukee Vets Center: contact David Pelis, 536-1301, 5401 North 76th Street, Milwaukee:  click here
  • Military One Source: 1-800-342-9647
    • Military One Source: foster homes for pets:  click here
  • VA Medical Center: Andrew Hendrickson OEF/OIF Readjustment Program, 383-2000, x42442
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
  • Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs: 
  • Milwaukee County Veterans Services, 414-382-1727 for information on Loan Programs, Education benefits, VA healthcare, or Jim Duff, 382-1753:  click here
  • SOFAR (Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists):
  • Resources for Guard and Reserve Families:  click here
  • Post-Deployment Reintegration:  click here
  • Helping National Guard and Reserves re-enter the Workplace:  click here
  • Deployment Guide:  Http:// 

Prepared for City of Milwaukee employees by the City of Milwaukee Employee Benefits Division
Phone:  414-286-3184  /  Email:
R. 05-14-2013



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

Hours of Business:
8:00 am - 4:45 pm
Monday - Friday
(City offices are closed Friday, April 18, 2014)

Benefits / ACTIVE employees:
(414) 286-3184

Benefits / RETIRED employees:
(414) 286-3557

General Information:
(414) 286-3751

TDD: (414) 286-2960