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Important Notice About DER's Reception Area

To help protect the health and safety of the Department of Employee Relation's (DER) workforce during this period of uncertainty, the reception area will be closed to walk-ins until further notice.  To speak with a DER representative call (414) 286-3751. 

To schedule a meeting or complete step 2 of your I-9, call (414) 286-3751 and your call will be directed to the appropriate personnel.

For questions about benefits, worker's compensation, and employee assistance:

Employee Benefits, call (414) 286-3184 or email

Worker's Compensation, call (414) 286-2020 or email

EAP Coordinator, call (414) 286-3145 or email

Department of Employee Relations Racial Equity Plan

The Department of Employee Relations (DER) recognizes the important role it plays in supporting all City of Milwaukee agencies in their efforts to assure equitable delivery of services and programs, balanced and fair distribution of resources and uniform and appropriate access to programs and services. Comprehensive benefit programs play a critical role in supporting diversity efforts and ensuring employees feel welcome at the City and supported throughout their employment. Advancing and achieving racial equity within the City’s workforce is paramount to the City’s equity, inclusion, and social justice goals. 

Read the DER's equity summary and strategy recomendations here.

Proclamations by Mayor Tom Barrett


Read the proclamation Updated 7.1.20

Read the proclamation Updated 6.4.20

Read the proclamation Updated 5.11.20

Read the proclamation Updated 3.20.20

Read the original proclamation. Updated 3.16.20

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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