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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

City of Milwaukee COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

The City of Milwaukee strongly encourages employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. The City’s vaccination policy can be found here.

All City employees, spouses and Wisconsin residents (16 years and older) are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  For more information about vaccinations and Milwaukee walk-in vaccination clinics, including the Wisconsin Center, visit

Vaccinations are free. 

Employees who are undecided about receiving the vaccine and interested in learning more about vaccination myths and facts can attend an education session presented by the City’s Onsite Nurse Liaison.


Host: Mari Cohn, UHC Onsite Nurse Liaison

Monday, April 26 at 7:00 pm

Link to register: click here 

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

The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ended on December 31, 2020. Contact Katherine Holiday (; 414-286-6210) or Johnnie Nelson (; 414-286-2358) with questions.

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