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Welcome to the Department of Employee Relations

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 e-mail

Worker’s Compensation, call (414) 286-2020 or e-mail

EAP Coordinator Cris Zamora, call (414) 286-3145 or e-mail


Important Information About COVID-19

Proclamation by Mayor Tom Barrett

On Sunday March 15th, 2020, Mayor Tom Barrett declared a state of emergency under the powers vested in him under Chapter 6.07-3 of the Milwaukee City Charter. The proclamation modifies a number of ordinances effective on March 16th, 2020 and creates a Temporary Emergency Paid Leave Account of up to 40 hours to be used by eligible employees impacted by COVID-19 during the week of March 16-20, 2020. Mayor Barrett updated the proclamation on 3.20.20 extending the period in the which the original 40 Temporary Emergency Paid Leave (TEPL) hours can be used to March 22nd.

City of Milwaukee Stay at Home Order


Families First Coronavirus Response Act

See below for additional information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act


Policy and Administrative Guidelines

The latest policy and administrative guidelines are below.  The most recent guidelines are listed first.  Employees will be informed via enotify and text message once updated policies are available.


Temporary Emergency Paid Leave

See below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Mayor's state of emergency declaration and emergency paid leave for City employees affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.


Department Resources

A list of resources available for departments during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Employee Resources

A list of resources for employees during the COVID-19 outbreak.



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Sign Up for Text Messaging to Receive Important Benefits Information and Updates on Coronavirus

The Department of Employee Relations (DER) recently launched a new text messaging service for benefits and wellness updates. The DER will also be using this text messaging service to communicate City of Milwaukee updates and policies in light of the evolving COVID-19 developments. All employees are encouraged to enroll in the City text message service to receive the latest updates in this rapidly changing situation.

Updates to Meet and Confer Procedures

On Tuesday March 3rd the Common Council passed file #191281 which contained revisions to Chapter 340 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances. The revisions include an expansion of the Meet and Confer language to require an annual meeting between a department and their employee’s and/or employee representatives. The file created the authority for the Department of Employee Relations to create a Dispute Resolution Procedure to deal with employee issues and concerns that are not disciplinary in nature, but rather those issues and disputes that arise from other terms and conditions of employment. Click the heading to access the file and read more.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

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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City of Milwukee Employee Relations Director Maria Monteagudo  

Employee Relations Director

Maria Monteagudo

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