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Important Notice About DER's Reception Area

The Department of Employee Relations (DER) is open for business and here to assist applicants and employees with HR related matters.  Our reception area is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (Masks are encouraged but optional.)

If you need assistance with:

General inquiries, call (414) 286-3751 or email

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

Staffing, call (414) 286-2963 or email

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the numbers above.


City of Milwaukee COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

In accordance with the City of Milwaukee’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, the City of Milwaukee will implement a mandatory vaccination policy effective Wednesday, September 1, 2021 for COVID-19 for general city employees, including temporary employees, and interns. We are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees, their families, visitors and the residents we serve. 

COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy

Mayor Barrett and the Milwaukee Common Council set a $15 per hour minimum wage for City of Milwaukee Employees

On July 7, 2021, the Common Council unanimously approved file #210343, which raises the minimum payable wage for all City of Milwaukee employees to $15.00/hour. As residents of the City of Milwaukee are governed by a 3% residency incentive, the minimum rate of pay for residents of the City of Milwaukee will be $15.45/hour. This minimum payable wage is effective September 5, 2021.

Among the employees impacted by the change are library circulation aides, library teen outreach interns, school crossing guards, temporary election workers, fire cadets, and police aides. The additional cost of the wage changes will be managed within this year’s City budget and included in the Mayor’s budget proposal for 2022.

Employees whose rates have been adjusted up to these new minimum wage rates will see the change reflected on their September 30, 2021 paycheck. Employees with a question about their September 30, 2021 paycheck should reach out to their department’s human resources personnel.

2% General Wage Increase Effective Pay Period 2, 2022 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ethics and Harassment Training for Elected Officials and Appointees

The Milwaukee Code of Ordinance states that each elected official and appointee shall complete ethics and harassment training provided by the Department of Employee Relations or its designee within 120 days of election or appointment to office. Click here for more information and to register for upcoming sessions.

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.

Department of Employee Relations Strategic Plan

DER is a leader in HR excellence and committed to meeting the evolving needs of our diverse workforce so they can thrive and serve the City of Milwaukee with purpose.  Read the DER's strategic plan here.

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