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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 is working on a number of steps regarding COVID-19 vaccination planning and distribution for City employees. The City’s COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees strongly encourages employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible based upon the availability of the vaccine and vaccination prioritization guidelines. The Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) is a registered vaccinator for COVID-19 vaccinations and is administering vaccines to community members and City employees. The Department of Employee Relations (DER) is working with the MHD to facilitate the vaccination process for City of Milwaukee employees.

Due to the limited supply of vaccines, the City and MHD are following a vaccination distribution schedule outlined by the CDC and State of Wisconsin DHS. COVID-19 vaccines are being offered in phases to employees starting with health care workers, fire/EMS and police. As additional information and guidance is released from state and local health authorities regarding subsequent phases, employees identified in those groups will be notified of their opportunity to receive the vaccine as supplies are available.

The DER will notify departments and their employees when they can schedule a vaccination appointment based on the weekly vaccine supply and the designated category where each employee falls. The notification from DER will include directions for employees regarding how to make their appointment for a vaccination. Vaccination distribution will take a number of months and the DER and MHD are working closely with departments to make this process as smooth as possible. If employees have the opportunity to receive a vaccination through another source, we encourage them to take advantage of that.

General information and resources about the COVID 19 Vaccine can be found below including links about scheduling vaccines on the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department website and other websites where individuals can register for vaccines as they meet eligibility criteria:

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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