WRS Benefit Presentations

Wisconsin Retirement System Benefit Presentations for September to November 2012

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) will offer free public presentations on Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) benefits in September, October and November. These WRS workshops are valuable opportunities for WRS members, spouses, and other individuals seeking general information on retirement issues and other ETF-administered benefit programs. Those considering or planning retirement in the near future are encouraged to attend; however, the information is useful for all WRS members.

Topics covered during the presentations include:
•    Requesting a retirement estimate
•    Calculating retirement benefits
•    Annuity options
•    Separation benefits
•    Taxes

Green Bay
Monday, September 10, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College – Lecture Hall SC132
2740 W. Mason St.; Green Bay

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College – Conference Center
600 N. 21st. St.; Superior

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Platteville High School – Auditorium
710 E. Madison St.; Platteville

Fond du Lac
Thursday, October 4, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Moraine Park Technical College – Cafeteria A109
235 N. National Ave.; Fond du Lac

River Falls
Thursday, October 18, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Meyer Middle School – Auditorium
230 N. Ninth St.; River Falls

Monday, November 5, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gateway Technical College – Madrigrano Auditorium
3520 30th Ave.; Kenosha

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
UW Milwaukee – UWM Union Ballroom
2200 E. Kenwood Blvdl.; Milwaukee

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

University Personnel Systems – Stakeholder Feedback Posted

The UPS stakeholder feedback from the initial UPS recommendations is now posted on the UPS website at http://web.uwsa.edu/personnelsystems/latest-news/ups-recommendations-feedback-round-1/. The UPS website also summarizes the next steps for UPS:

Next Steps
As noted in the Phase IV timeline, each initial work group recommendation is undergoing intensive review.  The stakeholder feedback document is a key component of that review.  The proposed recommendations will undergo a final round of stakeholder review in the fall with the first reading of the final recommendations going to the Board of Regents in November 2012 and for final approval by the Board of Regents in December 2012.  For more information, visit the UPS timeline description.

The proposed UPS recommendations will again be available for UW-Green Bay employees to review and submit feedback in September/October.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

WDC Pre-Retirement Seminar

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (WDC) with be holding a  free educational seminar to address issues employees may face in retirement and how the WDC’s program and features may be able to help.  This seminar will be held on May 1, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms of the University Union.

Please see the seminar flyer for more information about the WDC Pre-Retirement Seminar at UWGB.  Email wdcprogram@gwrs.com to RSVP for the event.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

Compensation and Workload Study

The development of the new University Personnel System (UPS) that will begin implementation on July 1, 2013, has led several UW institutions to review their internal compensation and personnel policies and seek outside guidance to evaluate their practices. UW-Green Bay will begin the process for an RFP (request for proposal) to hire a consulting firm to conduct a salary study and workload study for faculty, academic staff, classified staff and limited (administration) employees.  The objective of the studies is to benchmark compensation and workload with a group of comparable institutions.  A review of existing policies and procedures will occur with the goal of establishing compensation policies that are transparent, easily understood and managed. The workload study will be examine the effects of changing academic and administrative workloads on the ability of the University to provide high quality education.

The RFP process is expected to take four to six months.  Members of the RFP committee include:

Sheryl Van Gruensven, Director of Human Resources

Dan Spielmann, Special Assistant to the Chancellor

David Dolan, Associate Professor

Andrew Kersten, Professor

Emily Rodgers, Academic Librarian

Mark Roe, Help Desk Professional

Compensation expert from the community to be named

Additional information will be communicated over the course of the next several months. Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

University Personnel Systems Open Forums

Open Forums have been scheduled to discuss the new University Personnel Systems (UPS).  The focus of these sessions will be to provide an overview of the initial UPS work group recommendations in the development of the new University Personnel System and allow employees to ask questions, present feedback and express concerns. Members of the UPS work groups from UW-Green Bay will also be available for questions. Information on the proposed UPS structure will be distributed to the campus the week of April 22nd for employees to review prior to the open forums.

Open Forums will be held on the following dates and times in the Christie Theatre, University Union:

* Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All employees are encouraged to attend.  Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (WDC) Sessions

Scott Schewe, representative from WDC, will be available to meet individually with employees regarding their current WDC enrollment and for those interested in learning more about the program and planning for retirement by investing before tax dollars.  Please click on the links below to see flyers with information about WDC’s Program highlights and new options.

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program Features and Highlights

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Roth Option

When:   Monday, April 9th, 8:00 am to 4:30pm

Where:   University Union Building, Wequiock Room #101A (lower level)

To schedule a meeting with Scott, call the WDC Office in Madison at 1-608-241-6604.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

TIAA CREF Counseling Sessions


TIAA CREF is offering individual and confidential counseling sessions where you can discuss your financial situation with a TIAA CREF consultant.  They will be available to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions and help simplify your retirement planning.

Please see the flyer for more information about TIAA CREF sessions at UWGB.   To schedule a consultation with representative Chad Stein, call 1-866-843-5640  Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 8:00pm (EST), or register at www.tiaa-cref.org/letstalk1.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390 with any questions.

Health Insurance Survey

HRS Benefits – ETF Annual Heath Insurance Satisfaction Survey Message is Legit

We have been receiving questions regarding a message from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) that was sent to some UW System employees regarding participation in an Annual Heath Insurance Satisfaction Survey.

We wanted to take a minute to confirm that the message is genuine.  Each year the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) contracts with a survey vendor to conduct the Consumer Assessment of Health Care Systems (CAHPS) survey.   This year, ETF has contracted with the vendor Morpace to conduct a survey of selected state employees and retirees starting the week of March 5th.  The study is expected to be completed in May, but could go as late as the early part of June.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

T. Rowe Price Retirement Webinar

T. Rowe Price, one of the investments companies in the UW TSA 403(b) Program, has made available the recorded webinar Retirement Investing from Beginning to End (http://www.wisconsin.edu/hr/benefits/retsav/trpwebinar.htm).  This 22-minute program is a comprehensive presentation that explains asset classes, reviews the concepts of risk and return, and helps employees make the most of their investment choices.   The plan’s investment options are profiled using market capitalization, investment style, and geographic characteristics.

Please take advantage of the opportunity to view this free webinar which will be available until 6/30/2012.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

New Personnel System Website

The 2011-13 biennial budget (Act 32 of 2011) created s. 36.115, authorizing and directing the development of two distinct new personnel systems (human resource related policies and procedures) separate from the existing personnel system under ch. 230, one for all UW-Madison employees and one for the balance of all University of Wisconsin System employees. These new personnel systems will encompass policies and procedures for both unclassified and classified employment categories.  A website has been developed to communicate the development of this new system, which is located at http://web.uwsa.edu/personnelsystems/.

Work groups covering the topics of benefits, compensation, employee environment, employee movement, employee categories and recruitment and assessment have recently been established to obtain feedback about potential policies and procedures for the new system. The following UW-Green Bay employees are serving on four of these work groups:

Benefits – Cliff Abbott, Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff and Professor in Computing Science

Compensation – Sheryl Van Gruensven, Director of Human Resources

Employee Movement – Eileen Kolb, Advisor, Registrar Office

Employment Categories – Joe Schoenebeck, Laboratory Preparation Technician, NAS

Please review the University Personnel Systems website for general information, additional information on the workgroups and the timeline for implementation of the new personnel structures. This website will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Please contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.