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T. Rowe Price Webinars

Recordings of the T. Rowe Price live webinars that were available in November, Retirement Investing From Beginning to End and Retirement Milestones are now available.   Information about accessing these webinars can be found at:

Please contact Human Resources at or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

2011 WRS Annual Statements

Attention:   All Employees Covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

Your Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) annual Statement of Benefits is now available online in the My UW System portal:  Login to the portal, go to the “Benefit Information” box, and click on the “Statements” tab.  Click on “ETF Annual Statement of Benefits (WRS) Issued 2012” to view and print your Statement

The WRS annual Statement of Benefits provides you with information about your Wisconsin Retirement System account as of January 1, 2012. Some of the information on the Statement includes 2011 WRS earnings and creditable service; total years of WRS creditable service, and separation and death benefit calculations.  You should review this Statement closely for accuracy.

Change to Statement – Section 2 – After Act 10 Service

The name of your retirement category is in both Sections 1 and 2 of the Statement.  If you are in a General, Teacher or Protective retirement category, all of your creditable service will be listed in the “Before 2000” and/or “After 1999” columns in Section 2 of the Statement.  Only employees in an Elected or Executive retirement category will have creditable service in the “After Act 10” column.  2011 Wisconsin Act 10 changed the way retirement benefits are calculated for Elected/Executive category employees so service earned after Act 10 must be tracked separately for this group of employees.

Information to Help You Understand Your WRS Statement of Benefits:

Please note that you will not receive a paper copy of the Statement

If you feel that any information on your Statement is incorrect, please contact your payroll office at 920.465.2390.

Year End Information for Classified Employees

**Please review the information below regarding important year-end information for classified employees and supervisors**

Vacation Carry Over
Normally, vacation time must be used within the calendar year during which it is earned.  Per the 2011-2013 Compensation Plan, employees may carry over any unused earned vacation into the following calendar year.  Any vacation carried over from the previous calendar year must be used by December 31 of the following calendar year.

The Human Resources System (HRS) will automatically take any vacation absences entered first from carry over balances before taking from 2013 allocations.

Compensatory Time
Compensatory time is able to be carried into the following calendar year if approved by the immediate supervisor.  If carried over, unused compensatory time must be used by December 31 of the following year or it will be paid out on the final payroll of the calendar year.

Personal and Legal Holidays
Personal and Legal holiday hours may not be carried into 2013 and if not used by December 31, 2012 will be forfeited. 

Annual Leave Conversion Option (Sabbatical)
Forms for all employees eligible for the Annual Leave Conversion Option are now available on the My UW System Portal, under the Time and Absence section, Statements tab.  All completed forms must be submitted to HR no later than Monday, December 3, 2012.

Please contact Human Resources at x 2390 or via e-mail at if you have any questions or concerns.

Annual Benefit Enrollment Period Ends on Nov. 2!

3 Days until the Annual Benefit Enrollment Period Ends on November 2!

The Annual Benefit Enrollment Period ends on November 2, 2012 for all participating plans.  All eBenefits elections and/or paper applications must be submitted by Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. (10:59 p.m. for online ERA enrollment).  Submit paper applications to your institution’s benefits office.  All changes made during this period will be effective January 1, 2013. 

Benefit Changes Allowed during Annual Enrollment 

  • State Group Health Insurance – enroll, change health plans, add/remove dependents, cancel coverage
  • Dental Wisconsin Dental Insurance  - enroll, change plans, add/remove dependents, cancel coverage
  • VSP Vision Insurance – enroll, add/remove dependents, cancel coverage
  • EPIC Benefits+ – if already enrolled, cancel vision insurance, remove dependents, cancel all coverage (no open enrollment) – must use paper application to make changes to this coverage.
  • Individual and Family Group Life Insurance – if already enrolled, increase coverage level, can cancel coverage at any time
  • Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) Program (Health Care FSA & Dependent Care FSA) – must re-enroll every year

Are you happy with your benefits and do not want to make any changes?  Please take a few moments to review the annual benefit enrollment materials to ensure that your current benefits, health plan and health providers will be available to you next year.  If you do not want to make any changes, you do not have to submit any applications. 

Use eBenefits to Make Elections Online

Log into My UW System and click on the Open Enrollment link in the Benefit Information box to make your elections online. Your elections are submitted after you click on the final submit button and see the following page:  “Submit Confirmation – Your benefit choices have been successfully submitted to your benefits office.”

You cannot use eBenefits to make your ERA Health and/or Dependent Care FSA election.  Make your ERA election at the WageWorks website.  WageWorks will email you a confirmation notice once you submit your election.  You should review this notice for accuracy. 

The Monday after you submit your elections, log into My UW System and go to the “View Benefits Summary Detail” link in the Benefit Information box to confirm your elections.  You will need to enter “01/01/2013” in the date field above the summary and click “Go” to see your 2013 elections. See the Annual Benefit Enrollment Quick Start Guide for details.

Annual Benefit Enrollment Resources

Employee Survey

Click here to take a brief survey about the Annual Benefit Enrollment period – your feedback is important to us.

Fidelity Investments Individual Counseling Sessions

Fidelity Investments is offering individual and confidential counseling sessions where you can discuss your financial situation with a Fidelity consultant.  Consultations are meant for participants to review their current retirement plan, investment strategy, or discuss ways in which Fidelity can help along the road to retirement.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
University Union, Conference Room 112

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
University Union, Heritage Room #232

To schedule a confidential consultation with your Fidelity Investments representative, David Eichler, call 1-800-642-7131 or go to

T. Rowe Price Webinars

T. Rowe Price is offering the following live webinars to UW-Green Bay employees.  More information about these and previously recorded webinars, along with the registration link, can be found at this website 

Retirement Investing From Beginning to End”
* November 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
* November 13, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.

“Retirement Milestones”
* November 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
* November 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.

Please contact Human Resources at or ext. 2390 if you have any questions.

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Individual 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.    

When:   Monday, November 12th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where:   University Union Building, Alumni Room B (#210E)

Please see these links for more information about WDC’s Program highlights and new options: Program Features and Hightlight and WDC Roth Option.

You can schedule an individual session with Scott Schewe by emailing him at .

Open Enrollment and 2013 Contribution/Premium Increases

For information regarding 2013 benefit changes and enrollment opportunities, please log into your My UW System Portal and click on the Annual Enrollment Period link under the Annual Benefit Enrollment Period section.

Once you have reviewed the 2013 information, if you would like to make any changes to your benefits, scroll down to the Benefits Information section and click on the Open Enrollment link to begin making changes/enrolling in plans.  An E-Benefits Quick Guide is available to walk through the process of using the Open Enrollment link.

2013 Health Insurance Premiums-

Plan Name Employee Premium Employer Premium
Anthem Blue Preferred-Northeast Network Single-$85.00
Arise Health Plan Single-$85.00
Humana-Eastern Single-$85.00
Network Health Plan Single-$85.00
UnitedHealthCare of WI-Northeast Single-$85.00
WEA Trust PPO-East Single-$85.00
Standard Plan Single- $230.00
  • Please refer to the following links for Graduate Assistant/Short-term Academic Staff and Less than Half Time employee premium rates.
  • Health Insurance premiums are increasing $4 for single and $10 for family coverage for 2013
  • Monthly premiums increases are occurring for Dental Wisconsin and EPIC Benefits+, rates can be found on the portal.

In addition to Health Insurance premiums changes, please note that the Wisconsin Retirement System employee and employer contributions effective January 1, 2013 are as follows:

2013 WRS Contributions-

Employee Category 2013 Employee Contribution 2013 Employer Contribution 2012 Employee Contribution 2012 Employer Contribution
General/Teacher 6.65% 6.65% 5.9% 5.9%
Executive 7.0% 7.0% 7.05% 7.05%
Sworn Police Officer 6.65% 9.75% 5.9% 9.0%
  • Additional information regarding WRS Contributions is available on the portal under the HR, Payroll & Benefits News, posted on Oct. 7th

If you have any questions regarding Open Enrollment, please stop by one of the Benefits Open Lab Sessions or contact:

Kimberly Danielson
Classified Benefits Specialist
Phone: 920-465-2816

Sue Miller
Unclassified Benefits Specialist
Phone: 920-465-2196

Benefits Open Lab Sessions

This year we will be offering Benefits Open Lab Sessions.  Stop by any of the following open lab sessions to ask benefits questions, learn more about 2013 benefits changes, and receive assistance with the E-Benefits enrollment program. 

Open Lab Sessions:

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10th
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date: Friday, Oct. 12th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 16th
Time: 2:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1129A

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 18th
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Monday, Oct. 22nd
Time:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 24th
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Lab Sciences 102

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 30th
Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location:  IS 1004

Annual Benefit Enrollment Period

The Time Is Now. Enroll, Make Changes…

The Annual Benefit Enrollment Period for 2013 is Coming!

Don’t miss your once a year opportunity to enroll or make changes to your benefits!

The Annual Benefit Enrollment Period begins on October 8, 2012 and ends on November 2, 2012 for all participating plans. 

Detailed benefit information about the Annual Benefit Enrollment period will be provided on as it becomes available.  You should also watch your email for details.  You will receive benefits-related emails from and from “UW HR Administration.”

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at or (920) 465-2390.