Payroll & Benefits

WRS Webinars Offered in October and November

ETF (Department of Employee Trust Funds) is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement

Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We’ll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate – and how to read and understand it. We’ll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and – drum roll here — how to submit the retirement application.

  • Fri, Nov 1, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon, Nov 18, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Choosing When to Retire

This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the “December versus January” decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits as well.

  • Thu, Oct 17, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Fri, Nov 1, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 26, 2019 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

How to Use ETF’s Online Retirement Calculator

ETF’s online retirement calculator, one of the most-used tools on our website, allows you to calculate an unofficial projection of your WRS retirement benefit at any point in the future. This webinar will cover where to find and how to use the calculator, specific information required for data entry (e.g., desired retirement date, spouse or partner’s birthdate, etc.) and how to interpret the results. There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask specific questions on this topic.

  • Wed, Nov 6, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Preparing for Your Retirement

Who should attend? Employees who are planning to retire in the next 1 – 10 years.

Learn about your steps to retire with the WRS. Attend this event by live webinar! You will learn about the impact of contributions and investment returns on your account, when you can retire, your WRS annuity options, returning to work after you retire, what happens to your account when you die, health and life insurance, and more.

Questions are welcome during and after the event!

  • Thu, Oct 24, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tue, Oct 29, 2019 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 13, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Variable Fund

In this webinar we will discuss the Variable Fund – what it is, how it differs from the Core Fund, and the effect participation in this fund may have on your retirement benefit calculations. We will also discuss how to elect to participate in the Variable Fund, how to cancel Variable participation, and the impact the timing of these decisions may have on your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.

  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Mon, Nov 25, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register for a webinar

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

ETF Retirement Presentations in November in our Region

ATTENTION: Any employee considering retirement within the next 12 months or any employee within 1 year of minimum retirement age (age 50 for protective category employees or age 55 for all other categories):

The Department of Employee Trust Funds will be in Manitowoc, at Lakeshore Technical College on November 4th and 5th, 2019 and Green Bay, at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College on November 19th and 20th, 2019 to provide an overview of the retirement process and answer questions regarding your WRS retirement. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:  calculating your retirement pension, explanation of monthly annuity payment options, filling out retirement applications and beneficiary forms, future annuity adjustments, life insurance, health insurance, returning to work, etc.

ETF has tailored group appointment retirement sessions for members planning (or considering) retirement in the near future.  These sessions are similar to an individual appointment in Madison, with the same information presented, as well as the opportunity for WRS members to ask questions of knowledgeable, experienced ETF staff.

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED.  These sessions tend to fill up quickly. If you wish to schedule an appointment for one of these sessions, please contact ETF at the number below as soon as possible. Registration for the Manitowoc sessions will close on Monday, October 21st. Registration for the Green Bay sessions will close on Tuesday, November 5th.

You must already have a retirement estimate to schedule an appointment to attend this session.  If you do not currently have a retirement estimate, you may order one when you schedule your appointment.  Other dates throughout the year and other locations throughout the state are available, if these dates are not convenient for you.

Ordering an estimate or scheduling an appointment does not require you to retire.  This can be for informational purposes only if that is all you need.


TIAA “Save Smart, Start Early” Free Workshop on October 14th


The financial knowledge to help plan for whatever life brings

TIAA has experience helping people save and invest since 1918. We’re proud to share that knowledge with you in the form of fun, interactive and informative workshops. Here is a workshop that is coming soon to UW-Green Bay. You’re welcome to invite a colleague who may also want to attend!

Enrollment presentation:  Save smart, start early

Join us on Monday, October 14, 2019, from 3 – 4 p.m. at The 1965 Room in the University Union for a presentation designed to help you understand your UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program options. It’s a lot easier to spend than save. But getting into a saving mindset now could make a big difference later. Start with a plan that works for you and follow it. It might be easier than you think.

The University of Wisconsin offers a comprehensive UW Tax-Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Program to meet the diverse needs of our community. Understanding your retirement savings options can help you make the most of them.

This presentation can help you understand:

  • Why you should enroll
  • How much you should save
  • What the basics of investing are

No matter where you are in life, you can plan and start saving for the retirement you want.

Come and learn how to create a plan that can help you reach your goals—on your time line.

Mark your calendar to attend!  Please contact or (920) 465-2390 if you have any questions.

Open Benefit Lab Sessions

The Annual Benefit Enrollment period is September 30 – October 25.  Stop in at a Open Benefits Lab to have your Annual Benefits Enrollment questions answered or to get help with your online benefits election process from one of our Benefits Specialists.

Green Bay Open Lab Sessions (IS-1004)

  • Thursday, Oct. 3:  1:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 7:  11:00-12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 21: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 25:  9:00-10:30 a.m.

Manitowoc Campus Open Lab Sessions

  • Thursday, Oct. 10: 9:00-3:00 p.m., Room F146

Marinette Campus Open Lab Sessions

  • Tuesday, Oct. 8: 9:00-3:00 p.m., Room M-150

Sheboygan Campus Open Lab Sessions

  • Wednesday, Oct. 9: 9:00-3:00 p.m., Room 3103

Flu Shot Clinics

The Well Wisconsin Program is offering workplace flu shot clinics. Because a quick needle stick now is better than a nasty illness later.  Flu shots are free and voluntary for all employees and spouses who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program. New this year: You will be required to present your health insurance ID card at the flu shot clinic.


Green Bay Campus:

  • Date: Monday, October 14, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: University Union, Phoenix Rooms

Marinette & Sheboygan Campuses:

  • *UPDATE: Flu Shot Clinics at Sheboygan & Marinette have been cancelled (didn’t meet the minimum number of participants requirement)*


The shot will vaccinate against the four most likely causes of flu illness during the upcoming season, including the H1N1- strain of influenza.

The vaccine is not preservative free and is not recommended for the following individuals:

  • Those allergic to eggs or egg products
  • Those who are sensitive to the mercury-based preservative thimerosal
  • Those who have an active neurological disorder
  • Those with a fever, acute respiratory or other active infection or illness

If you are pregnant, you should receive the vaccine directly from your physician.

Pre-registration strongly recommended. No cash payments or insurance payments accepted. To register for your flu shot appointment, log into the StayWell wellness portal at and click on the Flu Shot Clinics tile on the dashboard.

For more information about the flu shot, visit:

Please contact us at or ext. 2203 if you have any questions about the Flu Shot clinics.

Annual Benefits & Wellness Fair

Mark your calendar to attend the Annual UW-Green Bay Employee Benefits & Wellness Fair!AuroraBooth

When: Monday, October 14, 2019

Time: 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Where: University Union Phoenix Rooms

Please stop by to talk with vendors about your benefits and wellness, help yourself to some give-aways, and get helpful information as you consider options for the annual It’s Your Choice benefit enrollment period.  This year’s annual benefits enrollment period is September 30th- October 25th.  There will also be a flu shot clinic during the fair.

Representatives from the following organizations will be looking forward to talking with you during the fair: Aging & Disability Resource Center, Aurora BayCare, Dean Health, Delta Dental, Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), Fidelity, Foundation Chiropractic, Herb Blue’s Total Self Defense, FEI, Kress Events Center, UREC, UWGB Counseling & Health Center, Chartwells, Connect Your Care, Navitus, Network Health, Robin with Health Partners, United Health Care, Hausmann-Johnson, Securian Financial, StayWell, T. Rowe Price, TIAA, Unity Hospice, COSTCO, VSP, WEA Trust, UWGB Wellness Committee, 9th Street Wellness Center, Ameritas, Wisconsin Deferred Compensation, Delorey Chiropractic, Golden House, Lincoln Financial, and Zurich.

Questions? Please contact us at or (920) 465-2390.

Why Drive to the Pharmacy if You Don’t Have To?

For All State Group Health Insurance Program Participants

Getting your prescriptions in the mail can save time and money.  Use Serve You home delivery pharmacy to have your medications delivered right to your door. Benefits of the Serve You DirectRx Pharmacy include:

  • Lower cost for a larger supply.
    • Get a 3-month supply of your medication for only 2 copays, instead of the 3 you pay at retail counters.
  • Easy refills. Order online or sign up for Free EZAutoFill – no calls to the pharmacy necessary!
  • 24/7 pharmacist support.
  • Safe and secure packaging.
  • Orders are shipped within 24 hours of receipt.

Source: Dept. of Employee Trust Funds