ETF Learning Opportunity Update — January Webinars

Attention Employees covered under the Wisconsin Retirement System

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offering several webinars during the month of January.  See ETF’s information below regarding their upcoming webinars.

Live Webinars Scheduled for January
ETF 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 our webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. Here is what others have said about our webinars:

“My participation in the webinar was a first for me, and I just want to compliment you on how easy it was to connect, follow along, and provide questions or requests. Excellent job!”

“Thanks for having these valuable webinars.  The professional but conversational style helped me to understand the presentation as easily as an “in office” meeting. Really appreciate that the presenter fully understands the subject. Wonderful job.”


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.
Wednesday Jan 7, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Friday Jan 9, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Monday Jan 12, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday Jan 15, 2015 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 28, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.


Overview of Wisconsin Retirement System

This webinar will cover participation in the WRS, vesting requirements, how the WRS is funded and benefits available under the WRS. Also included is a brief overview of the Core and Variable Trust Funds and how the WRS is structured.

Wednesday Jan 7, 2015 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday Jan 15, 2015 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 28, 2015 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Friday Jan 30, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.


WRS Employer and Employee Contribution Rates

This webinar will review how employer and employee contributions help keep the WRS fully funded. We will discuss how the contribution rates are calculated, why they change annually, where those dollars go and the contribution rate changes for 2015.
Thursday Jan 8, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 21, 2015 Noon – 12:30 p.m.


WRS Benefits: For New and Mid-Career Employees

This one-hour webinar is for employees who are five years – or more – from retirement. The information presented will help you make sound, strategic decisions over the course of your career. Topics include vesting, ways to enhance a WRS retirement benefit, purchasing service, military service credit, the Core and Variable Trust Funds, contribution rates, the importance of a beneficiary form and how to complete one, and how “life event” changes affect retirement benefits.
Thursday Jan 8, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday Jan 14, 2015 11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday Jan 27, 2015 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Jan 29, 2015 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Returning to Work After Retirement

Whether retired or planning to retire, do you need information about what happens if you decide to work again? This webinar is for you. 2013 Act 20, which was effective July 2, 2013 made some important changes to laws that affect retired WRS members planning to return to work. This webinar covers the old law as well as the changes that provided by Act 20.

Thursday Jan 22, 2015 Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday Jan 27, 2015 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.


Register for a webinar