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Employee Benefits

Benefits Office

The Benefits Office in the Department of Human Resources provides employees with information on various employee benefits, including retirement benefits, the Employee Reimbursement Account, and the Tax Sheltered Annuity and Deferred Compensation plans. Full‑time benefits specialists are available Monday through Friday, by appointment.

Employees in positions covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) are eligible for benefits. These benefits include: health, life, dental, income continuation, major medical, accidental death and long-term care insurances. Employees are also eligible to participate in the Tax Sheltered Annuity and Deferred Compensation programs, and the Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA), which allows employees to pay health insurance premiums and other out‑of‑pocket medical expenses with pretax dollars. Specific application must be made for these plans.

The Benefits Office conducts the new employee Benefits Review program four times a month. Classified Benefits Review sessions are held on the first and third Mondays of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Unclassified Review sessions are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 1:00 p.m. Separate sessions for incoming Graduate Assistants and fixed term teaching staff are scheduled in late afternoons at the beginning of each semester. Check the calendar on the Department of Human Resources website, , for exact times and locations.

The Benefits Review provides an in‑depth Benefits presentation, which all new employees should attend within the first 30 days of WRS eligibility, to avoid potential loss of enrollment opportunities.


Q. How much time do new employees have to enroll in health insurance and other insurance benefits?

A. Under most circumstances, new employees have only 30 days from their WRS effective date of hire to enroll for state benefits.

  • Employees should enroll in the first available new employee benefits orientation ASAP after acceptance of an employment offer.
  • Supervisors should refer new employees to the Benefits Office ( to verify benefit eligibility and enrollment options.


Campus Identification Card (Panther Card)Your UWM PantherCard is your key to all kinds of services and events at UWM, in particular access to the Libraries, access to the Klotsche Center, and when applying for an employee commuter bus pass. There is no fee for a faculty/staff PantherCard ID.

PantherCards are issued in the Enrollment Services Information Center in Mellencamp Hall 274. They can only be issued after the employee is entered into the personnel data records or if the employee presents a copy of the employment contract. If you are unsure as to whether you are in the data system yet, take your employment contract or appointment letter with you to Information Center.

After August 1, 2007, faculty and staff IDs will be based on a nonidentifiable number and will not use social security numbers.

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