Beneficiary Designations

Remember to review and update your beneficiary designations whenever there is a big life event to make sure that your benefits are paid according to your wishes. There are other benefit plans (non- life insurance) that have death benefits as well.

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Forms & Applications

Forms and applications must be received by your human resources office within 30 days from the date of event.

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Contact Information

If you move from a University Staff position to a Faculty, Academic Staff or Limited appointment, your benefits, leave accruals, and payroll schedule will change. See the Benefit Summary - Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited Appointees pdf for details about all benefits and leave available to you.

As a Faculty, Academic Staff or Limited appointee you will:

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The following plans are not affected by your appointment change and will continue automatically:

  • State Group Health Insurance
  • Dental Wisconsin
  • EPIC Benefits+
  • VSP Vision Insurance
  • State Group Life Insurance
  • Individual and Family Life Insurance
  • UW Employees Inc. Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

The following plans may be affected your change in appointment.

  • If currently enrolled, you must complete an application within 30 days of your appointment change to continue your coverage and select a waiting/elimination period. Your premiums will be based on your salary and selected waiting/elimination period. Contact your institution's benefits office for assistance in determining your new waiting/elimination period.
  • If not currently enrolled, please contact your institution's benefits office within 30 days of your appointment change so they can determine if/when you are eligible to enroll.

Your annual FSA election will remain the same but your per pay period deduction will be recalculated and taken from every monthly check. Your institution will communicate this change to the vendor.  

Your annual HSA election will remain the same but your per pay period deduction will be recalculated and taken from every monthly check. Your institution will communicate this change to the vendor.

You can make changes to your contributions at any time.

You should review your beneficiary designation and update, if necessary.

  • WRS contributions and creditable service for Faculty, Academic Staff and Limited appointees are reported on a fiscal-year basis, as opposed to a calendar-year basis. 
  • To receive one year of WRS creditable service, Faculty, Academic Staff or Limited appointees must work 1,320 hours in a fiscal year.
  • WRS contributions are based on a percentage of your income. If your income changes, the amount of your WRS contribution will also change.

  • You will automatically be enrolled if you meet the eligibility requirements. No application is required.
  • Employees should complete a beneficiary form.

  • If you have an annual appointment, you will be paid 12 times per year. If you have an academic year appointment, you will be paid 9 times per year.
  • The same bi-weekly TSA deduction you had prior to starting your new appointment will come out of your monthly check unless you submit a Salary Reduction Agreement to change your deduction. For example, if your bi-weekly deduction was $200 (or $5,200 for the year), $200 will be deducted from your monthly paycheck ($2,400 for the year if annual-basis or $1,800 for the year if academic year-basis) unless you take action to change your deduction.

  • If you have an annual appointment, you will be paid 12 times per year. If you have an academic year appointment, you will be paid 9 times per year.
  • The same biweekly WDC deduction you had prior to starting your new appointment will come out of your monthly check unless you contact Wisconsin Deferred Compensation to change your deduction. For example, if your bi-weekly deduction was $200 (or $5,200 for the year), $200 will be deducted from your monthly paycheck ($2,400 for the year if annual-basis or $1,800 for the year if academic year-basis) unless you take action to change your deduction.
  • You should contact the WDC office directly at wdcprogram@gwrs.com or (877) 457-9327 (select option 2 when prompted) to change your deduction.

Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. This page does not guarantee enrollment or the ability to make changes to your benefits.