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The Office of Human Resources is pleased to be a major support function of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. This site is designed to be a convenient and thorough source of information for current and prospective UW-La Crosse employees. The information provided on these pages describes basic policies, procedures, benefits and services provided to all faculty and staff at UW-La Crosse. You are invited to learn more about the mission of the Office of Human Resources.

The Office of Human Resources is here to serve you 7:45 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Human Resources news, events, and updates

New Prescription Drug Cost Compare Tool

A new prescription drug cost compare tool is available to all group health insurance program participants in the member portal on the Navitus website. The tool provides cost comparisons for prescription drugs at pharmacies in your area.
  1. Log into NAVI-GATE for Members at, or register if it is your first time accessing the member portal
  2. Select the "Cost Compare" tool on the left side of the screen
  3. Choose yourself or a family member
  4. Enter specific drug information into the search field or search your own medication history (Note: It is helpful to have your drug container near you.)
  5. Enter location information into the search field
The results will compare your out-of-pocket costs for your drug! You can also set up a helpful reminder to come back and check prices in the future.

What does self-insurance mean for employees?

As you may be aware, the Group Insurance Board (GIB) voted to adopt a self-insured health insurance model for state workers effective January 2018. The UW System OHRWD has put together an overview of the proposed health insurance changes. Links to a short video to explain the self-insurance concept and to information about the change to self-insurance are located at the bottom of the overview.

America Saves Week: The Psychology of Savings

America saves week was Feb 27 through March 3. Bradley Jensen of UW Credit Union presented The Psychology of Savings: The Gap between Intention and Action. The session was recorded for playback.

Meet with TIAA on Campus

A financial consultant from TIAA, a member of the UW System 403(b) tax sheltered annuity program, will be on campus Feb 28-Mar 2 to meet with employees. For further information and to register for your own individual session, see the TIAA flyer.

W-2 tax statements

W-2 tax statements are now available on the My UW System portal for all active employees. Visit our annual W-2 tax statements webpage for further information, including information about tax filing and information for former employees.

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) Rates Announced

The department of employee trust funds (ETF) has announced the new WRS contributions rates for employees and employers in 2017. For most UWL employees who participate in WRS, the employee contribution rate will increase from 6.6% to 6.8%. Further information can be found on ETF's website.

What does self-insurance mean for employees?

As you may have heard, the department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) and the Group Insurance Board (GIB) are considering moving to a self-insurance model for state group health insurance beginning in calendar year 2018. While no decisions have been made yet, ETF and the GIB have put together an animated e-learning, Self-Insurance in 5 Minutes, to show group health subscribers what self-insurance means for them and the next steps being taken by GIB as it considers the change.

Understanding your Wisconsin Retirement Benefits

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offereing a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. The sessions offered include "understanding your annual WRS statement of benefits," "WRS effective rates and annuity adjustments," "returning to work after retirement," and "additional WRS contributions." For more information about the sessions and a schedule of webinar dates and times, please visit ETF's website.

Hiring temporary office support staff

Temporary office support staff are hired through a temporary staffing agency under contract with the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Procurement. Supervisors should refer to the recruitment webpage for additional information.

Emergency contact information  

Is your Emergency Contact Information up to date? This information is imperative as we have had the need arise to contact a designee only to find no one is listed. When medical or other emergencies come up, every minute counts. Please help us help you out should the need ever arise. You can update your information on your My UW System portal by clicking the "update my personal information" link or you may complete and return the emergency contact form to the Human Resources office.