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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

Employee annual compliance training 

As UWL employees, we all have an obligation to act in accordance with legal standards and ethical principles. In order to ensure that you are best prepared to fulfill these obligations for the benefit of yourself, your colleagues and students, UWL has partnered with LawRoom /EverFi to provide web-based training courses to all of our employees. For more information and to view a list of current compliance training, see the employee training webpage.

2018 Annual Benefits Enrollment Information 

The 2018 annual benefits enrollment (ABE) period for the State Health Insurance Program is October 2-27, 2017. During this time, you can make changes for next year, including switching health plans, coverage levels, or adding/deleting dependents, for an effective date of January 1, 2018. Watch for your ABE materials at the end of September.

If you are currently enrolled in any of the following health plans, you will need to choose a new plan for 2018:

  • Anthem Blue Preferred Northeast
  • Arise Health Plan
  • Health Tradition Health Plan
  • Humana Eastern and Western, including Medicare Advantage
  • UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin
  • WPS – Contract ends December 31, 2017. Members will be auto-enrolled with the new administrator, WEA Trust, if they do not choose a new plan during open enrollment.

Gunderson Health Plan, Physicians Plus and Unity (Community and UW) have merged to form “Quartz”. If you are currently enrolled in one of these plans you will be auto-enrolled in Quartz for 2018 unless you choose a new plan during open enrollment.

You can view more information on the 2018 Health Plans and their provider directories on the ETF website

Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair

Save the Date! Human Resources will host the annual benefits and wellness fair on Wednesday, October 4 in the Student Union.

Title and Total Compensation Study

For information about the UW System's title and total compensation study, please visit our webpage.

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.

Understanding your Wisconsin Retirement Benefits

The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) is offering 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.