Waukesha County

Employee Benefits


Health Insurance

Waukesha County's managed care health insurance programs feature high benefit levels, extensive provider networks and emphasis on preventative care and clinical outcomes management. Waukesha County offers a Choice Plus Health Plan and an HSA Health Plan.  Employees represented by WPPA are offered the HSA Health Plan.  The amount that employees contribute toward their monthly premium is based on their participation in the Health Risk Assessment program.  Coverage is effective on the first day of the month following 60 days of employment.

Waukesha Employee Health & Wellness Center (on-site Medical clinic)

Waukesha Employee Health & Wellness Center (on-site medical clinic)Employees and their dependents who are enrolled in the health insurance plan are eligible to use the Waukesha Employee Health & Wellness Center.  There are modest office visit and minimal prescription drug copays.  The center is staffed with physicians, physician assistants, medical office assistant, and a health coach.  There are a wide range of services such as disease management, lifestyle/health coaching, preventive services, physicals, non-preventive care, minor injuries, lab work and vaccinations, and medications.

Dental Insurance

Waukesha County offers a choice of two dental insurance plans; a fee for-service plan and a dental maintenance organization (DMO). The fee-for-service plan offers freedom of choice in selecting a dentist. The dental maintenance organization uses a specific network of dental clinics and providers and offers a higher level of benefits. These plans are designed to encourage preventive dental care and to help pay for restorative care.  Coverage is effective on the first day of the month following six (6) months of employment.

Vision Insurance

Waukesha County offers employees a vision insurance plan with access to a broad range of providers and benefits.  The County and employee share in the cost of the premium.  Coverage is effective on the first day of the month following sixty (60) days of employment.

Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)

Eligible employees automatically participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System - the pension plan for state and local government employees. The monthly retirement benefit is calculated based on an individual's age, years of service, and earnings. Joint and survivor benefits for a spouse are also available. Both employer and employee contributions fund the pension plan.

Life Insurance

Waukesha County provides regular employees with a group term life insurance program. The amount of coverage is equal to the employees annual salary rounded up to the next highest $1,000. The benefit for exempt employees is equal to two multiples of their annual salary rounded to the next highest $1,000. Coverage includes double benefits for accidental death and provides a payment schedule for loss of sight or limb. Waukesha County pays the full cost of the life insurance plan. Dependent life insurance is also available. It provides $10,000 coverage for a spouse and $5,000 coverage for each dependent child. Employees pay the full cost of the dependent life insurance plan. Coverage for life and dependent life insurance is effective after 6 months of employment.

Long Term Disability Income Insurance

Waukesha County provides a long term disability income insurance program for certain classifications of employees. This plan will pay up to 66 2/3% of an employee's basic monthly earnings if they become totally disabled due to injury or illness. Coverage begins on the date of hire.  Benefits are paid following 120 consecutive calendar days.  This benefit will continue to be payable up to age 65. Waukesha County pays the full cost of the long term disability income insurance plan.

Sick Leave

 Employees earn 8 hours of sick leave for each month worked up to a maximum sick leave accumulation of 960 hours. Sick leave benefits provide salary continuation in the event of illness or injury. Under certain circumstances employees may use sick leave to care for an ill or injured spouse, parent, or child. A sick leave retirement benefit is also provided to eligible employees.

Retirement Health Savings Account

This plan provides for the tax-free pre-funding of post employment medical premiums and health care expenses. Funding is provided through annual contributions made by Waukesha County. In addition, eligible employees will receive a sick leave retirement contribution into their account equal to 65% of their sick leave accumulation. Employees have a choice of several investment options under this plan. Upon separation of employment, employees can use these funds to pay for medical insurance premiums or out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Waukesha County offers eligible employees a deferred compensation plan to help supplement their retirement income. This program is authorized under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code. Employees may make pre-tax deferrals through a bi-weekly payroll deduction into this program. These contributions will grow tax-deferred and will be taxed as regular income upon withdrawal. There are several investment options available under the plan to help provide growth and diversification opportunities.

Vacation Plan

Waukesha County's vacation plan is based on length of service and provides vacation benefits in accordance with the following schedules.

Non-Exempt Employee Plan
After 1 year 2 weeks
After 7 years 3 weeks
After 14 years 4 weeks
After 23 years 5 weeks
Exempt Employee Plan
During 1st year up to 2 weeks
During 2nd year 2 weeks
During 3rd year 3 weeks
During 10th year 4 weeks
During 17th year 5 weeks



Employees receive 11 holidays with pay during the year: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve Day, and 2 Floating Holidays.

Other Benefits

Waukesha County provides other important benefits in addition to those detailed above. They include:

  • Section 125 - Health Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Section 125 - Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Electronic Direct Deposit Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family, Medical, Military, and Personal Leave
  • Funeral Leave
  • Jury Duty and Witness Service
  • Section 125 - Premium Option Plan (Pre-tax deduction of health/dental premiums)
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Employee Wellness Programs


Please contact the Human Resources Office with any benefits questions you may have.

Waukesha County's insurance programs and other benefit policies comprise a package that is highly competitive and satisfies the needs of its employees.

This summary is intended to give only a brief review of the benefits available. It should not be considered a complete or definitive source of information.

Final authority for determining benefits in specific cases is vested in detailed insurance policies, collective bargaining agreements, and County policies.