Health Insurance

Regular full-time employees shall be entitled to participation in the health insurance program effective the first (1st) day of the month following sixty (60) days of employment.  Currently the City of Onalaska offers health insurance programs as stipulated in the It’s Your Choice benefits guide provided by the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds to employees during the orientation program.  

The City of Onalaska will pay 80% of the health insurance premium of the lowest cost tier 1 plan available in our area.  Employees will contribute 20% of the remaining premium.  

For regular part-time employees health insurance will be offered in accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds standards on a pro-rated basis.  

 Dental Insurance

Regular full-time and regular part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week shall be entitled to participation in the dental insurance program effective the first (1st) day of the month following sixty (60) days of employment.  The City pays 100% of the premium for full-time employees and 50% for regular part-time employees.

 Life Insurance

Regular full-time employees are eligible for Life insurance with the City of Onalaska. 

Life insurance is available for the employee and other family members after thirty (30) days of continuous employment.  Employees pay the full cost of the premium.  The City pays the administrative costs associated with the premium.

 Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)

Full-time and regular part-time employees (except part-time firefighters), as defined under City of Onalaska Policy No. 1.11 Definition of Employee Status are entitled to participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System. 

The City pays the employer contribution and the Employee is responsible for the portion of the employee contribution as directed by the Wisconsin Legislature.  The percentage of contribution varies based on employee group and is established by the Wisconsin Legislature / Department of Employee Trust Fund / Wisconsin Retirement System.  The plan is administered by the Department of Employee Trust Fund. 

Additional information is in the Your Benefit Handbook provided to each eligible employee during the orientation period. 

 Allstate Supplemental Insurance Plans

Regular full-time and regular part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week shall be entitled to participation in additional supplemental insurance plans through Allstate which includes: Accident, Cancer and Critical Illness insurance.  The employee pays the premiums on a pre-tax basis.  

Accident insurance can pay a lump sum benefit for off-the-job accidental injuries plus some medical benefits.  It works in addition to the other insurance you have.  It also includes an outpatient physicians treatment benefit which is determined by the option you choose.

Cancer and specified disease insurance can help you manage the high expenses of treatment, preserve savings, protect your family from financial hardship and allows you to concentrate on getting well.  It includes a wellness benefit of $100 per calendar year per person for a specified wellness test.  

Critical illness coverage provides a lump-sum cash benefit to help you cover the out-of-pocket expenses associated with a critical illness.  Coverage is dependent upon which plan you choose.

 Short & Long Term Disability Plans

The City of Onalaska offers Short & Long Term Disability insurance through Kansas City Life.  Benefits are available to all regular full-time employees and part-time employees working at least 30 hours per week with pay benefits up to 60% of the employees salary.  Premiums are paid by the employee only. 

 Deferred Compensation (457b)

Deferred compensation is available to all regular full-time employees with the City of Onalaska.  This is a voluntary program which allows employees to put additional money in a retirement savings program.

The benefits include: 

  • pre-taxed deductions from your payroll check (Federal and State tax deferred)
  • after-tax deductions from your payroll check for Roth IRA plans
  • the City of Onalaska allows choice of three companies:  Nationwide, North Shore Bank and Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program. 

 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

The City of Onalaska allows employees, through the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), to have their health insurance premiums on the Tax Savings Plan.  Employees are also eligible to participate in FSA health care and dependent care reimbursement accounts.  The City allows the 2023-202 rollover of up to $610 for unused health care account funds as allowed by the IRS.

 Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The City of Onalaska provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which is available to employees and their immediate family members.  EAP provides professional and confidential assistance to assist employees in resolving either personal or professional concerns. 

EAP is provided to employees at no cost as it is an employer sponsored program.   EAP is available 24/7 to employees and information is available through the Human Resource department.


Vacation time will be based on a calendar year (January 1 through December 31 of each year).  Hours from the date of hire, if not January 1 will be prorated accordingly. 

Vacation is earned and used in one calendar year period.  All vacation earned must be taken in the same calendar year or it is forfeited with the exception of up to forty (40) hours of vacation may be automatically carried into the next year.

Vacation time must be used in fifteen (15) minute increments and be approved by, and at the discretion of, the Department Head. 

 Sick & Bereavement Leave

Sick Leave

It is the policy of the City of Onalaska to assist eligible City employees who are unable to work because of personal sickness or injury, or due to sickness or injury of an immediate family member. 

All regular full-time employees shall accrue sick leave credits at the start of their employment. Sick leave will accumulate at the rate of one (1) day, (8 hours) per full month of employment, until a maximum total of nine-hundred sixty hours (960 hours) have been accumulated.  

Employees who are eligible to receive retirement, disability retirement or death benefits under the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Fund – Wisconsin Retirement System at the time of their separation, shall be paid the employee’s accumulated sick leave as severance pay up to a maximum total of nine hundred and sixty (960) hours.

Bereavement Leave 

In the event of the death of a member of the employees immediate family three consecutive days will be provided. An employee may take up to one-half (1/2) day without loss of pay when serving as a pallbearer or military honor guard. An employee may use one (1) day of sick pay as funeral leave for a person other than an immediate family member.

 Holidays & Personal Days


The City of Onalaska provides regular full-time employees with time off from work without loss of pay to observe the holidays listed in the schedule below.  To qualify for the paid holidays, the employee must have worked the last scheduled work day preceding the holiday and the next scheduled work day following the holiday unless excused as an authorized absence by the supervisor and/or department head.

Whenever any of the full holidays listed below fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as the holiday.  Whenever any of the full holidays below fall on a Sunday, the succeeding Monday shall be observed as the holiday.  When holidays fall during any week in which an employee is on vacation, the time will not be charged against the employee's accrued vacation time.

Personal Days

Each regular full-time employee will receive four (4) paid personal days per year, two (2) on January 1 and two (2) on July 1.  Personal days cannot be carried over from year to year.  These days must be used or they will be lost.  The supervisor and/or department head must approve use of any Personal Day time.

Part-time, seasonal, on-call, or temporary employees shall not be entitled to paid holidays or personal days, but will be granted the time off without pay.

The following is a schedule of the holidays the City of Onalaska will be closed on:

 Labor Agreements Disclaimer

Labor Agreements - Those protective service employees who are subject to comprehensive collective bargaining agreement as negotiated or are regulated by the Police & Fire Commission, shall be exempt from the provisions of these benefits that are inconsistent with such agreements or other regulations.