Payroll & Benefits

UW Payroll & Benefits Information

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) maintains the most up-to-date payroll and benefits information. However, SMPH is happy to provide some targeted resources and links below.

Eligibility for many benefits is determined by if the position is covered by the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS).


Employees not covered by the WRS:

  • Graduate Assistants
  • Employees-in-Training (including postdocs)
  • Fellows and Scholars
  • Short-Term Academic Staff

Resources for employees not covered by WRS

Register for SMPH Benefits 101

Review Grad Benefits 101 PowerPoint

Register for OHR Benefits 101

Watch Grad Benefits 101 Seminar


UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) and Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

SMPH employees who also have appointments with UWMF or VA may also be eligible for benefits through those organizations. We have created a side-by-side comparison table to help you determine your options.

Postdoctoral Absence Policy and Training


The following resources can help you understand changes resulting from the implementation of policy number UW5088, which governs absence with pay and legal holidays for all eligible UW-Madison postdocs.

Additional Campus Resources

Employee Assistance Office

Confidential consultation services for UW–Madison employees and their families.

Ombuds Office

A safe place where UW-Madison employees can seek guidance regarding workplace concerns at any time, without fear of reprisal, and at no cost to them.