Wisconsin State Employment Military Leave Benefit: Permanent State employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for 30 days military leave with pay and without loss of benefits for:
Attendance at military schools
Annual field training
State or federal active duty
Absence must be greater than three days (does not have to be workdays).
Service members will be paid the difference between their state salary and their military base pay while on military leave.
Service members that are on extended military leave without pay that return to their state job will receive credit for annual leave, sick leave, and legal holidays as if they had remained continuously employed.
Who is eligible for Wisconsin State Employment Military Leave Benefit? Reserve and National Guard Service members that are state employees are eligible for military leave.
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Wisconsin State Employment Differential Pay: State employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to receive the difference between their state salary and their military pay plus housing allowance for 179 days when they are called to extended active duty. Service members whose state salary is greater than their military pay are not eligible for differential pay.
Wisconsin State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: Wisconsin offers a Veterans hiring preference to eligible Veterans and their Spouse when applying for state employment. Preference will only be given for initial employment.
Applicants for positions that use a competitive examination or rating will have points added to their passing score. Points will be added in the following manner:
- Veterans will have 10 points added to their grade
- Disabled Veterans that have less than a 30% disability rating from the VA will have 15 points added to their grade
- Disabled Veterans who have a disability rating greater than 30% from the VA will have 20 points added to their grade
- Spouse of a disabled Veteran who has a disability rating of 70% or greater from the VA will have 10 points added to their grade
- Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was killed in action will have 10 points added to their grade
- Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who died from a service-connected disability will have 10 points added to their grade.
Applicants for positions that do not use a competitive examination will have their name added to the list of eligible applicants.
Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
- During a war, or
- During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955, or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955 and before October 15, 1976, or
- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through January 2, 1992, or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.
10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
- A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or
- A Veteran who received a Purple Heart
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran’s service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
- Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
- Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or
- Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
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