Workforce Relations

Aerial view of campus

Aerial view of campusCredit: University Communications

The Office of Workforce Relations educates and coaches employees, administrators, managers, and supervisors on a variety of workforce relations practices among a diverse population of the University community.

The Office of Workforce Relations serves the University community by promoting mutual respect, encouraging a positive work environment, and assisting in resolving workplace issues through proactive intervention. The Office of Workforce Relations provides information and support based on University policy and practice, and assists individuals when considering the best course of action for their specific situation.



  • Conflict Resolution - Assist in resolving problems and conflicts before they escalate to formal grievances or corrective action.
  • Corrective Action Administration - Serve as objective consultants to divisions regarding the elements of just cause and due process in determining potential corrective action.
  • Employment Practices - Provide guidance on key employment practices to ensure a healthy work environment and reduce likelihood of grievances or litigation.
  • Grievance/Appeals - Serve as objective hearing officers in matters involving employee grievances and represent management in appeals before various tribunals.
  • Investigations - Assist divisions in conducting objective and thorough investigations. Team members conduct objective and thorough investigations of employee complaints and grievances.
  • Labor Relations - Administer and provide guidance to the university related to labor union activities.
  • Layoffs and Non-Renewals - Provide guidance to managers and human resource professionals regarding the University policies and practices surrounding layoffs and non-renewals.
  • Leave - Provide guidance to the university regarding compliance with applicable leave policies including sick leave, Federal and Wisconsin Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA/WFMLA), leaves without pay and other university, federal, state and local leave laws.
  • Performance Management - Assist managers and human resource professionals in establishing performance expectations and accountability to ensure productive employees and work environments.
  • Policy Interpretation - Provide guidance on and development of university policies and procedures.


Workforce Relations
Office of Human Resources
21 N. Park Street
Suite 5101
Madison, Wisconsin 53715, USA


Phone: 608-265-2257
Fax: 608-265-3335
Office Hours: 7:45am - 4:30pm (Monday - Friday)