Employers must register new employees in the Employer Portal using the Employee Template.
When entering new employees on the Employee Template, it is important that all information is correct and that an email address for the new employee is included on the template. Please double check that the email address is correct, as it is used to activate the member's Online Pension Account. WRS suggests employees use a personal email address which they will still have access to should they leave employment with your organization.
We also ask that you take special care to ensure the Social Security Number is entered correctly. An erroneous SSN results in either bad information in the WRS database or an employee having two accounts, if enrolled previously. This may create problems when the employee tries to access his or her account via the Participant Portal, as well as when refunding or retiring. If you find this has occurred contact WRS as soon as possible.
For instructions on using the Employee Template, download the Employer Portal User Guide.
Member Online Pension Account Activation and Adding Beneficiaries
An Online Pension Account activation message will be sent to the new employee at the email address provided on the template. New employees should activate their Online Pension Account and add their beneficiaries. The employee will have the option to change the email address they want to use after logging in for the first time using the address employers put on the Employee Template.
Please let new employees know to expect the activation email and emphasize how important it is that they use the Online Pension Account to add beneficiaries and verify account information. The activation link in the email will expire 4 days after a successful upload of the Employee Template. If the employee does not activate their Online Pension Account within that timeframe, they should contact WRS and ask that a new activation email be sent.
If an employee does not have an email address, WRS will need to add beneficiaries for them. In that case, please have the employee send only the completed and notarized Change of Beneficiary Form with the new employee’s RAIN ID listed on the top.
New Member Materials and 457 Deferred Compensation Plan Enrollment
Please provide new employees with a WRS Member Folder, which includes important benefit information.
The folder also contains enrollment forms for the 457 Plan to allow new employees of participating employers to enroll immediately in the WRS 457 Plan. State employees are automatically enrolled in the 457 Plan, and can opt-out within 30 days, or withdraw within 90 days of the first salary deferral.
If you need WRS Member Folders, please contact WRS.
Name Changes for Employees Previously Enrolled
If you are uploading a new employee who previously served under a different name in a position covered by a WRS Pension, the employee must complete an Account Information Change Form. This form must be completed by the employee and faxed or mailed to WRS as soon as possible, along with legal documentation supporting the change.
Once the employee’s record has been updated by WRS, the employer can add the employee via the Employer Portal with the correct name information.