Frequently Asked Questions
1. Q: Can I
apply for unemployment?
A: Yes, anyone can apply for
unemployment. The Department of Workforce Development
will make the determination once information is received from
the former employee and the Ho-Chunk Nation if
they are eligible to receive benefits. The Ho-Chunk
Nation does not make the decision if someone is eligible or
2. Q: Are LTE's eligible for Wosga
A: Yes, all employee regardless of
employment status may use Wosga Leave.
3. Q: How many days of funeral leave am I
entitled to for a Great Grandparent or Great Aunt?
A: The Employment Relations Act
identifies a Great Grandparent and a Great Aunt as extended family,
which would allow 2 days/16 hours of Leave.
4. Q: When is my evaluation due?
A: Initial probationary evaluations are due 90 calendar
days after your start date(which is also your annual eval date), if
you have been transferred your eval is due 30
days after your transfer date. If you are
promoted or demoted, your new annual evaluation date is the date of
your transfer, if you have been laterally transferred you retain
your current annual eval date(no change).
If your eval has been extended due to FML, you may inquire with
the FML Benefits Specialist as this is the person who tracks IFML,
FML and ULOA for all employees.
5. Q: What do I do, I did not Sign the
Sign In sheet for Waksik Wosga Leave?
A: You should contact the Ceremonial
Leader and have him call the Personnel Department. You can then
come into the Personnel Office and Sign the Sign In Sheet.
6. Q: Can an employee use Wosga Leave on
their day off?
A: No, an employee can only use WWL
on her regularly scheduled work day.
7. Q: Can an Limited Term Employee (LTE)
employee use Wosga Leave?
A: Yes, LTE employees are
permitted to use this leave.
8. Q: Do I have to exhaust my
Annual/Sick Leave before I can apply for Short
A: No, you do not have to use any
Annual/Sick is you do not wish to.
9. Q: Can I use Annual/Sick Leave while on
Short Term Disability?
A: Annual Leave only.
You can use enough Annual Leave to make up the difference between
Short Term Disability benefit and your regular pay
10. Q: At what age can I apply for Medicare?
A: Medicare benefits based on
retirement do not begin until a person reaches age 65. So before
you retire at 62, find out whether you stand to lose any
employer-provided health insurance that you may have.
person is responsible for Medicare, not the HCN Department of
Sign up for Medicare A three (3) months before your
11. Q: At what age can I start receiving Social Security
A: The earliest you can start
receiving Social Security retirement benefits will remain age 62;
however, payments are not "full" benefits.