Legislators and Staff: Please visit our detailed intranet site at https://lhro.wisleg.root.local/.

It is the mission of the nonpartisan Legislative Human Resources Office (LHRO) to provide high quality human resources related services to the Wisconsin State Legislature and the attached service agencies. Our objective is to aid legislative offices with recruiting, developing, and retaining a high performing and diverse workforce within the Legislature; administer payroll and benefit processes; and foster a healthy, safe, and productive work environment, while providing all the necessary training, guidelines, and support required for success.

The LHRO provides the following services:

  • Provide human resources information for incoming legislators and employees;
  • Process payroll and benefits;
  • Process and answer questions related to family and medical leave (FMLA) and reasonable accommodation requests;
  • Aid legislative offices with informal concerns related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, violence, and bullying;
  • Conduct all reviews and investigations of formal complaints regarding an employee related to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, violence, and bullying, unless another entity is designated by the director to conduct all or a portion of the review or investigation;
  • Receive and coordinate worker's compensation claims;
  • Oversee risk management compliance;
  • Aid legislative offices with recruitment, performance management, and disciplinary needs;
  • Produce human resources-related monthly, quarterly, and annual reports required by the state and federal government;
  • Produce year-end individual tax information and Wisconsin Retirement System information for employees;
  • Assist employees with human resources-related questions and needs during all phases of employment;
  • Manage Senate and Assembly employee classification and compensation procedures/policies/processes and process/aid legislative offices with all related requests, and aid attached agencies with classification and compensation related needs/requests;
  • Manage onboarding/hiring for Senate and Assembly employees and aid legislative offices with all related needs/requests, and aid attached agencies with onboarding/hiring related needs/requests;
  • Aid the Senate, Assembly, and attached agencies with training needs;
  • Manage/coordinate updates and changes to the Senate and Assembly policy manuals, in conjunction with appropriate leadership, and aid attached agencies with policy manual needs;
  • Aid the Senate, Assembly, and attached agencies with coordinating/managing/planning related to Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) needs.

33 E. Main Street, Suite 229
Madison, WI 53703

Amanda Jorgenson, Director
Dana Dykema, Deputy Director
Heidi Sarnow, HR Section Chief
Lisa Maffet, HR Section Chief
Beth Koerber, HR Specialist Advanced
Megan Plamann, HR Specialist Senior
Lisa Murwin, Training Officer
Justin Brock, HR Operations Specialist
Tarin Tenpas, Instructional Designer