MADISON – To attract and retain talent and create a positive impact on employees and communities, American Family Insurance group companies are raising their minimum hourly rate to $20 per hour, the company announced today. This rate increase for employees is effective retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020.

The raise in minimum wage will result in raises for nearly 1,700 employees at American Family group companies. The group employs nearly 13,500 employees across the country.

“As an organization committed to exceptional customer service, it is essential we invest in our employees who provide that service,” said Gerry Benusa, enterprise chief people officer, in a news release. “Offering competitive wages not only helps ensure we attract and retain customer-focused employees, it also allows them to invest in their careers, dreams and communities.”

The increase applies to all companies within the American Family Insurance group, including American Family Insurance, based in Madison, Wisconsin; Homesite Group, Boston; The General, Nashville, Tennessee; Main Street America, Jacksonville, Florida; and other companies.

It also applies to American Family Connect Property and Casualty Insurance Co., the proposed new legal name of a De Pere, Wisconsin-based insurer (Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance) American Family Insurance group acquired last October.

The minimum-wage increase to $20 per hour will impact employees in a variety of roles and areas, including customer service, claims, administrative and others.