Below you will find a summary of the variety of benefits we currently offer to eligible employees. Should you have any questions regarding the benefits listed, please contact Jennifer Baker, Benefits Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (919)542-3626 ext. 23274
Summary of Benefits Available
Annual Leave (Vacation)
- Employees earn annual leave based on the length of total State service (prorated for part-time employees). Employees must work at least half the working days in a month to earn leave.
- No more than 240 hours of annual leave can be carried over from the end of one calendar year into another. If the employee separates, payment for accumulated annual leave cannot exceed 240 hours.
- At the end of the calendar year, any annual leave exceeding 240 hours is credited to the employee's sick leave account.
- Available to qualified employees, as needed
- If an employee with at least one (1) year of contributions to the retirement system dies while in active service, his/her beneficiary receives a single lump sum payment based on the employee's salary at the time of death; however, the payment will be no less than $25, 000 and no more than $50,000. The benefits extends 180 days beyond the last date of employment.
- Chatham County Schools offers dental insurance under Pierce Group Benefits. The employee pays the entire cost of the dental coverage.
Disability Income Plan
- Provides income for eligible State employees who become temporarily or permanently disabled for performance of duties prior to retirement.
- Employees are eligible for short term (one year) benefits after one (1) year of contribution to the retirement system, and for long term (indefinite duration) benefits after five (5) years.
- Plan requires a sixty (60) day waiting period before benefits begin
- Reimbursement of tuition expenses for lateral entry teachers AND teaches/instructional assistants employed with the district for two (2) years or more
- Educational leave, with supervisory approval and available funds, may be granted if the education is deemed to be of sufficient benefit to the department and the employee has attained permanent status.
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- Individual coverage for the State Health Plan is available with premiums paid by the employer. Optional premiums to cover spouse and/or dependents are also available at an additional cost. Premiums are payroll deducted and are normally on a pre-tax basis.
- North Carolina State Health Plan
- State employees normally observe 11 paid holidays each (12 if Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday)
Flexible Benefits Plan (AmeriFlex)
- Features available through this plan include a medical spending account, dependent care spending account, traditional and managed-care dental options, vision care plan, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
- Deductions are made on a pre-tax basis
Leave of Absence without Pay
- Educational (Certified staff only), medical, military, family medial, and parental leave (for birth, adoption or placement of a foster child) or any other reasons approved by the Superintendent and Board of Education may be granted to eligible employees.
- Basic Term Life Insurance of $5,000 is provided to eligible employees. Premium is paid by the employer.
- Optional and dependent coverage are available at a minimal cost.
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- Cancer, accident, and supplemental disability plans may be purchased by eligible employees through Pierce Groups Benefits.
- Premiums are payroll deducted
State Employees Credit Union
- Employees may become members of the State Employee's Credit Union
Supplemental Retirement Income Plans
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) offers two tax-deferred plans, Prudential NC 401(k) and Prudential NC Deferred Compensation (457), in addition to the State's retirement system. These Plans allow members to contribute towards their retirement and choose their investment portfolio.
- Plans are available through payroll deduction
- Competitive salary supplement
Tax Deferred Annuities
- 403(b) programs are available through companies chosen by the eligible employee from an approved list for payroll deduction.
- NC Retirement (non-optional participation) is for all permanent full-time employees, with costs shared by the employee (6%) and the State.
- Deductions are on a pre-tax basis.
- At retirement, employees can receive monthly payments for life (based on salary, age, and years of creditable service) or can receive a contributions refund. Employees can also request a contributions refund upon employment separation
- Contributed funds earn 4% interest after five (5) years of employment.
- All full-time employees earn one (1) day of sick leave each month that they work at least half the working days of the month (prorated for part-time employees.
- Sick leave can accumulate indefinitely and can be used for illness of immediate family members as well as for a death in the immediate family. Accumulated sick leave provides time credited towards retirement (20 sick days = one month)
Twelve (12) Month Pay Option
- Available to employees who work less than 12-months
- May select the 12-month pay option, provided they are in pay status as of the first scheduled day for 10-month employees.
- Eligibility and benefit amounts are determined individually, based on a percentage of annual earnings, up to the allowable maximum
- Employees are entitled to benefits, if, while carrying out activities for the benefit of their employer, they suffer an injury by accident, a "specific traumatic incident", resulting an a hernia or back injury, or an occupational disease. All on the job injuries must be reported to the school treasurer/administration immediately.
- Accident reports are to be completed online at https://www.publicschoolworks.com/ARPages/accidentsPage1.php?di=809&dia=4qodv&%20809&&mi=5. This can also be found on the district Health & Safety page.
- Chatham County Schools has 2 designated medical facilities for all on the job injuries.