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State Benefits

Northeastern Technical College offers a comprehensive benefits package through the state government of South Carolina. We strive to provide you with benefit options that meet the needs of you and your family. Employees may choose from several health insurance plans and retirement plans to meet their individual needs.

Medical Benefits

New employees will be given an Insurance Summary with health coverage options and additional benefits with monthly premiums for each coverage.

Health Insurance

The State Health Plan gives you two options to cover your expenses: the Standard Plan or the Savings Plan. The Standard Plan has higher premiums and lower deductibles. The Savings Plan has lower premiums and higher deductibles. The TRICARE Supplement Plan provides secondary coverage to TRICARE for members of the military community who are not eligible for Medicare. For eligible employees, it provides an alternative to the State Health Plan.

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Dental Plan

New hires have two options for dental coverage. Dental Plus pays more and has higher premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs. Basic Dental pays less and has lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs.

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Vision Coverage

An annual eye exam can help detect serious illnesses. You can have an exam once a year and get either frames/lenses or contacts.

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Life Insurance

You are automatically enrolled in Basic Life insurance at no cost if you enroll in health insurance. This policy provides $3,000 in coverage. You'll also get a matching amount of Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance. You may elect more coverage for yourself, spouse and/or children.

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Long Term Disability

You are automatically enrolled in Basic Long Term Disability at no cost if you enroll in health insurance. The maximum benefit is $800 per month. You may elect more coverage for added protection.

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MoneyPlus Elections

MoneyPlus is a tax-favored accounts program that allows you to save money on eligible medical and dependent care costs. You fund the accounts with money deducted pretax from your paycheck.

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Retirement Benefits

Your retirement. Your choice

You have the option to enroll in either the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) or the State Optional Retirement Program (State ORP). You must select one of the two retirement plans within 30 days from your date of hire unless your position is exempted by state law. Your employer can tell you whether your position is exempt from mandatory participation/membership. If you do not make a selection, you will automatically be enrolled in SCRS, and the enrollment is irrevocable.

The Select Your Retirement Plan guide provides general information about and a comparison of the two plans to help you make your choice.

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The plans' employee and employer contribution rates are set in statute by the South Carolina General Assembly. Your contribution rate is 9 percent, regardless of which plan you choose. You will contribute on a pretax basis. This means your employer will deduct your contribution before calculating federal and state withholding taxes. For State ORP participants, your employer will make an employer contribution to your State ORP account equal to 5 percent of your compensation. For SCRS participants, all employer contributions are kept separate from member contributions and do not become part of your member account balance.

Employee Leave
Annual Leave

Annual leave may be used for personal business and vacation. Employees accrue 9.38 hours per month until their 10th year of employment and then they receive an extra 1.25 days per year. Upon separation from State Service, an employee will receive compensation for up to 45 days of unused annual leave. The maximum amount that may be carried over from the calendar year to year is 45 days.

Faculty Non-Work

Faculty non-work days are scheduled within the academic calendar by the institution in lieu of the accrual of annual leave and in recognition of the normal State Holidays provision is made to grant faculty non-work days. Up to five days not scheduled or not taken by the end of the academic term may be carried over each academic year. Non-work days are granted based on the number of completed years of continuous State Service as of the beginning of the fall term. Non-work days must be taken in full-day increments.

Sick Leave

Sick leave is used for absences because of personal illness or injury, exposure to a contagious disease, pregnancy, medical and dental appointments. Ten days of sick leave a year may also be used for dependent care of spouse, child, parent, brother, sister or other dependents. The maximum amount of sick leave that may be carried over from calendar year to year is 180 days. Sick leave is accrued at a rate of 9.38 hours (1.25 days) per month or 15 days per year. Please note that employees with at least 12 months of service with the State may be eligible for additional unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Call the Human Resources Department for more information at (843) 921-6928.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

If the employee or the employee's spouse, parent, son or daughter has a serious health condition that prevents the employee from working the employee may qualify for FMLA. FMLA grants either paid or unpaid leave for 12 weeks each calendar year. If the employee feels that they may qualify for FMLA and they know in advance that they will be out of work, then they should complete an Application for Leave of Absence Form Under the FMLA and bring it or mail it to the Human Resources Department. The employee will receive a response from the Human Resources Department that informs them of the guidelines Northeastern Technical College expects the employee to adhere to as while the application is being considered under FMLA. A Request for Leave Form should be completed at this time for either paid or unpaid leave time. The HR Department is committed to explaining the employee's rights and the process to each applicant so the process will flow as smoothly as possible for the employee in such difficult times.

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