Table of Contents
- Timely and Accurate Employer Reporting
- Retirement Date Changes After Application is Submitted
- State Health Plan Eligibility - Defining Employees Hire Date
- Disability Income Plan of North Carolina (DIPNC) Part I: The First 365 Days
- Supplemental Plans Staff Contact Changes
- October is National Retirement Security Month
- Save the Date: SHP Open Enrollment
- Employer & Member Webinars
Employee and Employer contributions are due via the monthly Contribution Summary Instructions (CSI) by 5:00 p.m. on the 5th business day of the month along with the Monthly ORBIT payroll report. If the 5th falls on a weekend, contributions are due the following business day by 5 p.m. This schedule information is also located on our website.
With the Retirement Online process, you will receive Form 6C by email. The member is cc’d on this communication, so they stay informed of where they are in the process. If a member wishes to change their retirement date after submitting their application, this cannot be updated on the Form 6C. The member needs to cancel their current application and submit a new Retirement Online application with the revised/new retirement date. More information about the Retirement Online process for members can be found here.
State Health Plan Eligibility – Defining Employees Hired Date:
Eligibility for coverage with the State Health Plan as a retiree was amended in SESSION LAW 2017-57 SENATE BILL 257. The bill amends Article 3B of Chapter 135 of the General Statutes to require that retirees must earn contributory retirement service in the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (or in an allowed local system unit), the Consolidated Judicial Retirement System, and the Legislative Retirement System prior to January 1, 2021, and not withdraw that service, in order to be eligible for retiree medical benefits under the amended law. Consequently, members first hired on and after January 1, 2021, will not be eligible to receive retiree medical benefits.
The amendment specifies that retirees with contributory retirement service (Membership Service) prior to January 1, 2021, in any of the retirement systems listed are eligible for retiree coverage in the State Health Plan (SHP). If you employ anyone with existing service, they may be eligible for SHP coverage as a retiree even if they are a new employee to your organization. While a new employee hired on or after January 1, 2021, without any prior membership service will not be eligible for the SHP in retirement.
Disability Income Plan of North Carolina (DIPNC) Part I: The First 365 Days
What is a Disability?
Under DIPNC, disability is defined as the mental or physical incapacity for the further performance of your usual occupation, provided that such disability was not the result of terrorist activity, active participation in a riot, committing or attempting to commit a felony or an intentional self-inflicted injury.