NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BENEFITS AND EMPLOYMENT POLICY MANUAL
The Benefits and Employee Policy Manual provides detailed information about all benefits provided by the state of North Carolina.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE SALARY SCHEDULE
State Salary Schedule
All employees are covered by Social Security. Both employee and employer make appropriate contributions to Social Security. The employee pays 7.65% and the employer pays 7.65%.
All full-time employees of Catawba County Schools are eligible for the health insurance provided through the State of North Carolina on a non-contributory basis. Family members may be covered on a contributory basis. The State offers as alternatives several HMOs, which require an employee contribution. Open enrollment is from October 1-October 31 annualy.
The Catawba County School System partners with Pierce Group Benefits to offer additional policies including vision, dental, life, accident, disability, etc. Flexible spending accounts are also available for medical and childcare needs. New employees may enroll in dental and vision plans throughout the year. Open enrollment for current employees occurs in the spring while new employees may enroll in August for the benefit year.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Catawba County School System's employee assistance program (EAP) is provided by The Counseling Group, PA. This program is provided to promote employee health and well-being. Active employees and immediate family have one to six sessions available per EAP year at no charge. The EAP provides a valuable resource for support and information during difficult times, as well as consultation on day-to-day concerns. It is designed to provide you and your family with guidance in managing everyday issues through an assessment, short term counseling, and referrals when necessary. Visit www.thecounselinggroup.com for more information. Appointments may be made by calling 828-322-9130.
All Catawba County Schools personnel who are regular, full-time employees are required by law to become members of the North Carolina Teachers and State Employees System. An employee contributes 6% of his or her salary along with the local school system’s contribution of over 16%. The 6% employee contribution is tax sheltered.
Upon retirement, any employee who has been a member of the retirement system for at least five years is eligible for monthly benefits for life, or for the return of his or her contributions with interest. An employee's contributions (with interest) may also be withdrawn if the employee terminates employment before retirement. A member of the retirement system who has contributed for five or more years is eligible for disability retirement.
The retirement system also pays a death benefit to the designated beneficiary(ies) of any member who has contributed to the retirement system for at least one year and who dies while still an active member. The death benefit pays a minimum of $25,000 and maintains a maximum of $50,000.
Contributing employees may login to their ORBIT account for information on their years of service, retirement estimates, and account balances. Retirement forms may also be found here.
401-K STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT PLAN
The State sponsors the Plan through the legislation enacted by the General Assembly. The NC State 401-K Plan enhances your employee benefit package by providing you with benefits such as tax deferral, investment flexibility, and access to funds with a loan provision.
TAX SHELTERED ANNUITY
The Catawba County School System approves insurance companies for the purpose of selling fixed and variable annuities. Tax sheltered annuities make possible, through a payroll deduction plan, the deferring of a portion of any employee's income until he or she retires.
Each full-time active employee is provided a $5,000 term life insurance policy.
All permanent employees and their families are eligible to join the North Carolina State Employees' Credit Union. Payments on loans or savings may be made through payroll deduction after contacting the credit union.
Each qualified employee is provided annual leave according to the length of his or her monthly employment and the duration of his or her service with the state.
Sick leave, at the rate of 1.00 day per month, is granted to employees, cumulative indefinitely, in accordance with state regulations.
Two days personal leave, cumulative to a maximum of five, are granted to classroom teachers in accordance with state regulations. Substitute pay of $50 per day is deducted when using personal leave.
Family medical leave (FMLA), professional leave, maternity leave, and military leave are provided in accordance with school board policies and state regulations.
Holidays with pay shall include New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, two days for Thanksgiving, three days for Christmas, and Martin Luther King's Birthday. July 4 is a holiday for twelve month employees.
LONGEVITY PAY PLAN
All full-time permanent employees of the Catawba County Schools who have completed the required length of employment with an eligible State of North Carolina Agency are eligible for payments.