Employment Benefits

Summary of Benefits

All employees working 30 - 40 hours are considered benefit-eligible.

Insurance benefits

Health Insurance:

  • Coverage available through BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
  • Coverage commences the 1st day of the month following the employee's 1st day of employment

Dental Insurance:

  • Coverage available through Ameritas
  • Covers 100% Preventive and Maintenance, 80% Oral Surgery and Periodontic Services, 50% Restorative and Orthodontic Services
  • There is a $25 annual deductible for all non-preventive care, with the exception of Orthodontic Services for which there is no annual deductible
  • Coverage commences the 1st day of the month following the employee's 1st day of employment

Short-term Disability Insurance:

  • Short-term disability program is self-funded and administered by OPC Area Program
  • Available to all benefit-eligible regular status (not probationary) employees
  • Available after 30 days of total disability for up to 6 months
  • Pays 60% of employee's salary up to $1,500 per week

Long-term Disability Insurance:

  • Long-term disability program is administered by UNUM Life Insurance Company
  • Available after 6 months of disability
  • Pays 60% of employee's salary up to $5,000
  • Enrollment required for participation in long-term disability program. Employer-paid

Life/AD&D Insurance:

  • Available through UNUM Life Insurance Company
  • Life coverage at two times employee's annual salary up to a maximum of $200,000
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage at two times life coverage
  • Employees may elect life insurance for their eligible dependents at no cost to the employee
  • Enrollment required for participation; employer-paid

Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employees may set up Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) for Unreimbursed Medical and/or Dependent Care
  • Contributions made through payroll deduction
  • Coverage commences the 1st day of the month following the employee's 1st day of employment
  • Enrollment required for participation; employee-paid
Retirement Benefits

Retirement

  • OPC Area Program participates in the Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System
  • Employees contribute 6% of annual salary. The agency contribution is determined annually
  • Full retirement benefits after 30 years of retirement service, at age 60 with 25 years of service, or at age 65 with five years of credit
  • Reduced retirement benefits at age 50 with at least 20 years of retirement service, or at age 60 with at least 5 years of such service
  • Coverage commences from the 1st day of employment; enrollment required for participation

Supplemental Retirement

  • Employees may participate in a 457B Deferred Compensation Program offered through Nationwide Retirement Solutions
  • Voluntary contributions made through payroll deduction
  • Employee-paid

Annual Leave

  • 8 hours (1day) to 20.33 hours (2.7 days) earned per month based on length of service
  • Annual leave accrues the 1st day of each month
  • May be used for vacation, illness, medical appointments, religious observances or in lieu of sick leave
  • Annual leave in excess of 240 accrued hours will be rolled into sick leave January 1
  • Employees working between 30 - 39 hours per week will have their leave accrual prorated

Sick Leave

  • 8 hours (1 day) earned per month
  • Sick leave accrues the 1st day of each month
  • May be used for illness, medical appointments, illness of a family member or in case of the death of an immediate family member or close friend
  • Unlimited accumulation
  • Employees working between 30 - 39 hours per week will have their leave accrual prorated

Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Spring Holiday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (2 days)
  • Winter Holiday (2 or 3 days)
  • Floating Holiday(s)
Employee Assistance Program

Provides confidential, professional services to employees, their immediate family members and members of their households through an outside agency.

Workers' Compensation

Compensation for work-related illnesses, injuries or deaths.

Credit Union
  • Membership open to employees and their family members
  • Checking and savings accounts, bank cards, and personal, automobile and home loans available