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Employee Benefits Information

The County offers its employees a comprehensive health and dental program, along with a wide array of supplemental insurance programs. The County has long been committed to providing its employees the best possible insurance benefits at the greatest possible value. We've maintained that commitment even in the face of healthcare costs that continue to soar.

The County of Orangeburg offers medical, dental, vision , life insurance, long term disability, long term care, and optional medical/ dependant care spending accounts benefits to its full-time employees through the State of South Carolina’s Budget and Control Board Employee Insurance Program (EIP).

For additional information regarding these benefits, please visit:

  • Employee Insurance Program (EIP)
  • 1-803-734-0678 (Greater Columbia area)
  • 1-888-260-9430 (toll-free outside Columbia area)
  • Retiree Billing: 1-803-734-1696
  • Fax: 1-803-737-0825

Deferred Compensation (401k & 457)

The State of South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program is a voluntary tax sheltered retirement program available only to public employees. It was established in 1980 to allow employees to supplement their South Carolina Retirement and Social Security Benefits. The Deferred Compensation Commission, established by the State, oversees the safety and security of the Program.

As a public employee in the State of South Carolina, the Deferred Compensation Program offers a number of important features and benefits to help reach your financial goals. When participating in the 401K or 457 pre-tax programs, through the convenience of payroll deduction, you realize a tax deferral each pay period and your deposits accumulate tax deferred. Depending on which plan you choose, you may have the ability to borrow money, tax free, from your account.

At retirement or termination, you have a multiple choice of withdrawal options. Depending on which plan you choose, you may participate at levels as small as $10 per pay period and as much as $16,500 per year. You may shelter your savings from current income taxes using one or both of two pre-tax plans: 401(k), 457.

Participants can make changes to their account via the web at www.southcarolinadcp.com once they have obtained a PIN number from Great West Retirement.

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Employee Assisstance Program

Almost all of us, at one time or another, experience serious personal problems. Sometimes they affect job performance, sometimes they don't. Because Orangeburg County Council values our employees personally as well as the work they do, we provide a comprehensive "Employee Assistance Program" (EAP) to give employees the help they need, when they need it. EAP is confidential, professional and available for those times when we have personal problems. No problem is too big or too small. EAP can assist in the following problem areas: marital, family, children, financial/legal, alcohol abuse, drug and substance abuse, grief, anxiety, depression, stress, and other personal or emotional problems.

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Group Life Insurance

Orangeburg County provides a basic life insurance policy equivalent to one times the annual salary through the South Carolina Retirement System* for all eligible employees.

In the event of death, Companion Life shall pay twenty thousand dollars to a regular full-time employee's beneficiary or estate. (Both benefits are provided at no cost to regular full-time Orangeburg County employees.)

For additional information regarding these benefits, please visit:

  • Employee Insurance Program (EIP)
  • 1-803-734-0678 (Greater Columbia area)
  • 1-888-260-9430 (toll–free outside Columbia area)
  • Retiree Billing: 1-803-734-1696
  • Fax: 1-803-737-0825

*Provisions apply


Group Long Term Disability

All full-time regular employees are offered long term disability insurance through The Standard. Employees who elect to enroll in the long-term disability program become eligible for disability benefits after ninety (90) or one hundred and eighty (180) calendar days of continuous sickness or accident disability in which the employee received no income. The monthly benefit amount is 66 2/3% of the employee's annual salary.

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South Carolina Retirement

All regular County employees are required to participate in the South Carolina Retirement System unless exempted by law. An employee is vested in the System after five (5) years of full-time service and may draw an annuity upon eligibility.

Regular Employees are eligible for full retirement benefits at age 65 or upon completion of 28 years of service of which five years must be earned service if you became an SCRS member on or after January 1, 2001. sions for earlier retirement are available. Employees contribute 6.5% of their salary to their retirement and the County contributes 9.24 percent.

Law Enforcement Employees are eligible for full retirement benefits at age 55 or upon completion of 25 years of service. Provisions for earlier retirement are available. Employees will contribute 6.5 percent of their salary to their retirement and the County contributes 11.05 percent.

You may establish up to six years of credit for any period of military service. This includes service in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, Select Reserves, and Army or Air National Guard. The cost is 16 percent of current salary or career highest fiscal-year-salary, whichever is greater, for each year purchased. The cost for purchasing periods of less than one year will be prorated. Discharge from service must be under conditions other than dishonorable. Military service credit may not overlap earned service (service for which regular contributions have been paid to the system) or other purchased service.

Disability retirement is available with over five (5) years of service credit.

Employees retiring from Orangeburg County Council shall be eligible for monthly benefit checks, if they meet the requirements as governed by the South Carolina Retirement System.

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Supplemental Insurance

The County of Orangeburg provides all full-time employees an opportunity to elect supplemental benefits not offered through the South Carolina Employee Insurance Program from the Insurance Companies below:

  • AFLAC
  • Customer Service: 1-800-992-3522

*Representatives from Colonial and AFLAC are allowed to enroll County employees into their supplemental benefits programs during September of each calendar year.


Court Leave

Employees are paid by the County if subpoenaed or ordered to attend court or administrative hearings to testify in some official capacity on behalf of Orangeburg County, the State or the Federal government. Employees must provide documentation to their Department Head or Elected Official.

Family and Medical Leave of Absence

Employees who meet the length of service and hours worked requirement under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may be eligible to take leave under this benefit. As a general rule, employees must request a leave of absence under this law and policy, but in appropriate situations employees may be placed on leave status without application.

*Please reference the Employee Handbook for additional information regarding FMLA.

Holidays & Holiday Pay

The following days are observed as holidays for Orangeburg County employees:

  • New Year's Day: January 1
  • Martin Luther King Day: 3rd Monday in January
  • Memorial Day: Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day: July 4
  • Labor Day: 1st Monday in September
  • Veterans Day: November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thursday in November
  • Day after Thanksgiving: Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve: December 24
  • Christmas Day: December 25

*Whenever a recognized holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed as the holiday.
*Whenever a recognized holiday falls on a Sunday the succeeding Monday is observed as the holiday.

Military Leave

All regular employees who are members of the South Carolina National Guard or any reserve unit of the United States Armed Forces are entitled to military leave in accordance with State and Federal law. An employee going on military leave should present a copy of his/her orders to his/her Department Head or Elected Official upon receipt of this documentation.

Workers Compensation

Employees must report all work-related accidents immediately to his/her supervisor. Orangeburg County provides Workers’ Compensation Insurance to provide medical benefits and/or compensation (indemnity) benefits for a covered worker who sustains a disabling injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment.

For additional information regarding Worker’s Compensation please contact the Human Resources Department.