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.
Employee Insurance Program
The County of Orangeburg offers the following kinds of benefits to its full-time employees through the State of South Carolina’s Budget and Control Board Employee Insurance Program (EIP):
- Life insurance
- Long term care
- Long term disability
- Optional medical / dependent care spending accounts
For additional information regarding these benefits, please visit Employee Insurance Program (EIP) at 888-260-9430 and Retiree Billing at 803-734-1696 or you may contact Human Resources.
- annual leave
- Bereavement leave
- Court Leave
- Deferred Compensation-Empowerment Retirement (401K & 457)
- Employee Assistance Program
- Family Medical Leave of Absence
- Group Long Term Disability
- Military Leave
- Paid Holidays
- paid leave
- sick leave
- South Carolina Retirement
- Supplemental Insurance
- Workers’ Compensation
All employees assigned to regular full time positions accrue annual leave with pay. New hires in their introductory period are not allowed to use accrued annual leave until satisfactory completion of their introductory period. The maximum amount of accrued leave that can be carried over at the end of the year is 240 hours. Use of annual leave is encouraged and subject to supervisor approval.
1. Except in the case of an emergency, all annual leave must be approved a minimum of two (2) days in advance by the employee’s Department Head.
Whenever possible, an employee wishing to take more than four (4) hours of annual leave time should request approval at least one (1) week in advance.
2. Department Heads are responsible for scheduling vacations based on employee seniority and must ensure that their departments are adequately staffed at all times. Consequently, the County may limit the number of employees that may be absent from a department at any one time.
3. The value of an employee’s accumulated but unused annual leave not to exceed two hundred forty (240) hours will be paid to the employee at termination only if: (1) the employee gives and satisfactorily completes a two week notice of resignation; or (2) in the case of the employee’s discharge by the County, the employee is not discharged for disciplinary reasons as determined by the County.
Annual Leave Accrual Schedule (each pay period)
Tenure 7.5 Hour Shift 8 Hour Shift 12 Hour Shift 24 Hour Shift
0-6 Years 3.7 hours 3.7 hours 4.44 hours 4.62 hours
7-14 Years 4.6 hours 4.6 hours 5.55 hours 5.78 hours
15 or More 5.5 hours 5.5 hours 6.66 hours 6.94 hours
If employee voluntary terminates his/her employment with the county and is rehired, previous years of employment will be counted towards annual leave accrual.
An employee will be paid for time actually lost from straight time scheduled work up to three (3) work days due to attendance at the funeral of a member of his immediate family, which, for purposes of this policy is defined as spouse, parent, legal guardian, child or legal ward, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law and daughter-in-law. Step-relatives will be considered relatives within the meaning of this policy if the employee and the step relative lived in the same household for a substantial period of time.
Employees will be normally excused from work to attend the funerals of other family members or friends and, upon request, will be permitted to use annual leave for such absences. At the discretion of the Department Head and upon the approval of the County Administrator, an employee may be granted reasonable time off to attend the funeral of a fellow employee. There will be no loss of time if the time used is less than two (2) hours and is made up during the same workweek.
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.
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) and/or 457.
Access your Account
Participants can make changes to their account via the South Carolina Retirement Systems and State Health Plan website once they have obtained a PIN number from Great West Retirement.
For additional information regarding these benefits, please visit the South Carolina Retirement Systems and State Health Plan website.
South Carolina Deferred Compensation-Empowerment Retirement, C/O Great West Retirement
P.O. Box 173764, Denver, CO 80217-3764
Toll Free: 877-457-6263.
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:
- Alcohol Abuse
- Drug and Substance Abuse
- Other Personal or Emotional Problems
You can also view the Employee Assistance Program Brochure (PDF) or for EAP services, please call the Dawn Center at: 803-536-4900
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 (PDF) for additional information regarding FMLA.
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 90 or 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.
LTD is an automatic coverage if an employee is enrolled in either of our health plans through PEBA. SLTD is optional coverage they can elect to pay for as an extra coverage.
For additional information regarding these benefits, please visit The Standard, or call Customer Service at 800-628-9696.
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.
The following days are observed as holidays for Orangeburg County employees:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday
- President’s Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
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.
Each full time employee will accrue annual leave bi-weekly in hourly increments based on their length of service as defined in the Accrual Schedules below. Annual leave is added to the employee's Annual leave balance at the end of each pay period (the Saturday before pay day). Annual leave taken will be subtracted from the employee's accrued time balance. Part Time Employees, Temporary employees, contract employees, and interns are not eligible to accrue annual leave.
Eligibility to accrue annual leave is contingent on the employee either working or utilizing accrued annual leave for the entire bi-weekly pay period. Annual leave is not accrued in pay periods during which an employee is on a leave without pay status. To see Paid Leave Exceptions, see Employee Handbook.
All employees assigned to regular full time positions accrue sick leave with pay. The maximum amount that can be carried over at the end of the year is 720 hours.
Temporary employees are not eligible for paid sick leave.
Sick leave may be used, with prior approval, as needed under the following circumstances:
a. The employee’s own illness, injury, or incapacitation;
b. The employee’s medical appointments; and
c. Serious injury or illness involving a member of the employee’s immediate family.
d. During employee probationary period.
The County reserves the right to require any employee to present a doctor’s excuse prior to his return to duty. Employees who are absent for three
(3) or more consecutive days may be required to present a doctor’s excuse prior to return to duty.
Under no circumstances will accrued but unused sick leave be paid at termination.
Accrued but unused time shall be used concurrent with Family and Medical Leave.
Sick Leave Accrual Schedule (each pay period)
7.5 Hour Shift 8 Hour Shift 12 Hour Shift 24 Hour Shift
3.7 hours 3.7 hours 4.44 hours 4.62 hours
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 5 years or 8 years depending upon the class and 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 South Carolina Retirement System member on or after January 1, 2001. Provisions for earlier retirement are available. Employees contribute a percentage of their salary to their retirement and the County contributes a percentage to employees’ retirement.
Law Enforcement Employees
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 a percentage of their salary to their retirement and the County contributes a percentage to employees’ retirement.
Military Service Credits
You may establish up to six years of credit for any period of military service. This includes service in the United States:
- Air Force
- Army or Air National Guard.
- Coast Guard
- Marine Corps
- Select Reserves
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.
For additional information regarding these benefits, please visit South Carolina Retirement Systems, or call customer service at 888-260-9430.
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:
Customer Service: 800-992-3522
Customer Service: 800-325-4368
Representatives from Colonial and AFLAC are allowed to enroll County employees into their supplemental benefits programs various times during the calendar year.
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 Risk Management Department at 803-533-6151.
Setting up your MyBenefits Account is the fastest, most convenient way for you as a subscriber covered by the Employee Insurance Program (EIP) to manage your benefits. Enroll in MyBenefits today and start managing your insurance information! View the Setting Up a New MyBenefits Account (PDF) for instructions to set-up your account.
MyBenefits will allow you to do the following:
- Access your insurance benefits information
- Make changes to your coverage during the annual open enrollment period in October and some special eligibility situations
- Review and change your beneficiaries
- Update your contact information
Member Access Accounts
Set up your Member Access Account to view your personal information on file with the South Carolina Retirement System. View Member Access instructions (PDF) to set up your account. It is safe and available anytime, from anywhere you have internet access. Member Access will allow you to:
- Create benefits estimates
- Manage service credit purchases
- Request a refund
- Review your account balance
- Review your beneficiary information
- Review your service credit
- Submit a service credit application
- Update your contact information
Retired members can use Member Access to:
- Review and manage their monthly benefit, including payment history and direct deposit information
- Manage their tax withholdings
- Review their beneficiaries
- View and print an IRS Form 1099-R
- View and print a benefit verification letter
- Review their payment option
- Update their contact information