Your job is probably what initially attracted you to the university. The professional
fulfillment of your career, paired with strong benefits, allows the University of South Carolina to retain talented and dedicated employees.
One of the first steps in properly reviewing and selecting your benefits is to determine
To qualify for full insurance benefits you must be employed in a full-time equivalent
(FTE) position and scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week, or a temporary or
research grant or time-limited (RG/TL) position and scheduled to work at least 30
hours per week. If you are employed in a RG/TL position and scheduled to work 20 hours
or more, you may be eligible for insurance, if this benefit is funded by the grant.
The South Carolina Public Employee Benefits Authority (PEBA) administers two types
of primary retirement plans. If you are employed in a FTE, a temporary, or a RG/TL
position that offers retirement benefits, you are eligible to participate in one of
these plans regardless of the number of hours you are scheduled to work. FTE employees
are required to participate, but temporary and RG/TL employees have the option to
opt out as long as they meet specific requirements. All FTE, temporary and RG/TL employees
are also eligible to participate in other tax-sheltered annuity products such as 401(k),
457(b) and 403(b) plans.
For additional eligibility requirements, including eligibility for dependents, please
refer to the UofSC Insurance Benefits Summary [pdf].
There are many levels of insurance coverage available, as well as flexible spending
accounts to keep your coverage affordable. Learn more about health insurance, dental
and vision coverage, life insurance and disability insurance. You will also find information
related to Medicare, cancer and hospital confinement and auto and home insurance.
The State administers two types of primary retirement plans, a defined benefit plan
and a defined contribution plan. Find out how these programs will prepare you for
retirement, and also explore your options for deferred compensation, tax deferred
annuities and a unique deferred retirement program known as the TERI Program.
Enroll and Make Changes
For current employees, any additions or changes that you'd like to make to your state
insurance or retirement plans must be made during an open enrollment period, which
takes place in October each year. Any changes made to your benefits become effective
the following January. Learn more about the enrollment process and some exceptions
that may apply.
While our Human Resources team is more than happy to answer any questions that you
might have about your benefits, it is often recommended or even necessary to contact
the providers directly. That's why we've provided you a comprehensive list of providers
and their contact information, so that you can easily access the information you need
to address your concerns.
In addition to a competitive insurance and retirement package, we are also able to
make additional resources available. These resources protect you if you are injured,
allow you to take personal time off work and encourage you to be proactive through
wellness programming. We also offer a wide range of family-friendly privileges and
unique discount opportunities that help you maintain an essential work-life balance.
If you are injured on the job you may be eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits.
When work-related accidents or injuries happen, employers are required by state law
to make sure an injured employee is provided necessary protection and care. Get your
questions answered about what to do if you are injured so that you are properly compensated
for your medical treatment.
Time Away From Work
Whether you are sick or need time away from work for a family vacation, every employee
needs time off. Learn how sick and personal time off (PTO) are accrued, and details
about how other types of leave are handled such as Family and Medical Leave, hazardous
weather leave, holidays and educational leave.
Employee Wellness Programs
Sustaining a healthy lifestyle contributes to both your personal and professional
success. Campus Wellness provides free or low-cost services that support faculty and
staff nutrition goals, help manage stress and more. In addition, our Employee Assistance
Program (EAP) has a broad range of support services including financial counseling,
marriage counseling and free legal assistance.
Privileges and Discounts
For many of our employees, family priorities or other limitations make it challenging
to maintain a healthy balance between work and home life. Through the university's
campus resources and community relationships, we've developed family-friendly privileges
such as flextime and daycare solutions, and also unique discount opportunities like
tuition assistance and free notary services.