Benefits Eligibility

Type of Position Hours Insurance Leave Retirement

Permanent

Full-Time

30+ hours per week

Eligible for State Health Plan and NC Flex

​​Note:  * General Statute 135-48.1(18) SL 2017-57 changed the eligibility for retiree health coverage. Members hired on or after Jan. 1, 2021 will not be eligible for retiree medical benefits. Click here for more detail.

Eligibility based on position Eligible for mandatory and supplemental retirement plans

Permanent

Part-time

20-29 hours per week

Eligible for State Health Plan with employee paying both the employee and employer portion

Eligible for NC Flex

Eligibility based on position and leave is pro-rated

Eligible for supplemental retirement plans only 

Includes:  UNC System 403(b) and 457(b) plans, and State’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

Not eligible for the State’s 401k Plan

Temporary

Full-Time*

Hired 30+ hours per week OR average 30+ hours per week over designated measurement periods Eligible for the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) Not eligible

Eligible for supplemental retirement plans only 

Includes:  UNC System 403(b) and 457(b) plans, and State’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

Not eligible for the State’s 401k Plan

Temporary

Part-Time

Less than 30 hours per week Not eligible Not eligible

Eligible for supplemental retirement plans only 

Includes:  UNC System 403(b) and 457(b) plans, and State’s 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

Not eligible for the State’s 401k Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Special Notes Regarding Eligibility for the High Deductible Health Plan

Student workers:

  • Hired and reported as part-time variable hour
  • Hours are not to exceed 20 per week during the academic year, some flexibility to work more during the summer
  • If averaging Full-time (30+ hours per week) over measurement periods, offered the high deductible health plan

Temporary faculty (FTE calculated - 3 work hours for every credit hour)

  • FTE .75+ (cumulative of all jobs) or measured full-time, offered the high deductible health insurance

Temporary hourly workers (eligibility based on FTE, regardless of duration of appointment)

  • FTE .75+ (cumulative of all jobs) or measured full-time, offered the high deductible health insurance

Temporary salaried workers (regardless of the FTE)

  • Reported as full-time & offered the high deductible health insurance

This document is an overview of benefits eligibility and does not contain all the terms and conditions of the various programs.  The appropriate plan document governs the benefits eligibility of each plan.

Revised 1-24-2020