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Retirement — for some people is around the corner and for others it is something that is so far off that it doesn’t warrant a second thought. However, retirement planning is really an essential part of everyone’s lifelong financial planning.

Duplin County Government is a participant in the North Carolina Local Government Employee’s Retirement System.  Employees working at least 1,000 hours per year are automatically enrolled (if you are in a permanent position) in the system and must contribute 6% of their gross salary each pay period.  Duplin County Government also contributes a percentage of the employee’s salary into the retirement system on the employee’s behalf (however this money does not go into the employee’s personal retirement fund.)  You will get the county’s contribution only if you retire.

Retirement Eligibility
Employees will be eligible to receive monthly payments at retirement based on their salary, age, and years of creditable service.  For more information, visit the North Carolina Retirement System website (link below) and click on Benefit Handbook or call 1-877-NCSECURE (1-877-627-3287).

Death Benefit
If an employee dies in active service after one year of credit under the retirement system, their beneficiary is eligible to receive a one-time payment (based on the employee’s salary and will be no less than $25,0000 and no more than $50,000) in addition to contributions the employee made into the Retirement System.

Special Separation Allowance
Retired law enforcement officers may be eligible for a monthly allowance payable until they reach age 62, die or until they return to local government employment and contributing to the retirement system.

North Carolina 401(k) Plan
Duplin County Government also participates in the North Carolina 401(k) Plan through the North Carolina Retirement System and employees can contribute pre-tax contributions into their 401(k) account.  The plan is administrated through Prudential Retirement and for more information, visit
www.ncplans.prudential.com or call 1-866-NCPlans (1-866-627-5267).
Deferred Compensation Plan (457b)
The Nationwide 457b retirement plan is a supplemental retirement plan to which full-time employees can make contributions through payroll deduction.   For more information, visit www.nrsforu.com or call 1-877-677-3678, 

Insurance for Retired County Employees
(See Duplin County Personnel Policy, Article VIII – Employee Benefits, Section 2. Health Benefits)

The County may offer to “qualified” retirees the option of maintaining individual employee coverage with the County’s group health insurance plan.   In order to be designated as a “qualified retiree,” one must meet the following criteria:

            Full-time Employees hired prior to August 18, 2008 must meet all 3 criteria:

    1. Employee must be eligible to receive retirement from the NC Local Government Employee’s Retirement System.  Retirement may be of any type.
    2. Employee must have been covered under Duplin County’s insurance program at least twelve (12) months prior to retirement.
    3. Employee must have at least 10 years of continuous Duplin County Government Employment immediately preceding retirement.

   Full Time Employees hired on or after August 18, 2008 must meet all 3 criteria:

    1. Employee must meet criteria one (1) and two (2) above.
    2. Employee must have twenty-five (25) years of non-continuous service with Duplin County at the time of their retirement from Duplin County.

If the above criteria are met for full-time retiring employees, the retiring employee will be provided with an individual health insurance policy until he/she becomes covered by Medicare.  Duplin County will pay one-half (1/2) the insurance costs of the premium for the retired employee.  Once the employee is covered by Medicare, Duplin County will provide one-half (1/2) of the monthly hospitalization insurance premium for a Medicare Supplement and/or Drug Plan.  The retiree may insure other family members through the county’s insurance carrier.  If more than an individual policy is procured, the employee must pay all costs associated with the additional insurance coverage.

The insurance premium will be drafted from an account of the retiring employee’s choice by the 25th of each month.  This option must be elected without a break in coverage on the County’s group health insurance plan.  Employee must elect/reject the option in writing within 30 days from date of retirement.  If the option is not elected upon the date of retirement, the option will not be available in the future.

In the event of the retiree’s death while he/she is continuing their hospital insurance through Duplin County’s Group Plan, the dependent(s) covered by the retiree will be eligible to continue their hospital insurance coverage through Duplin County’s Group Plan for up to thirty-six (36) months under COBRA.  The dependents would be responsible for paying the full premium plus administration cost by the date specified by the County.

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