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  New employees

Congratulations on your new job. Your employment means more than just a paycheck. Your employer may also provide valuable insurance and retirement benefits that can help you take care of your health and may become an important part of a secure financial future once you are no longer working. On this page you will find links to information about the insurance programs and retirement plan(s) your employer may offer.


Insurance benefits decisions

You have 31 days from the date you become eligible to enroll in your health insurance and other available insurance and flexible spending/savings account benefits. Your benefits administrator can guide you through the enrollment process, but here are some other resources that you may find helpful:


  • Review the current Insurance Benefits Guide, which is divided into chapters that provide information on each of the benefits available.


If you need assistance at any time during the enrollment process, contact your benefits administrator or reach out to our Customer Contact Center.


Retirement benefits decisions

You have 30 days from your date of hire to enroll in your retirement plan and designate beneficiaries for your retirement account. Your benefits administrator can guide you through the enrollment process once you have made your decisions, but here are some other resources that you may find helpful:


  • SCRS or State ORP
    • If you are a newly hired state, public school or higher education institution employee, you may choose between the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) and State Optional Retirement Program (State ORP). If you do not select your retirement plan within 30 days of your date of hire, you will automatically become a member of SCRS. Please review the following information before you make your retirement plan selection.
    • If you are a newly hired employee of a local subdivision of government that participate in the retirement plans PEBA administers, you are not eligible for State ORP participation and must join SCRS unless your position is exempted by state law. Your employer can tell you whether your position is exempt from mandatory membership.
  • PORS
    • The Police Officers Retirement System (PORS) is a defined benefit retirement plan PEBA administers primarily for public safety employees of state agencies, public and charter school districts, public higher education institutions and other local subdivisions of government that participate in PORS.
  • JSRS


South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program

You may also be eligible to participate in the South Carolina Deferred Compensation Program (Deferred Comp), which is offered by PEBA and currently administered by Empower Retirement. Deferred Comp is a voluntary retirement savings program that provides participants an opportunity to supplement their retirement savings through its 401(k) and 457 plans. Through it you have access to a local retirement plan advisor who will meet with you one-on-one to assist you in planning for your financial future. Ask your employer if they participate in Deferred Comp, and click here to learn more about how to enroll.


Get connected through PEBA’s social media sites

PEBA’s social media program is designed to promote awareness of the resources available to you as well provide you with important updates and information about your benefits. We are dedicated to delivering content that is engaging, relevant and useful to you. PEBA’s social media sites are one of the two primary ways we communicate general information to members. The other mechanism is our Constant Contact® email service. Sign up here to receive news and updates from PEBA. We encourage you engage with us on the following PEBA social media sites:


If you cannot find the information you’re looking for on our website, reach out to our Customer Contact Center for assistance.


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