Alert

Full-Time, 30+ Hours to Temporary/Per Diem Appointment or to Part-Time, 1-19 Hours

This status change will affect benefits as follows:

Retirement

  • Teachers and State Employees Retirement System (TSERS)
    • Contributions to the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System will cease.
    • Employees should direct questions regarding the retirement account to the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System at 1-877-627-3287 or may refer to www.MyNCRetirement.com.
    • Contributions to the State 401(k) and State 457 Plan are contingent upon participation in the Retirement System, so any contributions to these plans will cease. 403(b) Plan contributions are unaffected by this status change.
  • Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)
    • The ORP is intended to provide you with income after you retire. Therefore, you may not withdraw money from the plan while you are an eligible participant and employed by the hospital. You may elect to receive a distribution from the vested portion of your ORP account:
  • When you retire, as a retirement benefit (with various payment options available), or when you leave employment with the University before retirement.For additional information on withdrawing of funds visit Optional Retirement Plans. You may also contact Employee Benefits at benefits@unch.unc.edu.

Health Insurance

  • Health Insurance under the State Health Plan will cancel (1) on the last day of the month in which the status change occurs if the status change occurs prior to the 16th of the month or (2) on the last day of the following month if the status change occurs on or after the 16th of the month. Current participants may extend coverage under COBRA for up to 18 months. The State Health Plan will send an information and enrollment packet to the employee’s home address within 60 days of the insurance cancellation date. Employees may contact the State Health Plan at 1-888-234-2416 for more information about the COBRA continuation process.

Disability

  • Disability coverage offered through the Disability Income Plan of North Carolina (part of the Retirement System benefits) will cancel on the last day of the month in which the status change occurs.
  • Liberty Mutual disability coverage is contingent upon participation in the Retirement System, and will cancel on the last day of the month in which the status change occurs.
  • The Standard Disability Plan coverage is contingent upon participation in ORP, and will cancel on the last day of the month in which the status change occurs.

Life Insurance

  • The Death Benefit offered through the Retirement System will cancel on the last day of the month in which the status change occurs.
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance will cancel on the last day of the month in which the status change occurs. Current participants may extend coverage under COBRA for up to 18 months. Employees may call 919-383-7421 for more information, please be prepared to provide current coverage information.

NC Flex

  • All NC Flex benefits will cancel on the last day of the month in which the status change occurs. In many cases, existing coverage can be extended under COBRA for up to 18 months. Each vendor is responsible for contacting the employee regarding continuation options within 60 days of the insurance cancellation date. Employees should contact the vendors directly for more information about the COBRA continuation process. For additional information please visit www.NCFlex.org.

MetLaw Plan

  • MetLaw benefit will cancel on the last day of the month in which the status change occurs.

Employee Leave

  • The employee will no longer qualify for the Employee Leave program. Any current PTO, Holiday or Vacation Leave balance will be paid out in accordance with the Employee Leave policy.

Work Agreements

  • Employees who transfer to Per Diem status should wait until after they have fulfilled all their work agreements, or be aware of the consequence. If they transfer before the end of the work commitment, they will owe money back to the hospital.  Examples of this could include Academic or Relocation Reimbursements.


Mailing Addresses

All completed forms should be mailed to Employee Benefits at the address below. The employee may contact the Benefits office by phone at 984-974-1100 or by e-mail if they have questions regarding benefits as they relate to this status change.

Employee Benefits
211 Friday Center Drive, Suite 2057
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Please remember, any changes to these benefits must be initiated within 30 days of the status change.

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