NC Commerce

North Carolina Department of Commerce

(919) 814-4600 Location Parking


A variety of benefits are available to permanent Department of Commerce employees who contribute to the retirement system. They are listed in the drop-down menu on the left.

For clarification on any of these benefits listed in the folowing pages, please contact:

Health Benefits Administrator
(919) 715-4204

Health Insurance

  • N.C. State Health Plan
  • Agency/University contribution for employee coverage
  • Long term care
  • N.C. Health Smart
  • Optional employee-paid spouse and dependent coverage
  • Prescription Drug Card Program


  • Eleven paid holidays – Holiday Schedule
  • Holiday premium pay and equal time off for holiday work

Vacation Leave

  • Earn from 112-208 hours per year based on service (pro-rated for part-time employees)
  • Leave in excess of 240 hours on December 31st of each year converts to sick leave

Sick Leave

  • 96 hours earned per year (pro-rated for part-time employees)
  • One month of retirement service credit allowed for each 20 days of unused sick leave
  • Unlimited accumulation

Military Leave

  • Up to 15 days per year

Family Medical Leave

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Available to employees with at least one year service
  • Up to 12 weeks of paid or unpaid leave for birth and care of a newborn, care for an adopted child, care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition, or for personal serious illness

Disability Income

  • Short term benefits after one year of service
  • Long term benefits after five years of service

Credit Union

Tax Deferred Investment Programs

Longevity Pay

  • Recognizes service of 10 years or more
  • Annual, lump sum payment of 1.5% to 4.5% of annual salary based on service


  • Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System 
  • Unreduced retirement with 30 years of service at any age
  • Age 60 with 25 years of service
  • Age 65 with 5 years of service
  • Reduced retirement at age 50 with 20 years of service or age 60 with 5 years of service
  • Death benefit after one year of service equivalent to one year’s salary (no less than $25,000 and no more than $50,000)
  • Disability income plan

Additional Benefits

(not available at all agencies/universities – paid by employee)


Visit the NCFlex website for additional information.

  • Cancer Plan
  • Core Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Critical Illness Plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Health & Dependent Spending Account
  • Vision Insurance

Other Supplemental Benefits

  • Legal Insurance
  • Hospital Confinement Indemnity Insurance
  • Personal Recovery Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Universal Life Insurance

Other state agencies/universities do not offer all benefits represented on this list. Some agencies and universities offer benefits in addition to those listed above.

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