At PEBA, we understand that you are an important part of the benefits we administer and that you have many responsibilities as a result. We are committed to providing you with the tools and resources necessary to make your part of the benefits administration process as quick and easy as possible.
Our Employer Services department can help you administer insurance benefits and retirement benefits. We also provide insurance training and retirement training online. For additional assistance, you are encouraged to participate in our online events.
Employee Benefits Services
Employee Benefits Servicesexternal link, opens in a new tab (EBS) is a secure, online site through which you can access your subscribers’ insurance enrollment information and your group’s reporting data and billing reports. Once you have a login, you can enroll your subscribers, view their benefits, make changes to their coverage and approve changes your subscribers make using MyBenefits.
To use EBS, complete the EBS employer forms. If your group uses a third-party enroller (TPE), the TPE employer forms must also be completed. Learn more about Duo Security.
Benefits Administrator Manual
The Benefits Administrator Manual provides you with details on how to administer PEBA’s insurance programs.
Billing and accounting information
Helpful resources for you about billing and accounting information are available on our Publications page under Insurance, then Employers.
The PEBA Health Hubexternal link, opens in a new tab provides access to an ever-expanding collection of online resources you can download and share with your employees. Ready-to-use toolkits include posters, flyers, email templates and digital banners. The materials cover a variety of issues such as PEBA Perks, cold and flu season, and oral health.
Electronic Employer Services
Electronic Employer Servicesexternal link, opens in a new tab (EES) is a secure, online website through which you can access your employees’ retirement account information. EES also allows you to enroll new employees, submit retiree return-to-work information, upload employer payroll data, and prepare monthly and quarterly contribution reports (not applicable for employers on the Comptroller General’s payroll).
To use EES, complete the EES employer forms. Learn more about Duo Security.
Covered Employer Procedures Manual
The Covered Employer Procedures Manual provides you with information about anything related to the administration of PEBA’s retirement plans.
Online employer training
Presentations and videos for employer training are available online. Insurance presentations are available on the Insurance employer training page, and retirement presentations are available on the Retirement employer training page. Additional resources, the employer manuals and a request form for one-on-one assistance are also included on the employer training pages.
Employers are invited to join the Employer Services team to learn more about PEBA's programs and plans, important topics and get answers to your questions about administering PEBA insurance and retirement benefits. Online meetings are scheduled for up to one hour and are announced in PEBA Update. Employers may also participate in online employer advisory group meetings hosted by Jennifer Dolder, director of Employer Services. You will learn about recent employer updates, receive answers to questions you might have and have the opportunity to provide feedback to PEBA. Online meetings are scheduled for one hour and are announced in PEBA Update. Registration to online events is not required.
PEBA Update weekly e-newsletter
Employer contacts in EBS and/or EES with a valid email address will be placed on the distribution list for PEBA Update, our weekly e-newsletter to employers. Important updates and announcements from PEBA are included in this valuable employer resource. Archived newsletters can be viewed at peba.sc.gov/peba-update. Employers should routinely review and update contact information in EBS and EES.
Becoming a participating employer
PEBA provides affordable and comprehensive insurance and retirement benefits. More than 850 employer groups participate in one or both benefits. Employers include state agencies, public school districts and public institutions of higher education. They also include optional employers, like counties and municipalities.
The Optional Employer Handbook will help you learn about the program and eligibility requirements; understand the requirements and conditions for participation; and find out more about the steps required to enroll in the program. If your entity is interested in joining the state insurance benefits program, the first step is to complete the Optional Employer Eligibility Determination Request and submit it to PEBA at least six months before your desired effective date for insurance coverage. It’s important to note that optional employers are subject to experience rating of health premiums.
For charter schools that are interested in joining the state insurance benefits program, the Charter School Handbook will help you learn about the program and eligibility requirements; understand the requirements and conditions for participation; and find out more about the steps required to enroll in the program. If your charter school is interested in joining, the first step is to complete the Charter School Eligibility Determination Request and submit it to PEBA at least six months before your desired effective date for insurance coverage.
The Becoming a Participating Employer flyer will help you understand what retirement benefits are available, as well as costs and participation requirements. If your entity is interested in joining the South Carolina Retirement System or Police Officers Retirement System, the first step is to complete an Employer Eligibility Determination Requestexternal link, opens in a new tab (Form 6500).
Deferred Compensation Program
Empower Retirement administers this program on behalf of PEBA. Contact Nancy Ornduff at 803.317.9249 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about participating in Deferred Comp.