Employee Resources

Currituck County takes getting important information to our employees very seriously. That is why the Employee section of our website was created.

Here you will find important information on your benefits, including your health insurance coverage, how to get assistance with an insurance problem, who is on your county wellness committee, etc.

Employee News
1)    Optima EAP – “Top Social Issues for Teens in Today’s World” Webnair
Date:   November
Time:  Anytime
Location: Webinar
Company Username:  Currituck
Presenter:  Ellen Contente

November 2020 Monthly Bulletin has important information on “Creating Support Systems” with close friends and family as well as, coworkers and professionals.

Every month Optima EAP does a webinar, November’s is “Top Social Issues for Teens in Today’s World”.  Log in anytime this month to learn more on this topic.

If you don’t need teen information there are hundreds of other resource to help you, check what is available.

2)    Total Retirement Planning Online Conference – Planning for a Successful Retirement

Date:   Wednesday,  November 25, 2020  and December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2020
Time:   11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Register:  www.myretirement.com

The North Carolina Department of State Treasurer is presenting a Teachers’ and State, and Local Governmental Employees’ Total Retirement Planning Conference online. Register to attend and have your questions about retirement answered by our counselors.

This conference will provide an orientation for new members, pre-retirement planning information for members closer to retirement, and educational information for personnel officers and others who handle retirement matters. In addition, Prudential Retirement, our defined contribution plans administrator will offer information on the Supplemental 401(k), 457, and 403(b) plans.

Take an extra ½ hour for lunch to discover your benefits!

3)    Cigna’s  January 2021 Drug Formulary Changes

As clients and customers continue to face the financial burdens resulting from a lengthy pandemic, lowering drug cost is more vital than ever. Cigna’s January 2021 Formulary changes – which encompass our low net drug cost approach – center around better affordability and improved pharmacy plan performance.

4)    Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) Annual Scholarship

The Annual Local Government Federal Credit Union is awarding 25 We award 25 one-year college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and students attending colleges, universities and trade schools. All scholarships are for $5,000, payable in one installment to the school, and may be applied to tuition, textbooks, computers and other fees.

Deadline to submit the application online and all scholarship materials is Monday, February 1, 2021.

For more information, submit an application or questions:

5)    Information Regarding COVID-19 & Employment

Currituck County Human Resources has compiled information to help you know what to do if you or an immediate family member need to take time off due to COVID-19.

6)   The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Alert: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from Wednesday, April 1, 2020 through Sunday, December 31, 2020.

7)  2020 Form W-4 &  Tax Changes

Ray Scerri, Director from the State of North Carolina, Office of the State Controller has sent a memo (PDF) to all employees concerning 2020 Form W-4. The memo states:

The 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, is very different from previous versions. This is due to the federal tax law changes that took place in 2018. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is not requiring all employees to complete the revised form and has designed the withholding tables so that they will work with both the new and prior year forms. However, certain employees will be required to use the new form: those hired in 2020 and anyone who makes withholding changes during 2020.

Even though the IRS does not require all employees to complete the revised form and even if your tax situation has not changed, we recommend you perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if you need to make adjustments to your current withholding. To conduct the checkup, you can use the IRS’s Tax Withholding Estimator. To effectively use the estimator, it is helpful to have a copy of your most recent pay stub and tax return. It is likely that the estimator will be updated to account for the 2020 tax tables in early January. Please note: if you do not submit a new form, withholding will continue based on your previously submitted form.

Before completing the 2020 Form W-4, please read the instructions that are included with the form. You must complete Steps 1 and 5. Steps 2, 3, and 4 are optional, but completing them will help ensure that your federal income tax withholding will more accurately match your tax liability.

  • Step 1 is for your personal information;
  • Step 2 is for households with multiple jobs;
  • Step 3 is used to claim tax credits for dependents;
  • Step 4 is for other adjustments (additional income such as interest and dividends, itemized deductions that exceed the standard deduction, and extra tax you want withheld);
  • Step 5 is where you sign the form.

The IRS takes your privacy seriously and suggests that if you are worried about reporting income from multiple jobs in Step 2 or other income in Step 4(a), you check the box in Step 2(c) or enter an additional withholding amount in Step 4(c). To determine the additional withholding amount, you can use the withholding estimator.

The IRS has published Frequently Asked Questions that you may find helpful as you complete the form.