• New-hire Information


    Welcome to Horry County Schools. As a newly hired employee, there are several things we need to discuss and hopefully answer some of the questions you may have about your pay, retirement enrollment and benefit options.

    Please review the entire page carefully before you attend your new-hire orientation. There is some very important information that may impact you later in your career.

    Please look for the *REQUIRED AT ORIENTATION and *REQUIRED FOR CHANGE notices to make sure you bring the information needed to activate your employment record.

    Section 1: Payroll

    Payroll is processed on a semi-monthly basis. All employees are paid twice a month based on the published schedule. If you are a substitute or temporary employee, your time entries will be processed by the bookkeeper responsible for the location or work you perform.

    Direct deposit is strongly encouraged and can be activated by submitting this information using the payroll self-service portal.  Your portal account will not be active until the day you attend new-hire and may take up to 2 pay periods to become active.

    *REQUIRED FOR CHANGE: Paychecks will be mailed to your home address until you submit your direct deposit request through the self-service portal.  If you choose not to enroll in direct deposit please review HCS lost check replacement procedure.


    Payroll taxes are withheld based on current IRS guidelines.

    *REQUIRED FOR CHANGE:Your federal withholding taxes will be calculated as if you are single with zero allowances until you submit a new IRS W-4 request through the self-service portal.

    Section 2: Retirement (One of the most important decisions you make as a newly hired employee)

    ALL newly hired employees must make a retirement election to the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) within 30 days of their hire date. Regular employees must choose either option one or option two. Substitutes, temporary employees and bus drivers have the option to refuse membership (option three). Bus drivers who also work in another position, such as mid-day aide, must choose between option one or option two.

    1. Elect to join the traditional defined benefit plan of the SCRS
    2. Elect to join the SCRS Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)
    3. Elect to not join the South Carolina Retirement System (Subs, temps and bus drivers only)

    Retirement information and videos can be found at www.peba.sc.gov

    *REQUIRED AT ORIENTATION: You must return the New-Hire Retirement Election Notification Formbefore you leave the new-hire orientation class. By submitting this information you will receive an email from the Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) with instructions on how to make an election within 30 days of your hire date or you will be irrevocably enrolled in Option 1, the traditional defined benefit plan of the SCRS.

    Please review the information on our Retirement page to help you make this decision.

    ** Please note it is your responsibility to submit the appropriate beneficiary information to PEBA.


    Horry County Schools
    Payroll & Benefit Services
    PO Box 260005
    Conway, SC 29528-6005

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