These web pages offer valuable reference and legal information, and tools to help you enroll new employees, report monthly retirement contributions, and provide guidance to your employees.
Redesigned ORBIT Issues
Since the redesign of ORBIT, some members have had trouble logging in, whether they are users who already have accounts, or they are logging into ORBIT for the first time. Once in ORBIT, users are also having trouble with security emails, device registration and forgetting their username or password.
The Retirement Systems has created
How To videos
, along with
Frequently Asked Questions
, to help our members log into and navigate ORBIT. These videos and FAQs should help answer some of the most common questions and issues our members are encountering in the redesigned environment.
Former Retirement Systems Division Phone Number Possibly Being Used By Scammers
The Retirement Systems Division has been informed that a previous phone number associated with the Division is being used by a company that provides possible misleading information about the opportunity to qualify for a gift card or rebate voucher. Upon dialing the old number, callers are prompted to provide personal information, including credit card information and date of birth, in exchange for the opportunity to qualify for the offer.
This issue has been reported to the N.C. Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division which is investigating the matter.
The Retirement Systems Division encourages you to ensure that all materials you have on your website or distribute to your employees that contain the Retirement Systems Division contact information includes our updated phone number. The updated number for the Retirement Systems Division is
877-NC-SECURE (877-627-3287). Remember, it’s always best to go to ORBIT to download the most recent version of any document, including forms, as they are updated frequently.
Legislation passed by the 2014 General Assembly establishes, effective January 1, 2015, a contribution-based benefit cap (CBBC) on pension benefits for TSERS members who retire on or after January 1, 2015, and whose average final compensation (AFC) is $100,000 or higher. This legislation aims to control the practice of “pension spiking,” in which a member's compensation substantially increases to create a benefit that is significantly greater than the contributions paid by the member and that the employer would fund.
The Anti-Pension Spiking CBBC approach to limiting pension spiking will prevent employers in the Retirement Systems from absorbing the additional liabilities caused by pension spiking by other employers.
The Retirement Systems has posted Pension Spiking presentations for LGERS and TSERS that provide examples of pension spiking and how employers and employees will be responsible for paying the liability created by causing the pension spike.
Estimating Potential CBBC Impact
Your agency can utilize the statutory formula to help determine the likelihood that the retirement allowance of a member might exceed the contribution-based benefit cap (CBBC). The CBBC formula is as follows:
Benefit Formula = Average Final Compensation (AFC) X Multiplier X Service
CBBC Formula = Contributions / Annuity Factor X CBBC Factor
If Benefit is greater than CBBC, the difference is multiplied by the Annuity Factor
The current CBBC Factor for TSERS is 4.5 and LGERS is 4.7. The current multiplier for TSERS is 0.0182 and LGERS is 0.0185. The AFC threshold for 2017 is $102,819.28. The listing of current annuity factors can be found
. You can access the member’s accumulated contribution balance and service history through ORBIT Employer Self-Service (Reporting – View Member Info – View Account History). Please note that the total contribution balance does not include the interest (currently 4%) for the current year.
IRC Section 415(b) & Qualified Excess Benefit Arrangement (QEBA)
Under federal tax law, a retiree is permitted to receive pension benefits up to a set annual allowable limit determined by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). The retirement benefits for some highly compensated employees (i.e., generally earning more than $180,000 annually) may be subject to the IRC section 415(b) annual pension benefit limit.
Legislation enacted by the 2013 General Assembly established a Qualified Excess Benefit Arrangement (QEBA) fund to pay the part of a retiree’s retirement allowance that exceeds the limit. Recent legislation amended the QEBA law to provide that members hired prior to January 1, 2015, are eligible to receive benefit payments from the QEBA fund. However, the last employer for a member who retires on or after August 1, 2016, will be required to reimburse the QEBA fund for any payments made to that retiree from the QEBA fund. For more information, please refer to the
Employers should sign up to attend Employer Training by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Retirement Systems will hold the training only if 10 or more employers have signed up. If enrolled in training, please attend, or email
email@example.com to let the Retirement Systems know you need to cancel.