You can provide the families of your employees with extra peace of mind by participating in Group Term Life, a program of group term life insurance administered by TCDRS. For a grieving family, this benefit could help provide stability and dignity during a difficult time.
In addition, this completely optional program has advantages for you, as an employer:
- More valuable benefits: The additional coverage can be a valuable tool for employee recruitment and retention.
- Easy administration: Your payments go to the same place you send your retirement plan contributions — no extra effort required.
- Trusted partners: You’ll get the same quality service and responsible management you have for your retirement plan.
Who Is Covered?
It's up to you. If you choose to offer our life-insurance coverage, you can cover current employees in an "Active-Only" plan. Or you can extend coverage to retirees, in what's called an "Active-Plus-Retirees" plan.
Sometimes a participating current employee becomes unable to work due to illness or injury, or passes away while absent under the Family Medical Leave Act. In such cases, coverage may be extended up to two years from the employee's last TCDRS deposit.
How It Works
Your active employees and/or retirees are automatically enrolled in the Group Term Life program when your organization chooses to participate. Upon the participant’s death, the following benefits apply:
- Active-Only: Beneficiaries of current employees are eligible for a one-time payment equal to the current employee’s annual compensation.
- Active-Plus-Retirees: This includes coverage for current employees as listed above, plus coverage for your retirees. Beneficiaries of retirees receive a one-time payment of $5,000.
What It Costs
You, as an employer, pay a monthly premium (a percentage of payroll) to participate. Our coverage is very competitively priced. Rates are set annually, according to the demographic makeup of your workforce.
The IRS considers a portion of any insurance premiums that you pay to cover an employee to be taxable income to the employee if the value of the insurance is over $50,000 — in this case, if the employee's compensation is over $50,000.
Most beneficiary payments are not subject to federal income tax.
How to Participate
You can take a look at how Group Term Life will fit into your total benefits package as you explore your plan options with the TCDRS Plan Customizer, available when you sign in to your account.
If you have any questions about the Group Term Life program, please contact your Employer Services Representative at 800-651-3848.