PA 07-161—SB 845

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Appropriations Committee


SUMMARY: This act requires a municipality that provides survivor pension benefits for paid police and firefighters who die in the line of duty to continue to provide the benefits after the surviving spouse remarries. By law, total survivor benefits for paid police and firefighters include the workers' compensation survivor benefit plus the municipality's survivor benefit. The combined benefits cannot exceed 100% of the weekly pay that employees in the same position as the deceased employee receive during the compensable period. The act specifies that the combined weekly benefit cannot exceed 100% of the maximum rate for the same position.

By law, workers' compensation survivor benefits end when the surviving spouse remarries or the dependent children reach 18.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

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