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Pre-Retirement Death Benefits

Active Death Benefit - If you die before you are eligible to retire

If you die before you are eligible to retire, and your death is not industrial (not work-related), your beneficiary will receive the Active Death Benefit. This benefit is the sum of:

  • Your accumulated retirement contributions, with interest; and
  • One month of pay for each year of service credit, not to exceed one-half of the members' final compensation.

Death While Eligible Benefit - If you die while eligible to retire, but before retirement

If you die after you have met the minimum age and service credit requirements for retirement, but are still an active member (you have not yet retired) and are survived by a spouse or one or more children under age 18, SDCERS will pay the Death While Eligible Benefit. This benefit is the sum of:

  • 1/2 of the monthly retirement benefit you would have received if you had retired on the day you died and selected the maximum benefit; and
  • An annuity based on your accumulated contributions on the date of your death.

SDCERS will pay this benefit to your surviving spouse for life. If you leave no surviving spouse, or if your spouse dies before all of your children reach age 18, SDCERS will pay this monthly allowance in equal shares to any children you have under age 18 until each turns 18. Your spouse may choose to receive a lump sum payment instead of a monthly continuance. In addition, your spouse or child who is entitled to receive the Death While Eligible Benefit, may choose to receive the Active Death Benefit in its place.
 

Industrial Death Benefit - If your death is work-related

If the Workers Compensation Appeals Board determines your death was work-related, and you leave a surviving spouse or child under age 18, SDCERS will pay the Industrial Death Benefit. The benefit is the sum of:

  • A monthly benefit equal to 1/2 of your highest one-year salary; and
  • An allowance based on your accumulated additional contributions on the date of your death.

SDCERS will pay this monthly benefit to your surviving spouse for life. If you leave no surviving spouse, or if your spouse dies before all of your children reach age 18, SDCERS will pay this monthly allowance in equal shares to any children you have under age 18 until each turns 18. Your spouse may choose to receive a lump sum payment instead of a monthly continuance.

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