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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 14. Education, Libraries, and Museums
- Chapter 25. Teachers' Retirement
- Section 487. Occupational Death Benefit.
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AS 14.25.487. Occupational Death Benefit.
- (a) If (1) the death of a member occurs before the member's retirement and before the member's normal retirement
date, (2) the proximate cause of death is a bodily injury sustained or a hazard undergone while in the performance and within the scope
of the member's duties, and (3) the injury or hazard is not the proximate result of wilful negligence of the member, a monthly survivor's
pension shall be paid to the surviving spouse. If there is no surviving spouse or if the spouse later dies, the monthly survivor's
pension shall be paid in equal parts to the dependent children of the member.
- (b) The first payment of the surviving spouse's pension or of a dependent child's pension shall be made for the
month following the month in which the member dies. Payments shall cease on the last day of the month in which there is no longer an
eligible spouse or eligible dependent child, or the last day of the month following the earliest date the member would have first
qualified for normal retirement if the member had survived, whichever day is sooner.
- (c) The monthly survivor's pension in (b) of this section for survivors of members is 40 percent of the member's
monthly compensation in the month in which the member dies. While the monthly survivor's pension is being paid, the survivor is not
entitled to elect distributions from the member's individual contribution account under AS 14.25.410 , except as required by AS 14.25.440 . While the monthly survivor's pension is being paid, the
employer shall make contributions with respect to the member's surviving spouse and member's surviving dependent children based on the
deceased member's gross monthly compensation at the time of occupational death
- (1) that would have been paid to the member's individual account under AS 14.25.340 and 14.25.350(a), to the trust account established under AS 14.25.350 (e), without deduction from the survivor's pension; and
- (2) to the appropriate accounts and funds under AS 14.25.350 (b) - (e).
- (d) If a member's death is caused by an act of assault, assassination, or terrorism directly related to the
person's status as a member, whether the act occurs on or off the member's job site, the death shall be considered to have occurred in
the performance of and within the scope of the member's duties for purposes of (a)(2) of this section. If the expressed or apparent
motive and intent of the perpetrator of the harm inflicted upon the member was due to the performance of the member's job duties or
employment, the death shall be considered to be directly related to the member's status as a member. A member's job duties are those
performed within the course and scope of the person's employment with an employer.
- (e) On the date the member would have first qualified for normal retirement if the member had survived, the
retirement benefit shall be determined under the provisions of AS 14.25.420 - 14.25.440, 14.25.470, and 14.25.480. In addition to payment of the member's individual account, the
surviving spouse or, if there is no surviving spouse, the surviving dependent children of the member, shall receive an additional
benefit in an amount equal to the accumulated contributions that would have been made to the deceased member's individual account under AS 14.25.340 (a) and 14.25.350(a), based on the deceased member's gross monthly compensation at
the time of the member's occupational death, from the time of the member's death to the date the member would have first qualified for
normal retirement if the member had survived. Earnings shall be allocated to the additional benefit calculated under this subsection
based on the actual rate of return, net of expenses, of the trust account established under AS 14.25.350 (e) over the period that the
contributions would have been made. This additional amount and allocated earnings shall be paid in the same manner as determined for the
member's individual account under AS 14.25.420 - 14.25.460 to the extent permitted by the Internal Revenue
Service. A member who died and whose survivors receive occupational death benefits under this section shall be considered to have
retired directly from the plan on the date the member would have first qualified for normal retirement if the member had survived.
The period during which a survivor's pension is paid under this subsection constitutes membership service for the purposes of determining
vesting in employer contributions under AS 14.25.390(b) and eligibility for medical benefits under AS 14.25.310 - 14.25.590 and AS 39.30.300 - 39.30.495.
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