Death Benefits

Death Benefits

When a Google employee dies, their spouses receive half pay from the company for ten years, and their children receive US$1,000 per month until they turn 19.

share Share

Google has enacted new death benefits for its employees, reports Forbes.

If an employee dies, that employee's spouse receives half the employee's salary for ten years.

There's no tenure requirement on this benefit either. Every one of Google's 34,000 employees is immediately eligible regardless of how long they've worked there.

On top of the half-salary, the spouse will also receive stock benefits, and children will receive $1,000 per month until they turn 19.

One interesting question that's not clear from the reports: Does the policy cover same-sex spouses? A Google spokesman confirms with us that gay couples receive this same benefit, which makes this one of Google's many gay-friendly policies.

It makes the free lunch pale by comparison.