2018 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 43 - PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION
Chapter 13 - Filling vacancies in trustees of certain trust funds; resignation of trustees
Section 43:13-22.56 - Death benefits

Section: 43:13-22.56: Death benefits

7. Death benefits.

(a) Upon the death of a member in service who shall have paid into the fund the full amount of contributions due and who shall die as a result of injuries or illness received or incurred in the performance of that member's regular or assigned duties or who shall have served in the employ of the city for 20 or more years, a pension of 50\% of the member's final salary shall be paid to the surviving widow, so long as she remains unmarried, or surviving widower, so long as he remains unmarried; if there is no surviving widow or widower or in case the widow or widower dies or remarries, a pension of 20\% of such final salary shall be paid to one surviving child, 35\% of such final salary shall be paid to two surviving children in equal shares, and if there be three or more children, 50\% of such final salary shall be paid to such children in equal shares; and if there is no surviving widow, widower or child, a pension of 25\% of such final salary shall be paid to one surviving dependent parent or a pension of 40\% of such final salary shall be paid to two surviving dependent parents in equal shares.

(b) Upon the death of a member in service who shall have paid into the fund the full amount of contributions due and who shall die for causes other than injuries or illness received or incurred in the performance of that member's regular or assigned duties and who shall have served in the employ of the city for five or more years but less than 20 years, a pension in an amount equal to 50\% of the member's final salary shall be paid to the surviving widow, so long as she remains unmarried, or surviving widower, so long as he remains unmarried; if there is no surviving widow or widower or in case the widow or widower dies or remarries, a pension of 20\% of such final salary shall be paid to one surviving child, 35\% of such final salary shall be paid to two surviving children in equal shares, and if there be three or more children, 50\% of such final salary shall be paid to such children in equal shares; and if there is no surviving widow, widower or child, a pension of 25\% of such final salary shall be paid to one surviving dependent parent or a pension of 40\% of such final salary shall be paid to two surviving dependent parents in equal shares.

(c) Upon the death of a pensioner from the retirement system who has retired for age and service under the provisions of section 4 of P.L.1964, c.275 (C.43:13-22.53), or who has retired under the provisions of either subsection (a) or subsection (b) of section 1 of P.L.1967, c.222 (C.43:13-22.54a), or who has retired because of a disability under the provisions of section 6 of P.L.1964, c.275 (C.43:13-22.55), a pension equal to 50\% of the amount of the pension, including any adjustment thereto under sections 7 through 13 of P.L.1990, c.20 (C.43:13-22.69 to 43:13-22.75), payable to the decedent at the time of death shall be paid to the surviving widow, so long as she remains unmarried, or surviving widower, so long as he remains unmarried; if there is no surviving widow or widower or in case the widow or widower dies or remarries, such pension shall be paid to one surviving child or to two or more surviving children in equal shares; and if there is no surviving widow, widower or child, such pension shall be paid to one surviving dependent parent of the retirant or to both surviving dependent parents in equal shares.

(d) (1) In the event a pension shall be payable as a result of the death of a member in service and there are no eligible survivors at the time of such member's death, an amount equal to such member's contributions to the fund, without interest, shall be paid to the member's estate. If, after the payment of all pension and survivorship benefits payable by the retirement system to any eligible survivors of a deceased member or retirant, the total amount of those benefits, including adjustments under sections 7 through 13 of P.L.1990, c.20 (C.43:13-22.69 to 43:13-22.75), together with the total amount of any retirement allowance or pension benefits, including adjustments, which shall have been paid to the decedent during retirement, is less than the amount of the decedent's contributions during membership in the retirement system, the amount of the difference, without interest, shall be payable to the deceased member or retirant's estate.

(2) If at the time of the death of a member in service the sole eligible survivors of such member are minor children and the total of the aggregate payments on account of such children shall be an amount which is less than such member's contributions to the fund, without interest, the balance of such amount shall be payable to the guardian of such minor children.

L.1964,c.275,s.7; amended 1966, c.158, s.5; 1973, c.348, s.1; 1981, c.534, s.2; 1985, c.281, s.1; 1990, c.20, s.5; 1996, c.101, s.3.

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