Qualified Survivor New Plans

Active Miscellaneous Member – New Plans
(members hired on or after November 2, 1976)

1. Eligible Spouse/Domestic Partner:  your spouse/domestic partner to whom you were married/partnered continuously for at least one full year immediately prior to your death and was your spouse/domestic partner continuously until your death and designated as sole primary beneficiary on SFERS beneficiary form (SFERS recognizes domestic partnerships that have been established by filing a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the San Francisco County Clerk, domestic partnerships filed with the State of California or other California jurisdictions, as well as domestic partnerships or similar legal relationships formed and recognized in other jurisdictions). SFERS does not recognize domestic partnerships certified only by notary; or
2. Unmarried Child: while under age 18

Should you die while an active member and you are qualified for a service retirement on the date of your death, and you designated your spouse/domestic partner as sole primary beneficiary, the Retirement System will pay a monthly continuation allowance equal to 50% of service retirement to which you would have been entitled had you retired on the date of your death.

If total continuation benefits paid are less than the lump sum account balance plus 6 months compensation earnable, any difference is paid in priority order to remarried spouse/domestic partner, surviving children or your estate.

Should you die while an active member and you are not qualified for a service retirement on the date of your death, or you did not designate your spouse/domestic partner as sole primary beneficiary, the Retirement System will pay a lump sum distribution of your contributions and interest, plus 6 months compensation earnable to your designated beneficiary(ies), or your estate.

 

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