Factors Effecting Payable Benefits
In many instances, benefits are payable to the survivors of public employees who are active members of a Massachusetts contributory retirement system at the time of their death. The amount of benefits payable in any particular instance depends on a number of factors including:

  • the length of the member's creditable service,
  • the eligibility of the member's immediate family, and
  • the cause of the member's death.

Guide to Survivor Benefits
Please refer to PERAC's Guide to Survivor Benefits for Public Employees Who Became Members On or After April 2, 2012 for a more detailed explanation. Also, remember that retirement board staff members are also available to interpret the specifics of the law and to assist you.

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