South Dakota Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated July 2011

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

None.


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Career firefighters: Spousal benefit is 66 2/3% of average earnings, paid in installments plus a monthly allowance for each dependent child. Benefit payable to spouse until death or remarriage. Upon remarriage, spouse is paid a lump sum equal to two years of compensation and benefits terminate. Children eligible until age 18, age 22 if a full-time student, or for life if incapable of self-support. An additional $50 per month will be paid to each of your legally dependent children until that child reaches the age of 18 years.

Volunteer firefighters: Benefit is calculated at the state’s maximum compensation allowable for death or injury.

Education Benefit: A deceased employee’s dependents are each also entitled to a $2,000 a year (for up to five years) benefit if they are enrolled in an accredited SD post-secondary educational institution.

Contact:
Division of Labor and Management
South Dakota Department of Labor
Kneip Building
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: (605) 773-3681
Fax: (605) 773-4211
Website: www.sdjobs.org

(Reference: SD Codified Laws Chapter 62-4-8, 12-15)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

When injury causes death, eligible for a maximum of $7,500 for burial expenses, including expense of a headstone grave marker. Employer also pays expense of transporting the body to the community where the employee will be buried.

Contact:
Division of Labor and Management
South Dakota Department of Labor
Kneip Building
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: (605) 773-3681
Fax: (605) 773-4211
Website: www.sdjobs.org

(Reference: § 64-4-16)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN


Career firefighters: Covers career firefighters employed by city, county or state, except for Sioux City. The surviving spouse having the care of children shall receive an annual amount, payable in monthly installments, equal to 50% of the highest annual compensation earned by the member during any one of the last three years of service, plus 10% of such compensation for each child up to a maximum of six children. There is a provision for the purchase of additional spouse coverage. There is an annual COLA adjustment.

Contact:
South Dakota Retirement System
P.O. Box 1098 (Mailing Address)
Pierre, SD 57501-1098
Phone: (605) 773-3731
Toll Free: (888) 605-SDRS
Fax: (605) 773-3949
Website: www.sdrs.sd.gov

South Dakota Retirement System
222 E. Capitol Ave, Suite 8 (Physical Address)
Pierre, SD 57501
* Use the entrance on the East Side of the Building

Disability and Optional Spouse coverage booklets are on the SDRS website.


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

If death is a direct result of injury received in performance of official duties, undergraduate tuition waived for children under age 21 at the time of the firefighter’s death. Must attend a state-supported institution of higher education or state-supported technical or vocational school. Benefit available for 36 months or 8 semesters.

Contact:
South Dakota Board of Regents
306 E. Capital Avenue, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501-3159
Phone: (605) 773-3455
Website: www.sdbor.edu
E-mail: info@sdbor.edu

If covered under Workers’ Compensation, dependents may also be eligible for a scholarship of $2,000 per year for up to five years payable to a state post-secondary education institute.

Contact:
Division of Labor and Management
South Dakota Department of Labor
Kneip Building
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: (605) 773-3681
Fax: (605) 773-4211
Website: www.sdjobs.org

(Reference: SDCL 62-4-81)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same benefit as children-scholarships will be provided to the spouses of employees who die as a result of work-related injuries. Payment maximum is $2,000 annually for a South Dakota post-secondary school.

Contact:
Division of Labor and Management
South Dakota Department of Labor, Kneip Building
700 Governors Drive, 3rd Floor
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Phone: (605) 773-3681
Fax: (605) 773-4211
Website: www.sdjobs.org

100% membership provides $10,000 of Accident and Dismemberment insurance. Members can purchase coverage up to $50,000.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

South Dakota Firefighters Association
Division of Labor and Management
PO Box 626
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3681
Website: www.sdfirefighters.org
E-Mail: labor@dol-pr.state.sd.us


 

Disclaimer: The material contained in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivor Benefits website is not the result of legal research, but rather is based on a scan of public documents. We have made every effort to be accurate and timely, but errors may exist. The material on this website is advisory only and should not be cited as evidence or proof that a benefit exists or that our facts are accurate. Always consult the decedent’s fire department for benefits assistance, or a benefits’ attorney. If, in the course of your own research, you see errors of fact, or new benefit information, please pass this information along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.