Utah Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated December 2012

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

None.


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Spousal benefit is 66 2/3% of employee’s average weekly wages for 312 weeks. After 312 weeks, benefit to spouse becomes subject to Social Security benefit offset. Minimum and maximum amounts apply and are adjusted annually. Upon remarriage, spouse receives 52-week lump sum distribution or remainder of award, whichever is less, and benefits terminate. If there are other dependents remaining at the time of remarriage, benefits shall be paid to such person as an administrative law judge may determine, for the use and benefit of the other dependents. Children are considered dependent until age 18 or longer if disabled. No continuation for full-time student status. All medical expenses associated with death are paid.

Volunteer firefighters: Considered employees for the purpose of Workers Compensation. Compensation is based on the lowest monthly salary of firefighters in a first-class city at the time of death.

A line of duty injury, illness or death must be reported to a member’s employer immediately. The employer is to complete the “Employer’s First Report of Injury” (Form 122) within seven days. For further information, first contact your employer’s respective Human Resources department.

Contact:
Utah Labor Commission
160 E. 300 S., 3rd Floor
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6600
Phone: (801) 530-6800
Toll-Free: (800) 530-5090
Fax: (801) 530-6390
Website: www.laborcommission.utah.gov


FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $8,000 for burial expenses in ordinary cases. Unusual cases may result in additional payments either voluntary or by Commission order.

Contact:
Utah Workers’ Compensation Fund
100 West Towne Ridge Pkwy
Sandy, UT 84070
Toll-Free: (800) 446-2667
Phone: (385) 351-8000
Fax: (385) 351-8372
Website: wcfgroup.com


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN (MEMBERS ONLY)


Career firefighters: The spouse of a Division A active member, with Social Security coverage, who dies in the line of duty and who has less than 20 years of service credit receives a lump sum payment of $1,500 plus a monthly benefit of 30% of the deceased firefighter’s final average monthly salary. If member has 20 or more years of firefighter service credit, they will be considered retired and the spouse, at the time of death, will receive the death benefit payable as a retired member. If death is not in the line of duty and member has less than 10 years of firefighter service credit, beneficiary(ies) will receive a $1,000 lump-sum payment or a refund of member contributions, whichever is greater. If member has 10 or more years of firefighter service credit, the spouse, at the time of death, will receive a $500 lump-sum payment plus a monthly benefit of 2% of the final average monthly salary for each year of service up to 30% of the final average monthly salary.

The spouse of a Division B active member, without Social Security coverage, who dies in the line of duty and who has less than 20 years of service credit receives a lump sum payment of $1,500 plus a monthly benefit of 37.5% of the deceased firefighter’s final average monthly salary. Each unmarried child under 21 or dependent unmarried child who is mentally or physically disabled receives $75 per month if firefighter had five or more years of service credit. Total monthly benefits cannot exceed 75% of the firefighter’s final average monthly salary. For Division A and Division B active members, if the firefighter had 20 years or more of service credit, the spouse will receive the death benefit payable as a retired member of $1,500 plus a monthly benefit of 37.5% of your final average monthly salary. Each unmarried child under age 21 or dependent unmarried child who is mentally or physically disabled will receive $75 per month, if you have five or more years of firefighter service credit. Total monthly benefits to your beneficiaries cannot exceed 75% of your final average monthly salary.

Non-Retired Member (Active): If member dies and leaves no spouse or minor children, your beneficiary(ies) will be paid a 100% refund of member contributions or $500, whichever is greater.

Volunteer firefighters: The beneficiaries receive the benefits listed above under Division A. Benefits are based on the lowest monthly salary of firefighters in a first-class city in Utah.

Contact:
Utah Retirement Systems Firefighter’s Retirement System (Main Office)
Physical Address:
560 East 200 S., Suite 240
Salt Lake City, UT 84102-2021
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1590
Salt Lake City, UT 84110-1590
Phone: (801) 366-7700
Toll Free: (800) 365-8772
Fax: (801) 366-7733
Website: www.urs.org

Utah Retirement Systems Firefighter’s Retirement System (Southern UT Branch Office)
165 North 100 East #9
St. George, UT 84770-2505
Phone: (435) 673-6300
Toll Free: (800) 950-4877

(Reference: Utah Code Title 49)


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Police Officer and Firefighters Survivor Tuition Act, also referred to as the “Golden Shield” policy.
Tuition waivers can be used for undergraduate education for not more than nine semesters. Must be in a program of study leading to a degree or certificate. Must attend a state institution of higher education and be under age 25. Some private institutions also provide this benefit but are not required to do so. Financial need is a consideration for the waiver.

Contact:
Utah State Board of Regents
Utah System of Higher Education
Board of Regents Building
The Gateway
60 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1284
Phone: (801) 321-7100
Toll Free: (877) 336-7378
Fax: (801) 321-7299
Website: www.utahsbr.edu
E-mail:uheaa@utahsbr.edu

(Reference: Utah Code Title 53B – Chapter 08 (c))

Utah Higher Education Commission
Beginning in the 1997-98 academic years, a state institution of higher education shall waive tuition for each child and surviving spouse of a Utah Peace Officer or Firefighter who has been killed or is killed in the line of duty.

Contact:
Utah Higher Education Commission
PO Box 145102
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5102
Toll Free: (877) 336-7397
Website: www.higheredutah.org


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Police Officer and Firefighters Survivor Tuition Act, also referred to as the “Golden Shield” policy.
Tuition waivers can be used for undergraduate education for not more than nine semesters. Must be in a program of study leading to a degree or certificate. Must attend a state institution of higher education and be under age 25. Some private institutions also provide this benefit but are not required to do so. Financial need is a consideration for the waiver.

Contact:
Utah State Board of Regents
Utah System of Higher Education
Board of Regents Building
The Gateway
60 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1284
Phone: (801) 321-7100
Toll Free: (877) 336-7378
Fax: (801) 321-7299
Website: www.utahsbr.edu
E-mail: uheaa@utahsbr.edu

(Reference: Utah Code Title 53B – Chapter 08 (c))

Utah Higher Education Commission
Beginning in the 1997-98 academic years, a state institution of higher education shall waive tuition for each child and surviving spouse of a Utah Peace Officer or Firefighter who has been killed or is killed in the line of duty.

Contact:
Utah Higher Education Commission
PO Box 145102
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5102
Toll Free: (877) 336-7397
Website: www.higheredutah.org


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Legacy of Learning
Attn: Kaye Jensen
Workers Compensation Fund of Utah
100 West Towne Ridge Parkway
Salt Lake City, UT 84070
Phone: (385) 351-8051
Toll Free: (800) 446-2667
Website: www.wcfgroup.com/legacy-learning

The WCF Legacy of Learning Scholarship Program provides educational assistance to spouses and children of workers who have lost their lives in work-related accidents. Recipients can use their scholarship to pursue undergraduate as well as graduate degrees. For additional information please contact Kaye Jensen.

Utah State Firemen’s Association
2081 West 546 South
Cedar City, UT 84720
Website: www.fireassociation.com/deathbenefit.html
E-mail: usfaofficers@fireassociation.com

If firefighter was a member, spouse receives $450 benefit toward burial expenses.

(Reference: Utah State Firemen’s Association Constitution and By-Laws, Article 8: Sections 3 & 4)


COUNTY & LOCAL JURISDICTION BENEFITS


 
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.