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Google spouses get half of salary after death

06:30 AEST Mon Aug 13 2012
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Spouses of Google employees who die while employed by the tech giant are paid 50 percent of their partner’s salary for 10 years
Spouses of Google employees who die while employed by the tech giant are paid 50 percent of their partner’s salary for 10 years (Getty)

The spouses of Google employees who die while employed by the tech giant are paid 50 percent of their partner’s salary for 10 years, a company executive has revealed.

Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock told Forbes that there was no tenure requirement, meaning an employee could work at the company for a day and still be entitled to the generous perk.

After the worker's death all stocks are vested immediately and children are entitled to a $1000 monthly payment until they turn 19.

"One of the things we realised recently was that one of the harshest, but most reliable facts of life, is that at some point most of us will be confronted with the death of our partners," Bock said.

"And it’s a horrible, difficult time no matter what. Every time we went through this as a company we tried to find ways to help the surviving spouse of the Googler who'd passed away."

Google, which employs 34,000 people worldwide, regularly ranks first among the best places to work.