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Google keeps paying deceased employees' families for a decade

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Many of the perks Google famously offers its employees are designed to help those employees enjoy a healthier life. Organic food in the cafeteria! On-site gyms! Subsidized massages! Nap rooms!
 
Turns out, though, that the company also wants its employees to enjoy a better death. More specifically: a wealthier death. In an interview with Forbes's Meghan Casserly, Laszlo Bock -- Google's, Chief People Officer (in non-Google terms: head of HR) -- shares a Google benefit that is all too literally out of this world. "This might sound ridiculous," Bock tells Casserly. "But we've announced death benefits at Google."
 
Yes. It's like this: Should someone pass away while employed by Google, that person's surviving spouse or domestic partner will receive a check for 50 percent of the deceased's salary. And that spouse or domestic partner will receive that check every year. For the next decade.
 
Let's just take a moment to pause and appreciate that. You can get rich at Google even through dying.

Read more at The Atlantic

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