10.1 Life Insurance

1. In addition to the benefit amounts provided by Labor Code Section 4701 and 4702, and the approximate $15,000 State death benefit provided Unit 9 employees, Caltrans agrees to provide a $50,000 death benefit effective November 1, 1987, payable to the designated beneficiary, as specified on PERS Form 241, of any Caltrans Unit 9 employee who is killed while performing assigned State duties provided:

a. The employee was hit by a motor vehicle, by any part of the vehicle, any object carried in or on the vehicle, or any object dislodged from or by the movement of any vehicle being operated in the State highway right-of-way or public street; and

b. Payment of the Workers’ Compensation job-related death benefit is not denied because of an affirmative defense by the employer as specified in Labor Code Section 5705.

c. The insurance carrier determines if it is a covered accident.

2. Caltrans will investigate each work-related death and determine if the qualifying conditions were satisfied before paying the $50,000 to the deceased employee’s designated beneficiary. Payment shall only be made if all of the qualifying criteria contained in this section are satisfied. In accordance with existing law, a copy of the investigation report will be provided to PECG upon request.

3. In the event of a dispute regarding appropriate designated beneficiaries, the Caltrans Unit 9 insurance benefit will not be paid until the disputants legally verify that they have settled their dispute or a court of competent jurisdiction resolves the matter for them.

10.2 Accidental Death/Dismemberment Benefits

a. In addition to the benefit provisions of Labor Code Section 4702, and the approximate $15,000 State death benefit provided Unit 9 employees, the State agrees to provide at least $50,000 air travel insurance for Unit 9 employees. The benefit is payable to the employee, employee estate or his/her designated beneficiary in the case of accidental death or dismemberment, provided the employee is required to fly as a passenger in other than regularly scheduled passenger aircraft to fulfill his/her work requirement.

b. In the event of a dispute regarding appropriate designated beneficiaries, the life insurance benefit will not be paid until the disputants legally verify that they have settled their dispute or a court of competent jurisdiction resolves the matter for them.