2020 Laws


Chapter 89 of the Laws of 2020 – Provides death benefits to statutory beneficiaries of members whose death was a result of or was contributed to by COVID19 

This Act adds Retirement and Social Security Law §§ 509-a, 607-i and Administrative Code of the City of New York § 13-149.1 by providing, subject to documentation requirements, an Accidental Death Benefit to the eligible beneficiaries of a member or a retiree who retired after March 1, 2020, where such member reported for work outside their home and contracted COVID-19 within 45 days after reporting for work, and whose death was caused by COVID19 or where COVID19 contributed to such member’s death. Amounts payable are reduced by payments of any ordinary death benefits or option benefit paid to another statutory beneficiary.

This act is effective as of March 1, 2020. 

Chapter 58 of the Laws of 2020 (Item NNN) – Increases certain special accidental death benefits

This law amends the Retirement and Social Security Law (RSSL) § 361-a(c) and General Municipal Law (GML) § 208-f(c) by increasing the deceased member’s salary used in the computation of the special accidental death benefit by adding to it an additional percentage. The beneficiaries of the following NYCERS members are covered: Correction Officers, Housing and Transit Police, Uniformed Sanitation members, certain EMTs and TBTA members. 

This law is effective as of July 1, 2020.