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CNET Editor Applauds Google’s Staggeringly Generous ‘Death Benefits’

A word of warning to all happily married independent contractors, freelancers and full-time employees with non-Silicon Valley market leaders. This post may hazardous to the rest of your Wednesday.

In a brief, tantalizing post, CNET executive editor Charles Cooper picks up on the headline-grabbing nugget of information contained in today’s Forbes interview with Google chief people officer Lazlo Bock. It amounts to, quite simply, the most empathetic workplace benefit ever:

Explaining the company’s policy, Bock said that when someone dies while in Google’s employ, the company cuts a check for 50 percent of that staffer’s annual salary to the surviving spouse or domestic partner for the next decade. The company will also immediately vest whatever stock holdings were granted, and the couple’s children receive a $1,000 monthly payment until the age of 19 (or 23 if the child is a full-time student).

Cooper is also currently trying to identify the company’s eldest employee, aged 83. He promises to update the item if he is successful.

[H/T Kitty Alva]

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.