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).

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