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§ 632. Compensation to dependents; burial and funeral expenses
If death results from the injury, the employer shall pay to the persons entitled to compensation or, if there are none, then to the personal representative of the deceased employee, the actual burial and funeral expenses not to exceed $10,000.00 and the actual expenses for out-of-state transportation of the decedent to the place of burial not to exceed $5,000.00. Every two years, the Commissioner of Labor shall evaluate the average burial and funeral expenses in the State and make a recommendation to the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development as to whether an adjustment in compensation is warranted. The provisions of 2 V.S.A. § 20(d) (expiration of required reports) shall not apply to the report to be made under this section. The employer shall also pay to or for the benefit of the following persons, for the periods prescribed in section 635 of this title, a weekly compensation equal to the following percentages of the deceased employee’s average weekly wages. The weekly compensation payment herein allowed shall not exceed the maximum weekly compensation or be lower than the minimum weekly compensation:
(1) To the spouse, if there are no dependent children, 662/3 percent.
(2) To the spouse, if there is one dependent child, 712/3 percent; or if there are two or more dependent children, 762/3 percent. The compensation to the spouse shall be for the use and benefit of the spouse and of the dependent children.
(3) If there is no spouse, but a dependent child or children, then to the child or children, the amount or amounts payable to a spouse with the same number of dependent children, to be divided equally among the children if more than one.
(4) If there is neither spouse, nor child, but there is a dependent father or mother, then to the parent, if wholly dependent, 30 percent, or if partially dependent, 20 percent or if both parents are dependent, then one-half of the foregoing compensation to each of them. If there is no such parent, but a dependent grandparent, then to every such grandparent the same compensation as to a parent.
(5) If there is neither dependent spouse, child, parent, nor grandparent, but there is a dependent grandchild, brother, or sister, or two or more of them, to the dependents 15 percent for one dependent and five percent additional for each additional dependent, with a maximum of 25 percent to be divided equally between the dependents if more than one. (Amended 1959, No. 191, § 1; 1961, No. 22; 1963, No. 191, § 1; 1965, No. 67, § 1; 1965, No. 87, § 1; 1967, No. 122, § 2; 1975, No. 177 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1977, No. 182 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. May 3, 1978; 1985, No. 194 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1995, No. 107 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2013, No. 199 (Adj. Sess.), § 50; 2017, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 27, eff. May 21, 2018.)