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Screen Credit Death Benefit

Eligibility for the Screen Credit Death Benefit

If a Participant has met the requirements for a Screen Credit Retirement Benefit but dies prior to retirement, the Participant's beneficiaryThis term means the person or persons whom a Participant last designates to receive benefits in the event of his or her death. However, if you have been married at least one year at the time of your death, your spouse will be your Beneficiary unless you and your spouse select a different Beneficiary. If an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership has been on file with the Administrative Office for at least one year at the time of your death, your Qualified Domestic Partner will be your Beneficiary, unless you select a different Beneficiary. If there is no surviving designated Beneficiary, please refer to Section: NAMING OR CHANGING A BENEFICIARY BEFORE RETIREMENT on page 33 for details about the Plan's rules for designating a beneficiary and for paying benefits to a minor. Beneficiary designation forms are available from the Administrative Office. will be entitled to a Screen Credit Death Benefit in addition to any Normal Death Benefit that might be payable.

Amount of the Screen Credit Death Benefit

The Screen Credit Death Benefit will be equal to $4,000 if the Participant had at least fifteen Qualified Screen Credited Years A Plan Year in which the Participant earned at least eight Qualified Screen Credited Weeks. .  If the Participant had fewer than fifteen Qualified Screen Credited Years, the amount of the Screen Credit Death Benefit will be reduced proportionately. For example, if a Participant had three Qualified Screen Credited Years, the beneficiary will receive 3/15ths of $4,000, or $800.

Method of Payment

Generally, the Screen Credit Death Benefit will be paid as a lump sum. However, if the total benefit payable under the Normal Death Benefit and the Screen Credit Death Benefit combined is $15,000 or more, the Screen Credit Death Benefit may be included in the monthly installment payments described on page 24.  The Screen Credit Death Benefit will not be payable if a surviving spouse or Qualified Domestic Partner Your same sex domestic partner for whom you have submitted to the Administrative Office an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership with the Pension Plan, along with supporting documentation, and who meets the criteria in such Affidavit. Generally, the Participant and domestic partner must have a committed same sex relationship similar to marriage that has been in existence for at least six months. No person shall be considered a Qualified Domestic Partner prior to the time a complete Affidavit has been submitted to the Administrative Office. is eligible for benefits under the Surviving Spouse Benefit unless the surviving spouse or Qualified Domestic Partner of a deceased Participant waives the Surviving Spouse Benefit. Additionally, the Screen Credit Death Benefit will not be payable with respect to a Participant who elects to retire but dies before retirement.