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File #: 20-1055    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 8/5/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 8/25/2020 Final action: 8/25/2020
Title: Sheriff’s Office recommending the Board instruct County Human Resources to provide dental and vision benefits to Katie Ishmael, widow of Deputy Brian Ishmael, and her children per California Labor Code 4856 for the remainder of Katie’s life and until each child turns twenty-one (21). FUNDING: General Fund.
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Sheriff’s Office recommending the Board instruct County Human Resources to provide dental and vision benefits to Katie Ishmael, widow of Deputy Brian Ishmael, and her children per California Labor Code 4856 for the remainder of Katie’s life and until each child turns twenty-one (21).

FUNDING: General Fund.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
On October 23, 2019, Deputy Brian Ishmael was murdered in the line of duty. Since then the community and county have continued to support the Ishmael family. The Sheriff’s Office and County HR worked together to ensure Katie and the Ishmael children were provided medical insurance through CalPERS under Government Code 22820. However, CalPERS is not providing vision or dental to the Ishmael family.

It is the Sheriff’s Office understanding that Labor Code 4856 states the following, “whenever any local employee who is a firefighter, or peace officer as described in Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 830) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code, or a Sheriff’s Special Officer of the County of Orange, is killed in the performance of his or her duty or dies as a result of an accident or injury caused by external violence or physical force incurred in the performance of his or her duty, the employer shall continue providing health benefits to the deceased employee’s spouse under the same terms and conditions provided prior to the death, or prior to the accident or injury that caused the death, of the employee unless the surviving spouse elects to receive a lump-sum survivors benefit in lieu of monthly benefits. Minor dependents shall continue to receive benefits under the coverage provided the surviving spouse or, if there is no surviving spouse, until the age of 21 years. However, pursuant to Section 22822 of the Government Code, the surviving spouse may not add the new spouse or stepchildren as family members under the continued health benefits coverage of the surviving spouse.”

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