Death of an employee

The immediate superior must contact HR as soon as possible if an employee dies during his/her employment with the university.

If an employee dies, the employment contract will expire from the date of death, and the salary earned will be paid to the estate. For salaried employees, salary for the full month in which the employee died will be paid.

If an employee with whom a voluntary redundancy package had been agreed dies, this agreement will lapse. The estate/dependants will not be subrogated to such an agreement. The university’s HR department will notify either the employee’s pension scheme with group life insurance or the group life insurance company Forenede Gruppeliv (FG) of the death and submit documentation for the most recent month’s salary.  The dependants should also be informed of which pension scheme the employee was covered by.

The terms and conditions for the FG group life scheme are set out in the circular on group life schemes for public servants etc. and certain employees covered by a collective agreement in the State and the Evangelical Lutheran Church etc. (Cirkulære om gruppelivsordninger for tjenestemænd m.fl. og visse overenskomstansatte i staten og folkekirken mv.) as well as on FG’s website at

If the employee was employed as a public servant, any spouse/registered partner is entitled to a spouse’s pension, and any children under the age of 21 are entitled to a survivor’s pension. HR Employment Law must be contacted in order for them to take over the handling of any pensions to be paid to the deceased public servant’s dependants.

In the event of any inconsistency between the Danish and English language of the document, the Danish version prevails.