Amended and Restated eBay Inc. SVP and Above Standard Severance Plan, effective September 18, 2019
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EBAY INC. SVP AND ABOVE STANDARD SEVERANCE PLAN
SUMMARY PLAN DESCRIPTION
AMENDED AND RESTATED EFFECTIVE AS OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
AMENDED AND RESTATED EFFECTIVE AS OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
PURPOSE OF THE PLAN
The purpose of the eBay Inc. SVP and Above Standard Severance Plan (the “Plan”) is to encourage the full attention and dedication of certain officers at and above the level of Senior Vice President by providing severance benefits designed to give financial assistance to any Eligible Participants upon their separation from eBay Inc. or any of its participating subsidiaries or affiliates under the conditions described herein, upon certain terminations of employment occurring outside the occurrence of any Change in Control Period (as such term is defined below).
Accrued Benefits – means (a) prompt payment by the Company to an Eligible Participant of any accrued but unpaid base salary through the last day of employment, (b) prompt payment by the Company to an Eligible Participant of any unreimbursed expenses incurred through the last day of employment subject to the Eligible Participant’s prompt delivery to the Company of all required documentation of such expenses pursuant to applicable employer policies, (c) all other vested payments, benefits or fringe benefits to which the Eligible Participant is entitled under the terms of any applicable compensation arrangement or benefit, equity or fringe benefit plan or program or grant (excluding any other severance plan, policy or program) of the Company or any of its affiliates in accordance with the terms of such plan, program or grant, including any unpaid annual bonus under the Company Employee Incentive Plan or applicable successor plan (the “eIP”)) for any prior fiscal year when it otherwise would have been paid (see Section 4, eIP, below).
Board – means the Board of Directors of the Company.
Cause – means (a) an Eligible Participant’s failure to attempt in good faith to substantially perform his or her assigned duties, other than failure resulting from his or her death or incapacity due to physical or mental illness or impairment, which is not remedied within thirty (30) days after receipt of written notice from the Company specifying such failure; (b) an Eligible Participant’s indictment for, conviction of or plea of nolo contendere to any felony (or any other crime involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude); or (c) an Eligible Participant’s commission of an act of fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation, willful misconduct, or breach of fiduciary duty against the Company, except good faith expense account disputes.
Change in Control – means “change in control” as defined in the Company Equity Incentive Award Plan under which the Company is then granting equity awards, as the same shall be in effect from time to time.
Change in Control Period – means the period that begins ninety (90) days prior to the closing date of, and ends twenty-four (24) months following, a Change in Control.
Company – means eBay Inc. and, after a Change in Control, any Successor Entity.
Company Equity Awards – means incentive awards granted (or deemed granted for accounting purposes) to an Eligible Participant on shares of common stock of the Company (“Stock”), including without limitation any stock options, performance-based restricted stock units, and restricted stock units.
Disability – means “disability” within the meaning of the long-term disability plan by which the Eligible Participant is covered as of his or her Separation Date.
Effective Date – means January 1, 2016 with respect to this amended and restated Plan. This Plan was originally effective immediately following the distribution of the shares of stock of PayPal Holdings, Inc. by the Company to the shareholders of the Company. Except as otherwise provided by the Company, in writing, this Plan replaces all prior plans, programs, and arrangements providing severance type benefits to eligible employees upon a Qualifying Termination occurring outside of a Change in Control Period, except to the extent such benefits are provided in an Individual Agreement, as defined below.
Eligible Employee – means an individual who meets all of the eligibility requirements set forth in Section 3 (Eligibility), and is not otherwise excluded from such eligibility requirements.
Eligible Participant – means any Eligible Employee holding a position that is at or above the level of Senior Vice President who is designated as eligible to participate in this Plan as set forth on Appendix C attached to this Plan, as the Plan Administrator may, in its sole discretion, from time to time, designate.
Employer – means the Company and any subsidiary or affiliate of the Company whose voting equity is, directly or indirectly, at least 50.1% owned by the Company.
Make-Good Payment – means the sum total of an Eligible Participant’s unpaid cash “make-good” awards, if any, that the Eligible Participant has received in connection with his or her employment with the Company.
Plan Administrator – means the Compensation Committee of the Board or such other person or committee appointed from time to time by the Compensation Committee of the Board to administer the Plan.
Premium Payment – means the product of (a) an Eligible Participant’s monthly premium payment for health insurance continuation coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (“COBRA”) for himself or
herself (and his or her eligible dependents) under the Company health plan in which he or she participates immediately prior to the Separation Date, or similar monthly payment for employees outside the U.S., if applicable, (b) the multiple of Premium Payment (as identified in Appendix A) applicable to such Eligible Participant; and (c) two (2). The Company shall withhold such amounts from payments under this Plan as it determines necessary to fulfill any applicable federal, state, or local wage or compensation withholding requirements. A more detailed description of the amount of the Premium Payment that will be paid to an Eligible Participant follows in Section 4 (Severance Benefits).
Salary Amount – means the product of (a) an Eligible Participant’s annual base salary in effect upon the occurrence of the Separation Date, without considering bonuses, back-pay or other awards, or Company contributions to any employee plans; and (b) the multiple of Salary Amount (as identified in Appendix A) applicable to such Eligible Participant.
Separation Date – means the effective date of the Eligible Participant’s Separation from Service.
Separation from Service – means, except as provided in subsections (A) and (B) below, an employee’s termination from employment (whether by retirement or resignation from or discharge by the Company).
(A) A Separation from Service shall be deemed to have occurred if an employee and the Company reasonably anticipate, based on the facts and circumstances, that the employee will not provide any additional services for an Employer after a certain date; provided, however, that if any payments or benefits that may be provided under this Plan constitute deferred compensation within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, a Separation from Service also shall be deemed to have occurred in the event that the level of bona fide services performed by the employee after a certain date will permanently decrease to no more than 20% of the average level of bona fide services performed by the employee over the immediate preceding 36-month period.
(B) Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of this Plan, an employee’s employment relationship is treated as continuing intact while the employee is on military leave, sick leave, or other bona fide leave of absence if the period of such leave does not exceed six months, or if longer, so long as the individual retains a right to reemployment with an Employer under an applicable statute or by contract. For purposes of this Plan, a leave of absence constitutes a bona fide leave of absence only if there is a reasonable expectation that the employee will return to perform services for an Employer. If the period of leave exceeds six months and the employee does not retain a right to reemployment under an applicable statute or by contract, the employment relationship is deemed to terminate on the first date immediately following such six-month period due to such employee’s Disability, in which case such employee shall not be an Eligible Participant except as otherwise provided in Section 3 of this Plan.
The definition of “Separation from Service” shall at all times be interpreted in accordance with the terms of Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A-1(h) and any guidance issued thereunder.
Severability – means the provisions of the Plan are severable. If any provision of the Plan is deemed legally or factually invalid or unenforceable to any extent or in any application, then the remainder of the provisions of the Plan, except to such extent or in such application, shall not be affected, and each and every provision of the Plan shall be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent and in the broadest application permitted by law.
Severance Bonus Amount – means the product of (a) an Eligible Participant’s target annual bonus opportunity as provided under the eIP calculated assuming target Company performance had been achieved for the bonus year in which the Separation Date occurs; and (b) the multiple of Severance Bonus Amount (as identified in Appendix A) applicable to such Eligible Participant.
Successor Entity – means “successor entity” as such term is defined in the Company Equity Incentive Award Plan, as the same shall be in effect from time to time.
Amendment and Termination – The Company shall be under no obligation to continue this Plan for any period of time. The Plan Administrator, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to modify, amend, or terminate this Plan (including any of the Standard Severance Pay Guidelines, form of Separation Agreement and/or Schedule of Designated Participants attached to this Plan), in whole or in part, at any time and for any or no reason with respect to any employee or all employees at any time prior to his, her or their receipt of Severance Benefits provided under Section 4 of this Plan; provided, however, that in no event shall this Plan be terminated, or modified or amended in any manner that is adverse to any Eligible Participants at any time during the thirty-six (36) months following the Effective Date nor to any Eligible Participant who is receiving payments or benefits under this Plan as a result of a Qualifying Termination. Such foregoing prohibition shall not require that all Eligible Participants receive the same Salary Amount, Severance Bonus Amount, Premium Payment, treatment of Company Equity Awards or other additional payments and benefits that the Plan Administrator may in its sole discretion choose to provide to any given Eligible Employee.
Benefits Non-Assignable – benefits under the Plan may not be anticipated, assigned or alienated. The exception being if an employee becomes eligible and dies before payment is made, the heirs will be entitled to the payment.
Governing Laws – the provision of the Plan shall be construed, administered and enforced according to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”) and, to the extent applicable, according to applicable Federal law or the laws of the State of California.
No Right to Continued Employment – neither the Plan nor any action taken with respect to it shall confer upon any person the right to continue in the employ of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates. Company employees shall continue to be employed “at-will,” as defined under applicable law.
Funding – the Company will make all payments under the Plan, and pay all expenses of the Plan, from its general assets. Nothing contained in this Plan shall give any eligible employee any right, title, or interest in any property of the Company or any of its affiliates.
The benefits under this Plan are limited to employees of the Employer who satisfy each of the following conditions, as determined by the Plan Administrator in its sole discretion:
Are classified as Eligible Participants, whether or not based in the United States of America (“USA”) or paid through the payroll system based in the USA.
Are terminated involuntarily without Cause by an Employer other than during any Change in Control Period (such event, a “Qualifying Termination”).
Are actively at work through the last day of work designated by Employer, unless the employee is absent due to an approved absence from work (including leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act) or unless otherwise designated by his or her agreement with the Employer.
Execute and do not revoke a Separation Agreement and Release in a form attached to this Plan as Appendix B (with only those changes as may be required to maintain such a form to be compliant with applicable law) within the period specified by Plan Administrator or its delegates (the “Separation Agreement”); and,
Return all property of any Employer and settle satisfactorily all expenses owed to Employer and any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.
Exclusions from Eligibility
Unless the Plan Administrator provides otherwise in writing, the following employees are NOT eligible to receive benefits under this Plan:
Any employee who is eligible to receive severance payments and/or benefits under an individual employment letter agreement or other agreement between such employee and the Company under circumstances that would otherwise give rise to a right to receive payments and benefits under this Plan (any such agreement, an “Individual Agreement”); except, if the total present value, as of the Separation Date, of the aggregate amount of all payments and benefits payable under any Individual Agreement that covers an employee who is not subject to income taxation in the USA is less than the total present value of the aggregate amount of all payments and benefits that would be payable to him or her under Section 4 of this Plan, then the employee shall not be excluded from eligibility to participate in this Plan with respect to any additional amount payable under this Plan;
Any Eligible Participant who terminates employment prior to the stated Separation Date as set forth in his or her Separation Agreement;
Any Eligible Participant whose employment is terminated for any of the following reasons:
Resignation or other voluntary termination of employment;
Death or Disability; except as expressly otherwise provided in Section 4 of this Plan; or
Termination for Cause.
The Salary Amount payable to an Eligible Participant will be determined in accordance with Appendix A, subject to the reductions set forth below; provided, however, that the Plan Administrator, in its sole discretion, and on a case-by-case basis, may increase (but not decrease, except as provided below) the Salary Amount payable to an Eligible Participant.
Severance Bonus Amount
The Severance Bonus Amount payable to an Eligible Participant will be determined in accordance with Appendix A, subject to the reductions set forth below; provided, however, that the Plan Administrator, in its sole discretion, and on a case-by-case basis, may increase (but not decrease, except as provided below) the Severance Bonus Amount payable to an Eligible Participant.
Reduction of Salary Amount and Severance Bonus Amount
Unless Employer, in its sole discretion, provides otherwise in writing, the Salary Amount and Severance Bonus Amount payable to an Eligible Participant shall be reduced as follows:
The Salary Amount and Severance Bonus Amount will be reduced by any outstanding debt owed by the employee to Employer or any of its affiliates, where permitted by law, including but not limited to loans granted by Employer, advanced commissions, bonuses, vacation pay, salary and/or expenses.
In addition, Salary Amount and Severance Bonus Amount will be inclusive of, and not be in addition to, any severance or termination payments that may be required to be paid by statute or other governmental mandate of the laws of a country outside of the USA.
Payment of Salary Amount and Severance Bonus Amount
The Company will pay the Salary Amount and Severance Bonus Amount in a lump sum. Payment will be made as soon as practicable after the later of the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date or the date on which such employee’s Separation Agreement becomes effective (i.e., cannot be revoked by the employee), but not later than sixty (60) days following the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date.
Other Severance Benefits
Eligible Participants employed by the Company in the USA (and their eligible dependents) who participate in a Company health insurance plan and who are eligible to continue to participate in such plan under COBRA will receive a Premium Payment in the form of a lump sum cash payment.
Payment will be made as soon as practicable after the later of the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date or the date on which such employee’s Separation Agreement becomes effective (i.e., cannot be revoked by the employee), but not later than sixty (60) days following the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date.
Eligible Participants employed by the Company outside of the USA (and their eligible dependents) shall be eligible for medical and dental insurance coverage that is comparable to such coverage provided to such individuals immediately prior to the Separation Date, with such coverage to be provided for the period beginning with the Separation Date and running through a number of full calendar months equal to the multiple of Premium Payment (as identified in Appendix A) applicable to such Eligible Participant, to the extent permissible under applicable local law. If, and to the extent, the Eligible Participant is obligated to pay all or a portion of the premiums for such continuation coverage, the Eligible Employee will receive a Premium Payment calculated in the manner described above.
The Eligible Participant will be eligible to receive a prorated portion of the eIP bonus, if any, that he or she otherwise would have earned and been paid (using his or her accrued eligible compensation under the eIP through the last day of employment) in respect of the fiscal year of the Company in which his or her Separation Date occurs, based on the actual performance of the Company for the full year, with such prorated portion calculated based on the period of time during such fiscal year that the Eligible Participant was employed, relative to the full fiscal year, and based on the achievement by the Company of the applicable performance target(s) for such year.
Additionally, Eligible Participants who remain employed through the end of a given fiscal year but who experience a Qualifying Termination prior to the payment date of eIP bonuses for such year will remain eligible to receive a full eIP bonus, also based on the achievement by the Company of the applicable performance target(s) for such year. In all cases, Eligible Participants who are eligible to receive payments of his or her eIP bonus will be paid based on target individual performance, to the extent applicable.
Any payment under the eIP will be made, in a lump sum, at the time when the Company pays bonuses under the applicable bonus plan to employees (and in no event later than March 15 of the year following the year in which the Qualifying Termination occurs).
Company Equity Awards
All Company Equity Awards that are outstanding and unvested as of the date immediately prior to the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date shall vest as follows:
(A) Any restricted stock units that vest solely based on the continued service of the Eligible Participant (excluding any performance-based restricted stock units granted in respect of any completed performance period) shall become immediately vested on the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date as to the portion of such Company Equity Awards that would have otherwise become vested pursuant to their ordinary vesting schedule within the twelve (12) calendar months (including any partial month in which the Qualifying Termination occurs) following the Separation Date.
(B) Any performance-based restricted stock units for which the applicable performance period has been completed as of the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date and are scheduled to vest solely based on the continued service of the Eligible Participant, shall become fully vested as of the Separation Date, based on the achievement of the applicable Company performance targets for the completed performance period.
(C) Any performance-based restricted stock units for which the applicable performance period has not been completed as of the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date shall remain outstanding and eligible to vest, based solely on the achievement of the ap
plicable Company performance targets for any relevant performance period that ends on or before the first anniversary of the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date; and to the extent such performance targets are determined to have been achieved following the completion of any such performance period, the Eligible Participant shall be treated as though vested in that percentage of such Company Equity Award that would have otherwise become vested as of the first scheduled vesting date to occur following the end of the applicable performance period (the “PBRSU Vesting Date”).
All such Company Equity Awards shall be settled in a lump sum, through the vesting of shares of Stock, through the payment of cash in lieu of vesting shares of Stock, or a combination thereof as determined in the discretion of the Plan Administrator (x) for any Company Equity Awards that become vested pursuant to subsection (A) or (B) above, as soon as practicable after the later of the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date or the date on which such employee’s Separation Agreement becomes effective (i.e., cannot be revoked by the employee), but not later than sixty (60) days following the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date; and (y) for any Company Equity Awards that are treated as though vested pursuant to subsection (C) above, promptly following the PBRSU Vesting Date. In the event the Company elects to settle any such awards through the payment of cash in lieu of vesting shares of Stock, the Company will pay the Eligible Participant a lump sum cash amount equal to the value of all of the Company Equity Awards that are treated as though vested in accordance with the foregoing subsections (with such value calculated based on the Valuation Assumptions).
For purposes of the foregoing, the term “Valuation Assumptions” means, collectively, the following assumptions: (x) each share of common equity underlying an award has a value equal to the average of the closing prices of Company common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market for the period of 10 consecutive trading days ending on (and including) the last trading day prior to (i) for any Company Equity Awards that are treated as though vested pursuant to subsection (A) above, or pursuant to the provisions under “Death and Disability”, below, the Separation Date and (ii) for any Company Equity Awards that are treated as though vested pursuant to subsection (B) or (C) above, the PBRSU Vesting Date, and (y) any Company stock options that the Eligible Participant holds that are outstanding immediately prior to the Separation Date will be valued based on their spread (i.e., the positive difference, if any, of the value of each share of Company.
The Make-Good Payment shall be paid in a lump sum and subject to the same terms as Salary Amount as set forth above, except to the extent payment is required to be delayed in accordance with Section 409A of the Code.
Death and Disability
Notwithstanding anything else in this Plan or Company Equity Award agreement to the contrary, upon the occurrence of an Eligible Employee’s death or Disability (other than during the Change in Control Period), all unvested Company Equity Awards that are unvested as of the date prior to the Eligible Participant’s death or Disability shall vest solely based on the continued service of the Eligible Participant (including any restricted stock units that have been or are scheduled to be granted in respect of any completed performance period), will become immediately vested on the Eligible Participant’s date of death or Disability as to the portion of such Company Equity Awards that would have otherwise become vested pursuant to their ordinary vesting schedule within the twenty-four (24) calendar months (including any partial month in which such event occurs) following the date of such event.
For purposes of the foregoing, if the Eligible Participant’s date of death or Disability occurs prior to the end of the performance period applicable to a Company Equity Award, then such award shall be deemed to have been earned at the target level of performance applicable to such Company Equity Award.
All such awards shall be settled in a lump sum, through the vesting of shares of Stock, through the payment of cash in lieu of vesting shares of Stock, or a combination thereof as determined in the discretion of the Plan Administrator, as soon as practicable after the date of the Eligible Participant’s death or Disability, but not later than sixty (60) days following such date. In the event the Company elects to settle any such awards in cash, the Company will pay the Eligible Participant a lump sum cash amount equal to the value of all of the Company Equity Awards that are treated as vested in accordance with the foregoing subsections (with such value calculated based on the Valuation Assumptions).
The Company shall make payment or otherwise provide all Accrued Benefits when due. Such obligation shall not be subject to the Eligible Participant’s execution of a Separation Agreement.
RIGHT TO TERMINATE BENEFITS
Notwithstanding anything in this Plan to the contrary, in the event that:
Employer determines that an Eligible Participant or Eligible Employee has breached any of the terms and conditions set forth in any agreement executed by the employee as a condition to receiving benefits under this Plan (i.e., the Separation Agreement), THEN
Employer shall have the right to terminate the benefits payable under this Plan at any time. Further, the Eligible Participant shall be obligated to return to the Employer any benefits paid to such employee: (i) due to the employee’s breach of the terms and
conditions set forth in any agreement executed by such employee or (ii) due to any overpayments of benefits paid under this Plan to such employee.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE PLAN
The Plan Administrator shall have sole authority and discretion to administer and construe the terms of this Plan. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Plan Administrator shall have the following powers and duties:
To make and enforce such rules and regulations as it deems necessary or proper for the efficient administration of the Plan;
To amend and terminate the Plan as defined in, and in accordance with, Section 2;
To interpret the Plan, its interpretation thereof to be final and conclusive on all persons claiming benefits under the Plan;
To decide all questions concerning the Plan, including the eligibility of any person to participate in, and receive benefits under, the Plan; and
To appoint and/or retain such employees, agents, counsel, accountants, consultants and other persons as may be required to assist in administering the Plan.
The Plan Administrator reviews and authorizes payment of severance benefits for those employees who qualify under the provisions of the Plan. No claim forms need be submitted. Questions regarding payment of severance benefits under the Plan should be directed to the Plan Administrator.
If an employee believes he or she is not receiving severance payments and benefits hereunder which are due, the employee should file a written claim for the benefits with the Plan Administrator. A decision on whether to grant or deny the claim will be made within ninety (90) days following receipt of the claim. If more than ninety (90) days is required to render a decision, the employee will be notified in writing of the reasons for delay. In any event, however, a decision to grant or deny a claim will be made by not later than one hundred eighty (180) days following the initial receipt of the claim.
If the claim is denied, in whole or in part, the employee will receive a written explanation containing the following information:
The specific reason(s) for the denial, including a reference to the Plan provisions on which the denial is based;
A description of any additional material or information necessary for the employee to perfect the claim and an explanation of why such material or information is necessary; and
A description of the Plan's review procedures and the time limits applicable to such procedures, including a statement of the employee's right to bring a civil action under Section 502(a) of ERISA following an adverse determination on review.
If the employee wishes to appeal this denial, the employee may write within sixty (60) days after receipt of the notification of denial. The claim will then be reviewed by the Plan Administrator, and the employee will receive written notice of the final decision within sixty (60) days after the request for review. If more than sixty (60) days are required to render a decision, the employee will be notified in writing of the reasons for delay. In any event, however, the employee will receive a written notice of the final decision within one hundred twenty (120) days after the request for review.
As part of the Plan's appeal process, the employee shall be afforded:
The opportunity to submit written comments, documents, records, and other information relating to the claim for benefits;
Upon request and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of, all documents, records and other information relevant to the employee's claim for benefits; and
A review that takes into account all comments, documents, records and other information submitted by the employee relating to the claim, without regard to whether such information was submitted or considered in the initial benefit determination.
If the decision on appeal is upheld, in whole or in part, the employee will receive a written explanation containing the following information:
The specific reason(s) for the decision, including a reference to the Plan provisions on which the decision is based;
A statement that the employee is entitled to receive, upon request and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of all documents, records and other information relevant to the employee's claim for benefits; and
A statement of the employee's right to bring an action under Section 502(a) of ERISA.
No legal action for benefits under this Plan may be brought unless the action is commenced within one (1) year from the date of the final decision on appeal has been made. No person may bring an action for any alleged wrongful denial of Plan benefits in a court of law unless the claims procedures set forth above are exhausted and a final determination is made. If the employee or other interested person challenges a decision, a review by the court of law will be limited to the facts, evidence and issues presented during the claims procedure set forth above. Facts and evidence that become known to the employee or other interested person after having exhausted the claims procedure must be brought to the attention of the Plan Administrator for reconsideration of the claims determination. Issues not raised with the Plan Administrator will be deemed waived.
Amounts payable under this Plan shall be made in reliance upon Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(9) (Separation Pay Plans) or Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(b)(4) (Short-Term Deferrals) and exempt from Section 409A of the Code as a result of such reliance. To the extent that the Plan Administrator determines that the Company will pay severance benefits in a form other than a lump sum, any installment or monthly payment to which an employee is entitled under this Plan shall be considered a separate and distinct payment. In addition, (i) no amount payable hereunder shall be payable unless the employee’s termination of employment constitutes a Separation from Service and (ii) if the employee is deemed at the time of his or her separation from service to be a “specified employee” for purposes of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, then to the extent delayed commencement of any portion of the termination benefits to which Eligible Participant is entitled under this Plan is required in order to avoid a prohibited distribution under Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, such portion of the employee’s termination benefits shall not be provided to the employee prior to the earlier of (A) the expiration of the six-month period measured from the Eligible Participant’s Separation Date or (B) the date of the employee’s death. Upon the earlier of such dates, all payments deferred pursuant to this Section 8 shall be paid in a lump sum to the employee without interest, and any remaining payments due under this Plan shall be paid as otherwise provided herein. The determination of whether the employee is a “specified employee” for purposes of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code as of the time of his or her Separation from Service shall be made by the Company in accordance with the terms of Section 409A of the Code (including without limitation Treas. Reg. Section 1.409A-1(i) and any successor provision thereto). To the extent applicable, if payment of an amount under the Plan could be paid in one of two calendar years subject to the delivery of the Separation Agreement and it is determined that payment of such amount in the earlier of such two years could constitute noncompliance with Section 409A of the Code, then such amount shall be paid in the later of such two years.
STATEMENT OF ERISA RIGHTS
Eligible Participants in this Plan are entitled to certain rights and protections under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”). ERISA provides that all plan Eligible Participants shall be entitled to:
Examine, without charge, at the Plan Administrator’s office and at other specified locations, such as worksites, all documents governing the plan and a copy of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series) filed by the plan with the U.S. Department of Labor and available at the Public Disclosure Room of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
Obtain, upon written request to the Plan Administrator, copies of documents governing the operation of the plan and copies of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series) and updated summary plan description. The administrator may make a reasonable charge for the copies.
Obtain a complete list of the Employers sponsoring the Plan upon written request to the Plan Administrator.
Receive a summary of the Plan’s annual financial report, if any. The Plan Administrator is required by law to furnish each Eligible Participant with a copy of this summary annual report.
Prudent Actions by Plan Fiduciaries
In addition to creating rights for plan Eligible Participants, ERISA imposes duties upon the people who are responsible for the operation of the employee benefit plan. The people who operate the Plan, called “fiduciaries” of the Plan, have a duty to do so prudently and in the interest of all Plan Eligible Participants and beneficiaries. No one, including any Employer, any union, or any other person, may fire an employee or otherwise discriminate against him or her in any way to prevent them from obtaining a benefit under this Plan or exercising their rights under ERISA.
Enforce Your Rights
If an employee’s claim for a severance benefit is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, he or she has a right to know why this was done, to obtain copies of documents relating to the decision without charge, and to appeal any denial, all within certain time schedules.
Under ERISA, there are steps an employee can take to enforce the above rights. For instance, if he or she requests a copy of plan documents or the latest annual report from the plan and does not receive them within thirty (30) days, he or she may file suit in a Federal court. In such a case, the court may require the Plan Administrator to provide the materials and pay him or her up to $110 a day until he or she receives the materials, unless the materials were not sent because of reasons beyond the control of the administrator. If an employee has a claim for benefits which is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, he or she may file suit in a state or Federal court. In addition, if he or she disagrees with the Plan’s decision or lack thereof concerning the qualified status of a domestic relations order or a medical child support order, he or she may file suit in Federal court. If it should happen that Plan fiduciaries misuse the Plan’s money, or if an employee is discriminated against for asserting his or her rights, he or she may seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor, or may file suit in a Federal court. The court will decide who should pay court costs and legal fees. If an employee is successful the court may order the person he or she has sued to pay these costs and fees. If the employee loses, the court may order him or her to pay these costs and fees, for example, if it finds the claim is frivolous.
ASSISTANCE WITH QUESTIONS
If an employee has any questions about the Plan, he or she should contact the Plan Administrator. If he or she has any questions about this statement or about his or her rights under ERISA, or if he or she needs assistance in obtaining documents from the Plan Administrator, he or she should contact the nearest office of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, listed in the telephone directory or the Division of Technical Assistance and Inquiries, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210. An employee may also obtain certain publications about his or her rights and responsibilities under ERISA by calling the publications hotline of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
REQUIRED BY ERISA
REQUIRED BY ERISA
Plan Sponsor and Plan Administrator, including address and telephone
Compensation Committee of the
Company Board of Directors
2145 Hamilton Ave
San Jose, CA 95125-5905
Name and address of person designated as agent for service of process:
Marie Oh Huber
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary
2145 Hamilton Ave
San Jose, CA 95125-5905
Basis on which Plan records are kept:
Calendar Year - January 1 to December 31
Type of Plan:
Unfunded welfare benefit severance plan
Standard Severance Pay Guidelines
Under the Plan, Eligible Participants are entitled to: (i) the Salary Amount, (ii) the Severance Bonus Amount and (iii) the Premium Payment, to be calculated based on the multiples identified below.
Salary Amount, Severance Bonus Amount and Premium Payment Calculations
Multiple of Salary Amount
Multiple of Severance Bonus Amount
Multiple of Premium Payment
The Company will pay the Salary Amount, the Severance Bonus Amount and the Premium Payment in accordance with the terms of the Plan to which this Appendix A is attached.
Form of Separation Agreement
[On file with the Company]
Schedule of Designated Eligible Participants, as of the Effective Date
All Senior Vice Presidents
1 This Schedule is subject to change, from time to time, in the discretion of the Plan Administrator.