Form of Bonus Restricted Stock Program Award Agreement

EX-10.126 8 exhibit10126-formofbon.htm EXHIBIT 10.126 Exhibit
Exhibit 10.126

Stock Incentive Plan
THIS AGREEMENT, made this 6th day of ____________, ______ by and between Federated Hermes, Inc. (including its successors and assigns, the "Company"), a Pennsylvania corporation having its principal place of business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
_____________________, an employee of the Company (the "Participant").
Capitalized terms used in this Agreement shall, unless specifically defined herein, have the respective meanings given to such terms in the Federated Hermes, Inc. Stock Incentive Plan, as amended (the "Stock Incentive Plan").
WHEREAS, in order to provide incentives to its employees, the Company has adopted the Stock Incentive Plan under which, among other things, Awards of shares of Class B Common Stock of the Company, no par value (the "Class B Common Stock"), can be made to salaried employees; and
WHEREAS, the Board Committee has established a Bonus Restricted Stock Program to pay or allow a Participant to elect to receive part of a discretionary cash bonus in restricted shares of Class B Common Stock; and
WHEREAS, as a result of Participant’s performance during ______, the Participant qualifies for receipt of an award under the Bonus Restricted Stock Program (“Bonus Shares Award”); and
WHEREAS, subject to the terms and conditions hereafter set forth, by action of the Board Committee, the Company hereby grants this Bonus Shares Award of Class B Common Stock to Participant.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and representations herein contained, and intending to be legally bound, the parties hereto agree as follows:

As used herein:
1.1    "Cause" shall mean if Participant engages in conduct that constitutes a breach of Participant’s duties to Federated as set forth in any code of conduct adopted by Federated or violates the standards of conduct which Federated expects of its employees, including, but not limited to: dishonesty, disloyalty, willful misconduct, gross negligence or conduct which may result in damage to the professional reputation or capabilities of Federated.
1.2    "Federated" shall mean Federated Hermes, Inc. or any corporate parent, affiliate, or direct or indirect subsidiary thereof, or any successor to Federated, for which Participant performs services, regardless of whether this Agreement has been expressly assigned to such corporate parent, affiliate, or direct or indirect subsidiary, or successor.
1.3    "Unvested Shares" shall mean all Bonus Shares other than Vested Shares.
1.4    "Vested Shares" means Bonus Shares that have vested in accordance with Section 3.1, Section 3.2 or Section 3.3 below.
Grant of Restricted Stock
2.1    Subject to the conditions set forth in Section 2.2 hereof and the other terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Company hereby grants to Participant a Bonus Shares Award of ________________ (__________) shares (the "Bonus Shares") of Class B Common Stock. Of the Bonus Shares, ____________ (_______) shares of Class B Common Stock (the "Premium Shares") are subject to forfeiture to the Company for no consideration as set forth in Article III below. Additionally, all Unvested Shares are subject to forfeiture to the Company for no consideration as set forth in Section 3.4 below. At the discretion of the Company, certificates for the Bonus Shares may not be issued. In lieu of certificates, the Company will establish a book entry account for the Bonus Shares in the Participant’s name with the Company's transfer agent and registrar for the Class B Common Stock.
2.2    Notwithstanding Section 2.1 or any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, this Agreement shall become effective only if Participant executes and delivers to the Company two signed copies of this Agreement by ______ ______, ______ time being of the essence.
Terms of the Bonus Shares Award; Vesting; Repurchase
3.1    During the continuation of Participant's employment by Federated, the Bonus Shares, including the Premium Shares, shall vest pro rata in accordance with the schedule of vesting as follows:


Portion of Shares Vested
Cumulative Percentage
______ ______, ______
______ ______, ______
______ ______, ______
3.2    In the event of the Disability or death of Participant, any Bonus Shares that are not then Vested Shares prior to such Disability or death, including Premium Shares, shall become Vested Shares upon such Disability or death. In the event of Retirement, any Bonus Shares that are not then Vested Shares prior to such Retirement, except for Premium Shares, shall become Vested Shares upon such Retirement; in order to vest in Premium Shares upon Retirement, Participant must have provided the Company with at least six (6) months’ advance notice of Participant’s intent to retire. Failure to provide such advance notice shall result in any Premium Shares that are not Vested Shares being forfeited and transferred to the Company, for no consideration, upon Retirement.
For purposes of this Agreement, "Retirement" shall mean retirement by Participant at or after attaining age 65 years, or such other age as the Board Committee may specify from time to time, and "Disability" shall be deemed to have occurred as of the first day following Participant's termination of employment by Federated as a result of a mental or physical condition that prevents Participant from engaging in the principal duties of Participant's employment with Federated as determined in accordance with the Rules and Regulations Establishing Formal Review Procedures under the Stock Incentive Plan.
3.3    In the event that Participant's employment with Federated is involuntarily terminated by Federated without Cause, any portion of the Bonus Shares, other than the Premium Shares, which are Unvested Shares prior to such termination shall become Vested Shares upon such termination. The Participant shall forfeit and transfer to the Company any Premium Shares which are Unvested Shares prior to such termination for no consideration.
3.4    In the event that Participant's employment with Federated is terminated prior to all shares becoming Vested Shares for any reason other than as set forth in Section 3.2 or Section 3.3 hereof, including termination of Participant's employment due to Participant's voluntary resignation or termination of Participant for Cause, Participant shall forfeit and transfer to the Company, for no consideration, all Bonus Shares, including Premium Shares, which are not then Vested Shares as of such date of termination.
Withholding Taxes; Section 83(b) Election
4.1    The Company shall have the authority to withhold, or to require a Participant to remit to the Company in accordance with applicable Company practices and policies, prior to issuance or delivery of any Vested Shares or the removal of any stop order or transfer restrictions on the Bonus Shares or any restrictive legends on the stock certificates representing the Bonus Shares hereunder, an amount in cash sufficient to satisfy the minimum federal, state and local tax withholding requirements associated with this Bonus Shares Award. Additionally, the Company, in its sole discretion, shall have the right to withhold from the


Participant Bonus Shares with a Fair Market Value (as defined in the Stock Incentive Plan) equal to the minimum federal, state and local tax withholding requirements associated with this Bonus Shares Award. For this purpose, Fair Market Value shall be determined as of the day that the withholding obligation arises.
4.2    The Participant acknowledges that (a) the Participant has been informed of the availability of making an election in accordance with Section 83(b) of the Code; (b) that such election must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service within thirty (30) days of the date of grant of this Bonus Shares Award; and (c) that the Participant is solely responsible for making such election. Participants who do not make the election under Section 83(b) acknowledge that dividends on the Unvested Shares will be treated as compensation and subject to tax withholding in accordance with the Company's practices and policies.
Restrictions on Transfer
5.1    Participant hereby acknowledges that none of the Bonus Shares may be sold, exchanged, assigned, transferred, pledged, hypothecated, gifted or otherwise disposed of (collectively, "disposed of") until such time as the Bonus Shares have become Vested Shares and payment of any withholding tax with respect to such Vested Shares has been made. Participant further acknowledges that there may be a period of administrative delay between the date on which the Bonus Shares become Vested Shares and the date on which such Vested Shares may be disposed of by the Participant.
Unvested Shares may be transferred to a "family member" as defined in and pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in Section A.1.a.5 of the General Instructions to Form S-8 promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, as such provision may be amended from time to time, on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Human Resources Department.
5.2    Participant shall not dispose of the Bonus Shares acquired, or any portion thereof, at any time, unless the disposition complies with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission thereunder, any other applicable securities law, and the terms of this Agreement and the Stock Incentive Plan. Participant further agrees that the Company may direct its transfer agent to refuse to register the transfer of any Bonus Shares underlying this Bonus Shares Award which, in the opinion of the Company's counsel, constitutes a violation of any applicable securities laws then in effect or the terms of this Agreement.
5.3    Any certificate representing Unvested Shares shall, unless the Board Committee determines otherwise, bear a legend substantially as follows: "The sale or other transfer of the shares of stock represented by this certificate is subject to certain restrictions set forth in the Federated Hermes, Inc. Stock Incentive Plan, administrative rules adopted pursuant to such Plan and a Bonus Restricted Stock Program Award Agreement between the registered owner and Federated Hermes, Inc. A copy of the Plan, such rules and such agreement may be obtained from the Secretary of Federated Hermes, Inc."


The Participant further acknowledges and understands that any certificate(s) representing the Bonus Shares issued hereunder may bear such additional legend(s) as the Company deems appropriate in order to assure compliance with applicable securities laws.
Any book entry account for the Unvested Shares will be similarly restricted and subject to stop orders.
5.4    If certificates representing Unvested Shares are issued, they shall be retained in the Company’s custody. Within a reasonable time after the Unvested Shares become Vested Shares, all restrictions or stop orders applicable to such Vested Shares shall be removed and, in the event that certificates have been issued, legends shall be removed.
6.1    In the event of any change or changes in the outstanding Class B Common Stock of the Company by reason of any stock dividend, recapitalization, reorganization, merger, consolidation, splitup, combination or exchange of shares, or any similar change affecting the Class B Common Stock, any of which takes effect after the grant of this Bonus Shares Award, then in any such event the number and kind of Bonus Shares subject to this Bonus Shares Award, and any other similar provisions, shall be equitably adjusted consistent with such change in such manner as the Board Committee, in its discretion, may deem appropriate to prevent dilution or enlargement or diminishment of the rights granted to Participant hereunder. Any adjustment so made shall be final and binding upon Participant and all other interested parties.
6.2    Whenever the word "Participant" is used in any provision of this Agreement under circumstances where the provision should logically be construed to apply to the executors, the administrators, or the person(s) to whom this Bonus Shares Award may be transferred by will or by the laws of descent and distribution, the word "Participant" shall be deemed to include such person(s).
6.3    The Participant shall be entitled to vote the Bonus Shares, whether Vested Shares or Unvested Shares, on all matters presented to the holders of Class B Common Stock of the Company. The Bonus Shares, whether Vested Shares or Unvested Shares, shall be deemed to be issued and outstanding for all purposes, including, without limitation, the payment of dividends and distributions and any determination of any stockholder's or stockholders' percentage equity interest in the Company, until such time as any such Bonus Shares are forfeited pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
6.4    Nothing in this Agreement or the Stock Incentive Plan shall confer upon Participant any right to continue in the employ of the Company or shall affect the right of the Company to terminate the employment of Participant with or without Cause. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Agreement prevents reporting (or receiving financial awards from the government resulting from reporting) possible violations of federal law or regulation to any governmental agency or entity, or making other disclosures, protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation, including, without limitation, good faith disclosure on a confidential basis of Confidential Information (as defined in the Confidentiality Agreement)


constituting “Trade Secrets” as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1839, and so long as such disclosures are consistent with 18 U.S.C. § 1833.
6.5    The Bonus Shares received by Participant pursuant to this Agreement shall not be considered compensation for purposes of any pension or retirement plan, insurance plan or any other employee benefit plan of the Company unless otherwise provided in such plan.
6.6    Every notice or other communication relating to this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be mailed or delivered to the party for whom it is intended at such address as may from time to time be designated by it in a notice mailed or delivered to the other party as herein provided; provided, however, that unless and until some other address be so designated, all notices or communications by Participant to the Company shall be mailed or delivered to the Secretary of the Company at its office at 1001 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, and all notices or communications by the Company to Participant may be given to Participant personally or may be mailed to the Participant.
6.7    This Agreement and its validity, interpretation, performance and enforcement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
6.8    The Bonus Shares Award shall be subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Stock Incentive Plan, and in the event of any conflict between the provisions of this Agreement and those of the Stock Incentive Plan, the Stock Incentive Plan provisions shall govern.
6.9    This Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of Participant's heirs and representatives and the assigns and successors of the Company and may be assigned by the Company to any third party, but neither this Agreement nor any rights hereunder will be assignable or otherwise subject to hypothecation by Participant except as may otherwise be expressly permitted in this Agreement.
6.10    Except as stated hereafter, this Agreement represents the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. To the extent Participant has entered into an agreement with Federated that contains provisions pertaining to non-competition or non-solicitation of clients, non-solicitation or non-hiring of employees and/or non-disclosure or non-use of confidential information, the terms of this Agreement shall not supersede, but shall be in addition to, any other such agreement. This Agreement may be amended or terminated at any time by written agreement of the parties hereto.
6.11    Whenever possible, each provision in this Agreement will be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Agreement will be held to be prohibited by or invalid under applicable law, then (a) such provisions will be deemed amended to accomplish the objectives of the provisions as originally written to the fullest extent permitted by law and (b) all other provisions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect. If any benefit provided under this Agreement is subject to the provisions of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder ("Section 409A"), the provisions of the Agreement shall be administered, interpreted and construed in a


manner necessary to comply with Section 409A (or disregarded to the extent such provision cannot be so administered, interpreted, or construed.)
6.12    Any dispute or litigation arising out of or relating to this Agreement will be resolved in the courts of Allegheny County or the Western District of Pennsylvania and Participant hereby consents to jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
6.13    No rule of strict construction will be implied against the Company or any other person in the interpretation of any of the terms of this Agreement or any rule or procedure established by the Board Committee.
6.14    Participant agrees, upon demand of the Company, to do all acts and execute, deliver and perform all additional documents, instruments and agreements that may be required by the Company to implement the provisions and purposes of this Agreement.
6.15    The Participant hereby grants to the Company an irrevocable power of attorney and declares that the Company shall be the attorney-in-fact to act for and on behalf of the Participant, to act in the Participant's name, place and stead, in connection with any and all transfers of Bonus Shares, whether Vested Shares or Unvested Shares, to the Company pursuant to this Agreement, including pursuant to Section 3.3 and Section 3.4 hereof.
6.16    This Bonus Shares Award is intended to be excepted from coverage under Section 409A and shall be interpreted and construed accordingly.  Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, the Company may, in its sole discretion and without the Participant's consent, modify or amend the terms of this Agreement, impose conditions on the timing and effectiveness of the issuance of the Bonus Shares, or take any other action it deems necessary or advisable to cause this Bonus Shares Award to be excepted from Section 409A (or to comply therewith to the extent that Company determines it is not excepted).  Notwithstanding the foregoing, Participant recognizes and acknowledges that Section 409A may impose upon the Participant certain taxes or interest charges for which the Participant is and shall remain solely responsible.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement on the day and year first above written.

Chief Financial Officer

Name: _____________________________