RLI Corp. Nonqualified Agreement
RABBI DIRECTED TRUST AGREEMENT
TRUST NAME: RLI Corp Nonqualified Trust
THIS TRUST AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is made by and between RLI Corp. (“Employer”) and Delaware Charter Guarantee & Trust Company, conducting business as Principal Trust Company (“Trustee”).
WHEREAS, the Employer has adopted the The RLI Corp. /Executive Deferred Compensation Agreement, RLI Corp. Executives Deferred Compensation Plan, RLI Corp. Nonemployee Directors Deferred Compensation Plan, Directors Deferred Compensation Plan, RLI Corp. Key Employees Excess Benefit Plan, Jonathan Michael RLI/ Corp. Key Employee Excess Benefit Plan (“Plan”) to provide benefits for certain employees of the Employer and employees of participating employers that have adopted the Plan;
WHEREAS, the Employer has incurred or expects to incur liability under the terms of the Plan with respect to individuals participating in the Plan;
WHEREAS, the Employer wishes to contribute to the Trust assets that shall be held therein, subject to the claims of the Employer’s creditors in the event of the Employer’s Insolvency, as herein defined, until paid to the Plan participants and their beneficiaries in such manner and at such times as specified in the Plan;
☒This is an amendment and restatement of the above-named Trust.
☐This is a newly-established trust.
WHEREAS, it is the intention of the parties that the Trust shall constitute an unfunded arrangement and shall not affect the status of the Plan as an unfunded plan maintained for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees for purposes of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”); and
WHEREAS, the Employer intends to make contributions to this Trust to provide itself with a source of funds to assist it in the meeting of its liabilities under the Plan;
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties do hereby establish the Trust and agree that the Trust shall be comprised, held and disposed of as follows:
SECTION 1. TRUST FUND
1.1Establishment of Trust. The Employer hereby establishes with the Trustee a trust in which may be deposited such sums of money as shall from time to time be paid or delivered to the Trustee in accordance with the terms of the Plan and which shall become the principal of the Trust to be held, administered and disposed of by the Trustee as provided in this Agreement and in accordance with any investment policy or guidelines established under the Plan and communicated in writing to the Trustee. All such deposits, all investments and reinvestments thereof and all earnings, appreciation and additions allocable thereto, less losses, depreciation and expenses allocable thereto and any payments made therefrom as authorized under the Plan or this Agreement shall constitute the “Trust”.
1.2Irrevocability of Trust. The Trust hereby established shall be irrevocable and shall terminate only upon the complete distribution of the assets of the Trust to the participants or their beneficiaries.
1.3Grantor Trust. The Trust is intended to be a grantor trust of which the Employer is the grantor within the meaning of subpart E, part I, subchapter J, chapter 1, subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Code”) and shall be construed accordingly.
1.4Non-Diversion of Funds. The principal of the Trust, and any earnings thereon shall be held separate and apart from other funds of the Employer and except for the payment of fees and other expenses, including administrative expenses of the Plan, properly charged to the Trust under this Agreement shall be used exclusively for the use and purposes of Plan participants and their beneficiaries and general creditors as herein set forth.
Plan participants and their beneficiaries shall have no preferred claim on, or any beneficial ownership interest in, any assets of the Trust. Any rights created under the Plan and this Agreement shall be mere unsecured contractual rights of Plan participants and their beneficiaries against the Employer. Any assets held by the Trust will be subject to the claims of the Employer’s general creditors under federal and state law in the event of Insolvency, as defined in Section 9.1 herein.
1.5Deposits. The Employer in its sole discretion, may at any time, or from time to time, make additional deposits of cash or other property in trust with the Trustee to augment the principal to be held, administered and disposed of by the Trustee as provided in this Agreement. Neither the Trustee nor any Plan participant or beneficiary shall have the right to compel such deposits.
SECTION 2. TRUSTEE AND COMMITTEE
2.1Committee. The Employer shall certify to the Trustee the names and specimen signatures of the members of the Committee (“Committee”) appointed by the Employer to administer the Plan and give directions to the Trustee. Such certification shall include directions as to the number of signatures required for any communication or direction to the Trustee. The Employer shall promptly give notice to the Trustee of changes in the membership of the Committee. The Committee may also certify to the Trustee the name of any agent, together with a specimen signature of any such agent who is not a member of the Committee, authorized to act for the Committee in relation to the Trustee. The Committee shall promptly give notice to the Trustee of any change in any agent authorized to act on behalf of the Committee. For all purposes under this Agreement, until any such notice is received by the Trustee, the Trustee shall be fully protected in assuming that the membership of the Committee and the authority of any agent authorized to act on its behalf remain unchanged.
2.2Trustee’s Reliance. The Trustee may rely and act upon any certificate, notice or direction of the Committee, or of an agent authorized to act on its behalf, or of the Employer which the Trustee believes to be genuine and to have been signed by the person or persons duly authorized to sign such certificate, notice, or direction.
SECTION 3. INVESTMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
3.1General. The Trust shall be held by the Trustee and shall be invested and reinvested as hereinafter provided in this Section 3, without distinction between principal and income and without regard to the restrictions of the laws of any jurisdiction relating to the investment of trusts.
3.2Collection of Contributions. The Trustee shall have no authority over and shall have no responsibility for the administration of the Plan. The Trustee shall be under no duty to enforce the payment of any contribution to the Trust and shall not be responsible for the adequacy of the Trust to satisfy any obligations for benefits, expenses, and liabilities under the Plan. In addition to making contributions, the Employer, through the Committee, shall furnish the Trustee with such information and data relative to the Plan as is necessary for the proper administration of the Trust.
3.3Appointment of Investment Manager.
3.5Investment in Short-Term Obligation. Notwithstanding any provisions of this Section 3 to the contrary, the Trustee or its designee, upon the direction of the Committee, may retain uninvested cash or cash balances, without being required to pay interest thereon. Pending investment, and if directed to do so by the Committee, the Trustee may temporarily invest any funds held or received by it for investment in an investment fund established to invest funds held thereunder in commercial paper or in obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States government or any of its agencies.
3.6Directed Powers of the Trustee
to sell, exchange, convey, transfer or dispose of and also to grant options with respect to any property, whether real or personal, at any time held by it, and any sale may be made by private contract or by public auction, and for cash or upon credit, or partly for cash and partly upon credit, and no person dealing with the Trustee shall be bound to see to the application of the purchase money or to inquire into the validity, expediency or propriety of any such sale or other disposition;
to settle, adjust, compromise, or submit to arbitration any claims, debts or damages due or owing to or from the Trust;
to deposit any property with any protective, reorganization or similar committee, to delegate power thereto and to pay and agree to pay part of its expenses and compensation and any assessments levied with respect to any property so deposited; and
3.7Substitution of Assets. The Employer shall have the right at any time, and from time to time, in its sole discretion, to substitute assets of equal fair market value for any asset held by the Trust. This right is exercisable by the Employer in a nonfiduciary capacity without the approval or consent of any person in a fiduciary capacity.
3.8Trust Income. During the term of this Trust, all income received by the Trust, net of expenses and taxes, shall be accumulated and reinvested.
SECTION 4. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM TRUST
4.1General. The Employer shall deliver to the Trustee a schedule ("Payment Schedule") that indicates the amounts payable in respect of each Plan participant (and his or her beneficiaries), that provides a formula or other instructions acceptable to the Trustee for determining the amounts so payable, the form in which such amount is to be paid (as provided for or available under the Plan), and the time of commencement for payment of such amounts. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Trustee shall make payments to the Plan participants and their beneficiaries in accordance with such Payment Schedule.
4.2Reporting and Withholding Requirements. The Employer or Trustee shall provide for the reporting and withholding of any federal, state or local taxes that may be required to be withheld with respect to the payment of benefits pursuant to the terms of the Plan and shall pay amounts withheld to the appropriate taxing authorities. Upon the occurrence of a distribution pursuant to the Plan, the Committee shall direct the Trustee to send the Employer an amount, as determined by the Employer, sufficient for the Employer to discharge its withholding obligations with respect to the distribution.
4.3Direction by Committee.
4.4Benefits Entitlement. The entitlement of a Plan participant or his or her beneficiaries to benefits under the Plan shall be determined by the Employer or such party as it shall designate under the Plan, and any claim for such benefits shall be considered and reviewed under the procedures set out in the Plan.
4.5Payments by Employer. The Employer may make payment of benefits directly to Plan participants or their beneficiaries as they become due under the terms of the Plan. The Employer shall notify the Trustee of its decision to make payment of benefits directly prior to the time amounts are payable to participants or their beneficiaries. In addition, if the principal of the Trust, and any earnings thereon, are not sufficient to make payments of benefits in accordance with the terms of the Plan, the Employer shall make the balance of each such payment as it falls due. The Trustee shall notify the Employer where principal and earnings are not sufficient.
4.6Payments to Employer. Except as expressly provided in the Plan, the Employer shall have no right or power to direct the Trustee to return to the Employer any of the Trust Fund before all payments of benefits have been made pursuant to the Plan. However upon written request and certification from the Employer of the amount required to pay benefits provided under the terms of the Plan, if the Trustee determines that the value of the assets of the Trust Fund are in excess of 100% of the amount required to pay the benefits provided under the terms of the Plan, then such excess assets, including both principal and income, shall be returned to the Employer.
SECTION 5. TRUSTEE’S AND COMMITTEE’S RESPONSIBILITIES
5.1General Standard of Care. The Trustee, the members of the Committee and any Investment Manager shall at all times discharge their duties with respect to the Trust solely in the interest of the Plan participants and their beneficiaries and with the care, skill, prudence, and diligence under the circumstances then prevailing that a prudent man acting in a like capacity and familiar with such matters would use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims, provided, however, that the Trustee shall incur no liability to any person for any action taken pursuant to a direction, request or approval given by the Employer which is contemplated by, and in conformity with, the terms of the Plan or this Trust and is given in writing by the Employer. In the event of a dispute between the Employer and a party, the Trustee may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction to resolve the dispute.
5.2No Liability for Acts of Others. No fiduciary under this Agreement shall be liable for an act or omission of another person in carrying out any fiduciary responsibility where such fiduciary responsibility is allocated to such other person by this Agreement or pursuant to a procedure established in this Agreement.
5.3Legal Counsel. The Trustee may consult with legal counsel (who may be counsel to the Employer) concerning any questions which may arise under this Agreement, and the opinions of such counsel shall be full and complete protection with respect to any action taken, or omitted, by the Trustee hereunder in good faith in accordance with the opinion of such counsel.
5.4Liability Under Plan. The duties and obligations of the Trustee shall be limited to those expressly set forth in this Agreement, notwithstanding any reference herein to the Plan. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Trust Agreement, the Trustee and its officers, directors and agents hereunder shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Employer and the Trust to the fullest extent permitted by law against any and all costs, damages, expenses and liabilities including, but not limited to, attorneys’ fees and disbursements reasonably incurred by or imposed upon it in connection with any claim made against it or in which it may be involved by reason of it being, or having been, a Trustee hereunder, to the extent such amounts are not caused by the Trustee’s breach of this Agreement, negligence, willful misconduct, lack of good faith, or to the extent satisfied by fiduciary liability insurance that may or may not be maintained by the Employer. If the Employer does not pay such costs, expenses and liabilities in a reasonably timely manner, the Trustee may obtain payment from the Trust.
SECTION 6. TRUSTEE’S ACCOUNTS
6.1Accounts. The Trustee shall keep accurate and detailed accounts of all investments, reinvestments, receipts, disbursements, and all other transactions hereunder, and all such accounts and the books and records relating thereto shall be open to inspection at all reasonable times by the Employer or the Committee or persons designated by them.
6.2Valuation of Trust. The Trustee or its designee shall value or cause to be valued the Trust as of the last business day of each calendar quarter (“Valuation Date”), and shall report to the Committee the value of the Trust as of such date, within a reasonable time after the first day of the month next following each Valuation Date.
6.3Reports to Committee. Within sixty (60) days following the close of each calendar year, and within sixty (60) days following the effective date of the resignation or removal of the Trustee as provided in Section 8.1, the Trustee shall render to the Committee a written account of its administration of the Trust during such year or during the period from the close of the last preceding year to the date of such removal or resignation, setting forth all investments, receipts, disbursements and other transactions effected by it, including a description of all securities and investments purchased and sold with the cost or net proceeds of such purchases or sales (accrued interest paid or receivable being shown separately) and showing all cash, securities and other property held in the Trust as of the date of such removal or resignation, as the case may be.
6.4Right of Judicial Settlement. The Trustee, the Committee, and the Employer, or any of them, shall have the right to apply at any time to a court of competent jurisdiction for the judicial settlement of the Trustee’s account. In any such case, it shall be necessary to join as parties thereto only the Trustee, the Committee and the Employer; and any judgment or decree which may be entered therein shall be conclusive upon all persons having or claiming to have any interest in the Trust or under the Plan.
6.5Enforcement of Agreement. To protect the Trust from expenses which might otherwise be incurred, the Employer and the Committee shall have authority, either jointly or severally, to enforce this Agreement on behalf of all persons claiming any interest in the Trust or under the Plan, and no other person may institute or maintain any action or proceeding against the Trustee or the Trust in the absence of written authority from the Employer, the Committee or a judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction that in refusing authority the Committee acted fraudulently or in bad faith.
SECTION 8. RESIGNATION AND REMOVAL OF TRUSTEE
8.1Resignation or Removal of Trustee. The Trustee may resign as trustee hereunder at any time by giving sixty
(60) days prior written notice to the Employer. The Employer may remove the Trustee as trustee hereunder at any time by giving the Trustee prior written notice of such removal, which shall include notice of the appointment of a successor trustee. Such removal shall take effect not earlier than sixty (60) days following receipt of such notice by the Trustee unless otherwise agreed upon by the Trustee and the Employer.
8.2Appointment of Successor. In the event of the resignation or removal of the Trustee, a successor trustee shall be appointed by the Employer. Except as is otherwise provided in Section 8.1, such appointment shall take effect upon delivery to the Trustee of an instrument so appointing the successor and an instrument of acceptance executed by such successor. If within sixty (60) days after notice of resignation has been given by the Trustee, a successor has not been appointed as provided in Section 8.1, the Trustee may apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for the appointment of such successor or for instructions. All expenses of the Trustee in connection with the preceding shall be allowed as administrative expenses of the Trust.
Upon the appointment of a successor hereunder, the Trustee shall timely transfer and deliver all assets of the Trust to such successor; provided, however, that the Trustee may reserve such sum of money as it shall in its sole and absolute discretion deem advisable for payment of its fees and all expenses including counsel fees in connection with the settlement of its account, and any balance of such reserve remaining after the payment of such charges shall be paid over to the successor trustee. If such reserve shall be insufficient to pay such charges, the Trustee shall be entitled to recover the amount of any deficiency from the Employer, from the Trust, or from both.
8.4Successor Bound by Agreement. All the provisions of this Agreement shall apply to any successor trustee with the same force and effect as if such successor had been originally named herein as the trustee hereunder.
SECTION 9. TRUSTEE RESPONSIBILITY REGARDING PAYMENTS TO TRUST BENEFICIARIES WHEN EMPLOYER IS INSOLVENT
9.1Insolvency. The Trustee shall cease payment of benefits to Plan participants and their beneficiaries if the Employer is Insolvent. The Employer shall be considered "Insolvent" for purposes of this Trust Agreement if (i) the Employer is unable to pay its debts as they become due, or (ii) the Employer is subject to a pending proceeding as a debtor under the United States Bankruptcy Code.
9.2General Creditors. At all times during the continuance of this Trust, the principal and income of the Trust shall be subject to claims of general creditors of the Employer.
9.3Amount of Payments After Resumption. Provided that there are sufficient assets, if the Trustee discontinues the payment of benefits from the Trust pursuant to this Section 9 and subsequently resumes such payments, the first payment following such discontinuance shall include the aggregate amount of all payments due to Plan participants or their beneficiaries under the terms of the Plan for the period of such discontinuance, less the aggregate amount of any payments made to Plan participants or their beneficiaries by the Employer in lieu of the payments provided for hereunder during any such period of discontinuance.
SECTION 10. AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION
10.1Amendment. This Trust Agreement may be amended by a written instrument executed by the Trustee and the Employer. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no such amendment shall conflict with the terms of the Plan or shall make the Trust revocable after it has become irrevocable in accordance with Section 1.2 hereof.
10.2Termination. The Trust shall not terminate until the date on which Plan participants and their beneficiaries are no longer entitled to benefits under the terms of the Plan. Upon termination of the Trust, any remaining assets less any outstanding Trust fees and expenses shall be returned to the Employer.
SECTION 11. MISCELLANEOUS
11.1Binding Effect; Assignability. This Agreement shall be binding upon, and the powers granted to the Employer and the Trustee, respectively, shall be exercisable by the respective successors and assigns of the Employer and the Trustee. Any entity which shall, by merger, consolidation, purchase, or otherwise, succeed to substantially all the trust business of the Trustee shall, upon such succession and without any appointment or other action by the Employer, be and become successor trustee hereunder.
11.2Governing Law. This Agreement and the trust created and the Trust held hereunder shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the state of Delaware, except to the extent that such laws are preempted by the federal laws of the United States of America. All contributions to the Trust shall be deemed to take place in the state of Delaware.
11.3Notices. Any communication to the Trustee, including any notice, direction, designation, certification, order, instruction, or objection shall be in writing and signed by the person authorized under the Plan to give the communication. The Trustee shall be fully protected in acting in accordance with these written communications. Any notice required or permitted to be given to a party hereunder shall be deemed given if in writing and hand delivered or mailed, postage prepaid, certified mail, return receipt requested, to such party at the following address or at such other address as such party may by notice specify:
If to the Employer:
9025 N Lindbergh Drive
Peoria, Illinois 61615
Attention: Katie Kappes
If to the Trustee:
Principal Trust Company
1013 Centre Rd Ste 300
Wilmington, DE ###-###-####
Attention: Trust Services
11.4Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity of enforceability of the remaining provisions.
11.5Waiver. Failure of any party to insist at any time or times upon strict compliance with any provision of this Agreement shall not be a waiver of such provision at such time or any later time unless in a writing designated as a waiver and signed by or on behalf of the party against whom enforcement of the waiver is sought.
11.6Non-Alienation. No interest, right or claim in or to any part of the Trust or any payment therefrom shall be assignable, transferable or subject to sale, mortgage, pledge, hypothecation, commutation, anticipation, garnishment, attachment, execution, or levy of any kind, and the Trustee and the Committee shall not recognize any attempt to assign, transfer, sell, mortgage, pledge, hypothecate, commute, or anticipate the same, except to the extent required by law.
11.7Definitions. Unless the context of this Agreement clearly indicates otherwise, the terms defined in the Plan shall, when used herein, have the same meaning as in the Plan.
11.8Headings. The headings of sections are included solely for convenience of reference. If there is any conflict between such headings and the text of the Agreement, the text shall control.
11.9Construction of Language. Whenever appropriate in this Agreement, words used in the singular may be read in the plural; words used in the plural may be read in the singular; and words importing the masculine gender shall be deemed equally to refer to the female gender or the neuter. Any reference to a section number shall refer to a section of this Agreement, unless otherwise indicated.
11.10Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement to be effective as of January 1, 2020.
FOR THE EMPLOYER
Employer: RLI Corp.
By: Kathleen Kappes
Title: Vice President, Human Resources
ACCEPTANCE OF THE TRUSTEE
The undersigned hereby accepts appointment as Trustee hereunder and agrees to be bound by the terms of this Agreement.
DELAWARE CHARTER GUARANTEE & TRUST COMPANY, a Delaware corporation conducting business under the trade name of Principal Trust Company
By: Debra Curran
Title: Trust Services Specialist