United Fire Group, Inc. 2021 Stock and Incentive Plan
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EX-10.3 4 employeersuagreement2021_e.htm EX-10.3 Document
United Fire Group, Inc.
2021 Stock and Incentive Plan
Restricted Stock Unit Award Notice
You have been awarded a restricted stock unit award (the “Award”) with respect to shares of common stock of United Fire Group, Inc., an Iowa corporation (the “Company”), pursuant to the terms and conditions of the United Fire Group, Inc. 2021 Stock and Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and the Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement (together with this Award Notice, the “Agreement”). Copies of the Plan and the Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement are attached hereto. Capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meanings specified in the Plan or the Agreement.
Restricted Stock Units: You have been awarded a restricted stock unit award with respect to [___________] shares of Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”), subject to adjustment as provided in the Plan.
Grant Date: [___________]
Vesting Schedule: Except as otherwise provided in the Plan, the Agreement or any other agreement between the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and you in effect on the Grant Date, the Award shall vest as follows:
[Vesting Schedule Table]
(each such date, a “Vesting Date”) if, and only if, you are, and have been, continuously (except for any absence for vacation, leave, etc. in accordance with the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ policies): (i) employed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; (ii) serving as a Non-Employee Director; or (iii) providing services to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as an advisor or consultant, in each case, from the Grant Date through and including the applicable Vesting Date.
UNITED FIRE GROUP, INC.
Acknowledgment, Acceptance and Agreement:
By electronically accepting this Agreement within my stock plan account with the Company’s stock plan administrator according to the procedures then in effect, I hereby acknowledge receipt of the Agreement and the Plan, accept the Award granted to me and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Award Notice, the Agreement and the Plan.
United Fire Group, Inc.
2021 Stock and Incentive Plan
RESTRICTED STOCK UNIT AWARD AGREEMENT
United Fire Group, Inc., an Iowa corporation (the “Company”), hereby grants to the individual (the “Holder”) named in the award notice attached hereto (the “Award Notice”) as of the date set forth in the Award Notice (the “Grant Date”), pursuant to the provisions of the United Fire Group, Inc. 2021 Stock
and Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), a restricted stock unit award (the “Award”) with respect to the number of shares of the Company’s Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (“Common Stock”), set forth in the Award Notice, upon and subject to the restrictions, terms and conditions set forth in the Plan and this agreement (the “Agreement”). Capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the meanings specified in the Plan.
1. Award Subject to Acceptance of Agreement. The Award shall be null and void unless the Holder accepts this Agreement by executing the Award Notice in the space provided therefor and returning an original execution copy of the Award Notice to the Company (or electronically accepting this Agreement within the Holder’s stock plan account with the Company’s stock plan administrator according to the procedures then in effect).
2. Rights as a Stockholder. The Holder shall not be entitled to any privileges of ownership with respect to the shares of Common Stock subject to the Award unless and until, and only to the extent, such shares become vested pursuant to Section 3 hereof and the Holder becomes a stockholder of record with respect to such shares.
3. Restriction Period and Vesting.
3.1 Service-Based Vesting Conditions. Except as otherwise provided for in this Agreement, the Award shall vest in accordance with the vesting schedule set forth in the Award Notice if, and only if, the Holder is, and has been, continuously (except for any absence for vacation, leave, etc. in accordance with the Company's or its Subsidiaries' policies): (a) employed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; (b) serving as a Non-Employee Director; or (c) providing services to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as an advisor or consultant, in each case, from the Grant Date through and including the applicable Vesting Date specified in the Award Notice. The period of time prior to the vesting shall be referred to herein as the “Restriction Period.”
3.2 Termination of Employment.
(a) Termination other than due to Death or Disability. Except as otherwise provided for in Section 3.2(b) or the Plan or any other agreement between the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and Holder in effect on the Grant Date and which provides for more favorable treatment than as set forth herein, if the Holder’s employment with the Company terminates prior to the end of the Restriction Period for any reason, the Award shall be immediately forfeited by the Holder and cancelled by the Company.
(b) Termination due to Death or Disability. If Holder’s employment with the Company terminates prior to the end of the Restriction Period by reason of Holder’s death or a termination by the Company due to Disability (as defined below), then in either such case, the portion of the Award scheduled to vest during the twelve (12) months following the date of termination shall accelerate and be vested as of the date of death or such termination of employment and the remaining unvested portion of the Award shall be immediately forfeited by the Holder and cancelled by the Company. For purposes of this Award, “Disability” shall mean Holder’s absence from Holder’s duties with the Company on a full-time basis for at least 180 consecutive days as a result of Holder’s incapacity due to physical or mental illness.
4. Issuance or Delivery of Shares. Subject to Section 6, as soon as practicable (but no later than thirty (30) days) after each vesting of the Award, the Company shall issue or deliver, subject to the conditions of this Agreement, the vested shares of Common Stock to the Holder. Such issuance or delivery shall be evidenced by the appropriate entry on the books of the Company or of a duly authorized transfer agent of the Company. The Company shall pay all original issue or transfer taxes and all fees and expenses incident to such issuance or delivery, except as otherwise provided in Section 6. Prior to the issuance to the Holder of the shares of Common Stock subject to the Award, the Holder shall have no direct or
secured claim in any specific assets of the Company or in such shares of Common Stock, and will have the status of a general unsecured creditor of the Company.
5. Transfer Restrictions and Investment Representation.
5.1. Nontransferability of Award. The Award may not be transferred by the Holder other than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Except to the extent permitted by the foregoing sentence, the Award may not be sold, transferred, assigned, pledged, hypothecated, encumbered or otherwise disposed of (whether by operation of law or otherwise) or be subject to execution, attachment or similar process. Upon any attempt to so sell, transfer, assign, pledge, hypothecate, encumber or otherwise dispose of the Award, the Award and all rights hereunder shall immediately become null and void.
5.2. Investment Representation. The Holder hereby covenants that (a) any sale of any share of Common Stock acquired upon the vesting of the Award shall be made either pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and any applicable state securities laws, or pursuant to an exemption from registration under the Securities Act and such state securities laws and (b) the Holder shall comply with all regulations and requirements of any regulatory authority having control of or supervision over the issuance of the shares and, in connection therewith, shall execute any documents which the Committee shall in its sole discretion deem necessary or advisable.
6. Additional Terms and Conditions of Award.
6.1. Withholding Taxes.
(a) General. As a condition precedent to the issuance of Common Stock following the vesting of the Award, the Holder shall, upon request by the Company, pay to the Company such amount as the Company determines is required, under all applicable federal, state, local or other laws or regulations, to be withheld and paid over as income or other withholding taxes (the “Required Tax Payments”) with respect to such vesting of the Award. If the Holder shall fail to advance the Required Tax Payments after request by the Company, the Company may, in its discretion, deduct any Required Tax Payments from any amount then or thereafter payable by the Company to the Holder.
(b) Holder Election. The Holder may elect to satisfy his or her obligation to advance the Required Tax Payments by any of the following means: (i) a cash payment to the Company; (ii) authorizing the Company to withhold whole shares of Stock which would otherwise be delivered to the Holder having an aggregate Fair Market Value, determined as of the date on which such withholding obligation arises, equal to the Required Tax Payments; or (iii) any combination of (i) and (ii). Shares to be withheld may not have a Fair Market Value in excess of the minimum amount of the Required Tax Payments (or such higher withholding rate permitted by the Committee). Any fraction of a share which would be required to satisfy any such obligation shall be disregarded and the remaining amount due shall be paid in cash by the Holder. No shares or certificate representing shares shall be issued or delivered until the Required Tax Payments have been satisfied in full.
6.2. Compliance with Applicable Law. The Award is subject to the condition that if the listing, registration or qualification of the shares of Common Stock subject to the Award upon any securities exchange or under any law, or the consent or approval of any governmental body, or the taking of any other action is necessary or desirable as a condition of, or in connection with, the delivery of shares hereunder, the shares of Common Stock subject to the Award shall not be delivered, in whole or in part, unless such listing, registration, qualification, consent, approval or other action shall have been effected or obtained, free of any conditions not acceptable to the Company. The Company agrees to use reasonable efforts to effect or obtain any such listing, registration, qualification, consent, approval or other action.
6.3. Award Confers No Rights to Continued Employment. In no event shall the granting of the Award or its acceptance by the Holder, or any provision of the Agreement or the Plan, give or be deemed to give the Holder any right to continued employment by the Company, any Subsidiary or any affiliate of the
Company or affect in any manner the right of the Company, any Subsidiary or any affiliate of the Company to terminate the employment of any person at any time.
6.4. Decisions of Board or Committee. The Board or the Committee shall have the right to resolve all questions which may arise in connection with the Award. Any interpretation, determination or other action made or taken by the Board or the Committee regarding the Plan or this Agreement shall be final, binding and conclusive.
6.5. Successors. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of any successor or successors of the Company and any person or persons who shall, upon the death of the Holder, acquire any rights hereunder in accordance with this Agreement or the Plan.
6.6. Notices. All notices, requests or other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be made, if to the Company, to United Fire Group, Inc., Attn: Corporate Counsel, 118 Second Avenue SE, Cedar Rapid, Iowa 52401, and if to the Holder, to the last known mailing address of the Holder contained in the records of the Company. All notices, requests or other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be made in writing either (a) by personal delivery, (b) by facsimile or electronic mail with confirmation of receipt, (c) by mailing in the United States mails or (d) by express courier service. The notice, request or other communication shall be deemed to be received upon personal delivery, upon confirmation of receipt of facsimile or electronic mail transmission or upon receipt by the party entitled thereto if by United States mail or express courier service; provided, however, that if a notice, request or other communication sent to the Company is not received during regular business hours, it shall be deemed to be received on the next succeeding business day of the Company.
6.7. Governing Law. This Agreement, the Award and all determinations made and actions taken pursuant hereto and thereto, to the extent not governed by the laws of the United States, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Iowa and construed in accordance therewith without giving effect to principles of conflicts of laws.
6.8. Agreement Subject to the Plan. This Agreement is subject to the provisions of the Plan, including Section 5.8 with respect to a Change in Control, and shall be interpreted in accordance therewith. In the event that the provisions of this Agreement and the Plan conflict, the Plan shall control. The Holder hereby acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Plan.
6.9. Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the Plan constitute the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede in their entirety all prior undertakings and agreements of the Company and the Holder with respect to the subject matter hereof, and may not be modified adversely to the Holder’s interest except by means of a writing signed by the Company and the Holder.
6.10. Partial Invalidity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any particular provision of this Agreement shall not affect the other provisions hereof and this Agreement shall be construed in all respects as if such invalid or unenforceable provision was omitted.
6.11. Amendment and Waiver. The Company may amend the provisions of this Agreement at any time; provided that an amendment that would materially impair the Holder’s rights under this Agreement shall be subject to the written consent of the Holder. No course of conduct or failure or delay in enforcing the provisions of this Agreement shall affect the validity, binding effect or enforceability of this Agreement.
6.12. Compliance With Section 409A of the Code. This Award is intended to be exempt from Section 409A of the Code, and shall be interpreted and construed accordingly, and each payment hereunder shall be considered a separate payment. To the extent this Agreement provides for the Award to become vested and be settled upon the Holder’s termination of employment, the applicable shares of Stock shall be transferred to the Holder or his or her beneficiary upon the Holder’s “separation from service,” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code; provided that if the Holder is a “specified employee,” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, then to the extent the Award constitutes nonqualified deferred compensation, within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, such shares of Stock shall be transferred
to the Holder or his or her beneficiary upon the earlier to occur of (i) the six-month anniversary of such separation from service and (ii) the date of the Holder’s death.