Fidelity Life Association Deferred Compensation Plan
FIDELITY LIFE ASSOCIATION
DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|ARTICLE I PURPOSE AND EFFECTIVE DATE||1|
|ARTICLE II DEFINITIONS||1|
|2.6||Change in Control||2|
|2.17||Elective Deferred Compensation||4|
|2.22||Rate of Return||4|
|ARTICLE III PARTICIPATION AND DEFERRAL COMMITMENTS||5|
|3.1||Eligibility and Participation||5|
|3.2||Form of Deferral||6|
|3.3||Limitations on Deferral Commitments||6|
|3.4||Commitment Limited by Termination||7|
|ARTICLE IV DEFERRED COMPENSATION ACCOUNTS||7|
|4.2||Elective Deferred Compensation||7|
|4.3||Additional Company Matching Contributions||7|
|4.4||Additional Company Discretionary Contributions||8|
|4.5||Allocation of Elective Deferred Compensation||8|
|4.6||Determination of Accounts||8|
|4.7||Vesting of Accounts||8|
|4.8||Statement of Accounts||9|
|ARTICLE V PLAN BENEFITS||9|
|5.1||Distributions Prior to Termination of Employment||9|
|5.2||Distributions Following Termination of Service||9|
|5.4||Deferred Payment of Benefit||11|
|5.5||Withholding for Taxes||11|
|5.6||Valuation and Settlement||11|
|5.7||Payment to Guardian||11|
|ARTICLE VI BENEFICIARY DESIGNATION||12|
|6.3||No Beneficiary Designation||12|
|6.4||Effect of Payment||12|
|ARTICLE VII ADMINISTRATION||12|
|7.3||Binding Effect of Decisions||13|
|7.4||Indemnity of Committee||13|
|ARTICLE VIII CLAIMS PROCEDURE||13|
|8.2||Denial of Claim||13|
|8.3||Review of Claim||14|
|ARTICLE IX AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF PLAN||14|
|9.2||Employers Right to Terminate||15|
|ARTICLE X MISCELLANEOUS||16|
|10.2||Unsecured General Creditor||16|
|10.5||Not a Contract of Employment||17|
|10.11||Compliance with Code Section 409A||18|
FIDELITY LIFE ASSOCIATION
DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN
PURPOSE AND EFFECTIVE DATE
The purpose of this Deferred Compensation Plan is to provide current tax planning opportunities as well as supplemental funds upon the retirement or death of Directors and certain employees of Employer. It is intended that the Plan will aid in attracting and retaining Directors and employees of exceptional ability by providing them with these benefits.
This Plan is effective June 1, 2006.
For the purposes of this Plan, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
Account means the device used by Employer to measure and determine the amounts to be paid to a Participant under the Plan. Separate subaccounts may be maintained to properly reflect the Participants balance and earnings thereon. A Participants Account shall not constitute or be treated as a trust fund of any kind.
Administrative Committee means the committee appointed to administer the Plan pursuant to Article VII.
Beneficiary means the person, persons or entity entitled under Article VI to receive any Plan benefits payable after a Participants death.
Board means the Board of Directors of the Company.
Bonus means any incentive compensation to a Participant under the Companys Senior Management Bonus Plan.
Change in Control
A Change in Control shall occur when:
The shareholders of the Company approve one of the following (Approved Transactions) and either (x) such Approved Transaction is consummated or (y) the Board determines that consummation of such Approved Transaction is likely:
Any consolidation, merger or plan of exchange involving the Company (Merger) in which the Company is not the continuing or surviving corporation or pursuant to which Stock would be converted into cash, securities or other property, other than a Merger involving the Company in which the holders of Stock immediately prior to the Merger have the same proportionate ownership of Stock of the surviving corporation after the Merger; or
Any sale, lease, exchange, or other transfer (in one transaction or a series of related transactions) of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company or the adoption of any plan or proposal for the liquidation or dissolution of the Company; or
A tender or exchange offer, other than one made by the Company, is made for Stock (or securities convertible into Stock) and such offer results in a portion of those securities being purchased and the offeror after the consummation of the offer is the beneficial owner (as determined pursuant to Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act)), directly or indirectly, of at least twenty 20% of the outstanding Stock (an Offer); or
During any period of 12 months or less, individuals who at the beginning of such period constituted a majority of the Board cease for any reason to constitute a majority thereof unless the nomination or election of such new directors was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the directors then still in office who were directors at the beginning of such period.
The terms used in this Section 2.6 and not defined elsewhere in the Plan shall have the same meanings as such terms have in the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations adopted thereunder. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the conversion of the Company to stock form pursuant to a Plan of Conversion shall not be deemed to be a Change in Control for purposes of this Plan.
Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
Company means Fidelity Life Association, an Illinois corporation, or any successor to the business thereof.
Compensation means the Salary, Bonus or Director Fees that the Participant earns for services rendered to the Company.
Deferral Commitment means an election to defer Compensation made by a Participant pursuant to Article III and for which a separate Participation Agreement has been submitted by the Participant to the Administrative Committee.
Deferral Period means a calendar year for Directors and eligible employees effective January 1, 2006.
Determination Date means the last day of each calendar month.
Director means a member of the Companys Board of Directors.
Director Fees means all Board retainer and committee meeting fees earned by a Participant and payable in cash (before reduction for amounts deferred under this Plan). Director Fees do not include expenses, reimbursements, or any form of noncash compensation or benefits.
A Participant shall be considered to have terminated employment or Board Service because of Disability if either of the following apply:
The Participant is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
The Participant is, by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months, receiving income replacement benefits for a period of not less than 3 months under an accident and health plan covering employees of the Participants employer.
Earnings Index means a portfolio or fund selected by the Administrative Committee from time to time to be used as an index in calculating Rate of Return.
Elective Deferred Compensation
Elective Deferred Compensation means the amount of Compensation that a Participant elects to defer pursuant to a Deferral Commitment.
Employer means the Company or any successor to the business thereof, and any affiliated or subsidiary corporations designated by the Administrative Committee.
Participant means any eligible individual who has elected to defer Compensation under this Plan.
Participation Agreement means the agreement submitted by a Participant (including the Benefit Payment Election Form) to the Administrative Committee prior to the beginning of the Deferral Period, with respect to a Deferral Commitment made for such Deferral Period.
Plan means this Fidelity Life Association Deferred Compensation Plan, as amended from time to time.
Rate of Return
Rate of Return means the rate used to determine the amount credited monthly to a Participants Account under Article IV. Such rate shall be determined by the Administrative Committee based upon the net performance of the Earnings Indices selected by the Participant.
Retirement means an employees termination of employment with Employer on or after the employees attainment of age 55 or after 5 years of service, or a Board members termination after age 55.
Salary means the Employees base salary for the Plan Year. Salary excludes any other form of compensation such as restricted stock, proceeds from stock options or stock appreciation rights, severance payments, moving expenses, car or other special allowance, or any other amounts included in an Eligible Employees taxable income that is not base salary. Deferral elections shall be computed before taking into account any reduction in taxable income by Salary reduction under Code sections 125, 132(f) or 401(k), or under this Plan.
Unforeseeable Emergency means a severe financial hardship to the Participant resulting from a sudden and unexpected illness or accident of the Participant, the Participants spouse, or a dependent (as defined in Code section 152(a)) of the Participant, loss of the Participants property due to casualty, or other similar extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances arising as a result of events beyond the control of the Participant. The circumstances that will constitute an Unforeseeable Emergency will depend upon the facts of each case, but in any case, the amounts distributed with respect to an Unforeseeable Emergency shall not exceed the amounts necessary to satisfy such emergency plus amounts necessary to pay taxes reasonably anticipated as a result of the distribution, after taking into account the extent to which such hardship is or may be relieved through reimbursement or compensation by insurance or otherwise or by liquidation of the Participants assets (to the extent the liquidation of such assets would not itself cause severe financial hardship).
PARTICIPATION AND DEFERRAL COMMITMENTS
Eligibility and Participation
ELIGIBILITY. Eligibility to participate in the Plan is limited to executive employees selected by the Administrative Committee and Directors.
PARTICIPATION. Eligible employees and Directors may elect to participate in the Plan with respect to any Deferral Period by submitting a Participation Agreement to the Administrative Committee by the December 31 immediately preceding the Deferral Period, except as provided in (c) and (d) below.
PART-YEAR PARTICIPATION. If a Director or an employee first becomes eligible to defer Compensation during a Deferral Period, a Participation Agreement must be submitted to the Administrative Committee no later than 30 days following eligibility to defer, and such Participation Agreement shall be effective only with regard to Compensation with respect to services following the submission of the Participation Agreement to the Administrative Committee.
BONUS. An employee must separately elect to defer amounts with respect to Bonuses under the Plan. The Participation Agreement to defer a Bonus under the Plan must be submitted to the Administrative Committee before the latest of the following:
the beginning of the Deferral Period for which the Companys bonus, if any, will be paid;
to the extent permitted by Code section 409A, for Deferral Periods beginning after 2006, six months before the end of the Companys fiscal year for which the Bonus, if any, will be paid; or
for an employee who first becomes eligible during a Deferral Period, 30 days after he becomes eligible; provided, that the deferral election for the first Deferral Period can only apply to compensation paid for service performed subsequent to the election. The maximum amount of the Bonus for the first Deferral Period that can be deferred is equal to the amount of the Bonus for the Deferral Period multiplied by the ratio of the number of days remaining in the Deferral Period after the election over the total number of days in the Deferral Period.
Form of Deferral
A Participant may elect Deferral Commitments in the Participation Agreement as follows:
SALARY DEFERRAL COMMITMENT. A Salary Deferral Commitment shall be related to the Salary payable by Employer to a Participant for services to be performed during the Deferral Period. The amount to be deferred shall be stated as a whole number percentage or dollar amount of each installment of Salary.
BONUS DEFERRAL COMMITMENT. A Bonus Deferral Commitment shall be related to any Bonus payable under the Companys Senior Management Bonus Plan to the Participant for services to be performed during the Deferral Period for which the Bonus will be paid. The amount to be deferred shall be stated as a whole number percentage or dollar amount of the Bonus.
DIRECTOR FEES DEFERRAL COMMITMENT. A Director Fees Commitment shall relate to the Director Fees for services as a Director to be performed during the Deferral Period. The amount to be deferred shall be stated as a whole number percentage or dollar amount of the amount otherwise payable.
Limitations on Deferral Commitments
The following limitations shall apply to Deferral Commitments:
MINIMUM. The minimum deferral amount for a plan year shall be $1,000. Bonus amounts are included in the plan year in which the Bonus is otherwise expected to be paid. The minimum may be met by aggregating amounts under all
|Salary, Bonus and Director Deferral Commitments under Section 3.2. The Administrative Committee may determine at any time that any deferral election that fails to provide for a minimum deferral is void and amounts covered by that election shall not be excluded from compensation for the year. The Administrative Committee may determine the timing of payments of amounts under a void election.|
MAXIMUM. The maximum deferral amount shall be 90% of Salary and 100% of Bonus or Director Fees.
CHANGES IN MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM. The Administrative Committee may change the minimum or maximum deferral amounts from time to time by giving written notice to all Participants. No such change may affect a Deferral Commitment made prior to the Administrative Committees action.
Commitment Limited by Termination
If a Participant terminates employment with Employer or Board service prior to the end of the Deferral Period, the Deferral Period and the Deferral Commitment shall end at the date of termination.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION ACCOUNTS
For record keeping purposes only, an Account shall be maintained for each Participant. Separate subaccounts shall be maintained to the extent necessary to properly reflect the Participants election of Earnings Indices and total vested or nonvested Account balances. The Account shall be a bookkeeping device utilized for the sole purpose of determining the benefits payable under the Plan and shall not constitute a separate fund of assets.
Elective Deferred Compensation
A Participants Elective Deferred Compensation shall be credited to the Participants Account at the same time the corresponding nondeferred portion of the Compensation becomes or would have become payable. Any withholding of taxes or other amounts with respect to deferred Compensation which is required by state, federal or local law shall be withheld from the Participants nondeferred Compensation to the maximum extent possible with any excess reducing the amount to be credited to the Participants Account.
Additional Company Matching Contributions
A Participants Account shall be credited with an amount that is equal to the amount of matching contribution that was not credited to the Participants accounts under the Fidelity Life Association 401(k) Plan for the Deferral Period solely because the Participants deferrals under this Plan caused the Participants taxable compensation reported on IRS Form W-2 to be lower
than if Participant had not deferred amounts under this Plan. However, the amount credited shall be no more than the amount of the matching contribution that was not credited to the Participants Fidelity Life Association 401(k) Plan because of the reduction of taxable compensation.
Additional Company Discretionary Contributions
A Participants Account shall be credited with such additional Company contributions in such amounts and at such times as may be approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board, or the Board, in its sole discretion.
Allocation of Elective Deferred Compensation
At the time a Participant completes a Deferral Commitment for a Deferral Period, the Participant shall also select the Earnings Index or Indices in which the Participant wishes to have the deferrals deemed invested. The Participant may select any combination of Earnings Indices as long as at least 5%, in whole percentages, is credited to each of the Earnings Indices selected.
A Participant may change the amounts allocated to the Earnings Indices on the first day of each calendar quarter, provided that the Participant submitted notice of the change at least five days before the first day of the calendar quarter. The change may apply to prospective deferrals only or may include current account balances.
The Administrative Committee may change the notice requirement and frequency by which Participants can reallocate their accounts from time to time by giving written notice to all Participants.
Determination of Accounts
Each Participants Account as of each Determination Date shall consist of the balance of the Participants Account as of the immediately preceding Determination Date, plus the Participants Elective Deferred Compensation credited during the period, plus contributions for the benefit of the Participant during the period pursuant to Section 4.3 and 4.4, plus earnings calculated using the Rate of Return, minus the amount of any distributions made since the immediately preceding Determination Date.
Vesting of Accounts
Each Participant shall be 100% vested at all times in the Participants Elective Deferred Compensation and any earnings thereon. Any matching contributions under Section 4.3 shall vest pursuant to the vesting schedule of the Fidelity Life Association 401(k) Plan. Any discretionary Company contributions under Section 4.4 shall vest on the basis determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board or the Board, as the case may be, that approved the contribution.
Statement of Accounts
The Administrative Committee shall give to each Participant a statement setting forth the balances in the Participants Account on a quarterly basis and at such other times as may be determined by the Administrative Committee.
Distributions Prior to Termination of Employment
A Participants Account may be distributed to the Participant prior to termination of employment as follows:
SCHEDULED EARLY WITHDRAWALS. A Participant may elect in a Participation Agreement to withdraw all or any portion of the amount deferred (and earnings thereon) pursuant to that Participation Agreement in a single lump sum or from two to five substantially equal annual installments commencing the first January and on each subsequent January following the date specified in the election. Such date shall not be sooner than three years after the date the Deferral Period commences in which the scheduled early withdrawal was initially elected. Upon a Participants termination, the following shall apply:
EARLIER PAYMENT ON SCHEDULE. Payment of any amount that is scheduled to be withdrawn before the time provided in (ii) shall be distributed on the date specified in the election.
SCHEDULE AFTER TERMINATION. Any balance subject to a Scheduled Early Withdrawal election shall be distributed in a lump sum within 60 days, subject to Section 5.3.
HARDSHIP WITHDRAWALS. A Participant may elect to withdraw amounts because of an Unforeseeable Emergency. The Administrative Committee shall determine whether or not an Unforeseeable Emergency has occurred and the maximum amount that may be withdrawn. Any such hardship withdrawal distribution shall be payable within 30 days after the Administrative Committee approves such payment.
Distributions Following Termination of Service
RETIREMENT OR DISABILITY BENEFIT.
BENEFIT AMOUNT. If a Participant terminates employment or Board service with Employer due to Retirement or Disability, Employer shall pay to the Participant a benefit equal to the balance in the Participants Account.
FORM OF BENEFIT. Subject to Section 5.2(a)(iii), benefits under this Section 5.2(a) shall be paid in the form or forms selected by the Participant in the Participation Agreement. Optional forms of payment shall include a lump-sum payment and substantially equal annual installments of the Account over a period of up to 15 years.
MANDATORY LUMP-SUM PAYMENTS. Notwithstanding Sections 5.2(a)(ii), (iv) and (v), if an employee terminates employment before age 55, or with less than five years of service, or if a Director terminates Board service before age 55, or if a Participants Account is less than $50,000 on the Retirement date, a lump-sum payment will be made regardless of the distribution method the Participant elected.
CHANGE IN FORM OF PAYMENT. A Participant may elect to change the form or forms of the payment or payments specified in the Participation Agreements, subject to the following:
The election to change may not take effect until at least 12 months after the date on which the election is made. The election shall be ineffective with respect to benefits that start pursuant to a Participation Agreement or other terms of the Plan before the anniversary of the election.
The first payment with respect to which the election is made shall be delayed for a period of not less than five years from the date that such payment would otherwise have been made. The Participant may elect the period of delay, but the period of delay must not be less than five years nor more than ten years. The maximum period of annual installments under Section 5.2(a)(ii) shall be reduced by the number of years of the period of delay.
No amount may be paid sooner under the new election than under the original election.
TERMINATION BENEFIT. If a Participant terminates employment or Board service with Employer for any reason other than Retirement, Disability, or death, Employer shall pay to the Participant a lump-sum benefit equal to the balance in the Participants Account.
PRERETIREMENT. If a Participant terminates employment or Board service with Employer due to death, Employer shall pay to the Participants Beneficiary a lump-sum benefit equal to the balance in the Participants Account.
POSTRETIREMENT. If a Participant dies following the Participants Retirement, Employer shall continue to pay any remaining benefit payments to the Participants Beneficiary in the form previously elected by the Participant for Retirement benefits.
Commencement of benefits shall be subject to the following:
Subject to subsection (b) below and any election under Section 5.2(a)(ii) to commence in January following termination, benefits under Section 5.2 shall commence as soon as practicable after termination but in no case more than 60 days after termination.
Distributions on account of termination may not be made to a Participant who is a key employee, as defined in Code section 416(i) without regard to Code section 416(i)(5), before the date which is six months after the date of termination of service with Employer. If the Participant terminates service because of death or if the Participant dies before or within the six months, benefits shall commence as soon as practicable after death, but in no case no more than 60 days after death.
Deferred Payment of Benefit
If part of a Participants compensation is not deductible under Code section 162(m), then the Company may require the Participant to defer payment of benefits under this Article to avoid the limitation set forth in Code section 162(m). Any deferred benefits under this Section shall be distributed to the Participant in the first calendar year such amounts would not exceed the limitation as set out in Code section 162(m).
Withholding for Taxes
To the extent required by the law in effect at the time payments are made, Employer shall withhold from payments made hereunder any taxes required to be withheld by the federal or any state or local government, including any amounts which the Employer determines are reasonably necessary to pay any generation-skipping transfer tax which is or may become due. A beneficiary, however, may elect not to have withholding of federal income tax pursuant to Code section 3405, or any successor provision thereto.
Valuation and Settlement
The amount of a lump-sum payment and the initial installment payment shall be based on the value of the Participants Account on the Determination Date immediately preceding the lump-sum payment or commencement of installment payments.
Payment to Guardian
The Administrative Committee may direct payment to the duly appointed guardian, conservator, or other similar legal representative of a Participant or Beneficiary to whom payment is due. In the absence of such a legal representative, the Administrative Committee may, in it sole and absolute discretion, make payment to a person having the care and custody of a minor,
incompetent or person incapable of handling the disposition of property upon proof satisfactory to the Administrative Committee of incompetency, minority, or incapacity. Such distribution shall completely discharge the Administrative Committee from all liability with respect to such benefit.
Each Participant shall have the right, at any time, to designate a Beneficiary (both primary as well as contingent) to whom benefits under this Plan shall be paid if a Participant dies prior to complete distribution to the Participant of the benefits due under the Plan. Each Beneficiary designation shall be in a written form prescribed by the Administrative Committee, and will be effective only when filed with the Administrative Committee during the Participants lifetime.
Any Beneficiary designation may be changed by a Participant without the consent of the previously named Beneficiary by the filing of a new Beneficiary designation with the Administrative Committee. The filing of a new Beneficiary designation shall cancel all Beneficiary designations previously filed. If a Participants Compensation is community property, any Beneficiary Designation shall be valid or effective only as permitted under applicable law.
No Beneficiary Designation
In the absence of an effective Beneficiary Designation, or if all designated Beneficiaries predecease the Participant or die prior to complete distribution of the Participants benefits, the Participants designated Beneficiary shall be deemed to be the Participants estate.
Effect of Payment
Payment to the Beneficiary shall completely discharge Employers obligations under this Plan.
The Plan shall be administered by an Administrative Committee consisting of three or more members as may be appointed from time to time by the Chief Executive Officer. The Administrative Committee shall have the authority to interpret and enforce all appropriate rules and regulations for the administration of the Plan and decide or resolve any and all questions, including determination of eligibility and interpretations of the Plan, as may arise in such administration. A majority vote of the Administrative Committee members in office at the time of the vote shall control any decision. The required majority action may be taken either by a
vote at a meeting or without a meeting by a signed memorandum. Meetings may be conducted by telephone conference call. The Administrative Committee may, by majority action, delegate to one or more of its members the authority to execute and deliver in the name of the Administrative Committee all communications and documents which the Administrative Committee is required or authorized to provide under this Plan.
Any party shall accept and rely upon any document executed in the name of the Administrative Committee. Members of the Administrative Committee may be Participants under this Plan.
The Administrative Committee may, from time to time, employ agents and delegate to them such administrative duties as it sees fit, and may from time to time consult with counsel who may be counsel to the Company.
Binding Effect of Decisions
The decision or action of the Administrative Committee with respect to any question arising out of or in connection with the administration, interpretation and application of the Plan and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder shall be final, conclusive and binding upon all persons having any interest in the Plan.
Indemnity of Committee
The Company shall indemnify and hold harmless the members of the Administrative Committee against any and all claims, loss, damage, expense or liability arising from any action or failure to act with respect to this Plan on account of such persons service on the Administrative Committee, except in the case of gross negligence or willful misconduct.
Any person claiming a benefit, requesting an interpretation or ruling under the Plan, or requesting information under the Plan shall present the request in writing to the Administrative Committee which shall respond in writing within 30 days.
Denial of Claim
If the claim or request is denied, the written notice of denial shall state:
The reason for denial, with specific reference to the Plan provisions on which the denial is based.
A description of any additional material or information required and an explanation of why it is necessary.
An explanation of the Plans claim review procedure.
Review of Claim
Any person whose claim or request is denied or who has not received a response within 30 days may request review by notice given in writing to the Administrative Committee. The claim or request shall be reviewed by the Administrative Committee who may, but shall not be required to, grant the claimant a hearing. On review, the claimant may have representation, examine pertinent documents, and submit issues and comments in writing.
Such notice shall be made within the lesser of 90 days of notice of denial or 120 days of the original written claim.
The decision on review shall normally be made within 60 days. If an extension of time is required for a hearing or other special circumstances, the claimant shall be notified and the time limit shall be 120 days. The decision shall be in writing and shall state the reason and the relevant plan provisions. All decisions on review shall be final and bind all parties concerned.
AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION OF PLAN
The Company may amend the Plan at any time and from time to time by written instrument. Except as provided in (b) below, the power to amend may be executed only by the Board.
The Administrative Committee may adopt any technical, clerical, conforming or clarifying amendment or other change, provided:
The Administrative Committee deems it necessary or advisable to:
correct any defect, supply any omission or reconcile any inconsistency in order to carry out the intent and purposes of the Plan;
maintain the Plans status as a top-hat plan for purposes of ERISA; or
facilitate the administration of the Plan;
The amendment or change does not, without the consent of the Board, materially increase the cost to the Employer of maintaining the Plan; and
Any amendment adopted by the Administrative Committee shall be in writing, signed by a member of the Committee and promptly reported to the Board.
To the extent permitted under subsections (e) and (f) below, amendments may have an immediate, prospective or retroactive effective date.
Amendments do not require the consent of any Participant or Beneficiary.
Amendments are subject to the following limitations:
PRESERVATION OF ACCOUNT BALANCE. No amendment shall reduce the amount credited or to be credited to any Account as of the date notice of the amendment is given to Participants, except as provided in subsection (f) below.
CHANGES IN EARNINGS RATE. If the Plan is amended so that the Earnings Index is not used to calculate the Rate of Return, the rate of earnings to be credited to the Participants Account shall not be less than the monthly equivalent of the average nominal annual yield on three month Treasury bills for the applicable Determination Period.
AFTER A CHANGE IN CONTROL. No amendment shall change the methodology used to calculate the Rate of Return in any way which will lower the Participants returns on any amounts deferred under Deferral Commitments filed prior to the Change in Control. All amounts deferred under Deferral Commitments filed prior to a Change in Control shall be paid as originally elected by the Participant unless the Participant voluntarily changes such distribution elections in accordance with Section 5.2(a)(iv) or (v).
The Company may amend the Plan from time to time to comply with Code section 409A and such amendments shall not be subject to restrictions in subsection (e). If an amendment reduces amounts that have been deferred, the Employer shall increase the compensation of the Participant to restore the Participant, as nearly as practicable, to the position as if the reduced amount had not been deferred, but without adjustment for earnings or other time value of money.
Employers Right to Terminate
The Board may at any time partially or completely terminate the Plan if, in its judgment, the tax, accounting or other effects of the continuance of the Plan, or potential payments thereunder would not be in the best interests of Employer.
PARTIAL TERMINATION. The Board may partially terminate the Plan by instructing the Administrative Committee not to accept any additional Deferral Commitments. If such a partial termination occurs, the Plan shall continue to operate and be effective with regard to Deferral Commitments entered into prior to the effective date of such partial termination.
COMPLETE TERMINATION. The Board may completely terminate the Plan by instructing the Administrative Committee not to accept any additional Deferral Commitments, and by terminating all ongoing Deferral Commitments. If such a complete termination occurs, the Plan shall cease to operate. If such complete termination is not upon a corporate dissolution taxed under section 331 of the Code and is without the approval of a bankruptcy court pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §503(b)(1)(A), Employer shall pay out each Account no earlier than 12 months from the date of the plan termination and no later than 24 months from such date. Payment shall be made in a lump sum, except as follows. If a Change in Control has occurred within the 12 months prior to the termination of the Plan, payment shall be made in the installment schedule elected by the Participant for payment upon Retirement. Subject to the restrictions on payments to terminated key employees in Section 5.3, payments shall commence within 60 days after the Board terminates the Plan and earnings shall continue to be credited on the unpaid Account balance.
As to employees, this Plan is an unfunded plan maintained primarily to provide deferred compensation benefits for a select group of management or highly-compensated employees within the meaning of sections 201, 301 and 401 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), and therefore is exempt from the provisions of Parts 2, 3 and 4 of Title I of ERISA.
As to Directors, this Plan is not subject to ERISA because it does not provide benefits for employees.
Unsecured General Creditor
Participants and Beneficiaries shall be unsecured general creditors, with no secured or preferential right to any assets of Employer or any other party for payment of benefits under this Plan. Any life insurance policies, annuity contracts or other property purchased by Employer in connection with this Plan shall remain its general, unpledged and unrestricted assets. Employers obligation under the Plan shall be an unfunded and unsecured promise to pay money in the future.
At its discretion, the Company may establish one or more trusts, with such trustees as the Company may approve, for the purpose of providing for the payment of benefits owed under the Plan. Although such a trust shall be irrevocable, its assets shall be held for payment of all the
Companys general creditors in the event of insolvency or bankruptcy. To the extent any benefits provided under the Plan are paid from any such trust, the Employers shall have no further obligation to pay them. If not paid from the trust, such benefits shall remain the obligation of the applicable Employer(s).
Neither a Participant nor any other person shall have any right to commute, sell, assign, transfer, pledge, anticipate, mortgage or otherwise encumber, transfer, hypothecate or convey in advance of actual receipt the amounts, if any, payable hereunder, or any part thereof, which are, and all rights to which are, expressly declared to be unassignable and nontransferable. No part of the amounts payable shall, prior to actual payment, be subject to seizure or sequestration for the payment of any debts, judgments, alimony or separate maintenance owed by a Participant or any other person, nor be transferable by operation of law in the event of a Participants or any other persons bankruptcy or insolvency.
Not a Contract of Employment
This Plan shall not constitute a contract of employment between an Employer and a Participant. Nothing in this Plan shall give a Participant the right to be retained in the service of an Employer or to interfere with the right of an Employer to discipline or discharge a Participant at any time.
A Participant will cooperate with the Company by furnishing any and all information requested by the Company in order to facilitate the payment of benefits hereunder, and by taking such physical examinations as the Company may deem necessary and taking such other action as may be requested by the Company.
The provisions of this Plan shall be construed and interpreted according to the laws of the State of Illinois, except as preempted by federal law.
In case any provision of this Plan shall be held illegal or invalid for any reason, said illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts hereof, but this Plan shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal and invalid provision had never been inserted herein.
Any notice required or permitted under the Plan shall be sufficient if in writing and hand delivered or sent by registered or certified mail. Such notice shall be deemed as given as of the date of delivery or, if delivery is made by mail, as of the date shown on the postmark on the receipt for registration or certification. Mailed notice to the Administrative Committee shall be directed to the Companys address. Mailed notice to a Participant or Beneficiary shall be directed to the individuals last known address in Employers records.
The provisions of this Plan shall bind and inure to the benefit of Employer and its successors and assigns. The term successors as used herein shall include any corporate or other business entity which shall, whether by merger, consolidation, purchase or otherwise acquire all or substantially all of the business and assets of Employer, and successors of any such corporation or other business entity.
Compliance with Code Section 409A
This Plan is intended to comply and shall be administered in a manner that is intended to comply with Code section 409A and shall be construed and interpreted in accordance with such intent. To the extent that a payment and/or benefit is subject to Code section 409A, it shall be paid in a manner that will comply with Code section 409A, including proposed, temporary or final regulations or any other guidance issued by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service with respect thereto (the Guidance). Any provision of this Plan that would cause a payment and/or benefit to fail to satisfy Code section 409A shall have no force and effect until amended to comply with Code section 409A (which amendment may be retroactive to the extent permitted by the Guidance).
Approved by the Board of Directors of the Company on May 9th, 2006