This excerpt taken from the AKS DEF 14A filed Apr 22, 2005.
Limits on Transferability and Termination of Employment
Options. Except as provided in the Stock Plan, no option granted under the Stock Plan may be sold, transferred, pledged, assigned, or otherwise alienated or hypothecated, other than by will or by the laws of descent and distribution. Subject to the terms of the Stock Plan and the discretion of the Committee, an option may be exercised only while the holder is employed by the Company. However, upon a holders death, disability, retirement or involuntary termination for reasons other than cause, his or her outstanding options will be immediately exercisable and will remain exercisable for the periods set forth in the Stock Plan.
Restricted Stock. Shares underlying a restricted stock award may not be sold, transferred, assigned, pledged, encumbered or otherwise alienated or hypothecated until the period of restriction has lapsed. Restrictions shall lapse, with respect to shares underlying a restricted stock award to an employee, with respect to 25% of such shares on each of the second through fifth anniversaries of the award, and with respect to shares underlying a restricted stock award to a director, upon completion of his or her full tenure on the Board or upon the date of his or her mandatory retirement from the Board by reason of age. In the case of retirement by all other holders of restricted stock, the Committee may in its sole discretion elect to waive all or any portion of the restrictions then remaining. All outstanding restrictions on shares lapse in the case of death or disability of the holder. During the period of restriction, a holder of restricted stock may exercise full voting rights with respect to the underlying shares and is entitled to all dividends and other distributions paid on those shares. Upon the lapse of the applicable period of restriction, the shares vest in the holder.
Performance Shares. Shares underlying a Performance Share award may not be sold, transferred, pledged, assigned, or otherwise alienated or hypothecated until the termination of the applicable Performance Period and issuance of any shares earned under the terms of the award. Upon an award holders death, disability, or retirement during a Performance Period, unless the Committee provides otherwise, payment of a prorated number of shares based on the holders number of full months of employment during the Performance Period, and based
on the levels of achievement in each performance category during the entire Performance Period, shall be made to the holder after termination of the Performance Period. If the holders employment terminates during a Performance Period for any other reason, unless the Committee provides otherwise, the award shall be forfeited and no payment shall be made.
Change of Control. Upon a Change of Control (as defined in the Stock Plan) of the Company, all options, if not then exercisable, become immediately exercisable and any restrictions on the transfer of shares of restricted stock immediately lapse. Except as otherwise provided in a Performance Share award, upon a Change of Control, shares underlying such award shall be deemed earned at the holders target amount under the award, and payment of a prorated number of shares based on the number of full months of the applicable Performance Period that have elapsed upon occurrence of the Change of Control shall be made to the holder as soon as feasible after the Change of Control. However, if the Companys common stock is no longer traded on a national securities exchange at the date of the Change of Control, a holder of options, shares of restricted stock and/or Performance Shares has the right to require the Company to make a cash payment to such holder in exchange for the surrender of such options, restricted stock, and/or Performance Shares.
Amendment and Discontinuance. The Stock Plan may be amended, altered or discontinued by the Board, but, except as specifically provided in the Stock Plan, no amendment, alteration or discontinuance may be made that would in any manner adversely affect any outstanding option, restricted stock, or Performance Share award under the Stock Plan without the written consent of the holder. Except as expressly provided in the Stock Plan, the Stock Plan may not be amended without stockholder approval to the extent such approval is required by law or the rules of any securities exchange on which the Companys common stock is then listed.