This excerpt taken from the BBBY DEF 14A filed Jun 1, 2009.
Restricted Stock Awards. The 2004 Plan authorizes the Committee to grant restricted stock awards in the form of restricted stock or restricted stock units. Recipients of restricted stock awards enter into an agreement with the Company subjecting the restricted stock awards to transfer and other restrictions and providing the criteria or dates on which such restrictions lapse. Restricted stock awards may vest over
time, based on performance criteria or other factors (including, without limitation, performance goals that are intended to comply with the performance-based compensation exception under Section 162(m) of the Code), as determined by the Committee at grant. Unless the Committee determines otherwise at grant, the minimum restriction period for a restricted stock award will be three years (permitting pro-rata vesting over such three year period), subject to acceleration provisions (if any) as determined by the Committee. A holder of a restricted stock award does not have any of the rights of a stockholder until such holder becomes a stockholder of record (with the exception of certain dividend rights). A shareholder of record generally has all of the attendant rights of a stockholder including the right to receive dividends, if any, subject to vesting conditions as described below, the right to vote shares and, subject to and conditioned upon the full vesting of shares, the right to tender such shares. Awards agreements generally provide that the right to receive dividends is subject to the vesting requirements of the restricted stock award.