This excerpt taken from the CCO 8-K filed Jan 5, 2010.
19. SECTION 409A COMPLIANCE
(a) It is the intent of the Company and Employee that the payments and benefits under this Agreement shall comply with Section 409A and applicable regulations and guidance thereunder (collectively, Section 409A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted, this Agreement shall be interpreted to be in compliance with Section 409A. In no event whatsoever shall the Company be liable for any additional tax, interest or penalty that may be imposed on Employee by Section 409A or for any damages for failing to comply with Section 409A.
(b) Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, a termination of the Employment Period shall not be deemed to have occurred for purposes of any provision of this Agreement providing for the payment of any amounts or benefits upon or following a termination of employment unless such termination is also a separation from service within the meaning of Section 409A (which, by definition, includes a separation from any other entity that would be deemed a single employer together with the Company for this purpose under Section 409A), and for purposes of any such provision of this Agreement, references to a termination, termination of the Employment Period, termination of employment or similar terms shall mean separation from service.
(c) To the extent any reimbursements or in-kind benefits under this Agreement constitute non-qualified deferred compensation for purposes of Section 409A, (i) all such expenses or other reimbursements under this Agreement shall be made on or prior to the last day of the taxable year following the taxable year in which such expenses were incurred by Employee, (ii) any right to reimbursement or in kind benefits is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit, and (iii) no such reimbursement, expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits provided in any taxable year shall in any way affect the expenses eligible for reimbursement, or in-kind benefits to be provided, in any other taxable year.
(d) For purposes of Section 409A, Employees right to receive any installment payment pursuant to this Agreement shall be treated as a right to receive a series of separate and distinct payments. Whenever a payment under this Agreement specifies a payment period with reference to a number of days (e.g., payment shall be made within thirty (30) days following the date of termination), the actual date of payment within the specified period shall be within the Companys sole discretion. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, in no event shall any payment under this Agreement that constitutes non-qualified deferred compensation for purposes of Section 409A be subject to offset, counterclaim or recoupment by any other amount unless otherwise permitted by Section 409A.
This excerpt taken from the CCO 8-K filed Dec 11, 2009.
19. SECTION 409A COMPLIANCE