These excerpts taken from the HSY 10-K filed Feb 19, 2008.
Distribution of Deferrals
1.1 Initial Election of Distribution Options in Deferral Election.
a. A Participant must specify in each of his or her Deferral Elections when such Account will be distributed. Distribution may be made or begin in any future Plan Year or Years, but distributions must begin not later than the Plan Year following the calendar year in which the Participant attains age 70. The Participant may elect to receive amounts deferred in a lump sum or in up to ten substantially equal annual installments. A Participant may specify different distribution dates and forms of payment under each of his or her Deferral Elections. All amounts of a Participants Accounts constructively invested in Company Common Stock shall be distributed in the form of Company Common Stock, except in the event a Change in Control occurs, in which case amounts constructively invested in Company Common Stock shall be dealt with in accordance with the terms of the EBPP applicable to such Participant. All other amounts shall be distributed in cash.
b. Any provision of this Plan to the contrary notwithstanding, all distributions hereunder shall be deferred until such time (but not beyond the occurrence of a Change in Control unless otherwise specified in a Participants Deferral Election), in the discretion of the Committee, as such distribution would not be disallowed as a deduction under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.
1.2 Changes in Distribution Options.
a. A Participant is entitled to one future opportunity to further lengthen (not shorten) the deferral period provided in a Deferral Election and to make one future change with regard to lengthening (not shortening) the payment schedule provided in that Deferral Election up to a maximum payment schedule of ten years.
b. Any change in the deferral period or the payment schedule must be submitted to the Plan Administrator in writing, on a form provided by the Plan Administrator, at least twelve months, or such shorter period as the Plan Administrator may accept, but in no event later than the December 31, before the date payments were originally scheduled to begin. No change in the deferral period shall be permitted if such change would cause payments to begin after the Plan Year following the calendar year in which the Participant attains age 70.
1.3 Payment of Deferred Amounts.
a. Upon the date elected by the Participant, the Company shall begin to pay to the Participant an amount equal to the total amount then credited to the Participants Accounts. Such amount is to be paid either in one lump sum or in substantially equal annual installments over a
period of years as previously elected by the Participant, which period shall be not more than ten years. Each annual installment shall include investment credits on the remaining balance during the previous Plan Year until the Accounts shall have been paid in full. A Participant may continue to express investment preferences as provided in the Plan during the period that an Account is being distributed.
b. If the Participant dies before payment in full of the amount standing to the Participants credit in the Accounts, the unpaid balance may be paid in one lump sum or in substantially equal installments to the Participants beneficiary over the remaining distribution period elected by the Participant. If the Participant dies before the beginning date of the deferred payment and did not indicate a specific method of distribution, then the Participants designated beneficiary may petition the Plan Administrator regarding the method of distribution. In the absence of a designated beneficiary, the balance of the Accounts will be paid in a lump sum to the estate of the Participant as soon as possible.
c. If the Participants employment is terminated for any reason other than Retirement, death or Disability before the elected payment date, then the Company, acting through the Plan Administrator, at its discretion, but subject to any limitations set forth in the EBPP applicable to such Participant (or any successor or replacement plan thereof) or any employment agreement to which the Participant is a party or is covered, at any time thereafter may:
(1) Immediately pay over any amounts credited to the Participants Accounts to the Participant; provided, however, if such termination of employment occurs at any time following a Change in Control, the Company and the Plan Administrator may not pay over any amounts credited to a Participants Accounts, unless prior to the occurrence of the Change in Control, such Participant made an election pursuant to which such Participant consented to receive an immediate payment of such Participants Accounts in the event such Participants employment is terminated following a Change in Control for any reason other than Retirement, death or Disability.
(2) Deposit any amounts credited to the Participants Accounts in a grantor trust for the Companys benefit who will manage and pay over such amounts to the Participant in accordance with the terms of this Plan, with administrative costs in such event being charged to the Participants Accounts; provided, however, that following a Change in Control, all such administrative costs shall be borne solely by the Company.
(3) Continue to itself maintain and pay over amounts deferred to the Participant in accordance with the terms of this Plan and the Participants election pursuant thereto.
d. If both the Participant and his or her beneficiary die after payments to the Participant begin and before all payments are made from the Participants Accounts, the remaining value of the Accounts shall be determined as of the date of death of the beneficiary or Participant, whichever is later, and shall be paid as promptly as possible in one lump sum to the estate of the survivor of the Participant and such beneficiary.
e. A Participant may designate or change his or her beneficiary (without the consent of any prior beneficiary) on a form provided by the Plan Administrator and delivered to the Plan Administrator before the Participants death.
f. Subject to Section 3.1 of the Plan in effect on October 3, 2004: (1) if a Participant elects to receive amounts deferred in a lump sum or in annual installments on a date prior to Retirement, such payments will commence or payment will be made in the month of January of the Plan Year selected by the Participant; (2) if the Participant elects to receive amounts deferred in a lump sum (other than amounts deferred as Common Stock for payment in a lump sum) or in annual installments after Retirement, such payments shall commence or payment shall be made in the month of January of the Plan Year following the calendar year in which the Participant retires; and (3) if a Participant elects to receive amounts deferred as Common Stock in a lump-sum after Retirement, such payment will be made in the month of January of the Plan Year following the calendar year in which the Participant retires, unless an earlier date is approved by the Plan Administrator upon application by the Participant.
g. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if, at any time, the Company determines (based on advice of tax counsel), by reason of legislation relating to, amendment of, or interpretation by a court or administrative body of, the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, that any amounts deferred by a Participant under this Plan shall be currently taxable, such Participant shall be entitled to elect to receive immediate payment of any such deferred amounts (without any reduction other than applicable tax withholding).
1.4 Hardship Distributions. The Plan Administrator may, in its discretion, accelerate payments to a Participant in an amount up to the AIP bonus or the cash portion of a PSU award previously deferred, together with investment credits to date, in the event of demonstrated severe financial hardship (or any similar circumstances under which a payment would be permitted without causing the imposition of federal income taxes on Participants Accounts that have not been distributed, pursuant to Revenue Procedure 92-65 or any successor Revenue Procedure, Revenue Ruling, regulation or other applicable administrative determination issued by the Internal Revenue Service.) Any such payments made will be limited to the amount needed to meet the demonstrated financial need. A Participant seeking a financial hardship withdrawal from his or her Accounts must request a hearing with the Plan Administrator, who will then render a decision on whether to permit such distribution.
1.5 Other Withdrawals: Forfeiture Penalty. A Participant may, by written request on a form provided by the Plan Administrator, withdraw all or any portion of any of his Accounts as of any Determination Date, provided that the Participant shall forfeit 10% of the amount withdrawn as a penalty.
1.6 Withholding. Any payments made pursuant to Articles III, V, or VI of the Plan in effect on October 3, 2004 shall be subject to appropriate federal, state or local income tax withholdings. With respect to any withholdings required on a distribution of Company Common Stock, the Company will first withhold from the cash equivalent of dividends on such Company Common Stock and interest earned on such cash equivalent that are payable to the Participant on the date of distribution, and if such withholdings are insufficient, then the Company will withhold from such distribution such number of shares of Company Common Stock having a fair market value (as defined in the Hershey Foods Corporation Key Employee Incentive Plan, as in effect on October 3, 2004) equal to the amount required to satisfy the remaining withholding tax obligation, unless the Participant elects to (i) deposit with the Company such amount of cash or (ii) direct the Company to withhold cash from other amounts then distributed under this Plan to satisfy such withholding tax obligation.