This excerpt taken from the HSY DEF 14A filed Mar 10, 2005.
Long-Term Incentive Program Restricted Stock Units
The Committee grants restricted stock unit (RSU) awards under the Incentive Plan from time to time as special incentive awards and to replace compensation forfeited by newly-hired executive officers and key managers of the Company as a result of their resignation from prior employers. Each RSU granted under the Incentive Plan is equivalent in value to a share of Common Stock. RSUs vest if the recipient of the grant remains in the employment of the Company for a prescribed period of time. Information on RSU awards made by the Committee to the named executive officers in 2004, 2003 and 2002 is set forth in the chart on page 31 of this Proxy Statement. RSUs were not granted to R. H. Lenny in 2004.
The Committee also allocates a pool of RSUs for use by the Chief Executive Officer in making discretionary grants in the form of special incentive awards or as sign-on bonuses. Such discretionary awards may not be made by the Chief Executive Officer to the Companys executive officers subject to the short-swing profit and ownership reporting rules of Section 16 of the Exchange Act.