This excerpt taken from the HPQ 10-K filed Jan 14, 2005.
Section 4. Deferral Accounts.
4.1 In General. Amounts deferred pursuant to Section 3 shall be credited to a Deferral Account in the name of the Participant. Deferred Amounts arising from deferrals of Base Pay shall be credited to a Deferral Account at least quarterly. Deferrals resulting from amounts credited to a Participant's Deferral Account from the deferral of Bonuses shall be credited to a Deferral Account as soon as practicable after the Committeeas appropriate under, and in accordance with, the terms of the plan from which the Bonus is payablehas approved the amount of a Bonus, but not before the Bonus would otherwise have been paid to the Participant in cash. The Participant's rights in the Deferral Account shall be no greater than the rights of any other unsecured general creditor of the Company. Deferred Amounts and Earnings thereon invested hereunder shall for all purposes be part of the general funds of the Company. Any payouts to a Participant of amounts credited to a Participant's Deferral Account are not due, nor are such amounts ascertainable, until the Payout Commencement Date.
4.2 Hewlett-Packard Company Officers Early Retirement Plan Deferrals. A Deferral Account may be created or credited pursuant to the termination of the Hewlett-Packard Company Officers Early Retirement (OER) Plan, as restated effective October 31, 1999. Except as otherwise provided in this Section 4.2, an OER Deferral shall be forfeited in full, if the Termination Date of a Rollover Participant for whom the OER Deferral was created or credited, occurs prior to April 1, 2001. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the OER Deferral of a Rollover Participant shall not be forfeited due to his or her Termination Date occurring prior to April 1, 2001, if the Rollover Participant has attained the age of 58 on or before March 31, 1999.