This excerpt taken from the HPQ 10-K filed Jan 14, 2005.
Section 21. Definitions and Construction.
21.1 Base Pay means the annual base cash compensation, determined on October 1 preceding the calendar years within which deferrals are to be made, for employees on the U.S. payroll of the Company, excluding commissions, overtime pay, bonuses or Bonuses, shift differential, payments under any disability program sponsored by the Company, or any other additional compensation.
21.2 Beneficiary means the person or persons or trust designated by a Participant under Section 9 to receive any amounts payable under the Plan in the event of the Participant's death.
21.3 Bonus refers to an H1 Bonus, an H2 Bonus and any other bonus that the Committee may deem from time to time eligible to be deferred under this Plan.
21.4 Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.
21.5 Committee means the HR and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, or its delegate. The Committee shall serve as plan administrator within the meaning of ERISA.
21.6 Company means Hewlett-Packard Company, a Delaware corporation, and any business entity within the Hewlett-Packard Company consolidated group.
21.7 Company Performance Bonus Plan or CPB Plan refer to the Hewlett-Packard Company Performance Bonus Plan, as amended from time to time.
21.8 Covered Officer shall have the same meaning as set forth in the PfR Plan.
21.9 Deferral Account means the account balance of a Participant in the Plan created from Deferred Amounts or from a credit to a Participant's account from a Rollover Plan, and the Earnings thereon prior to payout to the Participant.
21.10 Deferred Amount means the amount the Participant elects to have deferred from Base Pay and/or a Bonus, pursuant to Section 3.
21.11 Deferred Payment Date means the payment date, as specified by a Participant on his Base Pay or Bonus deferred election form, on which he elects to have his applicable amount paid or commence being paid.
21.12 Earnings refers to the deemed return on investment (or charge on investment loss) allocated to the Participant's Deferral Account, based on the return of the Fund.
21.13 Eligible Employee means an individual who is a regular employee on the U.S. payroll of the Company on the first day of October preceding the calendar years within which deferrals are to be made and whose job position with the Company has a title of Director (or whose job function is, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Committee, equivalent to a "Director" position) or above and who has been assigned a salary grade of E4 or S4 or above or its equivalent; notwithstanding the foregoing, individuals who are classified by the Company as (1) leased from or otherwise employed by a third party, (2) independent contractors, or (3) intermittent or temporary, even if such classification is changed retroactively as a result of an audit, litigation or otherwise shall be excluded.
21.14 EPfR Plan refers to the Hewlett-Packard Company Executive Pay-for-Results Plan.
21.15 ERISA means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time.
21.16 Fund means-
21.16.1 With respect to Earnings credited to deferrals of Base Pay or Bonuses, those funds representing the investment returns of the hypothetical investment choices designated by the Committee from time to time, in accordance with the provisions of Section 5;
21.16.2 With respect to Earnings credited to the Deferral Account of a Covered Officer, the term Fund shall specifically refer to a fund permitted by the Treasury Regulations promulgated under Code Section 162(m) and in accordance with Section 5; and
21.16.3 With respect to an OER Deferral, the term Fund shall specifically refer to a fund the investments of which are comprised of a mix of debt and equity, as chosen in the sole discretion of the Committee, and as subject to the forfeiture provisions of Section 4.2.
21.17 H1 Bonus means a Bonus arising from the Performance Period described by the first half of the Company's fiscal year (November 1 through April 30), as defined in the EPfR Plan, PfR Plan and the CPB Plan. The term "H1 Bonus" also relates to any other bonus payable to a Participant on the same cycle as the EPfR Plan, PfR Plan and CPB Plani.e., with a Performance Period defined by the first half of the Company's fiscal year (November 1 through April 30).
21.18 H2 Bonus means a Bonus arising from the Performance Period described by the second half of the Company's fiscal year (May 1 through October 31), as defined in the EPfR Plan, PfR Plan and CPB Plan. The term "H2 Bonus" also relates to any other bonus payable to a Participant on the same cycle as the EPfR Plan, PfR Plan and CPB Plani.e., with a Performance Period defined by the second half of the Company's fiscal year (May 1 through October 31).
21.19 OER Deferral means that portion of a Participant's Deferral Account comprised of amounts deferred and credited to the account arising from the termination of the Hewlett-Packard Company Officers Early Retirement Plan, as restated effective October 31, 1999, including any earnings thereon.
21.20 Participant means any individual who has benefits in a Deferral Account under the Plan or who is receiving or entitled to receive benefits under the Plan. The term Participant also refers to a Rollover Participant, except where expressly provided otherwise.
21.21 Pay-for-Results Short-Term Bonus Plan or "PfR" Plan refers to the Hewlett-Packard Company Pay-for-Results Short-Term Bonus Plan, as amended from time to time.
21.22 Payout Commencement Date means the date on which the payout to a Participant of amounts credited to his or her Deferral Account first commence.
21.23 Performance Measure shall have the same meaning as set forth in the PfR Plan.
21.24 Performance Period shall have the same meaning as set forth in the PfR Plan.
21.25 Plan means, unless preceded by (1) "EPfR" in which case the term refers to the EPfR Plan, (2) "PfR" in which case the term refers to the PfR Plan, (3) "CPB" or "Company Performance Bonus" in which case the term refers to the CPB Plan, or (4) "Rollover" in which case the term refers to a Rollover Plan, the Hewlett-Packard Company Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, as adopted effective January 1, 1994, as amended and restated from time to time.
21.26 Retirement Date means (1) the date on which a Participant has completed at least 15 Years of Service, as defined in the Retirement Plan, and has attained age 55; or (2) the Termination Date of a Participant who participated in the Hewlett-Packard Company 2002 Enhanced Early Retirement Program and who terminated employment during the period June 14, 2002 through August 31, 2002. For purposes of Section 21.26(1) above, the Committee may, in its discretion, permit the years of service of a Rollover Participant to include the years of service with the employer for which a Rollover Participant worked immediately preceding employment with the Company.
21.27 Retirement Plan means the Hewlett-Packard Company Retirement Plan, as amended from time to time.
21.28 Rollover Participant means an individual with a Deferral Account in the Plan transferred from a Rollover Plan in accordance with the provisions of Section 18. The term Rollover Participant may also refer to an individual who has previously been a Participant in the Plan, or an existing Participant at the time of transfer.
21.29 Rollover Plan means either-
21.29.1 The nonqualified deferred compensation plan of a business entity acquired by the Company through acquisition of a majority of the voting interest in, or substantially all of the assets of, such entity; or,
21.29.2 Any plan or program of the Company, or any employing business entity within the Hewlett-Packard Company consolidated group, including but not limited to the Hewlett-Packard Company Officers Early Retirement Plan, pursuant to the termination of which a Deferral Account is created or added to for a Participant or Rollover Participant.
21.30 Tax or Taxes means any federal, state, local, or any other governmental income tax, employment or payroll tax, excise tax, or any other tax or assessment owing with respect to amounts deferred, any Earnings thereon, and any payments made to Participants under the Plan.
21.31 Termination Date means the date on which the Participant ceases to be an employee of the Company.
21.32 Termination Year means the calendar year within which a Participant's Termination Date falls.
Section 22. Gender and Number; Severability. Except when otherwise indicated by the context, any masculine terminology when used in the Plan shall also include the feminine gender, and the definition of any term in the singular shall also include the plural. In the event any provision of the Plan shall be held invalid or illegal for any reason, any illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts of the Plan, but the Plan shall be construed and enforced as if the illegal or invalid provision had never been inserted, and the Company shall have the privilege and opportunity to correct and remedy such questions of illegality or invalidity by amendment as provided in the Plan.