HD » Topics » Payment of Awards

This excerpt taken from the HD 8-K filed May 28, 2008.
Payment of Awards.  Within ninety (90) days following the end of each Performance Year, the Committee shall determine whether the Performance Targets for such Performance Year have been satisfied and shall certify its determination in approved minutes of the Committee meeting held for such purpose.  If the Committee certifies that one or more Performance Targets for a Performance Year have been achieved, all compensation payable in respect of Awards subject to such Performance Target shall be paid to Participants as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter; provided, however, that the Committee may permit the deferral of such compensation under a deferred compensation plan of the Company or a Subsidiary.  If a Performance Target for a Performance Year is not achieved, the Committee in its sole discretion may determine that all or a portion of any Award shall be deemed to be earned based on such criteria as the Committee deems appropriate, including without limitation individual performance or the performance of the Subsidiary or business division employing the Participant; provided, however, that the Committee shall not have such discretion with respect to any Qualified Performance-Based Award.  Any Award that is not considered earned in accordance with this Section shall be forfeited.


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