This excerpt taken from the MA 10-K filed Feb 19, 2009.
9.1 Payments to Minors and Incompetents. If any Participant or Beneficiary entitled to receive any benefits hereunder is a minor or is deemed by the Committee or is adjudged to be legally incapable of giving valid receipt and discharge for such benefits, they will be paid to such person or institution as the Committee may designate or to a duly appointed guardian. Such payment shall, to the extent made, be deemed a complete discharge of any such payment under the Plan.
9.2 No Contract. This Plan shall not be deemed a contract of employment with any Participant, and no provision hereof shall affect the right of the Company to terminate a Participants employment.
9.3 Non-Alienation of Benefits. No amount payable to, or held under the Plan for the account of, any Participant or Beneficiary shall be subject, in any manner, to anticipation, alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, encumbrance or charge, and any attempt to so anticipate, alienate, sell, transfer, assign, pledge, encumber or charge the same shall be void. No amount payable to, or held under the Plan for the account of, any Participant shall be subject to any legal process of levy or attachment.
9.4 Tax Withholding. The Company may withhold from any payments hereunder such amount as it may be required to withhold under applicable federal, state, local or foreign law, and transmit such withheld amounts to the appropriate taxing authority. In lieu thereof, the Company shall have the right, to the extent permitted by law, to withhold the amount of such taxes from any other sums due from the Company to the Participant upon such terms and conditions as the Committee may prescribe.
9.5 Captions. The captions contained in the Plan are inserted only as a matter of convenience and for reference and in no way define, limit, enlarge or describe the scope or intent of the Plan or in any way affect the construction of any provision of the Plan.
9.6 Severability. If any provision of the Plan is held invalid or unenforceable, its invalidity or unenforceability will not affect any other provision of the Plan, and the Plan will be construed and enforced as if such provision had not been included.
9.7 Notices. Each Participant shall be responsible for furnishing the Committee with the current and proper address for the mailing of notices and delivery of agreements and payments. Any notice required or permitted to be given shall be deemed given if directed to the person to whom addressed at such address and mailed by regular United States first class mail, postage prepaid. If any item mailed to such address is returned as undeliverable to the addressee, mailing shall be suspended until the Participant furnishes the proper address.
9.8 Construction. The Plan is intended to be an unfunded deferred compensation arrangement for a select group of management or highly compensated employees and therefore exempt from the requirements of Sections 201, 301 and 401 of ERISA. Whenever the terms of the Plan require the payment of an amount by a specified date, the Company shall
use reasonable efforts to make the payment by that date. The Company shall not be (i) liable to the Participant or any other person if such payment is delayed for administrative or other reasons to a date that is later than the date so specified by the Plan or (ii) required to pay interest or any other amount in respect of such delayed payment. In no event shall the Company permit the delay of a payment unless such delay may be effected in a manner that will result in Section 409A Compliance.
9.9 Governing Law. The provisions of the Plan shall be interpreted, construed and administered under the laws of the State of New York applicable to contracts entered into and performed in such state, and to the extent that ERISA, Section 409A of the Code and other federal laws do not apply.
This excerpt taken from the MA 10-K filed Mar 16, 2006.
6. General Provisions.
(a) Administration. The Committee shall have the right (i) to construe and interpret the Practices and Procedures and all rules, regulations, agreements and other documents related thereto, (ii) to promulgate rules, regulations and agreements related to the Practices and Procedures, (iii) to approve all calculations necessary for the administration and implementation of the Practices and Procedures, (iv) to make factual and other determinations, (v) to delegate administrative authority to one or more officers or employees of the Companies or to one or more third-party administrators, (vi) to determine the amount of any Annuity Bonus, MAP Conversion Bonus or Tax Equalization Payment, (vii) to correct errors in any previous calculation, and (viii) to rely upon the reports of third parties, including the actuaries, attorneys and accountants of the Company.
(b) Discretion as to Form of Payment. The Company shall have the right to pay some or all of each Annuity Bonus or MAP Conversion Bonus in cash rather than through the delivery of an Annuity Contract.