This excerpt taken from the PNC 10-Q filed May 9, 2007.
10. Withholding Taxes; Compliance with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A.
Where Grantee has not previously satisfied all applicable withholding tax obligations, PNC will, at the time the tax withholding obligation arises in connection herewith, retain an amount sufficient to satisfy the minimum amount of taxes then required to be withheld by the Corporation in connection therewith from any amounts then payable hereunder to Grantee. To the extent that any payment hereunder is settled in cash, the Corporation will withhold first from such cash portion of the payment and, if that is not sufficient or if there is no such cash portion, the Corporation will then retain whole shares of PNC common stock from amounts payable to Grantee hereunder in the form of shares, until such withholdings in the aggregate are sufficient to satisfy such minimum required withholding obligations.
For purposes of this Section 10, shares of PNC common stock retained to satisfy applicable withholding tax requirements will be valued at their Fair Market Value on the date the tax withholding obligation arises.
PNC will not retain more than the number of shares sufficient to satisfy the minimum amount of taxes then required to be withheld in connection herewith after any cash portion of the amounts payable hereunder has already been withheld for such purpose. If Grantee desires to have an additional amount withheld above the required minimum, up to Grantees W-4 obligation if higher, and if PNC so permits, Grantee may elect to satisfy this additional withholding by payment of cash. If Grantees W-4 obligation does not exceed the required minimum withholding in connection herewith, no additional withholding may be made.
If any provision of the Agreement contravenes Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code or any regulations or Treasury guidance promulgated thereunder, PNC shall reform such provision to maintain to the maximum extent practicable the original intent of the applicable provision without violating the provisions of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, and shall take such other actions as may be necessary to preserve the economic result to Grantee as contemplated under this Agreement, provided that nothing herein shall limit any rights that Grantee may have to a Section 409A gross-up under his Employment Letter Agreement.
11. Employment. Neither the granting of the Restricted Share Units with Dividend Equivalents nor any term or provision of the Agreement shall constitute or be evidence of any understanding, expressed or implied, on the part of PNC or any subsidiary to employ Grantee for any period or in any way alter Grantees status as an employee at will.
12. Subject to the Plan and the Committee. In all respects the Grant and the Agreement are subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan, which has been made available to Grantee and is incorporated herein by reference; provided, however, the terms of the Plan shall not be considered an enlargement of any benefits under the Agreement. Further, the Grant and the Agreement are subject to any interpretation of, and any rules and regulations issued by, the Committee or its delegate or under the authority of the Committee, whether made or issued before or after the Grant Date.
13. Headings; Entire Agreement. Headings used in the Agreement are provided for reference and convenience only, shall not be considered part of the Agreement, and shall not be employed in the construction of the Agreement. The Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Grantee and PNC and supersedes all other discussions, negotiations, correspondence, representations, understandings and agreements between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in the Agreement shall affect the survival of the Employment Letter Agreement, including the provisions in said Employment Letter Agreement providing for the survival of certain provisions of the Amended and Restated Executive Severance Agreement by and among Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company and Grantee effective as of March 29, 2006.