This excerpt taken from the PBI 10-K filed Feb 26, 2009.
Section 3.01 Executive and Administrative Committees; Duties. The Executive Committee shall administer this Plan and shall be the named fiduciary of this Plan. A majority of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. All resolutions or other action taken by the Executive Committee shall be by a vote of a majority of its members present at any meeting or, without a meeting, by an instrument in writing signed by all its members. Members of the Executive Committee may participate in a meeting of such committee by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment that enables all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other, and such participation in a meeting shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.
The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the administration of this Plan and shall have all powers necessary to administer this Plan, including discretionary authority to determine eligibility for benefits and to decide claims under the terms of this Plan, except to the extent that any such powers are vested in any other fiduciary of this Plan by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may from time to time establish rules for the administration of this Plan, and it shall have the exclusive right to interpret this Plan and to decide any matters arising in connection with the administration and operation of this Plan. All rules, interpretations and decisions of the Executive Committee shall be conclusive and binding on the Company, Participants and Beneficiaries.
The Executive Committee has delegated to the Administrative Committee responsibility for performing certain administrative and ministerial functions under this Plan. The Administrative Committee shall be responsible for determining in the first instance issues related to eligibility, deemed investment choices, determination and distribution of Account balances, crediting of hypothetical earnings and debiting of hypothetical losses, in-service withdrawals, deferral elections and any other duties concerning the day-to-day operation of the Plan. The Executive Committee shall have discretion to delegate to the Administrative Committee such additional duties as it may determine. The Administrative Committee may designate one of its members as a chairperson and may retain and supervise outside providers and professionals (including in-house professionals) to perform any or all of the duties delegated to it hereunder.
Neither the Executive Committee nor a member of the Board nor any member of the Administrative Committee shall be liable for any act or action hereunder, whether of omission or commission, by any other member or employee or by any agent to whom duties in connection with the administration of this Plan have been delegated or for anything done or omitted to be done in connection with this Plan. The Executive Committee and the Administrative Committee shall keep records of all of their respective proceedings and the Administrative Committee shall keep records of all payments made to Participants or Beneficiaries and payments made for expenses or otherwise.
The Company shall, to the fullest extent permitted by law, indemnify each director, officer or employee of the Company (including the heirs, executors, administrators and other personal representatives of such person) and each member of the Executive Committee and the Administrative Committee against expenses (including attorneys fees), judgments, fines, amounts paid
in settlement, actually and reasonably incurred by such person in connection with any threatened, pending or actual suit, action or proceeding (whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative in nature or otherwise) in which such person may be involved by reason of the fact that he or she is or was serving this Plan in any capacity at the request of the Company.
Any expense incurred by the Company, the Executive Committee or the Administrative Committee relative to the administration of this Plan shall be paid by the Company.
Section 3.02 Claim Procedure. If a Participant or Beneficiary makes a written request alleging a right to receive payments under this Plan or alleging a right to receive an adjustment in benefits being paid under this Plan, such actions shall be treated as a claim for benefits. All claims for benefits under this Plan shall be sent to the Administrative Committee. If the Administrative Committee determines that any individual who has claimed a right to receive benefits, or different benefits, under this Plan is not entitled to receive all or any part of the benefits claimed, the Administrative Committee shall inform the claimant in writing of such determination and the reasons therefore in terms calculated to be understood by the claimant. The notice shall be sent within 90 days of the claim unless the Administrative Committee determines that additional time, not exceeding 90 days, is needed. The notice shall make specific reference to the pertinent Plan provisions on which the denial is based, and shall describe any additional material or information that is necessary. Such notice shall, in addition, inform the claimant of the procedure that the claimant should follow to take advantage of the review procedure set forth below in the event the claimant desires to contest the denial of the claim. Such notice shall further inform the claimant of his or her right to bring a civil action under ERISA Section 502(a) following an adverse benefit determination on appeal. The claimant may within 90 days thereafter submit in writing to the Administrative Committee a notice that the claimant contests the denial of his or her claims and desires a further review by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall within 60 days thereafter review the claim and authorize the claimant to review relevant documents and submit issues, comments, documents and other information relating to the claim to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will render a final decision on behalf of the Company with specific reasons therefore in writing and will transmit it to the claimant within 60 days of the written request for review, unless the Chairperson of the Executive Committee determines that additional time, not exceeding 60 days, is needed, and so notifies the claimant. If the claim is denied, wholly or in part, the notice shall further include specific references to the pertinent Plan provisions on which the denial is based, shall include a statement that the claimant is entitled to receive or review, upon request, documents relevant to the claim, and a statement of the claimants right to bring a civil action under ERISA Section 502(a). If the Committee fails to respond to a claim filed in accordance with the foregoing within 60 days or. any such extended period, the Company shall be deemed to have denied the claim.
This excerpt taken from the PBI 10-Q filed Aug 6, 2007.