This excerpt taken from the PBI 10-K filed Feb 26, 2009.
Section 11.01 Unfunded Plan. This Plan is intended to be an unfunded plan maintained primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for a select group of management or highly compensated employees, within the meaning of Section 401 of ERISA. All payments pursuant to the Plan shall be made from the general funds of the Company and no special or separate fund shall be established or other segregation of assets made to assure payment. No Participant or other person shall have under any circumstances any interest in any particular property or assets of the Company as a result of participating in the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may (but shall not be obligated to) create one or more grantor trusts, the assets of which are subject to the claims of the Companys creditors, to assist it in accumulating funds to pay its obligations under the Plan.
Section 11.02 Nonassignability. Except as specifically set forth in the Plan with respect to the designation of Beneficiaries, neither a Participant nor any other person shall have any right to commute, sell, assign, transfer, pledge, anticipate, mortgage or otherwise encumber, transfer, hypothecate or convey in advance of actual receipt the amounts, if any, payable hereunder, or any part thereof, which are, and all rights to which are, expressly declared to be unassignable and non-transferable. No part of the amounts payable shall, prior to actual payment, be subject to seizure or sequestration for the payment of any debts, judgments, alimony or separate maintenance owed by a Participant or any other person, nor be transferable by operation of law in the event of a Participants or any other persons bankruptcy or insolvency.
Section 11.03 Validity and Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Plan shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Plan, which shall remain in full force and effect, and any prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.
Section 11.04 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this Plan shall in all respects be governed by the laws of the State of Connecticut, without reference to principles of conflict of law, except to the extent pre-empted by federal law.
Section 11.05 Employment Status. This Plan does not constitute a contract of employment or impose on the Participant or the Company any obligation for the Participant to remain an employee of the Company or change the status of the Participants employment or the policies of the Company and its affiliates regarding termination of employment.
Section 11.06 Underlying Incentive Plans and Programs. Nothing in this Plan shall prevent the Company from modifying, amending or terminating the compensation or the incentive plans and programs, including the Pitney Bowes Inc. Key Employees Incentive Plan pursuant to which cash awards are earned and which are deferred under this Plan and the Pitney Bowes Stock Option Plan as amended and restated, January, 2002
Section 11.07 Severance. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein the Executive Committee may, in its sole and exclusive discretion, determine that the Accounts of a Participant who has incurred a Termination of Employment and who receives or will receive severance payments from the Company shall be paid in installments, at such intervals as the Executive Committee may decide.
Section 11.08 Termination of Employment. Upon Termination of Employment, Disability or death, a Participant shall forfeit all rights and entitlements to actively participate in the Plan, including the opportunity to make further deferral elections of Eligible Compensation, gain on related Gain Shares, direction of deemed investment funds and any other activities offered to active Participants, unless the Administrative Committee in its sole discretion decides otherwise.