RDN » Topics » ARTICLE V-Payment of Benefits

This excerpt taken from the RDN 8-K filed Nov 18, 2009.

ARTICLE V—Payment of Benefits

Section 5.01

(a) A Participant shall be paid the value of his or her Account (or portion thereof) beginning within 60 days after the Benefit Commencement Date in a single sum or in periodic installment payments payable annually for ten years as irrevocably elected by the Participant. The Participant’s Account will continue to be credited with earnings or losses calculated in accordance with his or her elections until the date upon which the Participant’s entire Account balance is distributed.

(b) Notwithstanding anything in the Plan to the contrary, with respect to amounts other than Grandfathered Deferrals, if a Participant’s distribution is to commence, or be paid upon, separation from service, payment of the distribution shall be delayed for a period of six months after the Participant’s separation from service, if the Participant is a “specified employee” as defined under section 409A of the Code (as determined by the Committee) and if required pursuant to section 409A of the Code (“six-month delay”). If payment is delayed, the Participant’s distribution shall commence, or be paid, within 30 days of the date that is the six-month anniversary of the Participant’s separation from service. If the Participant dies during the six-month delay, the accumulated postponed amount shall be paid as described in Section 4.02.

(c) If the Participant has elected to receive his or her Account in annual installments, the first annual installment shall become payable on the Benefit Commencement Date (subject to the section 409A six-month delay requirement, if applicable). All subsequent installment payments shall be made each year on the anniversary of the date upon which the initial installment payment was made under this Section 5.01(c), including a payment date which was delayed as a result of the six-month delay. The Participant’s Account will continue to be credited with earnings or losses calculated in accordance with his or her elections until the date on which the Participant’s entire Account balance is distributed. Each annual payment shall be calculated by dividing the remaining value of the Account (or portion thereof) by the number of remaining annual installment payments to be made to the Participant.

(d) Notwithstanding anything in the Plan to the contrary, the payment of benefits with respect to all Grandfathered Deferrals shall be determined pursuant to Exhibit A.

 

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(e) Notwithstanding anything in the Plan to the contrary, if the applicable performance period ends after the date on which a payment is to be made under the Plan, the payment date (the Benefit Commencement Date or the date described in Section 4.01, if applicable) for the Deferred Compensation attributable to that performance period shall be the later of (i) the date otherwise specified in the Plan, or (ii) January of the calendar year following the end of the performance period.

Section 5.02 A Participant’s death benefit shall be payable to the Participant’s beneficiary as set forth in Article IV.

Section 5.03

(a) In the event of the Participant’s termination of employment with the Company and its Subsidiaries on account of Disability prior to his or her selected Benefit Commencement Date, the Participant’s Benefit Commencement Date shall be adjusted to the January following the Participant’s termination of employment on account of Disability, subject to the six-month delay described in 5.01(b), if applicable.

(b) In the event of the Participant’s Retirement prior to his or her selected Benefit Commencement Date, the Participant’s Benefit Commencement Date shall be adjusted to the January following the Participant’s Retirement, subject to the six-month delay described in 5.01(b), if applicable.

(c) The Participant’s Account shall be paid in the form elected by the Participant on his deferral election form pursuant to Section 2.03 (i.e., in a single sum payment or annual installment payments over a term of ten years).

(d) Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a Participant made a re-deferral election under Section 2.05 after December 31, 2008 with respect to amounts other than Grandfathered Deferrals, the Participant’s Account attributable to such re-deferred amounts may not be distributed until the Benefit Commencement Date designated in the re-deferral election, except in the event of the Participant’s Disability or death or as otherwise permitted by section 409A.

(e) Notwithstanding anything in the Plan to the contrary, the payment of benefits with respect to all Grandfathered Deferrals shall be determined pursuant to Exhibit A.

Section 5.04 For amounts other than Grandfathered Deferrals, a Participant may elect to be paid all or any part of such amounts plus earnings thereon in the event such funds are needed in connection with an “unforeseeable emergency” (as determined by the Committee in accordance with applicable law). For purposes of this Section 5.04, an “unforeseeable emergency” is a severe financial hardship to the Participant resulting from an illness or accident of the Participant, the Participant’s spouse, the Participant’s beneficiary, or the Participant’s dependent (as defined in section 152 of the Code, without regard to sections 152(b)(1), (b)(2), and (d)(1)(B)), loss of the Participant’s property due to casualty (including the need to rebuild a home following damage to a home not otherwise covered by insurance), or other similar extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances arising as a result of events beyond the control of the Participant. Unforeseeable emergency shall be administered in accordance with section 409A of the Code.

 

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Section 5.05

(a) Any claim by a Participant or a beneficiary (hereafter the “Claimant”) for benefits shall be submitted in writing to the Committee. The Committee shall be responsible for deciding whether such claim is payable, or the claimed relief otherwise is allowable, under the provisions and rules of the Plan (a “Covered Claim”). The Committee otherwise shall be responsible for providing a full review of the Committee’s decision with regard to any claim, upon a written request.

(b) Each Claimant or other interested person shall file with the Committee such pertinent information as the Committee may specify, and in such manner and form as the Committee may specify; and such person shall not have any rights or be entitled to any benefits, or further benefits, hereunder, as the case may be, unless the required information is filed by the Claimant or on behalf of the Claimant. Each Claimant shall supply, at such times and in such manner as may be required, written proof that the benefit is covered under the Plan. If it is determined that a Claimant has not incurred a Covered Claim or if the Claimant shall fail to furnish such proof as is requested, no benefits, or no further benefits, hereunder, as the case may be, shall be payable to such Claimant.

(c) Notice of any decision by the Committee with respect to a claim generally shall be furnished to the Claimant within 90 days following the receipt of the claim by the Committee (or within 90 days following the expiration of the initial 90 day period in any case where there are special circumstances requiring extension of time for processing the claim). If special circumstances require an extension of time for processing the claim, written notice of the extension shall be furnished by the Committee to the Claimant.

(d) Commencement of benefit payments shall constitute notice of approval of a claim to the extent of the amount of the approved benefit. If such claim shall be wholly or partially denied, such notice shall be in writing. If the Committee fails to notify the Claimant of the decision regarding their claim in accordance with this section, the claim shall be “deemed” denied, and the Claimant then shall be permitted to proceed with the claims review procedure provided for herein.

(e) Within 60 days following receipt by the Claimant of notice of the claim denial, or within 60 days following the date of a deemed denial, the Claimant may appeal denial of the claim by filing a written application for review with the Committee. Following such request for review, the Committee shall fully review the decision denying the claim. The decision of the Committee then shall be made within 60 days following receipt by the Committee of a timely request for review (or within 120 days after such receipt, in a case where there are special circumstances requiring an extension of time for reviewing such denied claim). The Committee shall deliver its decision to the Claimant in writing. If the decision on review is not furnished within the prescribed time, the claim shall be deemed denied on review.

(f) For all purposes under the Plan, the decision with respect to a claim (if no review is requested) and the decision with respect to a claims review (if requested), shall be final, binding and conclusive on all Participants, beneficiaries and other interested parties, as to all matters relating to the Plan and Plan benefits. Further, each claims determination under the Plan shall be made in the absolute and exclusive discretion and authority of the Committee.

 

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Section 5.06 If a Participant or beneficiary entitled to receive any benefits hereunder is a minor or is determined to be legally incapable of giving valid receipt and discharge for such benefits, benefits will be paid to such person as the Committee may designate for the benefit of such Participant or beneficiary. Such payments shall be considered a payment to such Participant or beneficiary and shall, to the extent made, be deemed a complete discharge of any liability for such payments under the Plan.

Section 5.07 The Committee shall make all reasonable attempts to determine the identity and/or whereabouts of a Participant or a Participant’s beneficiary entitled to benefits under the Plan, including the mailing by certified mail of a notice to the last known address shown on the Company’s or the Committee’s records. If the Committee is unable to locate such a person entitled to benefits hereunder, or if there has been no claim made for such benefits, the Company shall continue to hold the benefit due such person, subject to any applicable state escheat laws.

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