This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-K filed Mar 1, 2005.
Leave of Absence
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Hughes Electronics Corporation
Executive Deferred Compensation Plan
Master Plan Document
Participant shall be excused from making deferrals of Base Annual Salary and/or Annual Bonus until the earlier of the date the leave of absence expires or the Participant returns to a paid employment status. Upon such expiration or return, deferrals of Base Annual Salary and/or Annual Bonus shall resume for the remaining portion of the Plan Year in which the expiration or return occurs, based on the deferral election, if any, made for that Plan Year. In no election was made for that Plan Year, no deferral shall be withheld. Deferrals of Annual Restricted Stock Unit Amounts and Annual Long-Term Achievement Plan Awards shall continue to be withheld during any such paid leave of absence in accordance with Sections 3.4 and 3.5.