This excerpt taken from the VZ DEF 14A filed Mar 23, 2009.
5.1 Grant of Awards. All Awards under the Plan shall be granted upon terms approved by the Committee. However, no Award shall be inconsistent with the terms of the Plan or fail to satisfy the requirements of applicable law. Each Award shall relate to a designated Plan Year.
5.2 Contingent on ROE. A payment shall be made with respect to an Award for a Plan Year only if the ROE for the Plan Year exceeds eight percent (8%).
5.3 Award Pool Limitation. The sum of the Awards for a single Plan Year shall not exceed the amount in the Award Pool for that Plan Year.
5.4 Maximum Awards. A Participants maximum Award for a Plan Year shall depend on the Participants annual base salary on the last day of the Plan Year in relation to the annual base salary of the other employees of the Company and the Subsidiaries, as determined in accordance with the following table (so that in the case of a Participant described in the left-hand column of the table, the maximum Award for a Plan Year shall be equal to the percentage of the Award Pool prescribed by the right-hand column of the table for that Plan Year):
For purposes of this Section 5.4, if two Participants have the same annual base salary, the Participant with the greater seniority shall be deemed to have the higher annual base salary. If a Participants base salary does not fall within one of the categories described in the foregoing table, the Participants maximum Award for the Plan Year shall be less than one-half of one percent (.50%) of the Award Pool for that Plan Year, as determined by the Committee. The total amount of the maximum Awards for any Plan Year shall not exceed one hundred percent (100%) of the Award Pool for that Plan Year.
5.5 Limitations on Committee Discretion. The Committee may reduce, but may not increase, any of the following:
5.6 Payment. (a) Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, in its discretion, a Participant shall have no right to receive a payment under an Award for a Plan Year unless the Participant is employed by the Company or a Subsidiary at all times during the Plan Year.
(b) The Committee may, in its discretion, authorize payment to a Participant of less than the Participants maximum Award and may provide that a Participant shall not receive any payment with respect to an Award. In exercising its discretion, the Committee shall take into account such factors as it considers appropriate. The Committees decision shall be final and binding upon any person claiming a right to a payment under the Plan.
(c) Payments of Awards shall be in cash and shall be made on a date prescribed by the Committee, unless the Participant has elected to defer, subject to Section 409A of the Code, payment in accordance with the rules and regulations of the deferral plan in which the Participant is eligible for. In no event shall payment of an Award be made later than March 15 following the Plan Year to which such Award relates.