As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 8, 2021

Registration No. 333-

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM S-8

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REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

GOLD RESERVE INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Canada N/A

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

999 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 401, Spokane, Washington 99201

(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)

 

GOLD RESERVE CORPORATION 401(k) SAVINGS PLAN

(Full title of the plan)

 

ROCKNE J. TIMM

999 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 401, Spokane, Washington 99201

(509) 623-1500

(Name, address and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

with a copy to:

JONATHAN B. NEWTON

King & Spalding LLP

1100 Louisiana, Suite 4100, Houston, Texas 77002

(713) 751-3200

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer Accelerated filer Non-accelerated filer Smaller reporting company

 

  Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

    Proposed Proposed  
    maximum maximum Amount of
Title of each class of Amount to be offering price aggregate registration
securities to be registered(1) registered per share(2) offering price(2) fee
Class A Common Shares, no par value 152,662 Shares $1.48 $225,939.76 $24.65
(1)The Class A Common Shares, no par value per share (the "Class A Common Shares"), of Gold Reserve Inc. being registered hereby relate to the Gold Reserve Corporation 401(k) Savings Plan.
(2)Estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(c) and (h) promulgated under the Securities Act on the basis of the average of the high and low per share prices of the Class A Common Shares on June 4, 2021, as quoted on the OTCQX.
 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

This Registration Statement on Form S-8 relates to 152,662 shares of Class A Common Shares, no par value, of Gold Reserve Inc. (the “Registrant”), to be issued pursuant to the Gold Reserve Corporation 401(k) Savings Plan, as amended (the “Plan”).

 

Part I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

The documents containing the information specified in Part I of this registration statement on Form S-8 will be sent or given to the participants in the Plan as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). In accordance with the instructions to Part I of this registration statement on Form S-8, such documents will not be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”). These documents and the documents incorporated by reference pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this registration statement on Form S-8, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.

Part II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Item 3.Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

The following documents filed by the Registrant with the Commission are hereby incorporated by reference into this registration statement on Form S-8:

 

All other documents subsequently filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act (except that any portions thereof which are furnished and not filed shall not be deemed incorporated), after the date of this registration statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment to this registration statement on Form S-8, which indicates that all securities offered hereunder have been sold or which deregisters all Class A Common Shares then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated herein by reference and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents. To the extent designated therein, any reports on Form 6-K furnished to the Commission shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this registration statement from the date that such reports are furnished to the Commission.

 

Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this registration statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which is also or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this registration statement.

 

 
 

Item 4. Description of Securities.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 5. Interest of Named Experts and Counsel.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.

 

The Registrant is incorporated under the laws of the province of Alberta, Canada. Section 124 of the Alberta Business Corporations Act (the “Act”) governs indemnification of directors and officers. Section 124 provides, generally, that except in respect of an action by or on behalf of the corporation to procure a judgment in its favor, a corporation may indemnify a director or officer and other persons covered by the section for costs, charges and expenses including an amount paid to settle an action or satisfy a judgment, reasonably incurred by a director or officer as a party to a civil, criminal or administrative proceeding that the director or officer is made a party by reason of being a director or officer of the corporation if they acted honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the corporation and, with respect to any criminal or administrative action or proceeding, had reasonable grounds to believe his or her conduct was lawful. A corporation may indemnify a director or officer who meets the requirements outlined above in respect of an action by or on behalf of the corporation with the approval of the Court. If the director or officer meets the above requirements, they are entitled to indemnity from the corporation if the person seeking indemnity was substantially successful on the merits in the person’s defense of the action or proceeding and is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnity. The corporation may advance funds, but if the individual is not substantially successful, they shall repay the funds advanced. A corporation is also permitted to purchase and maintain insurance for a director or officer.

 

Under Section Five of By-Law No. 1 of the Registrant (the “Bylaws”), “the [Registrant] shall, to the maximum extent permitted under the Act or otherwise by law, indemnify a director or officer of the [Registrant], a former director or officer of the [Registrant], and a person who acts or acted at the [Registrant’s] request as a director or officer, or an individual acting in a similar capacity, of another entity, and their heirs and legal representatives, against all costs, charges and expenses, including an amount paid to settle an action or satisfy a judgment, reasonably incurred by the individual in respect of any civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other action or proceeding to which he or she is made a party to or involved by reason of that association with the [Registrant] or such other entity.” The Bylaws also require the Registrant advance moneys to an individual that it will indemnify, and such individual will repay moneys advanced if the individual does not fulfil the conditions of the Act. Also, the Registrant may purchase or maintain insurance for the benefit of those persons the Registrant will indemnify.

 

The Registrant maintains insurance for the benefit of its directors and officers against liability in their respective capacities as directors and officers. The directors and officers are not required to pay any premium in respect of this insurance. The policy contains various industry exclusions and no claims have been made thereunder to date. Each director and officer also is a party to an indemnification agreement with the Registrant.

 

Item 7. Exemption from Registration Claimed.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 8.Exhibits

The following are filed as exhibits to this registration statement:

 

Exhibit

Number Description

 

4.1*Gold Reserve KSOP Plan (as amended and restated effective January 1, 2017), Adoption Agreement and Basic Plan Document
4.2*Amendment to the Amended and Restated Gold Reserve KSOP Plan, dated May 18, 2021.
4.3Articles of Continuance (which are deemed to be the Articles of Incorporation of the Registrant upon the Continuance under the Alberta Business Corporations Act), incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to Gold
 
 

Reserve’s Current Report filed with the Commission on Form 6-K (File No. 001-31819) on September 19, 2014

4.4 Certificate of Amendment and Registration of Restated Articles of Incorporation of the Registrant, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 and 99.2 to Gold Reserve’s Current Report filed with the Commission on Form 6-K (File No. 001-31819) on June 20, 2019

4.5By-law No. 1, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.2 to Gold Reserve’s Current Report filed with the Commission on Form 6-K (File No. 001-31819) on September 19, 2014
4.6Form of Certificate for the Class A Common Shares, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.3 to Gold Reserve’s Current Report filed with the Commission on Form 6-K (File No. 001-31819) on September 19, 2014
5.1*Opinion of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
23.1*Consent of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP (see Exhibit 5.1)
23.2*Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
24.1*Power of Attorney (included on the signature page of this registration statement)

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* Filed herewith.

 

Item 9. Undertakings

 

(a)The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes:
(1)To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:
(i)To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;
(ii)To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post -effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the "Calculation of Registration Fee" table in the effective registration statement; and
(iii)To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement; provided however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) of this Section do not apply if the registration statement is on Form S-8, and the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the Registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement.
(2)That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3)To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
(4)That, for the purpose of determining liability under the Securities Act to any purchaser:

(i) If the Registrant is relying on Rule 430B:

(A)Each prospectus filed by the Registrant pursuant to Rule 424(b)(3) shall be deemed to be part of the registration statement as of the date the filed prospectus was deemed part of and included in the registration statement; and
(B)Each prospectus required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2), (b)(5), or (b)(7) as part of a registration statement in reliance on Rule 430B relating to an offering made pursuant to Rule 415(a)(1)(i), (vii), or (x) for the purpose of providing the information required by Section 10(a) of the Securities Act shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the
 
 

earlier of the date such form of prospectus is first used after effectiveness or the date of the first contract of sale of securities in the offering described in the prospectus. As provided in Rule 430B, for liability purposes of the issuer and any person that is at that date an underwriter, such date shall be deemed to be a new effective date of the registration statement relating to the securities in the registration statement to which that prospectus relates, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof; provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such effective date, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such effective date; or

(ii)If the Registrant is subject to Rule 430C, each prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) as part of a registration statement relating to an offering, other than registration statements relying on Rule 430B or other than prospectuses filed in reliance on Rule 430A, shall be deemed to be part of and included in the registration statement as of the date it is first used after effectiveness. Provided, however, that no statement made in a registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement or made in a document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into the registration statement or prospectus that is part of the registration statement will, as to a purchaser with a time of contract of sale prior to such first use, supersede or modify any statement that was made in the registration statement or prospectus that was part of the registration statement or made in any such document immediately prior to such date of first use.
(5)That, for the purpose of determining liability of the Registrant under the Securities Act to any purchaser in the initial distribution of the securities, the undersigned Registrant undertakes that in a primary offering of securities of the undersigned Registrant pursuant to this registration statement, regardless of the underwriting method used to sell the securities to the purchaser, if the securities are offered or sold to such purchaser by means of any of the following communications, the undersigned Registrant will be a seller to the purchaser and will be considered to offer or sell such securities to such purchaser:
(i)Any preliminary prospectus or prospectus of the undersigned Registrant relating to the offering required to be filed pursuant to Rule 424;
(ii)Any free writing prospectus relating to the offering prepared by or on behalf of the undersigned Registrant or used or referred to by the undersigned Registrant;
(iii)The portion of any other free writing prospectus relating to the offering containing material information about the undersigned Registrant or its securities provided by or on behalf of the undersigned Registrant; and
(iv)Any other communication that is an offer in the offering made by the undersigned Registrant to the purchaser.
(b)The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the Registrant's annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan's annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(c)Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.
 
 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Spokane, State of Washington, on June 8, 2021.

 

GOLD RESERVE INC.

 

By: /s/ Rockne J. Timm

ROCKNE J. TIMM

Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer) and Director

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

Each person whose signature appears below appoints Rockne J. Timm and A. Douglas Belanger as his true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to this registration statement, and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and all other documents in connection therewith, with the Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done, as fully to all intents and purposes as he might or would do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents or any of them or their or his substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, this registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature Title Date

 

/s/ Rockne J. Timm

ROCKNE J. TIMM

Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer) and Director June 8, 2021

 

/s/ Robert A. McGuinness

ROBERT A. McGUINNESS

Vice President Finance and

Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

June 8, 2021

 

/s/ A. Douglas Belanger

A. DOUGLAS BELANGER

President and Director June 8, 2021

 

/s/ James H. Coleman

JAMES H. COLEMAN

Executive Director and Chairman of the Board June 8, 2021

 

/s/ Robert A. Cohen

ROBERT A. COHEN

Director June 8, 2021
     

/s/ Yves M. Gagnon

YVES M. GAGNON

Director June 8, 2021

 

/s/ James P. Geyer

JAMES P. GEYER

Director June 8, 2021

 

/s/ James Michael Johnston

JAMES MICHAEL JOHNSTON

Director June 8, 2021

SIGNATURE OF AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REGISTRANT

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 6(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed by the following person solely in the capacity of the duly authorized representative of Gold Reserve Inc. in the United States on the date indicated.

 

 
 

 

 

/s/ David P. Onzay

DAVID P. ONZAY

Authorized Representative in the United States June 8, 2021

 

 

 
 

 

 

Exhibit 4.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Reserve KSOP Plan

 

 

 

SUMMARY PLAN DESCRIPTION

 

 

January 2017

 

 

 

 

 

GOLD RESERVE KSOP Plan

 

SUMMARY PLAN DESCRIPTION

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

INTRODUCTION 1

ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION 1

Eligible Employee 1

Elective Deferral Contributions, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions 1

Computing Service 1

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PLAN 2

Account 2

Elective Deferral Contributions 2

Profit Sharing Contributions 2

Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions 3

Qualified Non-Elective Contributions 3

Rollovers 3

Military Service 3

Limits on Contributions 4

Compensation 4

VESTING 4

Elective Deferral Account, Rollover Contribution Account, Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Account and Profit Sharing Contribution Account 4

DISTRIBUTIONS 4

Commencement of Distributions 4

Normal Retirement Age 5

Timing and Form of Payment 5

Cash Out 5

Beneficiary 6

IN-SERVICE DISTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS 6

Attainment of Age 59-1/2 6

Withdrawals at Any Time 6

Rules Regarding In-service Distributions 6

Loans 6

INVESTMENTS 7

Participant Self Direction 7

Qualifying Employer Securities 8

Voting Rights 8

Valuation Dates 8

SPECIAL TOP-HEAVY RULES 8

Minimum Allocations 8

Minimum Vesting 8

CLAIM PROCEDURES 8

Statute of Limitations 9

YOUR RIGHTS UNDER ERISA 9

MISCELLANEOUS 11

Domestic Relations Orders 11

 
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Disability 11

Assignment and Alienation of Benefits 11

Amendment and Termination 11

Fees 12

Insurance 12

Administrator Discretion 12

Plan Not a Contract of Employment 12

Waiver 12

Errors 12

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION 13

 
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INTRODUCTION

 

Este folleto contiene un resumen en Inglés de sus derechos y beneficios del plan bajo Gold Reserve Corporation's Gold Reserve KSOP Plan. Si tiene dificultad en entender cualquier parte de este folleto, comuníquese con El administrador del plan, en su oficina en 926 W. Sprague Ave., Suite 200, Spokane, WA 99201. El horario de oficina es de 8:00 AM a 5:00 PM de lunes a viernes. También puede llamar a la oficina del administrador del plan al 509-623-1500 para obtener ayuda.

 

Gold Reserve Corporation (the "Company") established the Gold Reserve KSOP Plan (the "Plan") effective January 1, 1990. This Summary Plan Description describes the Plan as restated effective January 1, 2017.

 

This revised Summary Plan Description supersedes all previous Summary Plan Descriptions. Although the purpose of this document is to summarize the more significant provisions of the Plan, the Plan document will prevail in the event of any inconsistency. In addition, the terms of the Plan cannot be modified by written or oral statements made to you by the Plan Administrator or other personnel.

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION

 

Eligible Employee

 

You are an "Eligible Employee" if you are employed by Gold Reserve Corporation or any affiliate who has adopted the Plan. For Safe Harbor Contributions, the term "Eligible Employee" for the exclusion of classes of employees shall have the same meaning as Elective Deferrals. However, you are not an "Eligible Employee" if you are a member of any of the following classes of employees:

 

For purposes of Elective Deferral Contributions, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions, any employee who is included in a unit of employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, if retirement benefits were the subject of good faith bargaining, and if the collective bargaining agreement does not provide for participation in this Plan.

 

For purposes of Elective Deferral Contributions, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions, any employee who is a non-resident alien who received no earned income which constitutes income from services performed within the United States.

 

Elective Deferral Contributions, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions

 

You will become eligible to make Elective Deferral Contributions and receive Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions on the first day of each plan quarter, coincident with or next following the date you attain age 21 and you complete one (1) Year of Eligibility Service, provided that you are an Eligible Employee on that date.

 

Computing Service

 

With respect to eligibility to make Elective Deferral Contributions and to receive Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions, "Year of Eligibility Service" means an Eligibility Computation Period during which you complete at least 1,000 hours of service.

 
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"Eligibility Computation Period" means a 12-consecutive month period beginning with your first day of employment. Any succeeding Eligibility Computation Period will then switch to the Plan Year, beginning with the Plan Year that includes your first anniversary of employment. You will generally earn an hour of service for each hour you are paid for the performance of duties for the Company (however, numerous exceptions and special rules apply).

 

All eligibility service with the Company is taken into account.

 

If you make or receive eligible contributions you will be a "Participant" in the Plan.

 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PLAN

 

Account

 

"Account" means all of the contributions, of whatever type, made to the Plan for a Participant, including the earnings and losses on those contributions.

 

Elective Deferral Contributions

 

You may elect to reduce your Compensation (defined below) and make a contribution to the Plan on a pre-tax basis. These pre-tax contributions are known as Elective Deferral Contributions. You may elect to defer up to 100 of your Compensation on a pre-tax basis. Federal law also limits the amount you may elect to defer under this Plan and any other retirement plan permitting Elective Deferral Contributions during any calendar year ($18,000 in 2017). However, if you are age 50 or over, you may defer an additional amount, called a "Catch-up Contribution", of up to $6,000 (in 2017). The Internal Revenue Code may further restrict Elective Deferral Contribution elections by "highly compensated" Participants.

 

You may elect to start, increase, reduce or totally suspend your elections to contribute to the Plan effective as of each pay period.

 

The Plan Administrator may establish rules regarding the manner in which your elections are made. The rules may also require that certain advance notice be given of any election. Your election regarding Elective Deferral Contributions is only effective for Compensation you will receive in the future. The Plan Administrator may also reduce or totally suspend your election if the Plan Administrator determines that your election may cause the Plan to fail to satisfy any of the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

Profit Sharing Contributions

 

The Company may, in its sole discretion, make a Profit Sharing Contribution to the Plan on your behalf. You will be eligible to receive an allocation if you have completed at least 1,000 hours of service during the Plan Year and are employed by the Company on the last day of the Plan Year.

 

Please note that if you are an Eligible Employee and terminate employment with the Company due to death, disability or attainment of Normal Retirement Age you will be eligible to receive a Profit Sharing Contribution regardless of whether you meet any service requirement and/or last day requirement described in this Section.

 

 
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       Profit Sharing Contributions will be allocated to the Profit Sharing Contribution Accounts of each Participant eligible to share in such allocations after the end of the Plan Year. Such contributions will be allocated to the Profit Sharing Contribution Account of each Participant eligible in pro rata shares.

 

Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions

 

The Company will make Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions to the Plan in the amount of 3% of Participants' Compensation. Note that Safe Harbor Contributions have the same treatment as a Qualified Non-Elective Contribution for purposes of in-service distributions.

 

Qualified Non-Elective Contributions

 

In addition to the contributions described above, the Company may make additional Qualified Non-Elective Contributions for the benefit of such Participants determined at the discretion of the Company.

 

Rollovers

 

The Plan may accept a Rollover Contribution made on behalf of any Eligible Employee, regardless of whether such employee has met the age and service requirements of the Plan. An Eligible Employee who has not yet met any of the eligibility requirements of the Plan will be deemed a Participant only with respect to amounts, if any, in his Rollover Contribution Account. In general, a rollover from a plan qualified under Code section 401(a) or 403(a) if the contribution qualifies as a tax-free rollover as defined in Code section 402(c) will be accepted by the Plan. If it is later determined that the amount received does not qualify as a tax-free rollover, the amount shall be refunded to the Eligible Employee. A rollover from a "Conduit Individual Retirement Account", as determined in accordance with procedures established by the Plan Administrator and only if the contribution qualifies as a tax-free rollover as defined in Code section 402(c) will be accepted by the Plan. If it is later determined that the amount received does not qualify as a tax-free rollover, the amount shall be refunded to the Eligible Employee. Any rollover of an eligible rollover distribution from an eligible plan under Code section 457(b) which is maintained by a state, political subdivision of a state, or any agency or instrumentality of a state or political subdivision of a state will be accepted by the Plan. Any rollover contribution of the portion of a distribution from an individual retirement account or annuity described in Code sections 408(a) or 408(b) that is eligible to be rolled over and would otherwise be includible in gross income will be accepted by the Plan. If the Plan permits Roth Elective Deferrals, a direct rollover contribution to a Roth Elective Deferral Account from another Roth elective deferral account under an applicable retirement plan described in Code section 402A(e)(1), to the extent the rollover is permitted under the rules of Code section 402(c) will be accepted by the Plan; however, the Plan Administrator may establish procedures that regulate the method by which Rollover Contributions will be accepted.

 

Military Service

 

If you serve in the United States armed forces and must miss work as a result of such service, you may be eligible to receive contributions, benefits and service credit with respect to any qualified military service. In addition, your survivors may be eligible to receive benefits or service credit if you die while performing qualified military service.

 

 
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Limits on Contributions

 

The amount that may be contributed to the Plan on your behalf in any year is limited to a fixed dollar amount ($54,000 in 2017). In addition, contributions cannot exceed 100% of your total Compensation.

 

Compensation

 

"Compensation" means wages that are shown as taxable wages on your IRS Form W-2. For any self-employed individual, Compensation will mean earned income. Compensation will include wages paid during any period in which you are performing service in the uniformed services while on active duty for a period of more than 30 days that represents all or a portion of the wages you would have received if you were performing service for the Company. For purposes of Elective Deferral Contributions, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions, Compensation will also include any amount you elect to defer on a tax-preferred basis to any Company benefit plan. For purposes of Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions, Compensation will include only that compensation which is actually paid to you by the Company during that part of the Plan Year that you are eligible to participate in the Plan. For purposes of Elective Deferral Contributions, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions, Compensation will exclude all of the following items (even if includible in your income): reimbursements or other expense allowances, fringe benefits (cash and noncash), moving expenses, deferred compensation, and welfare benefits.

 

No more than $270,000 (in 2017) of Compensation may be taken into account in determining your benefits under the Plan.

 

For purposes of Elective Deferral Contributions, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions, Compensation will include payments of unused accrued bona fide sick, vacation, or certain other leave that are paid to you after you terminate employment.

 

VESTING

 

Elective Deferral Account, Rollover Contribution Account, Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Account and Profit Sharing Contribution Account

 

You are always fully (100%) vested in your Elective Deferral Account, Rollover Contribution Account, Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account, Safe Harbor Non-Elective Account and Profit Sharing Contribution Account.

 

DISTRIBUTIONS

 

Commencement of Distributions

 

Termination of Employment. You are entitled to receive a distribution from your Account after you terminate employment. This includes termination due to Disability. The distribution will start at the time specified in the section titled "Timing and Form of Payment" below.

 

Late Retirement. If you continue working for the Company after your Normal Retirement Age, your participation under the Plan will continue, and your benefits will begin following the date you terminate employment. You generally may not begin distributions until the time specified in the section titled "Timing and Form of Payment" below.

 
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Death. If you die, your beneficiary will become entitled to receive your vested Account balance. The distribution will start at the time specified in the section titled "Timing and Form of Payment" below.

 

Normal Retirement Age

 

"Normal Retirement Age" means the date you reach age 65.

 

Timing and Form of Payment

 

Distribution for Reasons Other Than Death. If you become entitled to receive your benefit for any reason other than death your Account will be distributed in a lump sum payment. This is your normal form of payment. In addition to the normal form of payment, distributions from the Plan after termination of employment (for reasons other than death) may be made in a lump sum payment or substantially equal annual or more frequent installments over a period not to exceed the joint life expectancy of you or your Beneficiary. Payment of your vested Account may start as soon as administratively feasible with a final payment made consisting of any allocations occurring after your termination of employment. Your Account is payable in cash or as an in-kind distribution. If you do not choose a form of payment, the payment will be made in the form of a lump sum distribution.

 

Distribution on Account of Death. If you die before distribution of your Account begins, distribution of your entire Account must be completed by December 31 of the calendar year containing the fifth anniversary of your death unless an election is made by your beneficiary to receive distributions in accordance with (1) and (2) below:

 

(1)       Distributions may be made over the life or over a period certain not greater than the life expectancy of the beneficiary commencing on or before December 31 of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which you die;

 

(2)       If the beneficiary is your surviving spouse, the date distributions are required to begin in accordance with item (1) above will not be earlier than the later of (A) December 31 of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which you die, or (B) December 31 of the calendar year in which you would have attained age 70-1/2.

 

If the Qualified Preretirement Survivor Annuity has been waived or is not required, as specified below, your beneficiary will be entitled to a distribution in any form that is available to you prior to your death.

 

If you die after distribution of your Account has begun, the remaining portion of your Account will continue to be distributed under the method of distribution being used prior to your death. If your Account was not being distributed in the form of an annuity at the time of your death, your beneficiary may elect to receive your remaining vested Account balance in a lump sum distribution.

 

Cash Out

 

After your termination of employment with the Company, if the vested amount of your Account balance does not exceed $1,000, your vested Account balance will be paid in a lump sum.

 

If the vested amount of your Account exceeds $1,000, you must consent to any distribution of your Account. However, the Plan Administrator may begin distribution of your Account without your consent at your Required Beginning Date - generally the April 1 following the later of the calendar year in which you

 
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attain age 70-1/2 or you terminate employment. When you have reached your Required Beginning Date, you may elect payment in lump sum, installments or under a continuous right of withdrawal where you may withdraw such amounts at such times as you choose. Special rules apply to persons who are deemed to own more than 5% of the Company.

 

Beneficiary

 

You have the right to designate, in a written form acceptable to the Plan Administrator, one or more primary and one or more secondary beneficiaries to receive any benefit becoming payable upon your death. Your spouse must be your sole beneficiary unless he or she consents to the designation of another beneficiary. You may change your beneficiaries at any time and from time to time by filing written notice of such change with the Plan Administrator.

 

If you fail to designate a beneficiary, or in the event that all designated primary and secondary beneficiaries die before you, the death benefit will be payable to your spouse, or if there is no spouse, to your children in equal shares, or if there are no children to your estate.

 

A beneficiary designation to a spouse shall be automatically revoked in the following circumstances: Divorce.

 

IN-SERVICE DISTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS

 

Attainment of Age 59-1/2

 

You may receive a distribution after you reach age 59-1/2 from all of your Accounts that are fully vested.

 

Withdrawals at Any Time

 

You may receive a distribution from your Rollover Contribution Account at any time.

 

Rules Regarding In-service Distributions

 

The Plan Administrator may establish uniform procedures that include, but are not limited to, prescribing limitations on the frequency and minimum amount of withdrawals. All distributions will be made in the form of a single sum as soon as practicable following the valuation date as of which such withdrawal is made. Such distributions will be paid in cash or in kind. Only Employees are eligible to receive in-service distributions.

 

Loans

 

If you are an active employee you may apply for a loan from the Plan for the purpose of enabling you to meet a financial need that is immediate and heavy. Certain expenses are deemed to be immediate and heavy, including: (1) certain medical expenses for you, your spouse, children or dependents; (2) costs relating to the purchase of a principal residence (excluding mortgage payments); (3) tuition and related educational fees and expenses for up to the next 12 months of post-secondary education for you, your spouse, children or dependents; (4) payments necessary to prevent eviction from, or foreclosure on, a principal residence; (5) burial or funeral expenses for your parent, spouse children or dependents; and (6) certain expenses for the repair of damage to your principal residence. Expenses for the purchase of a boat or television would generally not qualify for a hardship loan. A financial need may be immediate and heavy

 
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even if it was reasonably foreseeable or voluntarily incurred by the employee. Loans will only be made to persons who the Plan Administrator determines have the ability to repay the loan. You may not receive a loan if the sum of your new loan and the outstanding balance of all of your other loans would exceed the lesser of:

 

(1)       $50,000 minus the difference between the highest outstanding balance of loans in the past 12 months and the outstanding balance of loans from the Plan on the date the loan is made, or

 

(2)       one-half the present value of your vested Account balance.

 

Loans must be repaid over a period not extending beyond five years from the date of the loan, unless such loan is used to acquire a dwelling unit that, within a reasonable time (determined at the time the loan is made), will be used as your principal residence. The maximum loan term for a principal residence loan is 15 years.

 

Loans may only be made from the following Accounts and/or investments: salary reductions.

 

You must repay a loan in accordance with the repayment schedule. Prepayments are not permitted. You may not refinance your loan. The loan will become payable in full on your termination of employment. The maximum number of loans outstanding at any one time is one (1). The minimum loan amount is 1000. Payments will be made through payroll deduction from each regular paycheck.

 

Loan fees may be charged against the Account of the Participant to whom the loan is granted and the Plan Administrator may adopt any administrative rules or procedures that it deems necessary or appropriate with respect to the granting and administering of loans. Please contact the Plan Administrator if you would like more information regarding taking a loan from the Plan.

 

INVESTMENTS

 

Participant Self Direction

 

In General. The Plan Administrator allows you to direct the investment of all of your Accounts. The Plan Administrator may also permit the Trustee to establish self-directed brokerage accounts on your behalf. The Plan Administrator may establish uniform guidelines and procedures relating to Participant self-direction.

 

Investment Elections. You may direct the percentage of your Accounts to be invested in one or more of the available investment funds. Your elections will be subject to such rules and limitations as the Plan Administrator may prescribe. After your death, your beneficiary may make investment elections as if the beneficiary were the Participant. However, the Plan Administrator may restrict investment transfers to the extent required to comply with applicable law.

 

Investment Decisions. The Plan is intended to constitute a plan described in section 404(c) of ERISA. This means that Plan fiduciaries may be relieved of liability for any of your losses that are the result of your investment elections.

 

 
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       Qualifying Employer Securities

 

The Trustee may invest up to 100% of the fair market value of the assets of the trust fund in "qualifying employer securities" or "qualifying employer real property".

 

Voting Rights

 

You may direct the Trustee as to the exercise of voting rights with respect to your allocable share of any investment in the Trust Fund that allows or requires voting. The Trustee will provide or direct you to where you can find notices, prospectuses, financial statements, proxies and proxy soliciting material relating to such investment. The Plan Administrator will provide you with voting forms and instructions. Your instructions will remain in the strict confidence of the Trustee. Any investments for which no instructions are received by the Trustee within such time specified by notice and, unless otherwise required by applicable law, any shares which are not allocated to Participants' Accounts are voted by the Trustee in the same proportion that the shares for which instructions are received are voted.

 

Valuation Dates

 

Accounts are valued each business day.

 

SPECIAL TOP-HEAVY RULES

 

Minimum Allocations

 

If the Plan is Top-Heavy, the Company will generally allocate a minimum of 3% of your Compensation to the Plan on your behalf if you are a Participant who is employed by the Company on the last day of the Plan Year.

 

Note that if you are covered by a collective bargaining agreement you will not share in Top-Heavy minimum allocations, provided retirement benefits were the subject of good faith bargaining.

 

Minimum Vesting

 

If you complete an hour of service while this Plan is Top-Heavy, all of your Accounts will be 100% vested and nonforfeitable.

 

CLAIM PROCEDURES

 

Application for Benefits. You or any other person entitled to benefits from the Plan (a "Claimant") may apply for such benefits by completing and filing a claim with the Plan Administrator. Any such claim must be in writing and must include all information and evidence that the Plan Administrator deems necessary to properly evaluate the merit of and to make any necessary determinations on a claim for benefits. The Plan Administrator may request any additional information necessary to evaluate the claim.

 

Timing of Notice of Denied Claim. The Plan Administrator will notify the Claimant of any adverse benefit determination within a reasonable period of time, but not later than 90 days (45 days if the claim relates to a disability determination) after receipt of the claim. This period may be extended one time by the Plan for up to 90 days (30 additional days if the claim relates to a disability determination), provided that the Plan Administrator both determines that such an extension is necessary due to matters beyond the control of the Plan and notifies the Claimant, prior to the expiration of the initial review period, of the

 
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circumstances requiring the extension of time and the date by which the Plan expects to render a decision. If the claim relates to a disability determination, the period for making the determination may be extended for up to an additional 30 days if the Plan Administrator notifies the Claimant prior to the expiration of the first 30-day extension period.

 

Content of Notice of Denied Claim. If a claim is wholly or partially denied, the Plan Administrator will provide the Claimant with a written notice identifying (1) the reason or reasons for such denial, (2) the pertinent Plan provisions on which the denial is based, (3) any material or information needed to grant the claim and an explanation of why the additional information is necessary, and (4) an explanation of the steps that the Claimant must take if he wishes to appeal the denial including a statement that the Claimant may bring a civil action under ERISA.

 

Appeals of Denied Claim. If a Claimant wishes to appeal the denial of a claim, he must file a written appeal with the Plan Administrator on or before the 60th day (180th day if the claim relates to a disability determination) after he receives the Plan Administrator's written notice that the claim has been wholly or partially denied. The written appeal must identify both the grounds and specific Plan provisions upon which the appeal is based. The Claimant will be provided, upon request and free of charge, documents and other information relevant to his claim. A written appeal may also include any comments, statements or documents that the Claimant may desire to provide. The Plan Administrator will consider the merits of the Claimant's written presentations, the merits of any facts or evidence in support of the denial of benefits, and such other facts and circumstances as the Plan Administrator may deem relevant. The Claimant will lose the right to appeal if the appeal is not timely made. The Plan Administrator will ordinarily rule on an appeal within 60 days (45 days if the claim relates to a disability determination). However, if special circumstances require an extension and the Plan Administrator furnishes the Claimant with a written extension notice during the initial period, the Plan Administrator may take up to 120 days (90 days if the claim relates to a disability determination) to rule on an appeal.

 

Denial of Appeal. If an appeal is wholly or partially denied, the Plan Administrator will provide the Claimant with a notice identifying (1) the reason or reasons for such denial, (2) the pertinent Plan provisions on which the denial is based, (3) a statement that the Claimant is entitled to receive, upon request and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of, all documents, records, and other information relevant to the Claimant's claim for benefits, and (4) a statement describing the Claimant's right to bring an action under section 502(a) of ERISA. The determination rendered by the Plan Administrator will be binding upon all parties.

 

Determinations of Disability. If the claim relates to a disability determination, determinations of the Plan Administrator will include the information required under applicable United States Department of Labor regulations.

 

Statute of Limitations

 

The Plan has a contractual statute of limitations as follows: 3 years.

 

YOUR RIGHTS UNDER ERISA

 

As a participant, you are entitled to certain rights and protections under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This federal law provides that you have the right to:

 

Examine, without charge, at the Plan Administrator's office and at other specified locations, such as worksites and union halls, all documents governing the Plan, including insurance contracts and

 
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collective bargaining agreements, and a copy of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series) filed by the Plan with the U.S. Department of Labor and available at the Public Disclosure Room of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.

 

Obtain, upon written request to the Plan Administrator, copies of documents governing the operation of the Plan, including insurance contracts and collective bargaining agreements, and copies of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series) and updated Summary Plan Description. The Plan Administrator may make a reasonable charge for the copies.

 

Receive a summary of the Plan's annual financial report. The Plan Administrator is required by law to furnish each participant with a copy of this summary annual report.

 

Obtain, once a year, a statement from the Plan Administrator regarding your Accrued Benefit under the Plan and the nonforfeitable (vested) portion of your Accrued Benefit, if any. This statement must be requested in writing and is not required to be given more than once every 12 months. The Plan must provide the statement free of charge.

 

In addition, ERISA imposes duties upon the people who are responsible for the operation of the Plan. The people who operate the Plan, called "fiduciaries" of the Plan, have a duty to do so prudently and in the interest of you and other Plan participants and beneficiaries. No one, including your employer, your union, or any other person, may fire you or otherwise discriminate against you in any way to prevent you from obtaining your benefits or exercising your rights under ERISA.

 

If your claim for a benefit is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you have a right to know why this was done, to obtain copies of documents relating to the decision without charge, and to appeal any denial, all within certain time schedules. Under ERISA, there are steps you can take to enforce the above rights. For instance, if you request a copy of Plan documents or the latest annual report from the Plan and do not receive them within 30 days, you may file suit in a Federal court. In such a case, the court may require the Plan Administrator to provide the materials and pay you up to $110 a day until you receive the materials, unless the materials were not sent because of reasons beyond the control of the Plan Administrator.

 

If you have a claim for benefits which is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you may file suit in a state or Federal court. In addition, if you disagree with the Plan's decision or lack thereof concerning the qualified status of a domestic relations order, you may file suit in Federal court. If it should happen that Plan fiduciaries misuse the Plan's money, or if you are discriminated against for asserting your rights, you may seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor, or you may file suit in a Federal court. The court will decide who should pay court costs and legal fees. If you are successful the court may order the person you have sued to pay these costs and fees. If you lose, the court may order you to pay these costs and fees, for example, if it finds your claim is frivolous.

 

If you have any questions about the Plan, you should contact the Plan Administrator. If you have any questions about this statement or about your rights under ERISA, or if you need assistance in obtaining documents from the Plan Administrator, you should contact the nearest office of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, listed in your telephone directory or the Division of Technical Assistance and Inquiries, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210. You may also obtain certain publications about your rights and responsibilities under ERISA by calling the publications hotline of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.

 

 
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MISCELLANEOUS

 

Domestic Relations Orders

 

Under certain circumstances, a court may issue a domestic relations order assigning a portion of your benefits under the Plan to a spouse, former spouse, child or other dependent. The Plan Administrator will determine whether the order is a qualified domestic relations order ("QDRO"). If the Plan Administrator determines that the order is a QDRO, it will implement the terms of the QDRO and divide your Account accordingly. You may obtain, without charge, a copy of the Plan's QDRO procedures from the Plan Administrator.

 

Disability

 

Under this Plan, you are disabled if you are unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. The permanence and degree of such impairment must be supported by medical evidence.

 

Assignment and Alienation of Benefits

 

Except as provided below, your Account is held in trust and cannot be assigned and, to the extent permitted by law, is not subject to any form of attachment, garnishment, sequestration or other actions of collection. You may not alienate, anticipate, commute, pledge, encumber or assign any of the benefits or payments which you may expect to receive, contingently or otherwise, under the Plan, except that you may designate a beneficiary.

 

However, you may lose all or part of your balance:

 

• pursuant to the terms of a QDRO;

 

• to comply with any federal tax levy; or

 

to comply with the provisions and conditions of a judgment, order, decree or settlement agreement between you and the Secretary of Labor or the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation relating to your violation (or alleged violation) of ERISA fiduciary responsibilities.

 

Amendment and Termination

 

Although the Company intends to maintain the Plan indefinitely, the Company may amend or terminate the Plan at any time in its sole discretion. If any of these actions is taken, you will be notified. However, no such action may permit any part of Plan assets to be used for any purpose other than the exclusive benefit of participants and beneficiaries or cause any reduction in your vested Account balance as of the date of the amendment or termination. If the Plan is terminated, all amounts credited to your Account will become 100% vested.

 

 
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       Fees

 

Your Account may be charged for some of the costs and expenses of operating the Plan. Such expenses include the following:

 

The Plan may charge all Participants for the expenses of processing a domestic relations order (if applicable to the Participant) in the following manner: please refer to the Participant Fee Disclosures that are provided at least annually, or contact the Plan Administrator.

 

If you obtain a loan, the Plan may charge an initial loan processing fee of an amount reported in the Participant Fee Disclosure, provided to you at least annually and an ongoing loan maintenance fee of an amount also reported in the Participant Fee Disclosure. The most recent Participant Fee Disclosure is available from the Plan Administrator.

 

Fees listed above are subject to change. Please check with the Plan Administrator to be sure you have a current fee listing.

 

Insurance

 

The Plan is not insured by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) because it is not a defined benefit pension plan.

 

Administrator Discretion

 

The Plan Administrator has the authority to make factual determinations, to construe and interpret the provisions of the Plan, to correct defects and resolve ambiguities in the Plan and to supply omissions to the Plan. Any construction, interpretation or application of the Plan by the Plan Administrator is final, conclusive and binding.

 

Plan Not a Contract of Employment

 

The Plan does not constitute, and is not to be deemed to constitute, an employment contract between the Company and any employee or an inducement or condition of employment of any employee. Nothing in the Plan is to be deemed to give any employee the right to be retained in the Company's service or to interfere with the Company's right to discharge any employee at any time.

 

Waiver

 

Any failure by the Plan or the Plan Administrator to insist upon compliance with any of the Plan's provisions at any time or under any set of circumstances does not operate to waive or modify the provision or in any other manner render it unenforceable as to any other time or as to any other occurrence, whether the circumstances are the same or different. No waiver of any term or condition of the Plan is valid or of any force or effect unless it is expressed in writing and signed by a person authorized by the Plan Administrator to grant a waiver.

 

Errors

 

Any clerical or similar error by the Plan Administrator cannot give coverage under the Plan to any individual who otherwise does not qualify for coverage under the Plan. An error cannot give a benefit to an individual who is not actually entitled to the benefit.

 

 
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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

 

1.The Plan Sponsor and Plan Administrator is Gold Reserve Corporation.

 

Address: 926 W. Sprague Ave., Suite 200, Spokane, WA 99201

Phone number: 509-623-1500

Employer Identification Number: 81-0266636

 

2.The Plan is a 401(k) profit-sharing plan. The Plan number is 001.

 

3.The Plan's designated agent for service of legal process is the President of the corporation named in item 1. Any legal papers should be delivered to such person at the address listed in item 1. However, service may also be made upon the Plan Administrator or a Trustee.

 

4.The Plan's assets are held in a trust created under the terms of the Plan. The Trustees are Rockne Timm, Douglas Belanger and Robert McGuinness. Their principal place of business is the address listed in item 1.

 

5.The Company's fiscal year and the Plan Year end on December 31.

 

6.If the Plan is established or maintained by two or more employers, you can obtain a complete list of the employers sponsoring the Plan upon written request to the Plan Administrator (this list is also available for examination by participants and beneficiaries); you may also receive from the Plan Administrator, upon written request, information as to whether a particular employer is a sponsor of the Plan and, if the employer is a plan sponsor, the sponsor's address.
 
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Gold Reserve KSOP Plan

 

 

 

Prepared by:

Randall & Hurley, Inc.

 
 

 

Gold Reserve KSOP Plan

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

COMPANY INFORMATION 1

PLAN INFORMATION 2

SECTION A. GENERAL INFORMATION 2

Plan Name/Effective Date 2

Plan Features 3

Compensation 4

Compensation Exclusions 5

Definitions 6

SECTION B. ELIGIBILITY 7

Exclusions 7

Eligibility Service Rules 8

Eligibility for Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions 8

Eligibility for Matching Contributions 10

Eligibility for Profit Sharing Contributions 12

Eligibility Service Computation Rules 14

SECTION C. CONTRIBUTIONS - SAFE HARBOR AND ELECTIVE DEFERRALS 15

Safe Harbor Contributions 15

Elective Deferrals 17

Automatic Enrollment 18

Testing Elections 19

Voluntary Contributions 20

SECTION D. CONTRIBUTIONS - MATCHING, PROFIT SHARING AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS 21

Matching - Allocation Service 21

Matching - Formula 22

Profit Sharing - Allocation Service 25

Profit Sharing - Formula 27

Other Contributions/415 31

SECTION E. VESTING 32

Vesting Service Rules 32

Vesting Schedules 33

SECTION F. DISTRIBUTIONS 35

Normal/Early Retirement 35

Time & Form of Payment 36

Payments on Death 37

Cash Out 38

Required Beginning Date 39

SECTION G. IN-SERVICE WITHDRAWALS 39

Vesting Status 39

Retirement/Hardship/Age 39

Other Withdrawals 42

Conditions/Limitations 43

Roth 43

Loans 44

Permissible Withdrawals 44

SECTION H. PLAN OPERATIONS AND TOP-HEAVY 44

 
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Plan Operations 44

Statute of Limitations 47

Top-Heavy 47

SECTION I. MISCELLANEOUS 48

SECTION J. EXECUTION PAGE 49

QNEC/QMAC FORFEITURE ADDENDUM 50

 
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ADOPTION AGREEMENT #001

VOLUME SUBMITTER 401(K)/PROFIT SHARING PLAN

 

The undersigned adopting employer hereby adopts this Plan and its related Trust (to the extent an outside trust is not used). The Plan and Trust are intended to qualify as a tax-exempt profit-sharing plan and trust under Code sections 401(a) and 501(a), respectively, and the cash-or-deferred arrangement forming part of the Plan (to the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement) is intended to qualify under Code section 401(k). The Plan shall consist of this Adoption Agreement, its related Basic Plan Document and any related Appendix and Addendum to the Adoption Agreement. Unless otherwise indicated, all Section references are to Sections in the Basic Plan Document.

 

COMPANY INFORMATION

 

NOTE: An amendment is not required to change the responses in items 1-13 below.

 

1.Name of adopting employer (Plan Sponsor): Gold Reserve Corporation
2.Address: 926 W. Sprague Ave., Suite 200
3.City: Spokane
4.State: WA
5.Zip: 99201
6.Phone number: 509 623-1500
7.Fax number:
8.Plan Sponsor EIN: 81-0266636
9.Plan Sponsor fiscal year end: December 31
10.Entity Type
a.Plan Sponsor entity type:
i.T C Corporation
ii.£ S Corporation
iii.£ Non Profit Organization
iv.£ Partnership
v.£ Limited Liability Company
vi.£ Limited Liability Partnership
vii.£ Sole Proprietorship
viii.£ Union
ix.£ Church (ERISA section 3(33))
x.£ Other: (must be a legal entity recognized under the Code)
b.If "Union" (10a.viii) is selected, enter name of the representative of the parties who established or maintain the Plan:
11.State of organization of Plan Sponsor: Washington
12.Affiliated Service Groups
£The Plan Sponsor is a member of an affiliated service group. List all members of the group (other than the Plan Sponsor):

NOTE: Affiliated service group members must adopt the Plan with the approval of the Plan Sponsor to participate.

NOTE: Listing affiliated service group members is for information purposes only and is optional.

 

 
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13.Controlled Groups
£The Plan Sponsor is a member of a controlled group. List all members of the group (other than the Plan Sponsor):

NOTE: Controlled group members must adopt the Plan with the approval of the Plan Sponsor to participate.

NOTE: Listing controlled group members is for information purposes only and is optional.

 

PLAN INFORMATION

 

SECTION A. GENERAL INFORMATION

 

 

Plan Name/Effective Date

 

1.Plan Number: 001
2.Plan name:
a.Gold Reserve KSOP Plan
b.
3.Effective Date
a.Original effective date of Plan: January 1, 1990
b.T This is a restatement of a previously-adopted plan. Effective date of Plan restatement: January 1, 2017

NOTE: The date specified in A.3a for a new plan may not be earlier than the first day of the Plan Year during which the Plan is adopted by the Plan Sponsor.

NOTE: If A.3b is not selected, the Effective Date of the terms of this document shall be the date specified in A.3a. If A.3b is selected, the Effective Date of the restatement shall be the date specified in A.3b. However if the Adoption Agreement states another specific effective date for any Plan provision, when a provision of the Plan states another effective date, such stated specific effective date shall apply as to that provision. The date specified in A.3b for an amended and restated plan (including the initial PPA restatement) may not be earlier than the first day of the Plan Year during which the amended and restated Plan is adopted by the Plan Sponsor.

4.Plan Year
a.Plan Year means each 12-consecutive month period ending on December 31 (e.g. December 31)
b.£ The Plan has a short Plan Year. The short Plan Year begins and ends

NOTE: If the Plan is intended to be a SIMPLE 401(k) Plan (A.11 is selected), the Plan Year must be the calendar year.

5.Limitation Year means:
a.T Plan Year
b.£ calendar year
c.£ tax year of the Plan Sponsor
d.£ other:

NOTE: If A.5d is selected, the limitation year must be a consecutive 12-month period. This includes a fiscal year with an annual period varying from 52 to 53 weeks, so long as the fiscal year satisfies the requirements of Code section 441(f).

6.Frozen Plan
£The Plan is frozen as to eligibility and benefits effective

NOTE: If A.6 is selected, no Eligible Employee shall become a Participant, no Participant shall be eligible to further participate in the Plan and no contributions shall accrue as of and after the date specified.

 
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Plan Features

 

NOTE: If the Plan is a profit sharing plan only, check A.7 through A.9 "No" and A.10 "Yes".

 

7.Elective Deferrals
a.Elective Deferrals are permitted (Section 4.01):

T Yes £ No

b.Roth Elective Deferrals are permitted:

£ Yes T No

NOTE: If "No" is selected in A.7a, questions regarding Elective Deferrals, Voluntary Contributions, Matching Contributions and 401(k) safe harbor contributions are disregarded and no Elective Deferrals, Voluntary Contributions, Matching Contributions or 401(k) safe harbor contributions shall be permitted - A.7b, A.8, A.9 and A.11 shall be deemed to be "No".

8.Voluntary Contributions

Voluntary (after-tax) Contributions are permitted (Section 4.01):

a.£ Yes
b.T No
c.£ Formerly Allowed

NOTE: If "No", questions regarding Voluntary Contributions are disregarded.

9.Matching Contributions

Matching Contributions are permitted (Section 4.02):

£ Yes T No

NOTE: If "No", questions regarding Matching Contributions are disregarded.

10.Profit Sharing Contributions

Profit Sharing Contributions are permitted (Section 4.03):

T Yes £ No

NOTE: If "No", questions regarding Profit Sharing Contributions are disregarded.

11.SIMPLE 401(k)
£The Plan is intended to be a SIMPLE 401(k) Plan (Section 4.10). For purposes of Section 4.10(c)(2)(B) (non-elective contribution of 2 percent of compensation), provide the amount of Compensation to be eligible for SIMPLE 401(k) Plan (cannot be greater than $5,000):
12.Plan Features Effective Dates
a.£ There is a special effective date for one or more features specified in A.7 through A.11. The special effective date(s) which occur after the Effective Date specified in A.3 is/are:
b.T A previous plan amendment eliminated one or more of the features specified in A.7 through A.11. Specify any provisions that apply to the eliminated Plan features: Matching Contributions were eliminated effective January 1, 2017

NOTE: If A.12a is selected, indicate the feature (Elective Deferrals, Matching Contributions, etc.) and the effective date of the feature. The effective date must be after the Effective Date specified in A.3.

NOTE: Elective Deferrals shall be effective as of the later of the date specified in A.12a or the execution of an amendment/restatement that first provides for Elective Deferrals.

NOTE: If the Plan previously allowed Elective Deferrals, A.12b could be used to specify that Elective Deferrals may be withdrawn upon attainment of a specified age as provided in G.5 (assuming the age is at least 59-1/2), for example.

 
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Compensation

 

13.Compensation
a.Definition of Compensation for purposes of allocations:
i.T W-2. Wages within the meaning of Code section 3401(a) and all other payments of compensation paid to an Employee by the Employer (in the course of the Employer's trade or business) for which the Employer is required to furnish the Employee a written statement under Code sections 6041(d), 6051(a)(3), and 6052.
ii.£ Withholding. Wages paid to an Employee by the Employer (in the course of the Employer's trade or business) within the meaning of Code section 3401(a) for the purposes of income tax withholding at the source.
iii.£ Section 415 Safe Harbor Option. As described in the definition of "Section 415 Safe Harbor Option" in Article 2 of the Basic Plan Document.
b.Compensation is determined over the period specified below ending with or within the Plan Year:
i.T Plan Year
ii.£ calendar year
iii.£ Plan Sponsor Fiscal Year
iv.£ Limitation Year
v.£ Other twelve-month period beginning on: (enter month and day)
c.T Include deferrals in the definition of Compensation for the following purposes:
i.£ Matching Contributions
ii.T Non-Elective Contributions
d.£ Include deemed Code section 125 compensation in the definition of Compensation
e.T Include differential military pay (as defined in Code section 3401(h)(2)) in the definition of Compensation
f.£ Include other pay (not otherwise included in A.13a):

NOTE: A.13b must be "Plan Year" if the Plan is excluding compensation earned before entry (A.16 is selected).

NOTE: If "Plan Year" is not selected in A.13b, for new/rehired Employees whose date of hire is less than 12 months before the end of the 12-month period designated, Compensation will be determined over the Plan Year.

NOTE: If deferrals (A.13c) are selected, Compensation shall also include any amount which is contributed by the Company pursuant to a salary reduction agreement and which is not includable in the gross income of the Employee under Code sections 125, 402(e)(3), 402(h), 403(b), 132(f) or 457. If the Plan uses the 415 Safe Harbor definition of Compensation (A.13a.iii is selected) and A.13c.i and/or A.13c.ii is not selected deferrals will not be included in Compensation for Matching and/or Non-Elective Contributions.

NOTE: Deferrals are always included in the definition of Compensation for purposes of Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions.

NOTE: If deemed 125 Compensation (A.13d) is selected, Compensation shall include any amounts not available to a Participant in cash in lieu of group health coverage because the Participant is unable to certify that he or she has other health coverage. An amount will be treated as an amount under Code section 125 only if the Company does not request or collect information regarding the Participant's other health coverage as part of the enrollment process for the health plan. This option is meant to be interpreted consistent with Revenue Ruling 2002-27 and any superseding guidance.

NOTE: If A.13e is not selected and differential military pay exists, the payments will be included in Statutory Compensation.

NOTE: If other pay (A.13f) is selected, A.13f should indicate for what purposes (e.g., Elective Deferrals, Matching, etc.) and which class of Participants the Compensation is included, must be objectively determinable and may not

 
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be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion. If the Plan is intended to be a safe harbor 401(k) plan (C.1a is not "No"), the Compensation used to allocate the safe harbor contributions must be safe harbor compensation within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(b)(2).

14.Post Severance Compensation
TInclude Post Severance Compensation in definition of Compensation for the following purposes:
a.T Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions
b.£ Matching Contributions
c.T Non-Elective Contributions

NOTE: A.14 will also apply for purposes of Statutory Compensation.

15.Post Year End Compensation
£Determine Compensation using Post Year End Compensation

NOTE: If selected, amounts earned during the current year and paid during the first few weeks of the next year will be included in current year Compensation.

NOTE: A.15 will also apply for purposes of Statutory Compensation.

 

Compensation Exclusions

 

16.Pay Before Participation
TExclude pay earned before participation in the Plan from definition of Compensation for the following purposes:
a.£ Matching Contributions
b.T Non-Elective Contributions

NOTE: If selected, Compensation shall include only that compensation which is actually paid to the Participant during that part of the Plan Year the Participant is eligible to participate in the Plan. If not selected, Compensation shall include that compensation which is actually paid to the Participant during the period specified in A.13b.

17.414(s) Safe Harbor Alternative Definition
TExclude certain benefits from definition of Compensation for the following purposes:
a.T Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions
b.£ Matching Contributions
c.T Non-Elective Contributions

NOTE: If selected, Compensation shall exclude all of the following items (even if includable in gross income): reimbursements or other expense allowances, fringe benefits (cash and noncash), moving expenses, deferred compensation, and welfare benefits (Treas. Reg. section 1.414(s)-1(c)(3)).

18.Other Pay
a.Exclude other pay from definition of Compensation for the following Participants:
i.T None
ii.£ Highly Compensated Employees only
iii.£ All Participants
b.Describe other pay excluded from definition of Compensation:

NOTE: If All Participants (A.18a.iii) is selected, the definition of Compensation will not be a safe harbor definition within the meaning of Treas. Reg. 1.414(s)-1(c).

NOTE: A.18b will only apply if A.18a.ii or iii is selected. A.18b should indicate for what purposes (e.g., Elective Deferrals, Matching, etc.) and which class of Participants the Compensation is excluded.

NOTE: The pay specified above (A.18b) must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner

 

 

 
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that is subject to Company discretion.

NOTE: If the Plan is intended to be a safe harbor 401(k) plan (C.1a is not "No"), the Compensation used to allocate the safe harbor contributions must be safe harbor compensation within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(b)(2).

NOTE: See Section 4.01(c) for rules regarding elections for bonuses or other special pay.

19.Statutory Compensation
a.Definition of Statutory Compensation:
i.T W-2. Wages within the meaning of Code section 3401(a) and all other payments of compensation paid to an Employee by the Employer (in the course of the Employer's trade or business) for which the Employer is required to furnish the Employee a written statement under Code sections 6041(d), 6051(a)(3), and 6052.
ii.£ Withholding. Wages within the meaning of Code section 3401(a) for the purposes of income tax withholding at the source paid to the Employee by the Employer (in the course of the Employer's trade or business).
iii.£ Section 415 Safe Harbor Option. As described in the definition of "Section 415 Safe Harbor Option" in Article 2 of the Basic Plan Document.
b.£ Include deemed Code section 125 compensation in definition of Statutory Compensation.

NOTE: See A.14 and A.15 to determine if Statutory Compensation will include Post Severance Compensation and/or be determined using Post Year End Compensation.

NOTE: If A.13e is not selected and differential military pay exists, the payments will be included in Statutory Compensation.

 

Definitions

 

20.Highly Compensated Employee
a.£ Use top-paid group election in determining Highly Compensated Employees
b.£ Use calendar year beginning with or within the preceding Plan Year in determining Highly Compensated Employees

NOTE: A.20b will only apply if the Plan Year end in A.4a is not December 31.

21.Disability

Definition of Disability

a.T Under Code section 22(e). The Participant is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. The permanence and degree of such impairment shall be supported by medical evidence.
b.£ Under the Social Security Act. The determination by the Social Security Administration that the Participant is eligible to receive disability benefits under the Social Security Act.
c.£ Inability to engage in comparable occupation. The Participant suffers from a physical or mental impairment that results in his inability to engage in any occupation comparable to that in which the Participant was engaged at the time of his disability. The permanence and degree of such impairment shall be supported by medical evidence.
d.£ Pursuant to other Company Disability Plan. The Participant is eligible to receive benefits under a Company-sponsored disability plan.
e.£ Under uniform rules established by the Plan Administrator. The Participant is mentally or physically disabled under a written nondiscriminatory policy.
f.£ Other:
 
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NOTE: If A.21f is selected, provide the definition of Disability. The definition provided must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to discretion.

22.Choice of Law

Name of state or commonwealth for choice of law (Section 14.05): Washington

 

SECTION B. ELIGIBILITY

 

Exclusions

 

The term "Eligible Employee" shall not include (Check items B.1 - B.4 as appropriate):

 

1.Union Employees
a.T Any Employee who is included in a unit of Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, if retirement benefits were the subject of good faith bargaining, and if the collective bargaining agreement does not provide for participation in this Plan.
b.The union employee exclusion applies for the following purposes:
i.T Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions
ii.£ Matching Contributions
iii.T Profit Sharing Contributions
2.Leased Employees
a.£ Any Leased Employee.
b.The Leased Employee exclusion applies for the following purposes:
i.£ Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions
ii.£ Matching Contributions
iii.£ Profit Sharing Contributions
3.Non-Resident Aliens
a.T Any Employee who is a non-resident alien who received no earned income (within the meaning of Code section 911(d)(2)) which constitutes income from services performed within the United States (within the meaning of Code section 861(a)(3)).
b.The non-resident alien exclusion applies for the following purposes:
i.T Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions
ii.£ Matching Contributions
iii.T Profit Sharing Contributions
4.Other Employees
£Other:

NOTE: If selected, describe other excluded Employees from definition of Eligible Employee and indicate for what purposes (e.g., Elective Deferrals, Matching, etc.) the Employees are excluded. The definition provided must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to discretion.

NOTE: See Section 3.06(a) for rules regarding excluded employees.

NOTE: For ACP and ADP safe harbor contributions the term "Eligible Employee" the exclusion of classes of employees shall have the same meaning as for Elective Deferrals.

5.Opt-Out.
£An Employee may irrevocably elect not to participate in Plan pursuant to Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-1(a)(3)(v).

 

 
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Eligibility Service Rules

 

6.Other Employer Service
£Count years of service with employers other than the Employer for eligibility purposes. List other employers and indicate for what purposes (e.g., Elective Deferrals, Matching, etc.) the service applies along with any limitations:
7.Break in Service
a.£ Rule of parity. Exclude eligibility service before a period of five (5) consecutive One-Year Breaks in Service/Periods of Severance if an Employee does not have any nonforfeitable right to the Account balance derived from Employer contributions.
b.£ One-year holdout. If an Employee has a One-Year Break in Service/Period of Severance, exclude eligibility service before such period until the Employee has completed a Year of Eligibility Service after returning to employment with the Employer.
c.£ The following modifications shall be made to the requirements specified in B.7a-b:

NOTE: B.7b applies for purposes of eligibility to receive Matching Contributions and Profit Sharing Contributions only.

NOTE: B.7c could be used, for example, to require less than 500 hours of service (but not more than 500 hours) for a One-Year Break in Service under B.7a and/or B.7b, or to specify that the break in service rule(s) only apply to certain contributions.

8.Special Participation Date
a.£ Allow immediate participation for all Eligible Employees employed on a specific date. All Eligible Employees employed on shall become eligible to participate in the Plan as of
b.£ The Plan provides conditions or limitations on immediate participation:

NOTE: If B.8b applies (B.8a is selected) and is selected, describe the conditions or limitations and indicate for what purposes (e.g., Elective Deferrals, Matching, etc.) the conditions or limitations apply. The conditions/limitations must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to discretion.

 

Eligibility for Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions

 

An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to make Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions (if permitted pursuant to A.7/A.8) at the time specified in B.12 upon meeting the requirements of B.9 through B.11 (Section 3.01).

 

9.Age Requirement for Elective Deferrals

Minimum age requirement for Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions: 21

NOTE: Age 21 maximum; an age 26 maximum will apply instead if the Plan is maintained exclusively for employees of an educational institution (as defined in Code section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)) by an employer which is exempt from tax under Code section 501(a) which provides that each Participant having at least 1 year of service has a right to 100 percent of his accrued benefit under the Plan which is nonforfeitable (within the meaning of Code section 411) at the time such benefit accrues.

10.Service Requirement for Elective Deferrals
a.Minimum service requirement for Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions:
i.£ None
ii.T Completion of one Year of Eligibility Service - Hours of Service necessary for a Year of Eligibility Service: 1000 (not to exceed 1,000)
iii.£ Completion of one Year of Eligibility Service - elapsed time
 
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iv.£ Completion of Hours of Service (not to exceed 1,000) within a twelve month period. The service requirement shall be deemed met at the time the specified number of Hours of Service are completed
v.£ Completion of months of service - elapsed time (not to exceed 12)
vi.£ Completion of Hours of Service (not to exceed 1,000) in a month period (not to exceed 12 - hours of service failsafe applies)
vii.£ Completion of consecutive months of continuous service (not to exceed 12 - hours of service failsafe applies)
viii.£ Other: (hours of service failsafe applies if elapsed time is not specified)
b.Months of service. If the service requirement is not met in the first consecutive period of months, describe the next service requirement:
i.£ Rolling. Each successive period shall begin immediately after the preceding period and shall end on or before the first Eligibility Computation Period after which time the Plan will revert to 1,000 Hours of Service in an Eligibility Computation Period.
ii.£ Revert to 1,000 Hours of Service in an Eligibility Computation Period.

NOTE: Service taken into account for purposes of B.10 shall be determined under the terms and conditions specified for determining a Year of Eligibility Service.

NOTE: If one Year of Eligibility Service (B.10a.ii) is selected, not more than 1,000 may be entered. If left blank, the Plan will use 1,000 Hours of Service.

NOTE: If B.10a.viii is selected, the service requirements provided must comply with Code section 410(a), be definitely determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to discretion.

NOTE: B.10b only applies if B.10a.vi or B.10a.vii is selected.

NOTE: Hours of service failsafe: if B.10a.vi - B.10a.viii is selected and the Plan uses the Hours of Service method, the service requirement under B.10 shall be deemed met no later than the end of an Eligibility Computation Period during which the Eligible Employee completes 1,000 Hours of Service; provided, that the individual is an Eligible Employee on the applicable entry date.

11.Additional Requirements for Elective Deferrals
£Additional requirements, limitations, conditions or other modifications to B.9-10 (eligibility to make Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions) apply:

NOTE: See Section 3.06 for rules regarding eligibility requirements.

NOTE: The additional requirements provided must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion and are subject to the same limits/requirements set out under options B.9-10.

12.Entry Dates for Elective Deferrals
a.Frequency of entry dates for Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions:
i.£ immediate
ii.£ first day of each calendar month
iii.T first day of each Plan quarter
iv.£ first day of the first month and seventh month of the Plan Year
v.£ first day of the Plan Year
vi.£ other:
b.An Eligible Employee shall become a Participant eligible to make Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions on the entry date selected in B.12a that is:
i.T coincident with or next following the date the requirements of B.9 through B.11 are met
ii.£ next following the date the requirements of B.9 through B.11 are met

NOTE: If immediate entry (B.12a.i) is selected, an Eligible Employee shall become a Participant eligible to make

 

 
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Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contributions immediately upon meeting the requirements of B.9 through B.11.

NOTE: B.12b is not applicable if immediate or other entry (B.12a.i or B.12a.vi) is selected.

NOTE: The Plan must provide that an Eligible Employee who has attained age 21 and who has completed one Year of Eligibility Service shall commence participation in the Plan no later than the earlier of: (1) the first day of the first Plan Year beginning after the date on which such Eligible Employee satisfied such requirements; or (2) the date that is 6 months after the date on which he satisfied such requirements.

 

Eligibility for Matching Contributions

 

13.Eligibility for Matching Contributions (select one):
a.£ Pursuant to safe harbor rules. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions upon meeting the requirements of C.2
b.£ Same as Elective Deferrals. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions at the time specified in B.12 upon meeting the requirements of B.9 through B.11
c.£ Pursuant to options selected below. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions at the time specified in B.17 upon meeting the requirements of B.14 through B.16

NOTE: B.13a may only be selected if the Plan is a safe harbor plan (C.1a.i is not selected).

NOTE: If B.13b or B.13c is selected and the Plan is intended to be a safe harbor 401(k) plan by use of a safe harbor matching formula (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected) and/or the Plan is an ACP safe harbor (C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected), no Highly Compensated Employee can receive a greater rate of Matching Contributions than a Nonhighly Compensated Employee at the same rate of Matched Employee Contributions.

NOTE: If B.13a or B.13b is selected, B.14 - B.17 shall be inapplicable.

NOTE: An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions only if permitted pursuant to A.9.

NOTE: See Section 3.02.

14.Age Requirement for Matching

Minimum age requirement for Matching Contributions:

NOTE: Age 21 maximum; an age 26 maximum will apply instead if the Plan is maintained exclusively for employees of an educational institution (as defined in Code section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)) by an employer which is exempt from tax under section 501(a) which provides that each Participant having at least 1 year of service has a right to 100 percent of his accrued benefit under the Plan which is nonforfeitable (within the meaning of section 411) at the time such benefit accrues.

15.Service Requirement for Matching
a.Minimum service requirement for Matching Contributions:
i.£ None
ii.£ Completion of one Year of Eligibility Service - Hours of Service necessary for a Year of Eligibility Service: (not to exceed 1,000)
iii.£ Completion of one Year of Eligibility Service - elapsed time
iv.£ Completion of one and 1/2 Year of Eligibility Service - Hours of Service necessary for a Year of Eligibility Service: (not to exceed 1,000). An Eligible Employee shall be deemed to earn 1/2 Year of Eligibility Service on the date that is six months after the end of the Eligibility Computation Period during which he earns his first Year of Eligibility Service; provided, that the individual is an Eligible Employee on the applicable entry date.
v.£ Completion of one and 1/2 Year of Eligibility Service - elapsed time
vi.£ Completion of two Years of Eligibility Service - Hours of Service necessary for one Year of Eligibility Service: (not to exceed 1,000)
 
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vii.£ Completion of two Years of Eligibility Service - elapsed time
viii.£ Completion of Hours of Service (not to exceed 1,000) within a twelve month period. The service requirement shall be deemed met at the time the specified number of Hours of Service are completed
ix.£ Completion of months of service - elapsed time (not to exceed 24)
x.£ Completion of Hours of Service (not to exceed 1,000) in a month period (not to exceed 12 - hours of service failsafe applies)
xi.£ Completion of consecutive months of continuous service (not to exceed 12 - hours of service failsafe applies)
xii.£ Other: (hours of service failsafe applies if elapsed time is not specified)
b.Months of service. If the service requirement is not met in the first consecutive period of months, describe the next service requirement:
i.£ Rolling. Each successive period shall begin immediately after the preceding period and shall end on or before the first Eligibility Computation Period after which time the Plan will revert to 1,000 Hours of Service in an Eligibility Computation Period.
ii.£ Revert to 1,000 Hours of Service in an Eligibility Computation Period.

NOTE: Service taken into account for purposes of B.15 shall be determined under the terms and conditions specified for determining a Year of Eligibility Service.

NOTE: B.15a cannot exceed 1 year, unless the Plan provides a nonforfeitable right to 100% of the Participant's Matching Contribution Account balance after not more than 2 years of service, in which case up to 2 years is permitted.

NOTE: If B.15a.xii is selected, the service requirements provided must comply with Code section 410(a), be definitely determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to discretion.

NOTE: B.15b only applies if B.15a.x or B.15a.xi is selected.

NOTE: Hours of service failsafe: if B.15a.x - B.15a.xii is selected and the Plan uses the Hours of Service method, the service requirement under B.15 shall be deemed met no later than the end of an Eligibility Computation Period during which the Eligible Employee completes 1,000 Hours of Service; provided, that the individual is an Eligible Employee on the applicable entry date.

16.Additional Requirements for Matching Contributions
£Additional requirements, limitations, conditions or other modifications to B.14-15 (eligibility to receive allocations of Matching Contributions) apply:

NOTE: See Section 3.06 for rules regarding eligibility requirements.

NOTE: The additional requirements provided must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion and are subject to the same limits/requirements set out under options B.14-15.

17.Entry Dates for Matching Contributions
a.Frequency of entry dates for Matching Contributions:
i.£ immediate
ii.£ first day of each calendar month
iii.£ first day of each Plan quarter
iv.£ first day of the first month and seventh month of the Plan Year
v.£ first day of the Plan Year
vi.£ other:
b.An Eligible Employee shall become a Participant eligible to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions on the entry date selected in B.17a that is:
i.£ coincident with or next following the date the requirements of B.14 through B.16 are met

 

 
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ii.£ next following the date the requirements of B.14 through B.16 are met
iii.£ coincident with or immediately preceding the date the requirements of B.14 through B.16 are met
iv.£ immediately preceding the date the requirements of B.14 through B.16 are met
v.£ nearest to the date the requirements of B.14 through B.16 are met

NOTE: If immediate entry (B.17a.i) is selected, an Eligible Employee shall become a Participant eligible to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions immediately upon meeting the requirements of B.14 through B.16.

NOTE: B.17b is not applicable if immediate entry or other (B.17a.i or B.17a.vi) is selected.

NOTE: The Plan must provide that an Eligible Employee who has attained age 21 and who has completed one Year of Eligibility Service (two Years of Eligibility Service may be used for contributions other than Elective Deferrals if the Plan provides a nonforfeitable right to 100% of the Participant's applicable Account balance after not more than 2 Years of Eligibility Service) shall commence participation in the Plan no later than the earlier of: (1) the first day of the first Plan Year beginning after the date on which such Eligible Employee satisfied such requirements; or (2) the date that is 6 months after the date on which he satisfied such requirements.

 

Eligibility for Profit Sharing Contributions

 

18.Eligibility for Profit Sharing Contributions (select one):
a.£ Pursuant to safe harbor rules. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions upon meeting the requirements of C.2
b.T Same as Elective Deferrals. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions at the time specified in B.12 upon meeting the requirements of B.9 through B.11
c.£ Same as Matching Contributions. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions at the time specified in B.17 upon meeting the requirements of B.14 through B.16
d.£ Pursuant to options selected below. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions at the time specified in B.22 upon meeting the requirements of B.19 through B.21

NOTE: B.18a may only be selected if the Plan is a safe harbor plan (C.1a.i is not selected).

NOTE: Safe harbor eligibility rules (C.2) do not apply to Profit Sharing Contributions unless selected in B.18a.

NOTE: If B.18a through B.18c is selected, B.19 - B.22 shall be inapplicable.

NOTE: An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions only if permitted pursuant to A10.

NOTE: See Section 3.03(a).

19.Age Requirement for Profit Sharing

Minimum age requirement for Profit Sharing Contributions:

NOTE: Age 21 maximum; an age 26 maximum will apply instead if the Plan is maintained exclusively for employees of an educational institution (as defined in Code section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)) by an employer which is exempt from tax under section 501(a) which provides that each Participant having at least 1 year of service has a right to 100 percent of his accrued benefit under the Plan which is nonforfeitable (within the meaning of section 411) at the time such benefit accrues.

20.Service Requirement for Profit Sharing
a.Minimum service requirement for Profit Sharing Contributions:
i.£ None
ii.£ Completion of one Year of Eligibility Service - Hours of Service necessary for a Year of Eligibility Service: (not to exceed 1,000)
iii.£ Completion of one Year of Eligibility Service - elapsed time

 

 

 
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iv.£ Completion of one and 1/2 Year of Eligibility Service - Hours of Service necessary for a Year of Eligibility Service: (not to exceed 1,000). An Eligible Employee shall be deemed to earn 1/2 Year of Eligibility Service on the date that is six months after the end of the Eligibility Computation Period during which he earns his first Year of Eligibility Service; provided, that the individual is an Eligible Employee on the applicable entry date
v.£ Completion of one and 1/2 Year of Eligibility Service - elapsed time
vi.£ Completion of two Years of Eligibility Service - Hours of Service necessary for one Year of Eligibility Service: (not to exceed 1,000)
vii.£ Completion of two Years of Eligibility Service - elapsed time
viii.£ Completion of Hours of Service (not to exceed 1,000) within a twelve month period. The service requirement shall be deemed met at the time the specified number of Hours of Service are completed.
ix.£ Completion of months of service - elapsed time (not to exceed 24)
x.£ Completion of Hours of Service (not to exceed 1,000) in a month period (not to exceed 12 - hours of service failsafe applies)
xi.£ Completion of consecutive months of continuous service (not to exceed 12 - hours of service failsafe applies)
xii.£ Other: (hours of service failsafe applies if elapsed time is not specified)
b.Months of service. If the service requirement is not met in the first consecutive period of months, describe the next service requirement:
i.£ Rolling. Each successive period shall begin immediately after the preceding period and shall end on or before the first Eligibility Computation Period after which time the Plan will revert to 1,000 Hours of Service in an Eligibility Computation Period.
ii.£ Revert to 1,000 Hours of Service in an Eligibility Computation Period.

NOTE: Service taken into account for purposes of B.20 shall be determined under the terms and conditions specified for determining a Year of Eligibility Service.

NOTE: B.20a cannot exceed 1 year, unless the Plan provides a nonforfeitable right to 100% of the Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account balance after not more than 2 years of service, in which case up to 2 years is permitted.

NOTE: If B.20a.vii is selected, the service requirements provided must comply with Code section 410(a), be definitely determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to discretion.

NOTE: B.20b only applies if B.20a.x or B.20a.xi is selected.

NOTE: Hours of service failsafe: if B.20a.x - B.20a.xii is selected and the Plan uses the Hours of Service method, the service requirement under B.20 shall be deemed met no later than the end of an Eligibility Computation Period during which the Eligible Employee completes 1,000 Hours of Service; provided, that the individual is an Eligible Employee on the applicable entry date.

21.Additional Requirements for Profit Sharing
£Additional requirements, limitations, conditions or other modifications to B.19-20 (eligibility to receive allocations of Profit Sharing Contributions) apply:

NOTE: See Section 3.06 for rules regarding eligibility requirements.

NOTE: The additional requirements provided must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion and are subject to the same limits/requirements set out under options B.19-20.

22.Entry Dates for Profit Sharing
a.Frequency of entry dates for Profit Sharing Contributions:
i.£ immediate

 

 
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ii.£ first day of each calendar month
iii.£ first day of each Plan quarter
iv.£ first day of the first month and seventh month of the Plan Year
v.£ first day of the Plan Year
vi.£ other:
b.An Eligible Employee shall become a Participant eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions on the entry date selected in B.22a that is:
i.£ coincident with or next following the date the requirements of B.19 through B.21 are met
ii.£ next following the date the requirements of B.19 through B.21 are met
iii.£ coincident with or immediately preceding the date the requirements of B.19 through B.21 are met
iv.£ immediately preceding the date the requirements of B.19 through B.21 are met
v.£ nearest to the date the requirements of B.19 through B.21 are met

NOTE: If immediate entry (B.22a.i) is selected, an Eligible Employee shall become a Participant eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions immediately upon meeting the requirements of B.19 through B.21.

NOTE: B.22b is not applicable if immediate or other (B.22a.i or B.22a.vi) is selected.

NOTE: The Plan must provide that an Eligible Employee who has attained age 21 and who has completed one Year of Eligibility Service (two Years of Eligibility Service may be used for contributions other than Elective Deferrals if the Plan provides a nonforfeitable right to 100% of the Participant's applicable Account balance after not more than 2 Years of Eligibility Service) shall commence participation in the Plan no later than the earlier of: (1) the first day of the first Plan Year beginning after the date on which such Eligible Employee satisfied such requirements; or (2) the date that is 6 months after the date on which he satisfied such requirements.

 

Eligibility Service Computation Rules

 

23.Eligibility Service Computation Rules
a.T Eligibility Computation Period switches to Plan Year.
b.Select hours equivalency for eligibility purposes:
i.T None

An Employee shall be credited with the following service with the Employer:

ii.£ 10 Hours of Service for each day or partial day
iii.£ 45 Hours of Service for each week or partial week
iv.£ 95 Hours of Service for each semi-monthly payroll period or partial semi-monthly payroll period
v.£ 190 Hours of Service for each month or partial month
c.The hours equivalency shall apply to:
i.£ All Employees
ii.£ Only Employees not paid on a per-hour basis
d.£ The following modifications shall be made to the requirements specified in B.23a-c:

NOTE: B.23c will not apply if B.23b.i is selected ("None").

NOTE: The responses to B.23 are used only to the extent that the Plan determines eligibility service by the Hour of Service method and will apply uniformly to B.10, B.15 and B.20, wherever Hours of Service is elected unless otherwise provided in B.23d.

NOTE: If B.23d is selected, the modifications must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion. For example, B.23d could be used to restrict the Accounts where Eligibility Computation Periods switch to the Plan Year.

 

 
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SECTION C. CONTRIBUTIONS - SAFE HARBOR AND ELECTIVE DEFERRALS

 

 

Safe Harbor Contributions

 

1.Safe Harbor Plan
a.Is this a safe-harbor plan exempt from most testing:
i.£ No
ii.£ Yes - safe harbor match
iii.T Yes - non-elective contribution, not less than 3% of Compensation
iv.£ Yes - non-elective contribution, not less than % of Compensation but only if the Plan Sponsor amends the Plan and provides a supplemental notice
v.£ Yes - Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement safe harbor match
vi.£ Yes - Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement with a non-elective contribution not less than % of Compensation
vii.£ Yes - Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement with a non-elective contribution not less than % of Compensation but only if the Plan Sponsor amends the Plan and provides a supplemental notice
b.Indicate the safe harbors the Plan is intended to satisfy:
i.£ ADP (Code section 401(k)(12)) and ACP (Code section 401(m)(11))
ii.£ ADP (Code section 401(k)(13)) and ACP (Code section 401(m)(12))
iii.T ADP (Code section 401(k)(12)) only
iv.£ ADP (Code section 401(k)(13)) only
c.Effective date of safe harbor provisions: January 1, 2002
d.£ Safe harbor contributions will be made to another plan. Name of other plan to which safe harbor contributions are made:

NOTE: C.1 only applies if Elective Deferrals are permitted under the Plan (A.7).

NOTE: If non-elective safe harbor is selected (C.1a.iii, C.1a.iv, C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii), the non-elective contribution amount must be at least 3% of Compensation.

NOTE: If non-elective safe harbor (C.1a.iii or C.1a.vi) is selected, see Section 4.04(a)(1). If non-elective contribution with amendment (C.1a.iv or C.1a.vii) is selected, see 4.04(a)(2).

NOTE: If non-elective contribution with amendment (C.1a.iv or C.1a.vii) is selected and the Plan is not amended for an applicable Plan Year, the Plan will not be subject to any of the conditions and/or limitations that apply to safe harbor 401(k) plans and the Plan will be subject to the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 5.02 (Section 4.04(a)(2)).

NOTE: If C.1a.v, C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii is selected (Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement (QACA) safe harbor), you must select C.1b.ii or C.1b.iv; C.1b.i and C.1b.iii may not be selected. If the Plan is not a QACA safe harbor (C.1a.ii or C.1a.iv is selected), you must select C.1b.i or C.1b.iii; C.1b.ii and C.1b.vi may not be selected.

NOTE: If QACA safe harbor (C.1a.v, C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii) is selected, see C.6 for the automatic contribution amounts.

NOTE: If safe harbor match is selected (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v), see D.6 for the matching formula and Section 4.04(d).

NOTE: If safe harbor contributions will be made to another plan (C.1d), safe harbor contributions will be made to the plan listed in C.1d. However, such contributions will be made to this Plan unless (i) each Employee eligible under this Plan is also eligible under the other plan and (ii) the other plan has the same Plan Year as this Plan.

NOTE: If ADP only (C.1b.iii or C.1b.iv) is selected, the Plan will not be subject to any of the conditions and/or limitations that apply to the ACP safe harbor of Code section 401(m)(11) and 401(m)(12).

NOTE: If the Employer fails to satisfy the requirements of the elected safe harbor(s) for the Plan Year, the Employer

 
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may not default to ADP and ACP testing for such Plan Year in accordance with Treas. Reg. sections 1.401(k)-1(e)(7) and 1.401(m)-1(c)(2).

NOTE: A safe harbor Plan Year must be twelve months long (unless it is the first Plan Year of a newly established plan or newly established Elective Deferral feature). If a cash or deferred arrangement is added to an existing plan, the cash or deferred arrangement (and safe harbor features) must be effective no later than three months prior to the end of the Plan Year. A safe harbor Plan Year may also be less than twelve months if the Plan is amended out of safe harbor status pursuant to Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(g).

NOTE: The effective date must comply with applicable IRS guidance and be no earlier than the first day of the first Plan Year beginning on or after January 1, 2008 if QACA safe harbor (C.1a.v, C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii) is selected.

2.ADP/ACP Safe Harbor Eligibility
a.Exclusions. For purposes of safe harbor contributions, the term "Eligible Employee" shall not include
i.T No exclusions
ii.£ Participants who are Highly Compensated Employees
iii.£ Participants who are Key Employees and Highly Compensated Employees
iv.£ Other exclusions:
b.£ Participants covered by a collective bargaining agreement will share in safe harbor allocations provided retirement benefits were the subject of good faith bargaining.
c.Eligibility conditions for Safe Harbor Contributions
i.T None. Any Eligible Employee eligible to make Elective Deferrals is eligible to receive a safe harbor contribution.
ii.£ The following age, service and entry date requirements:
iii.£ Participants who have met the greatest minimum age and service conditions permitted under Code section 410(a)(1)(A) with semi-annual entry dates (first day of the first month and seventh month of the Plan Year)
iv.£ Participants who have met the greatest minimum age and service conditions permitted under Code section 410(a)(1)(A) before the first day of the seventh month of the Plan Year
d.Allocation requirements for Highly Compensated Employees
i.£ Require service for Highly Compensated Employees to receive a safe harbor contribution. Hours of Service required in the applicable Plan Year for Highly Compensated Employees to receive a safe harbor contribution:
ii.£ Require employment on the last day of Plan Year for Highly Compensated Employees to receive a safe harbor contribution
e.£ Employer contributions will be offset by safe harbor contributions

NOTE: Any exclusion selected in C.2a is in addition to the exclusions under B.1-5. If "no exclusions" is selected, any exclusion in B.1-5 will still apply to the applicable contribution type.

NOTE: C.2b only applies if the Plan has a non-elective safe harbor (C.1a.iii, C.1a.iv, C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii is selected; see B.1 for exclusions of Participants covered by a collective bargaining agreement for purposes of safe harbor matching contributions). If C.2b applies and is not selected, Employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement that bargains in good faith for retirement benefits shall not be eligible to receive safe harbor allocations.

NOTE: C.2d only applies if Highly Compensated Employees are not excluded from the Plan (C.2a.i is selected).

NOTE: If age, service or entry dates are required (C.2c.ii -iv is selected), the Plan must be tested in accordance with Section 5.03(g).

NOTE: Age, service and entry date requirements specified in C.2c.ii may not be greater than that required under Code section 410(a)(1)(A).

NOTE: If C.2c.iv is selected, the Plan will have an annual entry as of the first of the year and safe harbor

 

 
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contributions will be made based on compensation for the entire Plan Year.

NOTE: C.2d.i may not be more than 1,000; if left blank, the Plan will use 1,000 Hours of Service.

NOTE: If the Plan is intended to be a safe harbor 401(k) plan by use of a safe harbor matching formula (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected) or the Plan is intended to satisfy the ACP safe harbor of Code section 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) (C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected), any requirements specified in Matching allocation service rules (D.1-3 below) to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions will not apply to safe harbor contributions.

 

Elective Deferrals

 

NOTE: If A.7 is "Yes" (Elective Deferrals are permitted), an Eligible Employee who has met the requirements of B.9 through B.12 shall be eligible to make Elective Deferrals to the Plan in the following manner (Section 4.01):

 

3.Minimum and Maximum Deferral Amounts
a.£ Minimum Elective Deferral contribution: % of Compensation
b.£ Minimum Elective Deferral contribution: $ for the following period:
c.T Maximum Elective Deferral contribution: 100 of Compensation
d.£ The Plan provides for a reduced maximum Elective Deferral contribution for Highly Compensated Employees: of Compensation
e.£ Other limitations on Elective Deferrals (specify):

NOTE: C.3b and C.3e may not be selected if the Plan is a safe harbor plan (C.1a.i is not selected).

NOTE: C.3c may not be more than 100% of Compensation. If the Plan is a safe harbor plan (C.1a.i is not selected), each Nonhighly Compensated Employee who is a Participant for purposes of Matching Contributions must be permitted to make Elective Deferrals in an amount that is at least sufficient to receive the maximum amount of Matching Contributions available under the Plan for the Plan Year.

NOTE: C.3d may not be more than the entry in C.3c.

NOTE: If C.3e is selected, the limitations must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion. For example, C.3e could be used to apply different limits to different classes and different limits to Roth Elective Deferrals.

4.Modifications of Elective Deferrals
a.Participants modify/start/stop Elective Deferrals/Voluntary Contribution elections:
i.T Each pay period
ii.£ Monthly
iii.£ Quarterly
iv.£ Semi Annual
v.£ Annual
vi.£ Pursuant to Plan Administrator procedures (at least once each calendar year)
b.T Participants may stop an election to contribute at any time.
5.Catch-up Contributions
TAllow Participants to make Catch-up Contributions (Section 5.01(d))

 

Automatic Enrollment

 

6.Traditional Automatic Enrollment (non-QACA)
a.The Plan provides traditional automatic enrollment (Section 4.01(g)) in the following manner:
i.T None
 
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ii.£ Specified amount. The initial amount of the automatic enrollment (as a percentage of pay):
iii.£ Administrative policy. Automatic enrollment amounts shall be determined according to a written administrative policy
b.£ The amount specified in C.6a shall increase in the following manner:
c.£ Delayed automatic enrollment. The traditional automatic enrollment will be deemed elected after the initial satisfaction of the eligibility requirements of Article 3 with respect to Elective Deferrals (and after effective date of the addition of an automatic enrollment feature for current Participants).

NOTE: C.6 is not applicable if the Plan is a QACA (C.1a.v or C.1a.vi is selected); see C.7 for automatic contribution amounts.

NOTE: For example, if the automatic enrollment amount is 3% for the first year and increases by 1% per year for five years, insert "3%" in the first blank (C.6a.i) and "increase by 1% in the second through sixth year to a maximum of 8%" in the second blank (C.6b).

NOTE: The Plan must provide that the initial default contribution is a uniform percentage of compensation; although the percentage may vary based on years of service.

NOTE: If the Plan is an EACA (C.9a is selected), the uniform percentage of compensation is determined after the aggregation/disaggregation rules in Treas. Reg. section 1.414(w)-1(b)(2)(iii), although the percentage may vary as permitted in Treas. Reg. section 1.414(w)-1(b)(2)(ii).

NOTE: C.6b is only applicable if C.6a.ii is selected.

NOTE: C.6c is only applicable if C.6a is selected. C.6c may contain a period of days (90 days, for example) or a specified date (first of the next calendar month, for example).

7.QACA Safe Harbor Auto-enrollment (Section 4.01(g))
a.Enter the amount of the automatic election for the initial period as a percentage of Compensation (between 3 - 10%): %
b.Enter the amount of the election for the first year after the initial period as a percentage of Compensation (between 4 - 10%): %
c.Enter the amount of the election for the second year after the initial period as a percentage of Compensation (between 5 - 10%): %
d.Enter the amount of the election for the third year after the initial period as a percentage of Compensation (between 6 - 10%): %
e.£ The amount of the election increases after the third year in the following manner:

NOTE: C.7 only applies if C.1a.v or C.1a.vi is selected (Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement).

NOTE: The initial period (C.7a) may commence on the Participant's date of initial participation and end on the last day of the first Plan Year that begins after the date of initial participation. The automatic enrollment amounts must meet the minimum percentage requirements provided under Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(j)(2) for the applicable Plan Year.

NOTE: Compensation must be a safe harbor definition of compensation as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(b)(2).

NOTE: The Plan Administrator may, on a uniform and nondiscriminatory basis, provide that applicable percentages shall be based on the number of years (or portions of years) since the beginning of the initial period for an Eligible Employee pursuant to Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(j)(2)(iii)(A).

8.Automatic Enrollment (Traditional or QACA)
a.Indicate who will be eligible to receive automatic contributions:
i.£ Eligible Employees who have not made an Elective Deferral election
ii.£ All Eligible Employees to the extent that no election was made or their Elective Deferral elections are less than the automatic enrollment amount
iii.£ Other:
 
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b.If the Plan provides for automatic enrollment and Roth contributions are allowed to the Plan, select whether automatic contributions will be pre- or post-tax:
i.£ Pre-tax. All Elective Deferrals made under Section 4.01(g) shall be designated as Pre-tax Elective Deferrals.
ii.£ Post-tax. All Elective Deferrals made under Section 4.01(g) shall be designated as Roth Elective Deferrals.

NOTE: C.8 applies if C.6 (traditional automatic enrollment), C.1a.v (QACA match) or C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii (QACA non-elective) is selected.

NOTE: C.8b only applies if A.7b is "Yes" (Roth contributions are allowed to the Plan) and C.6 (traditional automatic enrollment), C.1a.v (QACA match) or C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii (QACA non-elective) is selected.

NOTE: If C.8a.iii is selected, the description must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion.

NOTE: If C.1a.v (QACA match) or C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii (QACA non-elective) is selected, C.8a.iii may only be selected if the requirements of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(j)(1) are met (automatic enrollment must apply to all Participants eligible for the safe harbor contribution unless the Participant has an election in place).

NOTE: If C.1a.v (QACA match) or C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii (QACA non-elective) is selected the rate of Elective Deferral contributions in effect for an Employee immediately prior to the effective date of the default percentage under the qualified automatic contribution arrangement shall not be reduced.

9.EACA
a.£ The Plan intends to be an eligible automatic contribution arrangement (EACA) (Section 4.01(g)(5)(B))b. "Covered Employee" means:
i.£ All Employees who make an affirmative election shall remain covered Employees within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.414(w)-1(e)(3)
ii.£ Only Eligible Employees who have not made an Elective Deferral election

NOTE: C.9 only applies if C.6 (traditional automatic enrollment), C.1a.v (QACA match) or C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii (QACA non-elective) is selected.

NOTE: C.9b only applies if C.6 (traditional automatic enrollment), C.1a.v (QACA match) or C.1a.vi or C.1a.vii (QACA non-elective) is selected and C.9a is selected.

NOTE: Covered Employees must receive the notice described in Section 4.01(g)(1).

 

Testing Elections

 

NOTE: The Plan may use different testing methods under C.10 and C.11 provided the Plan doesn't permit (1) recharacterization of excess contributions, (2) Elective Deferrals to be used in the ACP test under Section 5.02(b) or (3) Qualified Matching Contributions to be used in the ADP test under Section 5.02(a).

 

10.ADP Testing Elections
a.Average Deferral Percentage of Nonhighly Compensated Employees are determined using:
i.T Current year - no exceptions
ii.£ Current year - with exceptions for certain years:
iii.£ Prior year - no exceptions
iv.£ Prior year - with exceptions for certain years:
b.If prior year testing is selected, for the first year the Plan is a 401(k) plan, the Nonhighly Compensated Employee percentage:
i.£ 3%
ii.£ Current year percentages
 
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NOTE: If C.1a.i is not selected (the Plan is a 401(k) safe harbor plan), then the current year must be used for those Plan Years during which the Plan is subject to the 401(k) safe harbor requirements.

NOTE: The years entered in C.10a.ii or C.10a.iv may not be earlier than the Effective Date and must comply with Section 5.02.

NOTE: C.10b only applies if C.10a.iii or C.10a.iv is selected.

NOTE: C.10b only applies for the first year the Plan is a 401(k) plan. If the Effective Date is after the first year a Plan is a 401(k) plan C.10b can be left blank.

NOTE: See Section 5.02(a).

11.ACP Testing Elections
a.Average Contribution Percentage of Nonhighly Compensated Employees are determined using:
i.£ Current year - no exceptions
ii.£ Current year - with exceptions for certain years:
iii.£ Prior year - no exceptions
iv.£ Prior year - with exceptions for certain years:
b.If prior year testing is selected, for the first year the Plan is a 401(m) plan, the Nonhighly Compensated Employee percentage:
i.£ 3%
ii.£ Current year percentages

NOTE: If C.1a.i is not selected (the Plan is a 401(k) safe harbor plan) and if C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected (Plan is intended to satisfy the ACP safe harbor), then the current year must be used for those Plan Years during which the Plan is subject to the 401(k) safe harbor requirements.

NOTE: The years entered in C.11a.ii or C.11a.iv may not be earlier than the Effective Date.

NOTE: C.11b only applies if C.11a.iii or C.11a.iv is selected.

NOTE: C.11b only applies for the first year the Plan is a 401(m) plan. If the Effective Date is after the first year a Plan is a 401(m) plan C.11b can be left blank.

NOTE: See Section 5.02(b).

 

Voluntary Contributions

 

NOTE: If A.8 is "Yes" (Voluntary Contributions are permitted), an Eligible Employee who has met the requirements of B.9 through B.12 shall be eligible to make Voluntary Contributions to the Plan as follows (Section 4.01):

 

12.Minimum and Maximum Voluntary Contributions
a.Minimum Voluntary Contribution:
b.Maximum Voluntary Contribution:
c.Maximum of total combined Elective Deferral/Voluntary Contribution:
d.Other:

NOTE: C.12b and C.12c may not be more than 100% of Compensation.

NOTE: If C.12d is selected the requirements provided must be nondiscriminatory, objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion.

 

SECTION D. CONTRIBUTIONS - MATCHING, PROFIT SHARING AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS

 

 

 
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Matching - Allocation Service

 

NOTE: If A.9 is "Yes" (Matching Contributions are permitted), an Eligible Employee who has met the requirements of Section B and who has satisfied the following requirements shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions during the applicable Plan Year.

 

1.Allocation Service Requirements for Matching Contributions
a.£ In order to share in the allocation of Matching Contributions, a Participant is required to complete the following Hours of Service in the applicable Plan Year
b.£ In order to share in the allocation of Matching Contributions, a Participant is required to be employed by the Company on the last day of the Plan Year
c.£ In order to share in the allocation of Matching Contributions, a Participant is required to be employed by the Company on the last day of the Plan Year or complete at least Hours of Service in the applicable Plan Year
d.£ None

NOTE: D.1a and D.1b are inapplicable if D.1c is selected.

NOTE: D.1a and D1c may not be more than 1,000.

NOTE: If the Plan is intended to be a safe harbor 401(k) plan by use of a safe harbor matching formula (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected above) or the Plan is intended to satisfy the ACP safe harbor of Code section 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) (C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected above), any requirements specified in the Matching allocation service rules(D.1-3) to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions will not apply to any safe harbor contribution.

2.Matching Allocation Service Computation Rules
a.Select hours equivalency:
i.£ None.

An Employee shall be credited with the following service with the Employer:

ii.£ 10 Hours of Service for each day or partial day
iii.£ 45 Hours of Service for each week or partial week
iv.£ 95 Hours of Service for each semi-monthly payroll period or partial semi-monthly payroll period
v.£ 190 Hours of Service for each month or partial month
b.The hours equivalency shall apply to:
i.£ All Employees
ii.£ Only Employees not paid on a per-hour basis

NOTE: D.2 is only applicable if D.1a or D.1c is selected.

3.Exceptions to Allocation Service Requirements for Matching Contributions
a.Modify Hour of Service requirement and/or last day requirement for a Participant who terminates employment with the Employer during the Plan Year due to:
i.£ death
ii.£ Disability
iii.£ attainment of Normal Retirement Date
b.Any Hour of Service requirement and last day requirement shall be modified as follows:
i.£ Waive both the Hour of Service requirement and last day requirement
ii.£ Waive the Hour of Service requirement only
iii.£ Waive last day requirement only
c.£ The following other modifications shall be made to the requirements specified in D.1-3b:

NOTE: D.3 is only applicable if D.1a, D.1b or D.1c is selected.

 
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NOTE: D.3c may only be used to make minor changes to the requirements specified in D.1-3b and must be specified in a manner that is objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion. For example, D.3c could be used to clarify that last day but not Hours of Service is waived for death while Hours of Service and last day are waived for Disability and attainment of Normal Retirement Date.

4.Coverage Failures for Matching Contributions

Method to fix Matching Contribution Code section 410(b)(1)(B) ratio percentage coverage failures (Section 4.02(d)):

a.£ Do not automatically fix
b.£ Add just enough Participants to meet the coverage requirements
c.£ Add all non-excludable Participants

 

Matching - Formula

 

5.Matched Employee Contribution Inclusions
a.Elective Deferrals are included in the definition of Matched Employee Contribution to the extent selected below
i.£ Include a Participant's Catch-up Contributions in the definition of Matched Employee Contribution
ii.£ Include a Participant's Roth Elective Deferrals in the definition of Matched Employee Contribution
b.£ Include a Participant's Voluntary Contributions in the definition of Matched Employee Contributions

NOTE: Pre-Tax Elective Deferrals that are not Catch-up Contributions are always included in the definition of Matched Employee Contribution.

NOTE: All Elective Deferrals must be included as Matched Employee Contributions if the Plan is intended to be a safe harbor 401(k) plan by use of a safe harbor matching formula (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected) or the Plan is intended to satisfy the ACP safe harbor of Code section 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) (C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected).

NOTE: D.5b is not applicable if the Plan does not provide for Voluntary Contributions (A.8 is "No").

The Company's Matching Contribution shall be allocated to eligible Participants who have met the requirements of Section B (for all matching contributions) and D.1 through D.4 (for non-safe harbor Matching Contributions) as follows (Section 4.02):

 

6.Matching Contribution Formula
a.£ A discretionary amount and percentage of Matched Employee Contributions
b.£ Single rate. The Company will contribute as a Matching Contribution an amount equal to
i.% of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that are not in excess of
ii.% of the Participant's Compensation
c.£ Two rates. The Company will contribute as a Matching Contribution an amount equal to

Rate One

i.% of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that are not in excess of
ii.% of the Participant's Compensation; plus

Rate Two

iii.% of the amount of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that exceed % of the Participant's Compensation but that do not exceed
iv.% of the Participant's Compensation
d.£ Three rates. The Company will contribute as a Matching Contribution an amount equal to

Rate One

 

 

 
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i.% of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that are not in excess of
ii.% of the Participant's Compensation; plus

Rate Two

iii.% of the amount of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that exceed % of the Participant's Compensation but that do not exceed
iv.% of the Participant's Compensation; plus

Rate Three

v.% of the amount of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that exceed % of the Participant's Compensation but that do not exceed
vi.% of the Participant's Compensation
e.£ Years of service. See D.9 below
f.£ Special schedule. Matching Contributions shall be made according to the following fixed schedule:

NOTE: The discretionary formula in D.6a must meet the nondiscrimination requirements regarding benefits, right or features described in Treas. Reg. section 1.401(a)(4)-4.

NOTE: If the Plan is a safe harbor match (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected), D.6b-d must be selected and the contributions listed in D.6 will be Qualified Matching Contributions (Section 4.04(d)). If additional Matching contributions are made and are not treated as Qualified Matching Contributions, list those contributions in D.7 and/or D.8.

NOTE: A Matching Contribution of a Nonhighly Compensated Employee will not be taken into account in satisfying the requirements of Section 5.02 to the extent it is a disproportionate contribution within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(m)-2(a)(5).

NOTE: If the Plan is a safe harbor match (C.1a.ii is selected) the formula must be completed so that it at least meets the following minimum formula: the Company will contribute as a Matching Contribution an amount equal to 100% of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that are not in excess of 3% of the Participant's Compensation; plus 50% of the amount of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that exceed 3% but that do not exceed 5% of the Participant's Compensation. The Company may also elect a Matching Contribution formula where: (i) the aggregate amount of Matching Contributions at each rate of Matched Employee Contributions is at least equal to the aggregate amount of Matching Contributions which would have been made if the Matching Contributions were made under the formula described in the applicable preceding sentences, and (ii) the rate of Matching Contributions cannot increase as a Participant's Matched Employee Contributions increase.

NOTE: If C.1a.v (QACA Match) is selected, the formula must be completed so that it at least meets the following minimum formula: the Company will contribute as a Matching Contribution an amount equal to 100% of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that are not in excess of 1% of the Participant's Compensation; plus 50% of the amount of the Participant's Matched Employee Contributions that exceed 1% but that do not exceed 6% of the Participant's Compensation. The Company may also elect a Matching Contribution formula where: (i) the aggregate amount of Matching Contributions at each rate of Matched Employee Contributions is at least equal to the aggregate amount of Matching Contributions which would have been made if the Matching Contributions were made under the formula described in the applicable preceding sentences, and (ii) the rate of Matching Contributions cannot increase as a Participant's Matched Employee Contributions increase.

NOTE: If the Plan is intended to also satisfy the ACP safe harbor of Code section 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) (C.1b.i or C.1b.i is selected): (i) the rate of Matching Contributions cannot increase as a Participant's Matched Employee Contributions increase, (ii) Matching Contributions cannot be made on Matched Employee Contributions in excess of six percent (6%) of Compensation, and (iii) the amount of Matching Contributions subject to the Company's discretion shall not exceed four percent (4%) of Compensation.

 

 
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NOTE: If the Plan is a safe harbor match (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected) and/or the Plan is an ACP safe harbor (C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected), no Highly Compensated Employee can receive a greater rate of Matching Contributions than a Nonhighly Compensated Employee at the same rate of Matched Employee Contributions.

NOTE: If Special schedule (D.6f) is selected, D.6f the schedule must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion.

7.Additional Discretionary Matching Contributions
£Permit discretionary Matching Contributions to be made in addition to the contributions described in D.6b-d as a discretionary amount and percentage of Matched Employee Contributions

NOTE: If the Plan is intended to satisfy the ACP safe harbor of Code section 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) (C.1b.i or C.1bi.i is selected): (i) the rate of Matching Contributions cannot increase as a Participant's Matched Employee Contributions increase, (ii) Matching Contributions cannot be made on Matched Employee Contributions in excess of six percent (6%) of Compensation, and (iii) the amount of Matching Contributions subject to the Company's discretion shall not exceed four percent (4%) of Compensation.

NOTE: If the Plan is a safe harbor match (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected) and/or the Plan is an ACP safe harbor (C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected), no Highly Compensated Employee can receive a greater rate of Matching Contributions than a Nonhighly Compensated Employee at the same rate of Matched Employee Contributions.

8.Additional Fixed Matching Contributions
£Permit additional fixed Matching Contributions to be made in addition to the contributions described in D.6b-d:

NOTE: If the Plan is intended to satisfy the ACP safe harbor of Code section 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) (C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected): (i) the rate of Matching Contributions cannot increase as a Participant's Matched Employee Contributions increase, (ii) Matching Contributions cannot be made on Matched Employee Contributions in excess of six percent (6%) of Compensation, and (iii) the amount of Matching Contributions subject to the Company's discretion shall not exceed four percent (4%) of Compensation.

NOTE: If the Plan is a safe harbor match (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected) and/or the Plan is an ACP safe harbor (C.1b.i or C.1b.ii is selected), no Highly Compensated Employee can receive a greater rate of Matching Contributions than a Nonhighly Compensated Employee at the same rate of Matched Employee Contributions.

9.Years of Service
a.The Matching contribution will be made according to the schedule below:
i.            Years of service            % of Matched Employee Contributions
ii.            Years of service             % of Matched Employee Contributions
iii.            Years of service            % of Matched Employee Contributions
iv.            Years of service            % of Matched Employee Contributions
b.£ Only Matched Employee Contributions that are not in excess of % of the Participant's Compensation shall be matched.
c.In determining years of service in this D.9, the following service shall be used:
i.£ Years of Eligibility Service
ii.£ Years of Vesting Service
d.Enter the number of Hours of Service necessary to earn a year of service described in D.9a:

NOTE: D.9 is only applicable if D.6e is selected.

NOTE: The first tier of Matching Contributions in D.9a.i shall be available no later than the period described in 410(a)(1).

10.Maximum Allocations for Matching Contributions

Plan limits Matching Contributions to the following in each Plan Year:

a.£ Maximum percentage of Compensation that applies to all Participants:
b.£ Maximum percentage of Compensation that applies to Highly Compensated Employees only:
 
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c.£ Maximum dollar amount that applies to all Participants:
d.£ Maximum dollar amount that applies to Highly Compensated Employees only:
e.£ Other:
f.£ No Maximum

NOTE: If C.1a.ii or C.1a.v (safe harbor match) is selected, then D.10 will not apply (limits on Matching are described in the Note under D.6).

NOTE: If D.10e is selected the requirements provided must be nondiscriminatory, objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion.

11.Allocation Times for Matching Contributions
a.Fixed Matching Contributions are allocated to Participant Accounts at the following time(s):
i.£ End of Plan Year
ii.£ Semi-annually
iii.£ Quarterly
iv.£ Each calendar month
v.£ Each pay period
vi.£ At such times as may be determined by the Company
b.Apply the dollar limit in D.10:
i.£ On a Plan Year basis only
ii.£ Pro rata as of each period specified in D.11a

NOTE: D.11 shall not apply if the Matching formula is discretionary (D.6a is selected).

NOTE: Any service requirements specified in D.1 through D.3 shall be applied pro rata to the period selected in this D.11. Any last day rule specified in D.1 through D.3 shall be applied as of the end of each period selected in this D.11.

NOTE: Discretionary Matching Contributions (if selected in D.6) may be allocated at a time other than that selected in D.11. However, if C.1a.ii or C.1a.v (safe harbor match) is selected, no Highly Compensated Employee can receive a greater rate of Matching Contributions than a Nonhighly Compensated Employee at the same rate of Matched Employee Contributions.

NOTE: D.11b shall only apply if a maximum dollar amount (D.10c or D.10d) is selected and end of Plan Year (D.11a.i) is not selected.

NOTE: See Section 4.02(b)(1) for rules relating to "true up" Matching Contributions.

 

Profit Sharing - Allocation Service

 

NOTE: If A.10 is "Yes" (Profit Sharing Contributions are permitted), an Eligible Employee who has met the requirements of Section B and who has satisfied the following requirements shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions during the applicable Plan Year.

 

12.Continuing Eligibility for Profit Sharing Contributions (select one):
a.£ Same as Matching Contributions. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions upon meeting the requirements of D.1 through D.4
b.T Pursuant to options selected below. An Eligible Employee shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions upon meeting the requirements of D.13 through D.15

NOTE: If D.12a is selected, D.13 - D.15 shall be inapplicable.

13.Allocation Service Requirements for Profit Sharing Contributions
a.T In order to share in the allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions, a Participant is required to complete the following Hours of Service in the applicable Plan Year 1000
 
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b.T In order to share in the allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions, a Participant is required to be employed by the Company on the last day of Plan Year
c.£ In order to share in the allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions, a Participant is required to be employed by the Company on the last day of Plan Year or complete at least Hours of Service in the applicable Plan Year
d.£ None

NOTE: D.13a and D.13b are inapplicable if D.13c is selected.

NOTE: D.13a and D.13c may not be more than 1,000.

14.Profit Sharing Allocation Service Computation Rules
a.Select hours equivalency:
i.T None

An Employee shall be credited with the following service with the Employer:

ii.£ 10 Hours of Service for each day or partial day
iii.£ 45 Hours of Service for each week or partial week
iv.£ 95 Hours of Service for each semi-monthly payroll period or partial semi-monthly payroll period
v.£ 190 Hours of Service for each month or partial month
b.The hours equivalency shall apply to:
i.£ All Employees
ii.£ Only Employees not paid on a per-hour basis

NOTE: D.14 is only applicable if D.13a or D.13c is selected.

15.Exceptions to Allocation Service Requirements for Profit Sharing Contributions
a.Modify Hour of Service requirement and/or last day requirement for a Participant who terminates employment with the Employer during the Plan Year due to:
i.T death.
ii.T Disability
iii.T attainment of Normal Retirement Date
b.Any Hour of Service requirement and last day requirement shall be modified as follows:
i.T Waive both the Hour of Service requirement and last day requirement
ii.£ Waive the Hour of Service requirement only
iii.£ Waive last day requirement only
c.£ The following other modifications shall be made to the requirements specified in D.13-15b:

NOTE: D.15 is only applicable if D.13a, D.13b or D.13c is selected.

NOTE: D.15c may only be used to make minor changes to the requirements specified in D.13-15b and must be specified in a manner that is objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion. For example, D.15c could be used to clarify that last day but not Hours of Service is waived for death while Hours of Service and last day are waived for Disability and attainment of Normal Retirement Age.

16.Coverage Failures for Profit Sharing Contributions

Method to fix Profit Sharing Contribution Code section 410(b) ratio percentage coverage failures (Section 4.03(d)):

a.T Do not automatically fix
b.£ Add just enough Participants to meet the coverage requirements
c.£ Add all non-excludable Participants

 

 
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Profit Sharing - Formula

 

17.Amount of Profit Sharing Contributions
a.T Discretionary in an amount as determined by the Company
b.£ % of total Participant Compensation for the Plan Year
c.£ $ for the Plan Year
d.£ Other:
18.Profit Sharing allocation formula. The Company's Profit Sharing Contribution shall be allocated to eligible Participants who have met the requirements of Section B and D.12 as follows (Section 4.03):
a.T Pro rata. In the ratio that each Participant's Compensation bears to the Compensation of all eligible Participants.
b.£ Integrated. See D.19.
c.£ Points. See D.20.
d.£ Fixed Amount. In an amount equal to the total Profit Sharing Contribution divided by the number of Participants eligible to share in such contribution.
e.£ Age Weighted. In the ratio that such Participant's points bears to the points of all eligible Participants for such Plan Year. The points awarded to each Participant shall be equal to the product of the Participant's Compensation multiplied by the factor in the Age Weighted Appendix determined using the Participant's age as of the end of the Plan Year.
f.£ New Comparability - Defined Groups. See D.21.
g.£ New Comparability - One Group per Participant. In an amount designated by the Company to be allocated to each group. For purposes of this D.18g, there shall be one group created for each Participant eligible to receive allocations of Profit Sharing Contributions. The contribution shall be allocated to each group in a manner determined by the Company. The amount allocated to one group need not bear any relationship to amounts allocated to any other group. The Company shall notify the Plan Administrator and/or the Trustee in writing of the amount of contributions allocated to each group.
h.£ Other fixed formula:

NOTE: Options D.18e-g are not safe harbor formulas within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(a)(4)-2(b)(2).

NOTE: In the case of self-employed individuals (i.e., sole proprietorships or partnerships), the requirements of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-1(a)(6) continue to apply, and the allocation method should not be such that a cash or deferred election is created for a self-employed individual as a result of application of the allocation method.

NOTE: If D.18f or D.18g is selected, the amount allocated to one group need not bear any relationship to amounts allocated to any other group. The Company shall also notify the Plan Administrator in writing of the amount of contributions allocated to each group by no later than the due date of the Company's tax return for the year to which the contribution relates.

NOTE: If New Comparability (D.18f or D.18g) is selected, see Sections 3.06(d) and 4.03(b)(1) for rules regarding the gateway test.

NOTE: If Other fixed formula (D.18h) is selected, D.18h the fixed formula must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion.

19.Profit Sharing - Integration

If D.18b is selected, the Company's Profit Sharing Contribution shall be allocated to eligible Participants who have met the requirements of Section B and D.12 pursuant to either Paragraph (1) or (2) below:

(1)2 step method for plans that are not Top-Heavy or who have met the Top-Heavy minimum allocation requirements using other allocations:
 
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(A)Profit-Sharing Contributions shall first be allocated to each Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account in the ratio that the sum of such Participant's Compensation plus his Excess Compensation bears to the sum of all eligible Participants' Compensation plus Excess Compensation, but not to exceed the permitted disparity of such sum; and
(B)The balance, if any, remaining after the allocation in subparagraph (A) shall then be allocated to each Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account in the ratio that such Participant's Compensation bears to all eligible Participants' Compensation.
(2)4 step method for plans that are meeting the Top-Heavy minimum allocation requirements using Profit Sharing Contributions:
(A)Profit Sharing Contributions shall first be allocated to each Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account in the ratio that each Participant's Statutory Compensation bears to all eligible Participants' Statutory Compensation, but not in excess of 3% of each Participant's Compensation.
(B)The balance, if any, remaining after the allocation in subparagraph (A) shall then be allocated to each Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account in the ratio that each Participant's Excess Compensation bears to the Excess Compensation of all Participants, but not in excess of 3% of each Participant's Excess Compensation.
(C)The balance, if any, remaining after the allocation in subparagraph (B) shall then be allocated to each Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account in the ratio that the sum of each Participant's Compensation and Excess Compensation bears to the sum of all eligible Participants' Compensation and Excess Compensation, but not in excess of the permitted disparity less 3%.
(D)The balance, if any, remaining after the allocation in subparagraph (C) shall be allocated to each Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account in the ratio that each Participant's Compensation bears to all Participants' Compensation.

Integration level for determining Excess Compensation:

a.£ Taxable wage base (as defined under Section 230 of the Social Security Act) in effect on the first day of such Plan Year
b.£ 20% of the taxable wage base (as defined under Section 230 of the Social Security Act) in effect on the first day of such Plan Year; minus $1.00
c.£ 80% of the taxable wage base (as defined under Section 230 of the Social Security Act) in effect on the first day of such Plan Year; minus $1.00
d.£ 80% of the taxable wage base (as defined under Section 230 of the Social Security Act) in effect on the first day of such Plan Year; plus $1.00
e.£ % (not more than 100%) of taxable wage base (as defined under Section 230 of the Social Security Act) in effect on the first day of such Plan Year
f.£ Fixed dollar amount: $ (not more than the taxable wage base (as defined under Section 230 of the Social Security Act) in effect on the first day of such Plan Year)

NOTE: If D.19a (taxable wage base) is not selected, the amount of permitted disparity will be determined in accordance with the following table:

Integration Level

Permitted

Disparity

More than $0 but not more than 20% of the TWB 5.7%
More than 20% of the TWB but not greater than 80% of the TWB 4.3%
More than 80% of the TWB but less than 100% of the TWB 5.4%
100% of the TWB 5.7%

TWB = taxable wage base (as defined under Section 230 of the Social Security Act)

20.Profit Sharing - Points
 
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If D.18c is selected, the Company's Profit Sharing Contribution shall be allocated to eligible Participants who have met the requirements of B.17 through B.20 and D.12 through D.15 in the ratio that such Participant's points bears to the points of all eligible Participants.

Each Participant shall receive to the extent provided in D.20a: (a) the points described in D.20d for each year of age he has attained (as of his birthday during such Plan Year), (b) the points described in D.20c for each Plan Year, including the current Plan Year, during which he was eligible to participate in the Plan after meeting the requirements of Article 3 (regardless of any service or last day requirement in Article 4) applicable to Profit Sharing Contributions, and (c) the points described in D.20b for each $100 of Compensation he has earned for such Plan Year.

If after application of the foregoing, the average of the allocation rates for eligible Highly Compensated Employees exceeds the average of the allocation rates for eligible Nonhighly Compensated Employees, each eligible Nonhighly Compensated Employee who has earned any points during the Plan Year shall be awarded the same minimum number of points (or fraction of a point) so that the average of the allocation rates for eligible Highly Compensated Employees does not exceed the average of the allocation rates for eligible Nonhighly Compensated Employees.

a.Points will be computed on basis of:
i.£ Age, Service and Compensation
ii.£ Age and Service
iii.£ Age and Compensation
iv.£ Service and Compensation
v.£ Age Only
vi.£ Service Only
b.Points awarded for $100 of Compensation:
c.Points awarded for each year of service within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(a)(4)-11(d)(3):
d.Points awarded for each year of age:

NOTE: While the "Points" formula is a safe harbor formula within the meaning of Treas. Reg. 1.401(a)(4)-2(b)(3), the Plan must be tested each year to ensure that the average of the allocation rates for eligible Highly Compensated Employees does not exceed the average of the allocation rates for eligible Nonhighly Compensated Employees.

NOTE: D.20b, D.20c and D.20d apply to the extent that D.20a provides points for Compensation, Years of Service and/or age; respectively.

21.Profit Sharing - New Comparability

New Comparability - Defined Groups. If D.18f is selected, the Company's Profit Sharing Contribution shall be allocated to eligible Participants who have met the requirements of B.17 through B.20 and D.12 through D.15 in an amount designated by the Company to be allocated to each group described in D.21. The contribution for a group shall then be further allocated to the members of such group who are eligible to receive allocations of Profit Sharing Contributions in the method as specified in D.21 for such group. The amount allocated to one group need not bear any relationship to amounts allocated to any other group. In the event that an eligible Participant is included in more than one group, the Participant's share of the contribution allocated to each group will be based upon either the amount of service or the Compensation for the part of the year the Participant was in the group.

The groups and allocations shall be determined as follows:

a.Group One: An amount equal to:
i.£ A percentage of Compensation
ii.£ A fixed dollar amount
iii.£ the greater i. or ii.

 

 
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NOTE: D.21 applies if "New Comparability - Defined Groups" (D.18f) is selected.

NOTE: Groups must be clearly defined in a manner that will not violate the definite predetermined allocation formula requirement of Treas. Reg. section 1.401-1(b)(1)(ii) and is objectively determined with no Company discretion.

22.Allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions
a.Profit Sharing Contributions are allocated to Participant Accounts at the following time(s):
i.T End of Plan Year
ii.£ Semi-annually
iii.£ Quarterly
iv.£ Each calendar month
v.£ Each pay period
b.Minimum and Maximum Profit Sharing Allocations
i.£ Allocations of Profit Sharing Contributions for a Participant shall be subject to a minimum amount:
ii.£ Allocations of Profit Sharing Contributions for a Participant shall be subject to a maximum amount:

NOTE: Any service requirements specified in D.12 through D.15 shall be applied pro rata to the period selected in this D.22a. Any last day rule specified in D.12 through D.15 shall be applied as of the end of each period selected in this D.22a.

NOTE: Selection of D.22a.ii through D.22a.v may result in the Plan not meeting a Code section 401(a)(4) safe harbor allocation formula within the meaning of Treas. Reg. 1.401(a)(4)-2(b)(2).

23.Profit Sharing - Disability
£Allocate Profit Sharing Contributions to Disabled Participants who do not meet the allocation service requirements (Section 4.03(e)). Allocations to Disabled Participants end as of the earliest of: (i) the last day of the Plan Year in which occurs the anniversary of the start of the Participant's Disability or (ii) such other time specified in Section 4.03(e).

NOTE: D.23 shall not be more than "tenth".

NOTE: Allocations under D.23 may occur after Termination.

24.Collective Bargaining Agreement
a.£ In addition to the amount selected in D.18, an amount necessary to meet the Company's requirements under an applicable collective bargaining agreement shall be allocated.
b.The collective bargaining allocations will offset any other employer contribution allocations that would otherwise be made to a Participant:
i.£ Yes - Profit Sharing contributions only
ii.£ No
iii.£ Other:

NOTE: Option D.24 is not a safe harbor formula within the meaning of Treas. Reg. 1.401(a)(4)-2(b)(2).

NOTE: D.17-22 (amount, formula, timing, maximum and minimum Profit Sharing Contributions) will not apply to collectively bargained contributions. Collectively bargained contribution allocation timing, maximums and minimums will be determined under the collective bargaining agreement unless otherwise specified in D.24b.

 

Other Contributions/415

 

25.Prevailing Wage
a.£ In addition to any other Profit Sharing Contributions otherwise provided in the Plan, an amount necessary to meet the Company's requirements under an applicable prevailing wage statute shall be allocated. The formula for allocating Profit Sharing Contributions shall be specified in the Prevailing Wage Addendum to the
 
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Adoption Agreement. The addition of such Addendum shall not be considered a modification to the volume submitter document.

The prevailing wage allocation offset:

i.£ None
ii.£ The prevailing wage allocations will offset any other Profit Sharing Contribution allocations that would otherwise be made to a Participant
iii.£ Other:
b.£ Qualified Non-Elective Contributions (in addition to any non-elective contribution made pursuant to D.18 and Section 4.04) shall be allocated in an amount necessary to meet the Company's requirements under an applicable prevailing wage statute. Allocations will be made in an amount necessary to meet the Company's requirements under an applicable prevailing wage statute. The formula for allocating Qualified Non-Elective Contributions shall be specified in an Addendum to the Adoption Agreement. The addition of such Addendum shall not be considered a modification to the volume submitter document.

The prevailing wage allocation offset:

i.£ None
ii.£ The prevailing wage allocations will offset any other Qualified Non-elective Contribution allocations that would otherwise be made to a Participant.
iii.£ Other:
c.£ Exclude from receiving benefits under an applicable prevailing wage statute under this Plan.

NOTE: Option D.25 is not a safe harbor formula within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(a)(4)-2(b)(2).

NOTE: Depending upon the offset rule chosen, timing of allocations may need to be considered as contributions under Prevailing Wage are typically required to be made not less often than quarterly.

NOTE: The offset provided under D.25a.iii and/or D.25b.iii must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion

NOTE: D.25c must be used to exclude Highly Compensated Employees or another nondiscriminatory class of employees from receiving Prevailing Wage allocations. Note that the Employees excluded will generally still need to be provided the Prevailing Wage benefits in another manner.

26.QNECs

£ The following limitations, conditions and/or special rules apply to Qualified Non-Elective Contributions: (Section 4.04(b))Subject to D.26 if applicable, the Company's Qualified Non-elective Contribution (in addition to any non-elective contribution made pursuant to C.1 or D.24) shall be allocated in such manner as determined by the Company. The Company shall notify the Plan Administrator and/or the Trustee in writing of the manner in which such contributions shall be allocated.

NOTE: A Qualified Non-elective Contribution of a Nonhighly Compensated Employee will not be taken into account in satisfying the requirements of Section 5.02 to the extent it is a disproportionate contribution within the meaning of Treas. Reg. sections 1.401(k)-2(a)(6)(iv) and/or 1.401(m)-2(a)(6)(v).

27.Rollovers

Rollover Contributions are permitted (Section 4.05):

a.£ No
b.T Yes - All Eligible Employees may make a Rollover Contribution even if not yet a Participant in the Plan
c.£ Yes - Only active Participants may make a Rollover Contribution
d.£ Yes - may make a Rollover Contribution

NOTE: The Plan Administrator has discretion under Section 4.05 to limit the types of rollover contributions accepted by the Plan and must use that discretion in a consistent and nondiscriminatory manner.

28.Deemed IRAs
£The Plan may accept voluntary contributions to deemed IRAs (Section 4.11) effective:
 
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NOTE: If D.28 is selected, see Section 4.11 for rules regarding deemed IRAs.

29.Death or Disability During Qualified Military Service
£For benefit accrual purposes, a Participant that dies or becomes Disabled while performing qualified military service will be treated as if he had been employed by the Company on the day preceding death or Disability and terminated employment on the day of death or Disability (Section 4.07).
30.415 Additional Language
£Additional language necessary to satisfy Code section 415 because of the required aggregation of multiple plans: .

 

SECTION E. VESTING

 

 

Vesting Service Rules

 

1.Vesting service computation method
a.T Hours of Service. Number of Hours of Service necessary for a Year of Vesting Service: 1000
b.£ Elapsed Time

NOTE: Unless E.1.b (Elapsed Time) is selected, the Plan will use the Hours of Service method for determining vesting service. If E.1.b (Elapsed Time) is selected, questions E.2 through E.3 are disregarded.

NOTE: E.1a may not be more than 1,000. If left blank, the Plan will use 1,000 Hours of Service.

2.Vesting Service Equivalencies
a.Select equivalency for vesting purposes:
i.T None.

An Employee shall be credited with the following service with the Employer:

ii.£ 10 Hours of Service for each day or partial day
iii.£ 45 Hours of Service for each week or partial week
iv.£ 95 Hours of Service for each semi-monthly payroll period or partial semi-monthly payroll period
v.£ 190 Hours of Service for each month or partial month
b.The hours equivalency selected in E.2a shall apply to:
i.£ All Employees
ii.£ Only Employees not paid on a per-hour basis

NOTE: E.2b does not apply if E.2a.i is selected.

3.Vesting Computation Period
a.£ Calendar year
b.T Plan Year
c.£ The twelve-consecutive month period commencing on the date the Employee first performs an Hour of Service; each subsequent twelve-consecutive month period shall commence on the anniversary of such date
d.£ Other:

NOTE: E.3d must be a twelve-consecutive month period.

4.Other Employer Service
£Count years of service with employers other than the Employer for vesting purposes. List other employers and indicate for what purposes (e.g., Matching, Profit Sharing, etc.) the service applies along with any limitations:
5.Vesting Exceptions

 

 
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a.£ Death. Provide for full vesting for a Participant who terminates employment with the Employer due to death while an Employee (Section 6.02).
b.£ Disability. Provide for full vesting for a Participant who terminates employment with the Employer due to Disability while an Employee (Section 6.02).
c.£ Early Retirement. Provide for 100% vesting upon the attainment of Early Retirement Date while an Employee (Section 6.02).
6.Vesting Exclusions
a.£ Exclude Years of Vesting Service earned before age 18
b.£ Exclude Years of Vesting Service earned before the Employer maintained this Plan or a predecessor plan
c.£ One-year holdout. If an Employee has a One-Year Break in Service/Period of Severance, exclude Years of Vesting Service earned before such period until the Employee has completed a Year of Vesting Service after returning to employment with the Employer.
d.£ Rule of parity. If an Employee does not have any nonforfeitable right to the Account balance derived from Employer contributions, exclude Years of Vesting Service earned before a period of five (5) consecutive One-Year Breaks in Service/Periods of Severance.
7.Special Vesting Provisions
£Provide for special vesting provisions:

NOTE: Any special provisions must satisfy Code sections 401(a)(4) and 411.

 

Vesting Schedules

 

8.Matching Contribution Account

Vesting Schedule for Matching Contributions:

a.£ 100%
b.£ 2-6 Year Graded
c.£ 1-5 Year Graded
d.£ 1-4 Year Graded
e.£ 3 Year Cliff
f.£ 2 Year Cliff
g.£ Other:
i.Other Match Schedule - less than 1 year: %
ii.Other Match Schedule - 1 year but less than 2 years: %
iii.Other Match Schedule - 2 years but less than 3 years: %
iv.Other Match Schedule - 3 years but less than 4 years: %
v.Other Match Schedule - 4 years but less than 5 years: %
vi.Other Match Schedule - 5 years but less than 6 years: %
vii.Other Match Schedule - 6 or more years: 100%.

NOTE: See Section 6.02 for definitions of the applicable vesting schedules.

NOTE: Any vesting schedule described in E.8g must provide vesting at least as rapidly as the "3 Year Cliff" vesting schedule or the "2-6 Year Graded" vesting schedule and E.8g.vii will be deemed to be 100%.

NOTE: E.8 is not applicable if the Plan provides for a safe harbor match (C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected) and there are no additional fixed or discretionary matching contributions beyond the safe harbor contribution (D.7 and D.8 are not selected).

9.Safe Harbor Matching Contributions
 
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If the Plan provides for a safe harbor match, additional fixed or discretionary matching contributions beyond the contributions necessary to satisfy ADP safe harbor contribution requirements (D.7 and/or D.8) will be subject to the vesting schedule in E.8 as follows (select one):

£Only discretionary Matching Contributions (D.7) shall be subject to the schedule described in E.8
£Fixed Matching Contributions described in D.8 and discretionary Matching Contributions (D.7) shall be subject to the schedule described in E.8

NOTE: E.9 only applies if E.8 is not 100%; C.1a.ii or C.1a.v is selected and D.7 and/or D.8 is/are selected.

NOTE: Traditional ADP safe harbor matching contributions (C.1a.ii) are 100% vested.

NOTE: Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement safe harbor matching contributions (C.1a.v) are subject to the vesting schedule selected in E.11.

10.Profit Sharing

Profit Sharing Contribution Account Vesting Schedule:

a.T 100%
b.£ 2-6 Year Graded
c.£ 1-5 Year Graded
d.£ 1-4 Year Graded
e.£ 3 Year Cliff
f.£ 2 Year Cliff
g.£ Other:
i.Other Profit Sharing Schedule - less than 1 year: %
ii.Other Profit Sharing Schedule - 1 year but less than 2 years: %
iii.Other Profit Sharing Schedule - 2 years but less than 3 years: %
iv.Other Profit Sharing Schedule - 3 years but less than 4 years: %
v.Other Profit Sharing Schedule - 4 years but less than 5 years: %
vi.Other Profit Sharing Schedule - 5 years but less than 6 years: %
vii.Other Profit Sharing Schedule - 6 or more years: 100%.

NOTE: See Section 6.02 for definitions of the applicable vesting schedules.

NOTE: Any vesting schedule described in E.10g must provide vesting at least as rapidly as the "3 Year Cliff" vesting schedule or the "2-6 Year Graded" vesting schedule and E.10g.vii will be deemed to be 100%.

11.QACA Vesting

QACA (Non Elective and Match) Vesting Schedule. Specify the vesting schedule for contributions made pursuant to C.1a.v or C.1a.vi:

a.£ 100%
b.£ 2 Year Cliff
c.£ Other:
i.Other QACA Schedule - less than 1 year: %
ii.Other QACA Schedule - 1 year but less than 2 years: %
iii.Other QACA Schedule - 2 or more years: 100%.

NOTE: See Section 6.02 for definitions of the applicable vesting schedules.

12.Other Vesting Schedule
a.£ The Plan has another vesting schedule:
b.Describe the Participants to which the other vesting schedule applies:
c.£ Retain pre-PPA Profit Sharing vesting schedule for pre 2007 contributions:

NOTE: The vesting schedule in E.12 is in addition to the vesting schedules in E.8 through E.11.

 
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NOTE: E.12b must be applied in a consistent and nondiscriminatory manner. For example, E.12b could be used to describe a prior vesting schedule, vesting for a transfer account, or a vesting schedule that applies to Participants covered by a collective bargaining agreement provided retirement benefits were the subject of good faith bargaining.

NOTE: The vesting schedule must satisfy the applicable minimum vesting requirements of Code section 411(a)(2) at every point in time, for all Participants' years of service.

13.Forfeitures

Forfeitures will be used in the following manner (Articles 5 and 6):

a.T Any permissible method (restore forfeitures, reduce Company contributions (or reallocate as Company contributions) made pursuant to Article 4 or to pay Plan expenses)
b.£ Other:

NOTE: E.13b is limited to one or a combination of the options described in E.13a. E.13b may be used to further restrict the uses of forfeiture and must be applied in a consistent and nondiscriminatory manner.

 

SECTION F. DISTRIBUTIONS

 

 

Normal/Early Retirement

 

1.Normal Retirement
a.Normal Retirement Age means:
i.T Attainment of age 65
ii.£ Later of attainment of age and the service specified in F.1b
b.Select the type and length of service used to measure Normal Retirement Age:
i.£ Eligibility. Years of Eligibility Service
ii.£ Vesting. Years of Vesting Service
iii.£ Participation. anniversary of participation (e.g. third, fourth, etc.)
c.Normal Retirement Date means:
i.T Normal Retirement Age
ii.£ First day of calendar month coincident or next following Normal Retirement Age
iii.£ First day of calendar month nearest Normal Retirement Age
iv.£ Anniversary date nearest Normal Retirement Age
v.£ Other:

NOTE: The age entered in F.1a may not be more than 65.

NOTE: F.1b may not require more than the fifth anniversary of participation as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.411(a)-7(b)(1) and any superseding guidance.

NOTE: The Normal Retirement Age shall be deemed met no later than the later of age 65 or the fifth anniversary of participation as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.411(a)-7(b)(1) and any superseding guidance.

2.Early Retirement
a.Early Retirement Age means:
i.T None. The Plan does not have an early retirement feature.
ii.£ Attainment of age
iii.£ Later of attainment of age and the service specified in F.2b
b.Select the type and length of service used to measure Early Retirement Age:
i.£ Eligibility. Years of Eligibility Service
 
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ii.£ Vesting. Years of Vesting Service
iii.£ Participation. anniversary of participation (e.g. third, fourth, etc.)
c.Early Retirement Date means:
i.£ Early Retirement Age
ii.£ First day of calendar month coincident or next following Early Retirement Age
iii.£ First day of calendar month nearest Early Retirement Age
iv.£ Anniversary date nearest Early Retirement Age
v.£ Other:

NOTE: The age entered in F.2a may not be more than 65.

NOTE: F.2b is only applicable if F.2a.iii is selected.

NOTE: See related selections E.5c (vesting upon Early Retirement Date) and G.2b (in-service distributions upon Early Retirement Date).

 

Time & Form of Payment

 

3.Time of Payment (Other than Death)

Distributions after Termination of Employment for reasons other than death shall commence (Section 7.02):

a.T Immediate. As soon as administratively feasible with a final payment made consisting of any allocations occurring after such Termination of Employment
b.£ End of Plan Year. As soon as administratively feasible after all contributions have been allocated relating to the Plan Year in which the Participant's Account balance becomes distributable
c.£ Normal Retirement Date.
d.£ Other:

NOTE: Any entry in F.3d must comply with Code section 401(a)(9), Section 7.02(e) and other requirements of Article 7.

4.Form of Payment (Other than Death)

Medium of distribution from the Plan:

a.£ Cash only
b.T Cash or in-kind
c.£ Cash or in-kind rollover to an Individual Retirement Account sponsored by the following vendor:
5.Default Form of Payment (Other than Death)
a.Unless otherwise elected by the Participant, distributions shall be made in the form of:
i.T Lump sum only
ii.£ Qualified Joint and % Survivor Annuity (not less than 50% and not more than 100%)
b.In addition to the form described in F.5a, distributions from the Plan after Termination for reasons other than death may be made in the following forms (select all that apply):
i.£ Lump sum only
ii.T Lump sum payment or substantially equal annual, or more frequent installments over a period not to exceed the joint life expectancy of the Participant and his Beneficiary
iii.£ Under a continuous right of withdrawal pursuant to which a Participant may withdraw such amounts at such times as he shall elect
iv.£ Other:

NOTE: F.5b.iii and any entry in F.5b.iv must comply with Code section 401(a)(9), Section 7.02(e) and other requirements of Article 7.

6.Distributions as an Annuity
 
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a.Permit Participants to make distributions in the form of an annuity
i.£ Yes - entire account
ii.£ Yes - the following conditions and/or limitations shall apply:
iii.T No
b.Permit Beneficiaries to make distributions in the form of an annuity
i.£ Yes - the entire account
ii.£ Yes - the following conditions and/or limitations shall apply:
iii.T No

NOTE: If F.6a.i or F.6a.ii is selected, a Participant may elect to have the Plan Administrator apply his vested Account to the extent provided above toward the purchase of an annuity contract, which shall be distributed to the Participant. The terms of such annuity contract shall comply with the provisions of this Plan and any annuity contract shall be nontransferable.

NOTE: If F.6b.i or F.6b.ii is selected, a Beneficiary may elect to have the Plan Administrator apply his vested Account to the extent provided above toward the purchase of an annuity contract, which shall be distributed to the Beneficiary. The terms of such annuity contract shall comply with the provisions of this Plan (including Section 7.05)and any annuity contract shall be nontransferable.

NOTE: F.6a.ii and F.6b.ii must be applied in a consistent and nondiscriminatory manner (for example, limiting annuity distributions to accounts in excess of a certain dollar amount.)

7.Transfer from Pension Plan
£The Plan has received a transfer of assets from a plan subject to the survivor annuity rules of Code sections 411(a)(11) and 417 (e.g., a money purchase or defined benefit plan).

 

Payments on Death

 

8.Beneficiary Designation

To the extent that a Participant's Account is subject to the survivor annuity rules of Section 7.10, the spouse of a married Participant shall be the beneficiary of % of such Participant's Account unless the spouse waives his or her rights to such benefit pursuant to Section 7.10 (Section 7.04).

NOTE: F.8 may not be less than 50%.

NOTE: F.8 only applies to Accounts subject to the survivor annuity requirements of Section 7.10.

9.Payment upon Participant's Death

Distributions on account of the death of the Participant shall be made in accordance with the following:

a.£ Pay entire Account balance by end of fifth year for all Beneficiaries in accordance with Sections 7.02(b)(1)(A) and 7.02(b)(2)(A) only
b.£ Pay entire Account balance no later than the 60th day following the end of Plan Year in which the Participant dies
c.T Allow extended payments for all beneficiaries in accordance with Sections 7.02(b)(1)(A), (B) and (C) and 7.02(b)(2)(A) and (B)
d.£ Pay entire Account balance by end of fifth year for Beneficiaries in accordance with Sections 7.02(b)(1)(A) and 7.02(b)(2)(A) and allow extended payments in accordance with Sections 7.02(b)(1)(B) and (C) and 7.02(b)(2)(B) only if the Participant's spouse is the Participant's sole primary Beneficiary
e.£ Other:

NOTE: Any entry in F.9e must comply with Code section 401(a)(9), Section 7.02(b) and other requirements of Article 7.

10.Beneficiaries
a.Death benefits when there is no designated beneficiary:
 
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i.T Standard according to Section 7.04(c)
ii.£ Other:
b.T Revocation. A beneficiary designation to a spouse shall be automatically revoked upon the following circumstances: Divorce
c.Domestic Partners are treated as a spouse under the terms of this Plan for purposes of death benefits to the extent applicable:
i.T No
ii.£ Yes - limited to the following terms and conditions:
iii.£ Yes
d.£ The term "Domestic Partner" as defined in Article 2 is modified in the following manner:
e.£ For purposes of determining a Participant's spouse, the one-year rule in Code section 417(d), Treas. Reg. section 1.401(a)-20 applies.

NOTE: If F.10a.ii (Other) is selected, death benefits when there is no designated beneficiary shall be provided pursuant to F.10a.ii. The death benefits described must be definitely determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to discretion.

NOTE: If F.10c.i is selected, F.10d does not apply.

NOTE: If F.10d is selected, the modifications must be nondiscriminatory and definitely determinable.

NOTE: Domestic Partners shall not be treated as a spouse under the following Sections of the Plan: 7.02(b) (distribution upon death), 7.05 (minimum distributions) and 7.06 (direct rollovers).

NOTE: If revocation is selected (F.10b) you may use this item to indicate automatic revocation upon divorce.

 

Cash Out

 

11.Cash Out
a.T Involuntary cash-out amount for purposes of Section 7.03: $1000
b.Minimum Account balance for Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuity consent requirements (Section 7.10): $
c.Involuntary cash-out of a terminated Participant's Account balance when it exceeds the cash-out amount specified in F.11a is deferred under Section 7.03(b) until:
i.£ Later of age 62 or Normal Retirement Date - payment made in a lump sum only
ii.£ Required Beginning Date - Participant may elect payment in a lump sum or installments
iii.£ Required Beginning Date - payment made in a lump sum only
iv.T Other: Required Beginning Date - Participant may elect payment in lump sum, installments or under a continuous right of withdrawal pursuant to which a Participant may withdraw such amounts at such times as he/she shall elect (complies with Code section 411(a)(11), Section 7.03 and other requirements of Article 7)
d.£ Exclude amounts attributable to Rollover Contributions in determining the value of the Participant's nonforfeitable account balance for purposes of F.11a and F.11b (Sections 7.03 and 7.10)

NOTE: F.11a and F.11b have a $5,000 maximum, $5,000 will be entered unless otherwise specified.

NOTE: If F.11a is not selected and F.11b is zero, F.11d does not apply.

NOTE: F.11b only applies to Accounts subject to the survivor annuity requirements of Section 7.10.

NOTE: If F.11a is less than $1,000, F.11d may not be selected.

NOTE: Any entry in F.11c.iv must comply with Code section 411(a)(11), Section 7.03 and other requirements of Article 7.

 

 
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Required Beginning Date

 

12.Required Beginning Date

Required Beginning Date for a Participant other than a More Than 5% Owner:

a.T Retirement. April 1 of the calendar year following the later of the calendar year in which the Participant: (x) attains age 70-1/2, or (y) retires
b.£ Age 70-1/2. April 1 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Participant attains age 70-1/2
c.£ Election. The option provided in F.12a; provided that a Participant may elect to commence distributions pursuant to either F.12a or F.12b

NOTE: A Participant's Required Beginning Date is a protected benefit under Code section 411(d)(6).

 

SECTION G. IN-SERVICE WITHDRAWALS

 

 

NOTE: See Section 8.05 for limits on in-service distributions.

NOTE: In-service withdrawal options are meant as enabling rules. If an in-service distribution is permitted under any option specified below, the in-service withdrawal is permissible.

NOTE: Safe harbor contributions will be distributable when the Qualified Non-Elective Account is distributable unless otherwise limited by the Code, Treasury Regulations or Adoption Agreement.

 

Vesting Status

 

1.Vesting Status for In-service Withdrawals

Select one:

£In-service withdrawals otherwise permitted under Section G are allowed from Accounts that are partially vested
TAn Account must be fully vested for a Participant to receive an in-service withdrawal

NOTE: The response to G.1 will be ignored if the Plan does not allow in-service withdrawals.

NOTE: Withdrawals under G.2-11 are only permitted from the portion of a Participant's Accounts described in G.1 unless otherwise specified in G.12.

 

Retirement/Hardship/Age

 

2.Normal/Early Retirement
a.£ Allow in-service distributions after attainment of Normal Retirement Date (Section 7.01(b)) from the following Accounts:
b.£ Allow in-service distributions after attainment of Early Retirement Date (Section 7.01(a)) from the following Accounts:

NOTE: If the Normal Retirement Date and/or Early Retirement Date is less than age 59-1/2 and in-service is selected, Elective Deferrals, Qualified Non-Elective Contributions, Qualified Matching Contributions and the portion of any Account that has been used to satisfy the safe harbor requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) shall not be eligible for withdrawal until the Participant attains age 59-1/2.

3.Hardship

Hardship withdrawals are allowed as follows (Section 8.01):

 
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a.T None
b.£ All Accounts. A Participant may receive a distribution on account of Hardship, except from: (i) his Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account, (ii) his Matching Contribution Account to the extent such Account has been used to satisfy the safe harbor requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) or to the extent such Account is treated as a Qualified Matching Contribution, and (iii) earnings on his Elective Deferral Account credited after the later of December 31, 1988, and the end of the last Plan Year ending before July 1, 1989
c.£ Selected Accounts
i.£ Elective Deferral Account (excluding earnings on his Elective Deferral Account credited after the later of December 31, 1988, and the end of the last Plan Year ending before July 1, 1989)
ii.£ Matching Contribution Account (except that portion that has been used to satisfy the safe harbor requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) or to the extent such Account is treated as a Qualified Matching Contribution)
iii.£ Profit Sharing Contribution Account
iv.£ Voluntary Contribution Account
v.£ Rollover Contribution Account
vi.£ Transfer Account
vii.£ Other:
d.The criteria used in determining whether a Participant is entitled to receive a Hardship withdrawal:
i.£ Safe Harbor criteria set forth in Section 8.01(b)
ii.£ Non Safe Harbor criteria set forth in Section 8.01(c)
e.£ More flexible Hardship criteria applies to permitted Account(s)
i.£ Use criteria specified in Section 8.01(c)
ii.£ Use criteria specified in Section 8.01(c) with the following additional criteria and/or modifications:
f.£ Expand the Hardship criteria to include the Beneficiary of the Participant
g.If a Participant may receive a Hardship withdrawal from his Elective Deferral Account, permit Hardship withdrawals from the Participant's Roth Elective Deferral Account subject to the same terms and conditions as apply to the Participant's Elective Deferral Account:
i.£ Yes
ii.£ Yes - only if the withdrawal from the Roth Elective Deferral Account qualifies as a "qualified distribution" within the meaning of Code section 402A(d)(2)
iii.£ No
h.£ Other limitations on Hardship withdrawals:

NOTE: If G.3a is selected, G.3b through G.3h do not apply.

NOTE: G.3e only applies if Hardship withdrawals are permitted from Accounts not subject to Treas. Reg. 1.401(k)-1(d) (Accounts specified in G.3cii-vi to the extent applicable and selected above). If G.3e is selected, the requirements of Section 8.01(b)(2) shall not apply, the amount of the hardship distribution may not exceed the Participant's vested interest under the applicable Account and the requirements of Revenue Ruling 71-224 and any superseding guidance shall apply.

NOTE: G.3f only applies if the Plan provides for in-service withdrawals on account of Hardship and uses the safe harbor criteria for Hardship determinations. If G.3f is selected, Hardship distributions may be made for a primary Beneficiary for expenses described in Treas. Reg. sections 1.401(k)-1(d)(3)(iii)(B)(1), (3), or (5) (relating to medical, tuition, and funeral expenses, respectively). A "primary Beneficiary" is an individual who is named as a Beneficiary under the Plan and has an unconditional right to all or a portion of the Participant's Account Balance upon the death of the Participant.

NOTE: G.3g only applies if A.7b is "Yes", (Roth Elective Deferrals are permitted).

 
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NOTE: Any limitations in G.3h (such as limits on the number of withdrawals per year or minimum amount of distributions) must be objectively determinable and may not be specified in a manner that is subject to Company discretion. Minimum amount of hardship withdrawals may not exceed $1,000.

4.Specified Age and Service
a.In-service withdrawals are allowed on attainment of age and service (Section 8.02):
i.T None
ii.£ All Accounts
iii.£ Selected Accounts
b.If Selected Accounts is selected, specified age and service withdrawals may be made from the following Accounts:
i.£ Elective Deferral Account
ii.£ Matching Account
iii.£ Profit Sharing Contribution Account
iv.£ Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account
v.£ Voluntary Contribution Account
vi.£ Rollover Contribution Account
vii.£ Transfer Account
viii.£ Other:
c.If a Participant may receive a withdrawal upon the attainment of a specified age and service from his Elective Deferral Account, permit such withdrawals from the Participant's Roth Elective Deferral Account subject to the same terms and conditions as apply to the Participant's Elective Deferral Account:
i.£ Yes
ii.£ Yes - only if the withdrawal from the Roth Elective Deferral Account qualifies as a "qualified distribution" within the meaning of Code section 402A(d)(2)
iii.£ No

NOTE: If G.4a is less than age 59-1/2, Elective Deferrals, Qualified Non-Elective Contributions, Qualified Matching Contributions and the portion of any Account that has been used to satisfy the safe harbor requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) shall not be eligible for withdrawal until the Participant attains age 59-1/2 and completes required service; but only to the extent withdrawals are permitted from such Accounts pursuant to G.4a and G.4b.

NOTE: G.4b only applies if G.4a.iii is selected.

NOTE: G.4c only applies if A.7b is "Yes", (Roth Elective Deferrals are permitted) and G.4a.ii or G.4a.iii and G.4b.i is selected.

5.Specified Age
a.In-service withdrawals are allowed on attainment of age 59-1/2 (Section 8.02):
i.£ None
ii.T All Accounts
iii.£ Selected Accounts
b.If Selected Accounts is selected, specified age withdrawals may be made from the following Accounts:
i.£ Elective Deferral Account
ii.£ Matching Account
iii.£ Profit Sharing Contribution Account
iv.£ Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account
v.£ Voluntary Contribution Account
vi.£ Rollover Contribution Account
 
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vii.£ Transfer Account
viii.£ Other:
c.If a Participant may receive a withdrawal upon the attainment of a specified age from his Elective Deferral Account, permit such withdrawals from the Participant's Roth Elective Deferral Account subject to the same terms and conditions as apply to the Participant's Elective Deferral Account:
i.£ Yes
ii.£ Yes - only if the withdrawal from the Roth Elective Deferral Account qualifies as a "qualified distribution" within the meaning of Code section 402A(d)(2)
iii.£ No

NOTE: If G.5a is less than age 59-1/2, Elective Deferrals, Qualified Non-Elective Contributions, Qualified Matching Contributions and the portion of any Account that has been used to satisfy the safe harbor requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) shall not be eligible for withdrawal until the Participant attains age 59-1/2; but only to the extent withdrawals are permitted from such Accounts pursuant to G.5a and G.5b.

NOTE: G.5b only applies if G.5a.iii is selected.

NOTE: G.5c only applies if A.7b is "Yes", (Roth Elective Deferrals are permitted) and G.5a.ii or G.5a.iii and G.5b.i is selected.

 

Other Withdrawals

 

6.Withdrawals After Period of Participation
a.£ Matching Contributions (Section 8.03(a)). In-service withdrawals are allowed from a Participant's Matching Contribution Account after years of Participation
b.£ Profit Sharing Contributions (Section 8.03(a)). In-service withdrawals are allowed from a Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account after years of Participation

NOTE: Withdrawals under G.6a are only permitted from the Matching Contribution Account to the extent such Account has not been used to satisfy the requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) or to the extent such contributions have not been treated as Qualified Matching Contributions.

NOTE: G.6a-b may not be less than five.

7.Withdrawals After Period of Accumulation
a.£ Matching Contributions (Section 8.03(a)). In-service withdrawals are allowed from a Participant's Matching Contribution Account on funds held for years.
b.£ Profit Sharing Contributions (Section 8.03(a)). In-service withdrawals are allowed from a Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account on funds held for years.

NOTE: Withdrawals under G.7a are only permitted from the Matching Contribution Account to the extent such Account has not been used to satisfy the requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) or to the extent such contributions have not been treated as Qualified Matching Contributions.

NOTE: G.7a-b may not be less than two.

8.       At Any Time (Section 8.03(b))In-service withdrawals are allowed from the following Accounts at any time:

a.£ Voluntary Contribution Account
b.T Rollover Contribution Account
9.Military Distributions
a.£ Qualified Reservist Distributions are permitted (Section 8.03(c))
b.£ Deemed Severance Distributions are permitted (Section 8.03(d))
 
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10.Transfer Account

Permit a distribution to be made to a Participant who has attained age 62 and who has not separated from employment from the transfer Account

a.£ Yes - under any distribution option offered to a Terminated Participant
b.£ Yes - limited to the following terms and conditions:

NOTE: G.10 only applies if F.7 is selected (Plan has received a transfer of assets from a plan subject to the survivor annuity rules of Code sections 401(a)(11) and 417).

11.Disability
£Allow distributions upon Disability.

NOTE: If distributions upon Disability is selected, the following Accounts may not be distributed unless a severe disability equivalent to A.21a. has occurred: (i) Elective Deferral Account, (ii) Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account, (iii) Matching Contribution Account to the extent such Account has been used to satisfy the safe harbor requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) or to the extent such Account is treated as a Qualified Matching Contribution. A severe disability equivalent to A.21a is as follows: the Participant is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. The permanence and degree of such impairment shall be supported by medical evidence.

 

Conditions/Limitations

 

12.Other Conditions/Limitations
£The following limitations, conditions and/or special rules apply to in-service withdrawals:

NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the limitations will apply to all in-service withdrawals (G.1 through G.11). G.12 must be applied in a consistent and nondiscriminatory manner. For example, G.12 could be used to specify the number of withdrawals permitted in a specified time period. See Section 8.05.

 

Roth

 

13.Roth In-Plan Rollovers
a.If the Plan allows for Roth contributions, In-Plan Roth Rollovers are permitted (Section 4.05(b)):
i.£ No
ii.£ Yes - only if the Plan otherwise allows for the distribution/in-service withdrawal
iii.£ Yes - limitations and/or conditions apply:
iv.£ Yes - all distributions/in-service withdrawals permitted under the Code even if not otherwise provided under the Plan and upon the attainment of age:
b.£ In-Plan Roth Rollovers are permitted from partially vested accounts
c.Enter the effective date of the In-Plan Roth Rollovers: (must be after Sept. 27, 2010)
d.Indicate method of preserving Code section 411(d)(6) protected benefits:
i.£ Distributions from the In-Plan Roth Rollover Account are permitted at any time
ii.£ Preserve existing distributions/in-service withdrawals rights for each Account
iii.£ Other:

NOTE: To prevent terminated Employees from taking an In-Plan Roth Rollover or to limit In-Plan Roth Rollovers to a nondiscriminatory class, choose "limitations and/or conditions apply" and describe the circumstances under which Participants can take an In-Plan Roth Rollover.

 
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NOTE: In-Plan Roth Rollovers may only be permitted for eligible distributions that are also eligible rollover distributions (as defined in Code section 402(c)(4)).

NOTE: Elective Deferrals, Qualified Non-Elective Contributions, Qualified Matching Contributions and the portion of any Account that has been used to satisfy the safe harbor requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) shall not be eligible for withdrawal until the Participant attains age 59-1/2 irrespective of the age entered under G.13a.iii or G.13a.iv.

 

Loans

 

14.Loans

Loans are permitted:

T Yes £ No

 

Permissible Withdrawals

 

15.Permissible Withdrawals

£ Permissible withdrawals will be allowed, provided they are requested within days after the date of the first contribution under an EACA

NOTE: The timeframe for requesting a permissible withdrawal must be at least 30 and no more than 90 days.

 

SECTION H. PLAN OPERATIONS AND TOP-HEAVY

 

 

Plan Operations

 

1.Permitted Investments
a.T Plan may invest up to 100% of the Trust Fund in "qualifying employer securities" and "qualifying employer real property" (Section 9.04(b))
b.£ Plan may invest in life insurance (Section 9.07)

NOTE: If H.1a is selected, the selection shall not apply to Accounts prohibited from investing more than 10% of assets in "qualifying employer securities" and "qualifying employer real property" under section 407(b)(2) of ERISA.

2.Participant Self-Direction
a.Specify the extent to which the Plan permits Participant self-direction and indicate the Plan's intent to comply with ERISA section 404(c) (Section 9.02):
i.T All Accounts and 404(c) applies
ii.£ All Accounts but 404(c) does not apply
iii.£ Some Accounts and 404(c) applies
iv.£ Some Accounts but 404(c) does not apply
v.£ None
b.If Some Accounts is selected, a Participant may self-direct the following Accounts:
i.£ Elective Deferral Account
ii.£ Matching Contribution Account
iii.£ Voluntary Contribution Account
iv.£ Profit Sharing Contribution Account

 

 
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v.£ Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account
vi.£ Rollover Contribution Account
vii.£ Transfer Account
viii.£ Other:
c.T Participants may also establish individual brokerage accounts.
d.Participants may exercise voting rights with respect to the following investments (Section 9.06):
i.£ Company stock only
ii.T All investments
iii.£ Selected investments:

NOTE: If H.2a.v (None) is selected, H.2b through H.2d do not apply.

NOTE: H.2b only applies if H.2a.iii or H.2a.iv is selected.

NOTE: If H.1a is selected (employer securities) and H.2a.i or H.2a.iii (404(c) applies) is selected, then voting rights must be selected in H.2d.i, H.2d.ii or H.2d.iii.

3.Valuation Date

Enter Valuation Date:

a.£ Last day of Plan Year
b.£ Last day of each Plan quarter
c.£ Last day of each month
d.T Each business day
e.£ Other: (Must be at least annually).

NOTE: If H.2a.i or H.2a.iii (404(c) applies) is selected then Valuation Date must be at least quarterly.

4.Plan Administration
a.Designation of Plan Administrator (Section 12.01):
i.T Plan Sponsor
ii.£ Committee appointed by Plan Sponsor
iii.£ Other:
b.Establishment of procedures for the Plan Administrator and the Investment Fiduciary (Sections 12.01(c) and 12.02(c)):
i.T Plan Administrator and Investment Fiduciary adopt own procedures
ii.£ Governing body of the Plan Sponsor sets procedures for Plan Administrator and Investment Fiduciary
c.Type of indemnification for the Plan Administrator and Investment Fiduciary:
i.£ None - the Company will not indemnify the Plan Administrator or the Investment Fiduciary
ii.T Standard according to Section 12.06
iii.£ Provided pursuant to an outside agreement
d.£ The following modifications shall be made to the duties of the applicable parties:

NOTE: H.4d may be used to reallocate duties between the Plan Sponsor and the Plan Administrator. It may also be used to designate additional parties to perform specific Plan Administrator and/or Plan Sponsor duties.

5.Trust
a.Use the Trust agreement contained in the Basic Plan Document
i.T Yes
ii.£ No
iii.£ Yes, but only for the following assets/Accounts: ; other assets/Accounts will use an outside Trust or be held by an insurance company.
iv.£ Not Applicable - assets are held solely by an insurance company

 

 
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b.Trustee Type
i.£ Corporate. Trustee name and address:
ii.T Individual. Trustee name(s): Rockne Timm, Douglas Belanger and Robert McGuinness
c.Type of Trustee Indemnification:
i.T Standard according to Section 10.07(b)
ii.£ None
d.T The Trustees may designate one or more Trustees to act on behalf of all Trustees (Section 10.05(b)(2)).
e.The Trustee is also the Investment Fiduciary (Section 10.06):
i.T Yes
ii.£ No. The Investment Fiduciary is:
f.The special trustee for purposes of determining and collecting contributions under the Plan is:
i.£ the chief executive officer of the Plan Sponsor
ii.T the Trustee
iii.£ other:

NOTE: Section 10.09 shall apply to the extent assets are held in an outside trust agreement.

NOTE: If the Trust agreement contained in the Basic Plan Document applies, then Trustee signature(s) is/are not necessary on amendments if the amendment does not affect Trustee duties.

NOTE: If H.5a.iv is selected, H.5b - e shall not apply.

NOTE: If a separate trust agreement is to be used (H.5a.ii or H.5a.iii is selected), the items in H.1-5 shall apply only to the extent that they are not superseded by the terms of the separate trust agreement. Only the trust document(s) previously approved by the IRS may be utilized with this Plan and still rely on the Plan's advisory letter.

NOTE: If H.5a.i or H.5a.iii (use trust in Basic Plan Document) is selected and H.5c.ii (no indemnification) is selected, indemnification for the Trustee may be pursuant to an agreement that is not a part of the Plan.

NOTE: If H.5c.ii (no indemnification) Section 10.07(b) shall not apply and indemnification for the Trustee may be pursuant to an agreement that is not a part of the Plan.

NOTE: H.5f must be an individual or a corporation with trust powers and is intended to comply with FAB 2008-01.

6.Trust Administrative Modifications
a.£ The following modifications are made to the permitted investments under the Trust Fund:
b.£ The following modifications are made to the duties of the Trustee, Investment Fiduciary or Investment Manager:
c.£ The following modifications are made to other administrative provisions of the Trust Fund:

NOTE: H.6 only applies if H.5a.i or H.5a.iii is selected (the Trust Agreement contained in the Basic Plan Document applies).

NOTE: The addition of language in H.6 cannot conflict with other provisions of the Plan and cannot cause the Plan to fail to qualify under Code section 401(a). Under no circumstances can a modification consist of: 1) removal or change to the prudent man rule, 2) addition of arbitration for Participant disputes, 3) addition of securities lending program, and 4) modification of the duties of the special trustee in Section 10.02(b) to determine and collect contributions under the Plan.

 

Statute of Limitations

 

7.Statute of Limitations

T The Plan has a contractual statute of limitations as follows: 3 years

 

 
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NOTE: The statute of limitations must not be unreasonably short (See Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., U.S., No. 12-729 (2013)).

 

Top-Heavy

 

8.Top-Heavy Allocations

Top-Heavy allocations are made to

a.T This Plan. Participants who share in Top-Heavy minimum allocations:
i.£ Non-Key only. Any Participant who is employed by the Employer on the last day of the Plan Year and is not a Key Employee
ii.T All Participants. Any Participant who is employed by the Employer on the last day of the Plan Year
iii.£ Participants covered by a collective bargaining agreement will share in Top-Heavy minimum allocations provided retirement benefits were the subject of good faith bargaining.
b.£ Pursuant to the terms of
c.£ Other (include information about which Plan allocations are made to and which Participants in this Plan will share in Top-Heavy minimums):
d.Other plan maintained by the Employer
i.T N/A - no other plan
ii.£ Defined Contribution
iii.£ Defined Benefit

NOTE: Choose one option, H.8a, b or c.

NOTE: H.8a.iii may be selected in addition to H.8a.i or H.8a.ii. If H.8a.iii applies and is not selected, Employees covered under a collective bargaining agreement that bargains in good faith for retirement benefits shall not be eligible to receive top-heavy minimum allocations.

NOTE: If H.8b is selected, include the name of the other plan.

NOTE: H.8d is not applicable if H.8c is selected.

9.Top-Heavy Vesting

Top-Heavy vesting schedule:

a.T 100%
b.£ 2-6 Year Graded
c.£ 3 Year Cliff
d.£ Other:
i.Other Top-Heavy Schedule - less than 1 year: %
ii.Other Top-Heavy Schedule - 1 year but less than 2 years: %
iii.Other Top-Heavy Schedule - 2 years but less than 3 years: %
iv.Other Top-Heavy Schedule - 3 years but less than 4 years: %
v.Other Top-Heavy Schedule - 4 years but less than 5 years: %
vi.Other Top-Heavy Schedule - 5 years but less than 6 years: %
vii.Other Top-Heavy Schedule - 6 or more years: 100%.

NOTE: See Section 11.03 for definitions of the applicable vesting schedules.

NOTE: If H.9 is "Other", then any vesting schedule described in H.9d must provide vesting at least as rapidly as the "3 Year Cliff" vesting schedule or the "2-6 Year Graded" vesting schedule.

10.Present Value Assumptions

If the Company also maintains a defined benefit plan and if such plan is silent with respect to the actuarial assumptions used to determine the present value of accrued benefits for Top-Heavy purposes, then the

 
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assumptions used must be reasonable, need not relate to the actual plan and investment experience, and need not be the same as those used for minimum funding purposes or for purposes of determining the actual equivalence of optional benefits under the Plan.

11.416 Additional Language
£Additional language necessary to satisfy Code section 416 because of the required aggregation of multiple plans: .

 

SECTION I. MISCELLANEOUS

 

 

Failure to properly fill out the Adoption Agreement may result in disqualification of the Plan.

 

The Plan is a volume submitter plan and is not a prototype plan.

 

The Plan shall consist of this Adoption Agreement #001, its related Basic Plan Document #P-02 and any related Appendix and Addendum specifically created in response to a question within the Adoption Agreement.

 

The adopting Employer may rely on an advisory letter issued by the Internal Revenue Service as evidence that the Plan is qualified under Code section 401 only to the extent provided in Revenue Procedure 2011-49 and any superseding guidance. The Employer may not rely on the advisory letter in certain other circumstances or with respect to certain qualification requirements, which are specified in the advisory letter issued with respect to the Plan and in Revenue Procedure 2011-49 and any superseding guidance. In order to have reliance in such circumstances or with respect to such qualification requirements, application for a determination letter must be made to Employee Plans Determinations of the Internal Revenue Service. The practitioner will inform the adopting Employer of any amendments made to the Plan or of the discontinuance or abandonment of the Plan. The practitioner, Randall & Hurley, Inc. may be contacted at 1328 N. Whitman Ln Liberty Lake, WA 99019; 509-838-5500.

 
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       SECTION J. EXECUTION PAGE

 

 

The undersigned agree to be bound by the terms of this Adoption Agreement and Basic Plan Document and acknowledge receipt of same. The parties have caused this Plan to be executed this 4th day of April, 2017.

 

Gold Reserve Corporation:

 

 

Signature: /s/ Mary E. Smith

 

Print Name: Mary E. Smith

 

Title/Position: V.P. Administration, Corporate Secretary

 

TRUSTEES:

 

 

/s/ Rockne Timm

Rockne Timm

 

 

/s/ ADB

Douglas Belanger

 

 

/s/ Robert A. McGuinness

Robert McGuinness

 
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QNEC/QMAC FORFEITURE ADDENDUM

 

A.       AMENDED PROVISIONS:

 

1.       The Plan's Basic Plan Document Article 4 is amended as follows:

 

(a)       Section 4.04(c) is replaced in its entirety as follows:

Qualified Non-Elective Contributions: (1) shall be allocated to the Participant's Account as of a date within that year within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-2(a)(4)(i)(A); (2) shall be nonforfeitable when allocated to a Participant's Account unless attributable to withdrawal rights under an Eligible Automatic Contribution Arrangement or Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement; and (3) shall be distributed only under the rules applicable for Elective Deferrals in accordance with Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-1(d) (attainment of age 59-1/2, severance from employment, death, or Disability, but not hardship).

 

 

(b)       Section 4.04(d) is replaced in its entirety as follows:

Qualified Matching Contributions. In addition to any Qualified Matching Contributions provided in the Adoption Agreement, the Company in its discretion may make Matching Contributions designated as Qualified Matching Contributions for the benefit of such Participants and in such manner determined at the discretion of the Company. The Company may determine, in its discretion whether allocations of Qualified Matching Contributions shall be limited to Participants who are credited with at least a certain number of Hours of Service during the Plan Year and/or who remain in the Company's employ on the last day of the Plan Year. Such Qualified Matching Contributions shall be nonforfeitable when allocated to a Participant's Account unless attributable to withdrawal rights under an Eligible Automatic Contribution Arrangement or Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement and may only be distributed upon the Participant's: (1) attainment of age 59-1/2; or (2) severance from employment, death, or Disability.

 

2.       The Plan's Basic Plan Document Article 6 is amended as follows:

 

(a)       Section 6.03(d) is replaced in its entirety as follows:

Disposition of Forfeitures. Amounts forfeited from a Participant's Account shall be used to restore forfeitures or reduce Company contributions (or reallocate as Company contributions) made pursuant to Article 4, or to pay reasonable Plan expenses to the extent specified in the Adoption Agreement. Effective for Plan Years beginning after the adoption of the 2010 Cumulative List (IRS Notice 2010-90) restatement, forfeitures cannot be used as Elective Deferrals. Any such disposition of forfeitures from a Participant's Account shall be made no later than the end of the Plan Year following the Plan Year during which the forfeiture occurred.

 
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BASIC PLAN DOCUMENT #P-02

 

 

Copyright © 2002-2021

CCH Incorporated, DBA ftwilliam.com

All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

Prepared by:

Randall & Hurley, Inc.

 
 

Prepared by Randall & Hurley, Inc.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ARTICLE 1. INTRODUCTION 1

Section 1.01 Plan 1

Section 1.02 Application of Plan 1

ARTICLE 2. DEFINITIONS 2

ARTICLE 3. PARTICIPATION 19

Section 3.01 Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions 19

Section 3.02 Matching Contributions 19

Section 3.03 Employer Contributions 19

Section 3.04 Transfers 20

Section 3.05 Termination and Rehires 20

Section 3.06 Limitations on Exclusions 20

Section 3.07 Procedures for Admission 21

Section 3.08 Participants Receiving Differential Military Pay 21

ARTICLE 4. CONTRIBUTIONS 22

Section 4.01 Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions 22

Section 4.02 Matching Contributions 25

Section 4.03 Employer Contributions 26

Section 4.04 Safe Harbor Contributions and Qualified Non-Elective/Matching Contributions 28

Section 4.05 Rollover Contributions 31

Section 4.06 Transfers 32

Section 4.07 Military Service 33

Section 4.08 Timing of Contributions 33

Section 4.09 Arrangements Adopted by More Than One Employer 33

Section 4.10 SIMPLE 401(k) Provisions 36

Section 4.11 Deemed IRAs 39

ARTICLE 5. LIMITATIONS ON CONTRIBUTIONS 40

Section 5.01 Annual Limitation on Elective Deferrals 40

Section 5.02 Nondiscrimination 41

Section 5.03 Special Rules 43

Section 5.04 Correction of Discriminatory Contributions 46

Section 5.05 Maximum Amount of Annual Additions 48

ARTICLE 6. VESTING 50

Section 6.01 Participant Contributions 50

Section 6.02 Employer Contributions 50

Section 6.03 Forfeitures 51

ARTICLE 7. DISTRIBUTIONS 53

Section 7.01 Commencement of Distributions 53

Section 7.02 Timing and Form of Distributions 53

Section 7.03 Cash-Out of Small Balances 55

Section 7.04 Beneficiary 56

Section 7.05 Minimum Distribution Requirements 57

Section 7.06 Direct Rollovers 62

Section 7.07 Minor or Legally Incompetent Payee 63

Section 7.08 Missing Payee 64

Section 7.09 Distributions Upon Termination of Plan 64

Section 7.10 Joint and Survivor Annuities 64

ARTICLE 8. IN-SERVICE DISTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS 67

Section 8.01 Hardship 67

 
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Section 8.02 Specified Age, Specified Age and Service 69

Section 8.03 Other Withdrawals 69

Section 8.04 Transfer Account 70

Section 8.05 Rules Regarding In-Service Distributions 70

Section 8.06 Loans 71

ARTICLE 9. INVESTMENT AND VALUATION OF TRUST FUND 73

Section 9.01 Investment of Assets 73

Section 9.02 Participant Self-Direction 73

Section 9.03 Individual Accounts 74

Section 9.04 Qualifying Employer Investments 74

Section 9.05 Allocation of Earnings and Losses 75

Section 9.06 Voting Rights 75

Section 9.07 Life Insurance 76

ARTICLE 10. TRUST FUND 78

Section 10.01 Trust Fund 78

Section 10.02 Duties of the Trustee 79

Section 10.03 General Investment Powers 80

Section 10.04 Other Investment Powers 82

Section 10.05 Instructions 83

Section 10.06 Investment of the Fund 83

Section 10.07 Compensation and Indemnification 85

Section 10.08 Resignation and Removal 85

Section 10.09 Other Trust Agreement 86

ARTICLE 11. SPECIAL TOP-HEAVY RULES 87

Section 11.01 Top-Heavy Status 87

Section 11.02 Minimum Allocations 87

Section 11.03 Minimum Vesting 89

ARTICLE 12. PLAN ADMINISTRATION 90

Section 12.01 Plan Administrator 90

Section 12.02 Investment Fiduciary 91

Section 12.03 Compensation of Plan Administrator and Investment Fiduciary 92

Section 12.04 Plan Expenses 92

Section 12.05 Allocation of Fiduciary Responsibility 92

Section 12.06 Indemnification 92

Section 12.07 Claims Procedure 93

Section 12.08 Written Communication 94

ARTICLE 13. AMENDMENT, MERGER AND TERMINATION 95

Section 13.01 Amendment 95

Section 13.02 Merger and Transfer 97

Section 13.03 Termination 97

ARTICLE 14. MISCELLANEOUS 98

Section 14.01 Nonalienation of Benefits 98

Section 14.02 Rights of Alternate Payees 98

Section 14.03 No Right to Employment 99

Section 14.04 No Right to Trust Assets 99

Section 14.05 Governing Law 100

Section 14.06 Severability of Provisions 100

Section 14.07 Headings and Captions 100

Section 14.08 Gender and Number 100

Section 14.09 Disaster Relief 100

QUALIFIED PLANS' DISASTER RELIEF INTERIM AMENDMENT 101

 
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ARTICLE 1 INTRODUCTION

 

 

Section 1.01 PLAN

 

This document ("Basic Plan Document"), its related Adoption Agreement and Trust are intended to qualify as a tax-exempt "Plan" under Code sections 401(a) and 501(a), respectively.

 

Section 1.02 APPLICATION OF PLAN

 

Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, the provisions of this Plan shall apply to those individuals who are Eligible Employees of the Company on or after the Effective Date. Except as otherwise specifically provided for herein, the rights and benefits, if any, of former Eligible Employees of the Company whose employment terminated prior to the Effective Date, shall be determined under the provisions of the Plan, as in effect from time to time prior to that date.

 

 

 
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ARTICLE 2 DEFINITIONS

 

 

"Account" means the balance of a Participant's interest in the Trust Fund as of the applicable date as adjusted pursuant to Article 9. "Account" or "Accounts" shall include to the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement, an Elective Deferral Account, Pre-tax Elective Deferral Account, Roth Elective Deferral Account, Matching Contribution Account (and a Qualified Matching Contribution Account, if necessary), Profit Sharing Contribution Account, Pension Contribution Account, Voluntary Contribution Account, Rollover Contribution Account, Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account, Transfer Account, In-Plan Roth Rollover Account and such other Account(s) or subaccount(s) as the Plan Administrator, in its discretion, deems appropriate.

 

"Actual Contribution Ratio" means the ratio (expressed as a percentage) of Matching Contributions and Voluntary Contributions for a Participant for the Plan Year to the Participant's Section 414(s) Compensation for such year.

 

A Matching Contribution shall be considered "for the Plan Year" only if (a) it is made on account of the Participant's Elective Deferral/Voluntary Contribution for that Plan Year, (b) it is allocated to his Matching Contribution Account during such Plan Year, and (c) it is paid to the Trust Fund by the last day of the 12th month after the end of such Plan Year.

 

Voluntary Contributions are considered to have been made in the Plan Year in which contributed to the Trust Fund. For purposes of the preceding sentence, an amount withheld from an Employee's pay (or a payment by the Employee to an agent of the Plan) is treated as contributed at the time of such withholding (or payment) if the funds paid are transmitted to the Trust Fund within a reasonable period after the withholding (or payment). For purposes of determining the Actual Contribution Ratio, Elective Deferrals recharacterized pursuant to Section 5.04 shall be treated as a Voluntary Contribution.

 

Elective Deferrals, Qualified Non-Elective Contributions and Qualified Matching Contributions shall be counted in the Actual Contribution Ratio only if they meet the requirements of Section 5.03(b). The Actual Contribution Ratio of a Participant who does not receive a Matching Contribution or make a Voluntary Contribution shall be zero.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Plan is automatically deemed to meet the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 5.02 with respect to Matching Contributions, the Actual Contribution Ratio shall be determined solely with respect to Voluntary Contributions. A Participant's Actual Contribution Ratio shall not include: (a) contributions treated as disproportionate within the meaning of Section 5.03(f); (b) additional contributions made pursuant to Code section 414(u) by reason of a Participant's Qualified Military Service for the Plan Year for which the contributions are made, or for any other Plan Year; or (c) Matching Contributions that are forfeited either to correct excess aggregate contributions or because the contributions to which they relate are excess deferrals, excess contributions, or excess aggregate contributions.

 

"Actual Deferral Ratio " means the ratio (expressed as a percentage) of Elective Deferrals made on behalf of a Participant for the Plan Year to the Participant's Section 414(s) Compensation for that year.

 

An Elective Deferral shall be considered "for the Plan Year" only if the Elective Deferral is allocated to the Participant's Account under the Plan as of a date within that year. For purposes of this rule, an Elective Deferral is considered allocated as of a date within a year only if: (a) the allocation is not contingent on the Participant's participation in the Plan or performance of services on any date subsequent to that date; (b) the Elective Deferral is actually paid to the Trust Fund no later than the end of the 12-month period immediately following the year to which the contribution

 
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relates; and (c) the Elective Deferral relates to Compensation that would have been received by the Participant in the year but for the Participant's election to defer under the arrangement. Qualified Non-Elective Contributions and Qualified Matching Contributions shall be counted in the Actual Deferral Ratio only if they meet the requirements of Section 5.03(b).

 

The Actual Deferral Ratio of a Participant who is eligible but does not make an Elective Deferral and, if applicable, who does not receive an allocation of Qualified Non-Elective Contributions and Qualified Matching Contributions shall be zero. A Participant's Actual Deferral Ratio shall not include: (a) contributions treated as disproportionate within the meaning of Section 5.03(f); (b) a Nonhighly Compensated Employee's Excess Elective Deferrals; (c) Elective Deferrals treated as Catch-up Contributions for the Plan Year for which the contributions were made or for any other Plan Year; (d) additional Elective Deferrals made pursuant to Code section 414(u) by reason of a Participant's Qualified Military Service for the Plan Year for which the contributions are made, or for any other Plan Year; or (e) to the extent necessary to demonstrate satisfaction of the requirement of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(m)-2(a)(6)(ii), Elective Deferrals taken into account for the Actual Contribution Percentage (ACP) test under Treas. Reg. section 1.401(m)-2(a)(6).

 

"Adoption Agreement" means the document executed in conjunction with this Basic Plan Document that contains the optional features selected by the Plan Sponsor.

 

"Alternate Payee" means the person entitled to receive payment of benefits under the Plan pursuant to a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.

 

"Annual Addition" means the sum of the following amounts credited to a Participant's Account for the Limitation Year:

 

(a)       Company contributions allocated to a Participant's Account, including Elective Deferrals, Matching Contributions, Profit Sharing Contributions, Pension Contributions and Qualified Non-Elective Contributions. Company contributions shall also include Excess Elective Deferrals, unless such amounts are distributed no later than the first April 15 following the close of the Participant's taxable year;

 

(b)       Voluntary Contributions;

 

(c)       forfeitures;

 

(d)       amounts allocated, after March 31, 1984, to an individual medical account, as defined in Code section 415(l)(2), which is part of a pension or annuity plan maintained by the Employer;

 

(e)       amounts derived from contributions paid or accrued after December 31, 1985, in taxable years ending after such date, which are attributable to post-retirement medical benefits, allocated to the separate Account of a Key Employee, as defined in Code section 419A(d)(3), under a welfare benefit fund, as defined in Code section 419(e), maintained by the Employer; and

 

(f)       allocations under a simplified employee pension plan.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, an Annual Addition shall not include a restorative payment within the meaning of IRS Revenue Ruling 2002-45 and any superseding guidance.

 

"Annuity Starting Date" means the first day of the first period for which an amount is paid as an annuity or any other form.

 
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"Average Contribution Percentage" means the average (expressed as a percentage) of the Actual Contribution Ratios of the Participants in a specified group.

 

"Average Deferral Percentage" means the average (expressed as a percentage) of the Actual Deferral Ratios of the Participants in a specified group.

 

"Beneficiary" means the person(s) entitled to receive benefits, under Section 7.04 of the Plan, upon the Participant's death.

 

"Board" means the governing body of the Plan Sponsor. If the Plan Sponsor is a sole proprietorship, the Board means the sole proprietor.

 

"Catch-up Contribution" means the contribution described in Section 5.01(d).

 

"Code" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.

 

"Committee" means the committee that may be appointed by the Plan Sponsor pursuant to Section 12.01 to serve as Plan Administrator.

 

"Company" means the Plan Sponsor and any other entity that has adopted the Plan with the approval of the Plan Sponsor. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan Sponsor is a union, Company shall mean any Employer who is a party to collective bargaining agreement with the Plan Sponsor which provides for participation in the Plan by Employees of the Employer.

 

"Compensation" shall have the meaning set forth in the Adoption Agreement.

 

Compensation shall include other compensation paid by the later of: (a) 2-1/2 months after an Employee's severance from employment with the Company or (b) the end of the Limitation Year that includes the date of the Employee's severance from employment with the Company if: (1) the payment is regular compensation for services during the Participant's regular working hours, or compensation for services outside the Participant's regular working hours (e.g., overtime or shift differential), commissions, bonuses, or other similar payments; and (2) the payment would have been paid to the Participant prior to a severance from employment if the Participant had continued in employment with the Company.

 

The exclusions from Compensation for payments after severance from employment do not apply to payments to a Participant who does not currently perform services for the Company by reason of Qualified Military Service to the extent those payments do not exceed the amounts the Participant would have received if the individual had continued to perform services for the Company rather than entering Qualified Military Service. To the extent selected in the Adoption Agreement and pursuant to Code section 414(u)(12), IRS Notice 2010-15 and any superseding guidance, differential wage payments shall be treated as Compensation.

 

To the extent provided in Section 4.03(e), Compensation shall include compensation paid to a Participant who is permanently and totally disabled.

 

Compensation must be determined without regard to any rules under Code section 3401(a) that limit the remuneration included in wages based on the nature or location of the employment or the services performed (such as the exception for agricultural labor in Code section 3401(a)(2)). For any Self-Employed Individual covered under the Plan, Compensation shall mean Earned Income.

 
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For any Plan Year, the annual compensation of each Participant taken into account in determining allocations for any Plan Year beginning after December 31, 2001, shall not exceed $200,000, as adjusted for cost-of-living increases in accordance with Code section 401(a)(17)(B). Annual compensation means Compensation during the Plan Year or such other consecutive 12-month period over which Compensation is otherwise determined under the Plan (the determination period). The cost-of-living adjustment in effect for a calendar year applies to annual compensation for the determination period that begins with or within such calendar year.

 

If a determination period consists of fewer than 12 months, the annual compensation limit is an amount equal to the otherwise applicable annual compensation limit multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of months in the short determination period, and the denominator of which is 12.

 

"Determination Date" means the last day of the preceding Plan Year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Determination Date for the first Plan Year shall be the last day of such year.

 

"Disabled" or "Disability" shall have the meaning specified in the Adoption Agreement. The determination of Disability shall be made by the Plan Administrator.

 

"Domestic Partner" means, unless otherwise specified in the Adoption Agreement, a partner of the Participant if the Participant is in a civil union or similar relationship recognized under the laws of any state. A Participant may only have one Domestic Partner. A Participant may not have a Domestic Partner if the Participant is legally married to a person. If Domestic Partners are treated as a spouse under this Plan, Section 7.10 applies and a Domestic Partner instead of a spouse is the Beneficiary of the survivor annuity, the term "Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuity" shall be modified to "Joint and Survivor Annuity", "qualified preretirement survivor annuity" shall be modified to "preretirement survivor annuity", and Qualified Optional Survivor Annuity" shall be modified to "Optional Survivor Annuity".

 

"Early Retirement Age" shall have the meaning set forth in the Adoption Agreement.

 

"Early Retirement Date" shall have the meaning set forth in the Adoption Agreement.

 

"Earned Income" means the net earnings from self-employment in the trade or business with respect to which the Plan is established, for which personal services of the individual are a material income-producing factor. Net earnings will be determined without regard to items not included in gross income and the deductions allocable to such items. Net earnings are reduced by contributions by the Employer to a qualified plan to the extent deductible under Code section 404. Net earnings shall be determined with regard to the deduction allowed to the taxpayer by Code section 164(f) for taxable years beginning after December 31, 1989.

 

"Effective Date" shall have the meaning set forth in Section A.3 of the Adoption Agreement except as otherwise specified in the Plan or Adoption Agreement.

 

"Elective Deferral" means an Employee contribution made to the Plan as a Pre-tax Elective Deferral or a Roth Elective Deferral pursuant to Article 4 of the Plan.

 

"Elective Deferral Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of a Participant's Elective Deferrals (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan. Except as expressly provided elsewhere in the Plan, the Elective Deferral Account shall also include Catch-up Contributions described in Section 5.01 of the Plan.

 

"Eligibility Computation Period" means a 12-consecutive month period beginning with an Employee's Employment Commencement Date and each anniversary thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Adoption

 
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Agreement provides that the Eligibility Computation Period switches to the Plan Year his succeeding Eligibility Computation Period for such purpose will switch to the Plan Year, beginning with the Plan Year that includes the first anniversary of his Employment Commencement Date. If the Eligibility Computation Period switches to the Plan Year, an Employee who is credited with a Year of Eligibility Service in both the initial Eligibility Computation Period and the first Plan Year which commences prior to the first anniversary of the Employee's initial Eligibility Computation Period will be credited with two Years of Eligibility Service.

 

"Eligible Employee" means any Employee employed by the Company, subject to the modifications and exclusions described in the Adoption Agreement.

 

If the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan is not a standardized plan and if an individual is subsequently reclassified as, or determined to be, an Employee by a court, the Internal Revenue Service or any other governmental agency or authority, or if the Company is required to reclassify such individual as an Employee as a result of such reclassification or determination (including any reclassification by the Company in settlement of any claim or action relating to such individual's employment status), such individual shall not become an Eligible Employee by reason of such reclassification or determination.

 

If the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan is not a standardized plan, an individual who becomes employed by the Employer in a transaction between the Employer and another entity that is a stock or asset acquisition, merger, or other similar transaction involving a change in the employer of the employees of the trade or business shall not become eligible to participate in the Plan until the Plan Sponsor specifically authorizes such participation.

 

If the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan is a standardized plan, an individual who becomes employed by the Employer in a transaction between the Employer and another entity that is a stock or asset acquisition, merger, or other similar transaction involving a change in the employer of the employees of the trade or business shall not become eligible to participate in the Plan until after the end of the Plan Year following the Plan Year in which the transaction occurs unless the Plan Sponsor specifically authorizes such participation prior to the end of such period.

 

"Employee" means any individual who is employed by the Employer, including a Self-Employed Individual. The term "Employee" includes any Leased Employee of the Employer. If the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan is not a standardized plan, no Leased Employee may become a Participant hereunder unless he becomes an Eligible Employee. The term "Employee" shall not include a person who is classified by the Employer as an independent contractor or a person (other than a Self-Employed Individual) who is not treated as an employee for purposes of withholding federal employment taxes.

 

"Employer" means the Company or any other employer required to be aggregated with the Company under Code sections 414(b), (c), (m) or (o) and the regulations thereunder; provided, however, that "Employer" shall not include any entity or unincorporated trade or business prior to the date on which such entity, trade or business satisfies the affiliation or control tests described above. In identifying "Employer" for purposes of Section 5.05, the definition in Code sections 414(b) and (c) shall be modified as provided in Code section 415(h).

 

"Employment Commencement Date" means the first date on which the Eligible Employee performs an Hour of Service.

 

"ERISA" means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, all amendments thereto and all federal regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.

 

"Excess Compensation" means the amount by which an Eligible Employee's Compensation for a Plan Year exceeds the integration level described in the Adoption Agreement.

 
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"Excess Elective Deferral" means Elective Deferrals made in excess of the limit described in Section 5.01.

 

"Highly Compensated Employee" means, effective for Plan Years beginning after December 31, 1996, any Employee who during the Plan Year performs services for the Employer and who:

 

(a)       was a More Than 5% Owner at any time during the Plan Year or the preceding Plan Year; or

 

(b)       during the preceding Plan Year (the Adoption Agreement may provide that the foregoing determination may be made with respect to the calendar year beginning with or within the preceding Plan Year) received Statutory Compensation in excess of the Code section 414(q)(1) amount ($80,000 as adjusted) and, if provided in the Adoption Agreement, was a member of the top paid group of Employees within the meaning of Code section 414(q)(3).

 

The determination of who is a Highly Compensated Employee will be made in accordance with Code section 414(q) and the regulations thereunder to the extent they are not inconsistent with the method established above.

 

The term Highly Compensated Employee also includes a former Employee who was a Highly Compensated Employee when he separated from service or at any time after attaining age 55.

 

"Hour of Service" means:

 

(a)       Each hour for which an Employee is paid, or entitled to payment, for the performance of duties for the Employer. These hours will be credited to the Employee for the computation period in which the duties are performed.

 

(b)       Each hour for which an Employee is paid, or entitled to payment, by the Employer on account of a period of time during which no duties are performed (irrespective of whether the employment relationship has terminated) due to vacation, holiday, illness, incapacity (including disability), layoff, jury duty, military duty or leave of absence. No more than 501 Hours of Service will be credited under this paragraph for any single continuous period (whether or not such period occurs in a single computation period). Hours under this paragraph will be calculated and credited pursuant to DOL Reg. section 2530.200b-2 and any superseding guidance which is incorporated herein by this reference.

 

(c)       Each hour for which back pay, irrespective of mitigation of damages, is either awarded or agreed to by the Employer. The same Hours of Service will not be credited both under paragraph (a) or paragraph (b), as the case may be, and under this paragraph (c). These hours will be credited to the Employee for the computation period or periods to which the award or agreement pertains rather than the computation period in which the award, agreement or payment is made.

 

Solely for purposes of determining whether a One-Year Break in Service has occurred, an individual who is absent from work for maternity or paternity reasons shall receive credit for the Hours of Service which would otherwise have been credited to such individual but for such absence, or in any case in which such hours cannot be determined, eight (8) Hours of Service per day of such absence. For purposes of this paragraph, an absence from work for maternity or paternity reasons means an absence (a) by reason of the pregnancy of the individual, (b) by reason of a birth of a child of the individual, (c) by reason of the placement of a child with the individual in connection with the adoption of such child by such individual, or (d) for purposes of caring for such child for a period beginning immediately following such birth or placement. The Hours of Service credited under this paragraph shall be credited (a) in the computation period in which the absence begins if the crediting is necessary to prevent a break in service in that period, or (b) in all other cases, in the following computation period.

 
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If the Employer is a member of an affiliated service group (under Code section 414(m)), a controlled group of corporations (under Code section 414(b)), a group of trades or businesses under common control (under Code section 414(c)) or any other entity required to be aggregated with the Employer pursuant to Code section 414(o), service will be credited for any employment with such groups during the time the Employer is a member of the applicable group. Service will also be credited for any individual considered an Employee for purposes of this Plan under Code sections 414(n) or 414(o).

 

If the Employer maintains the plan of a predecessor employer, service with such employer will be treated as service for the Employer.

 

Service with respect to Qualified Military Service shall be credited in accordance with Code section 414(u) and service shall also be determined to the extent required by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, for determining service under the elapsed time method, an Hour of Service means each hour for which an Employee is paid or entitled to payment for the performance of duties for the Employer.

 

"In-Plan Roth Rollover" means an Employee contribution made to the Plan as a rollover from another Account in the Plan pursuant to Section 4.05(b).

 

"In-Plan Roth Rollover Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of a Participant's In-Plan Roth Rollover contributions (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan.

 

"Investment Fiduciary" means the person(s) designated in the Adoption Agreement. The fiduciary shall be subject to standards of conduct as prescribed under ERISA.

 

"Investment Funds" means the funds in which the Trust Fund is invested.

 

"Investment Manager" means an investment manager as described in section 3(38) of ERISA.

 

"Key Employee" means for Plan Years beginning after December 31, 2001, any Employee or former Employee (including any deceased Employee) who at any time during the Plan Year that includes the Determination Date is an officer of the Employer having an annual Statutory Compensation greater than $130,000 (as adjusted under Code section 416(i)(1) for Plan Years beginning after December 31, 2002), a More Than 5% Owner of the Employer, or a 1% owner of the Employer having Statutory Compensation of more than $150,000. The determination of who is a Key Employee will be made in accordance with Code section 416(i)(1) and the applicable regulations and other guidance of general applicability issued thereunder.

 

"Leased Employee" means any person (other than an Employee of the Employer) who, pursuant to an agreement between the Employer and any other person ("leasing organization"), has performed services for the Employer (or for the Employer and related persons determined in accordance with Code section 414(n)(6)) on a substantially full time basis for a period of at least one year, and such services are performed under primary direction or control by the Employer. Contributions or benefits provided a Leased Employee by the leasing organization which are attributable to services performed for the Employer shall be treated as provided by the Employer. A person shall not be considered a Leased Employee if: (a) such person is covered by a money purchase pension plan providing: (1) a nonintegrated employer contribution rate of at least 10% of compensation, as defined in Code section 415(c)(3), but including amounts contributed pursuant to a salary reduction agreement which are excludable from the employee's gross income under Code sections 125, 402(e)(3), 402(h), 403(b), 132(f) or 457; (2) immediate participation; and (3)

 
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full and immediate vesting; and (b) Leased Employees do not constitute more than 20% of the Employer's nonhighly compensated work force.

 

"Limitation Year" means the year specified in the Adoption Agreement for purposes of determining Annual Additions limits pursuant to Article 5. All qualified plans maintained by the Employer must use the same Limitation Year. If the Limitation Year is amended to a different 12-consecutive month period, the new Limitation Year must begin on a date within the Limitation Year in which the amendment is made.

 

"Matched Employee Contribution" means a Participant's Elective Deferrals and such other Employee contributions specified in the Adoption Agreement.

 

"Matching Contribution" means an Employer Matching Contribution made to the Plan on behalf of the Participant pursuant to Article 4 of the Plan.

 

"Matching Contribution Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of Matching Contributions (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan.

 

"More Than 5% Owner" means any person who (a) owns (either directly or by attribution, under Code section 318) more than 5% of the outstanding stock of the Employer or stock possessing more than 5% of the total combined voting power of all stock of the Employer or, (b) in the case of an unincorporated business, any person who owns more than 5% of the capital or profits interest in the Employer. For purposes of Section 7.05, a Participant is treated as a More Than 5% Owner if such Participant is a More Than 5% Owner at any time during the Plan Year ending with or within the calendar year in which such owner attains age 70-1/2 and shall continue to be considered a More Than 5% Owner (and distributions must continue under Section 7.05) even if the Participant ceases to be a 5% owner in a subsequent year.

 

"Non-Key Employee" means any Employee or former Employee who is not a Key Employee.

 

"Non-Elective Contribution" means a Profit Sharing Contribution, a Pension Contribution, a Qualified Non-Elective Contribution and a minimum allocation made pursuant to Article 11.

 

"Nonhighly Compensated Employee" means an Employee who is not a Highly Compensated Employee.

 

"Normal Retirement Age" shall have the meaning set forth in the Adoption Agreement.

 

"Normal Retirement Date" shall have the meaning set forth in the Adoption Agreement.

 

"One-Year Break in Service" means, unless otherwise provided in the Adoption Agreement, for purposes of determining eligibility service, an Eligibility Computation Period or, for purposes of determining a Year of Vesting Service, a Vesting Computation Period during which an Employee is credited with 500 or fewer Hours of Service.

 

"One-Year Period of Severance" means a Period of Severance of at least 12-consecutive months. In the case of an individual who is absent from work for maternity or paternity reasons, the 12-consecutive month period beginning on the first anniversary of the first date of such absence shall not constitute a One-Year Period of Severance. For purposes of this paragraph, an absence from work for maternity or paternity reasons means an absence (a) by reason of the pregnancy of the individual, (b) by reason of the birth of a child of the individual, (c) by reason of the placement of a child with the individual in connection with the adoption of such child by such individual, or (d) for purposes of caring for such child for a period beginning immediately following such birth or placement.

 

 
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       "Participant" means an Eligible Employee who participates in the Plan in accordance with Article 3.

 

"Pension Contribution" means a contribution made by the Company that is allocated to a Participant's Pension Contribution Account pursuant to Article 4.

 

"Pension Contribution Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of Pension Contributions (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan.

 

"Period of Severance" means a continuous period of time during which the Employee does not perform an Hour of Service for the Employer. Such period begins on the date the Employee retires, dies, quits or is discharged, or if earlier, the 12 month anniversary of the date on which the Employee was otherwise first absent from service.

 

"Permissive Aggregation Group" means the Required Aggregation Group of plans, plus any other plan or plans of the Employer which, when considered as a group with the Required Aggregation Group, would continue to satisfy the requirements of Code sections 401(a)(4) and 410.

 

"Plan Administrator" means the person(s) designated pursuant to the Adoption Agreement and Section 12.01. The Plan Administrator shall also be the named fiduciary within the meaning of ERISA section 402.

 

"Plan Sponsor" means the entity described in the Adoption Agreement.

 

"Plan Year" means the 12-consecutive month period described in the Adoption Agreement. In the event the Plan incurs a short Plan Year of less than 12-consecutive months, the requirements of the Department of Labor Regulations in 2530.202 and 2530.203 and corresponding Treas. Reg. section 1.410(a) shall be satisfied.

 

"Post Severance Compensation" means amounts paid by the later of: (a) 2-1/2 months after an Employee's severance from employment with the Company or (b) the end of the applicable Limitation Year/Plan Year that includes the date of severance from employment with the Company; and those amounts would have been included in the definition of Compensation if they were paid prior to the Participant's severance from employment with the Company. However the payment must be for (a) unused accrued bona fide sick, vacation, or other leave, but only if the Participant would have been able to use the leave if the Employee had continued in employment; or (b) received by a Participant pursuant to a nonqualified unfunded deferred compensation plan, but only if the payment would have been paid to the Participant at the same time if the Participant had continued in employment with the Company and only to the extent that the payment is includible in the Participant's gross income.

 

"Post Year End Compensation" means amounts earned during a year but not paid during that year solely because of the timing of pay periods and pay dates if: (a) these amounts are paid during the first few weeks of the next year; (b) the amounts are included on a uniform and consistent basis with respect to all similarly situated Employees; and (c) no compensation is included in more than one year.

 

"Pre-tax Elective Deferral" means Elective Deferrals that are not includible in the Participant's gross income at the time deferred.

 

"Pre-tax Elective Deferral Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of a Participant's Pre-tax Elective Deferrals (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan.

 

"Present Value" means a benefit in a defined benefit plan of equivalent value and shall be based only on the interest and mortality rates specified in the Adoption Agreement.

 

 
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       "Profit Sharing Contribution" means a contribution made by the Company that is allocated to a Participant's Profit Sharing Contribution Account pursuant to Article 4.

 

"Profit Sharing Contribution Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of Profit Sharing Contributions (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan.

 

"Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement" or "QACA" means a Plan that is a safe harbor plan exempt from most testing under Code section 401(k)(13) and/or Code section 401(m)(12).

 

"Qualified Domestic Relations Order" means any judgment, decree, or order (including approval of a property settlement agreement) that constitutes a "qualified domestic relations order" within the meaning of Code section 414(p).

 

"Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuity" means for a married Participant, an immediate annuity for the life of the Participant with a survivor annuity for the life of the Participant's spouse that is not less than 50% and not more than 100% of the amount of the annuity and which is payable during the joint lives of the Participant and the spouse and is the amount of benefit that can be purchased with the Participant's vested Account balance subject to Section 7.10. The percentage of the survivor annuity under the Plan shall be at least 50% unless a different percentage is elected in the Adoption Agreement. For a single Participant, a Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuity means an immediate annuity for the life of the Participant and which is the amount of benefit which can be purchased with the Participant's vested Account balance subject to Section 7.10. The terms of such annuity contract shall comply with the provisions of this Plan and the annuity contract shall be nontransferable.

 

"Qualified Matching Contribution" means a Matching Contribution made by the Company pursuant to Section 4.04.

 

"Qualified Military Service" means qualified military service as defined in Code section 414(u).

 

"Qualified Non-Elective Contribution" means a Non-Elective Contribution made by the Company pursuant to Section 4.04.

 

"Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of Qualified Non-Elective Contributions (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan.

 

"Qualified Optional Survivor Annuity" means an immediate annuity for the life of the Participant with a survivor annuity that is equal to the applicable percentage of the amount of the annuity that is payable during the joint lives of the Participant and the spouse, and that is the actuarial equivalent of a single life annuity for the life of the Participant. The survivor percentage of the Qualified Optional Survivor Annuity shall be determined in accordance with the following:

 

(a)       If the Plan provides for a specific Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuity survivor annuity percentage and such percentage is less than 75%, then the Plan's Qualified Optional Survivor Annuity shall be 75%.

 

(b)       If the Plan provides for a specific Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuity survivor annuity percentage and such percentage is greater than or equal to 75%, then the Plan's Qualified Optional Survivor Annuity shall be 50%.

 

(c)       If the Plan does not provide for a specific Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuity survivor annuity percentage, then the Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuity survivor annuity percentage shall be 50% and the Qualified Optional Survivor Annuity survivor annuity percentage shall be 75%.

 

"Qualified Reservist Distributions" means the distributions described in Section 8.03(c).

 
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"Required Aggregation Group" means (a) each qualified plan of the Employer in which at least one Key Employee participates or participated at any time during the Plan Year containing the Determination Date or any of the four preceding Plan Years (regardless of whether the Plan has terminated), and (b) any other qualified plan of the Employer which enables a plan described in (a) to meet the requirements of Code sections 401(a)(4) or 410.

 

"Required Beginning Date" means April 1 of the calendar year following the later of the calendar year in which the Participant attains age 70-1/2 or the calendar year in which the Participant retires, except that benefit distributions to a More Than 5% Owner must commence by April 1 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Participant attains age 70-1/2. The Adoption Agreement may provide that for a Participant other than a More Than 5% Owner: (a) the Required Beginning Date is the April 1 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the Participant attains age 70-1/2; or (b) the Participant may elect to begin receiving distributions at the date specified in the preceding sentence or the date specified in clause (a) of this sentence.

 

"Rollover Contribution" means an Employee contribution made to the Plan as a rollover from another eligible retirement plan or individual retirement account pursuant to Article 4 of the Plan.

 

"Rollover Contribution Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of a Participant's Rollover Contributions (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan.

 

"Roth Elective Deferral" means an Elective Deferral that is: (a) designated irrevocably by the Participant at the time of the cash or deferred election as a Roth Elective Deferral that is being made in lieu of all or a portion of the Pre-tax Elective Deferrals the Participant is otherwise eligible to make under the Plan; and (b) treated by the Company as includible in the Participant's income at the time the Participant would have received that amount in cash if the Participant had not made a cash or deferred election. Except as otherwise provided, Roth Elective Deferrals shall be subject to the same conditions and limitations as apply to Elective Deferrals.

 

"Roth Elective Deferral Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of a Participant's Roth Elective Deferrals (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan. The Plan will maintain a record of the amount of Roth Elective Deferrals in each Participant's Roth Elective Deferral Account.

 

"Safe Harbor Notice" means the notice described in Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(d) and any superseding guidance. The Safe Harbor Notice must provide comprehensive notice of the Employee's rights and obligations under the Plan and must be written in a manner calculated to be understood by the average Eligible Employee. The Safe Harbor Notice must be provided within a reasonable period before the beginning of the Plan Year (or, in the year an Employee becomes eligible, within a reasonable period before the Employee becomes eligible). A Safe Harbor Notice that is provided at least 30 days, but not more than 90 days is deemed to be provided in a reasonable period. If the Plan is a Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement, the Safe Harbor Notice must contain the additional requirements of and be provided within the timeframe required under Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(k)(4) and any superseding guidance.

 

"Section 414(s) Compensation" means compensation as defined in Code section 414(s) and Treas. Reg. section 1.414(s)-1. The period used to determine an Employee's compensation for a Plan Year must be either the Plan Year or the calendar year ending within the Plan Year. Whichever period is selected by the Plan Administrator must be applied uniformly to determine the compensation of every Eligible Employee under the Plan for that Plan Year. The Plan Administrator may, however, limit the period taken into account under either method to that portion of the Plan Year or calendar year in which the Employee was an Eligible Employee, provided that this limit is applied uniformly to all Eligible Employees under the Plan for the Plan Year. In the case of a Highly Compensated Employee whose Actual Deferral Ratio is determined under Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-2(a)(3)(ii), period of participation includes periods

 
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under another plan for which Elective Deferrals are aggregated under Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-2(a)(3)(ii). Section 414(s) Compensation shall be limited by any dollar limits described in Code section 401(a)(17) applicable under the definition of Compensation. The Plan Administrator may include Post Severance Compensation and/or determine Section 414(s) Compensation using Post Year End Compensation.

 

"Section 415 Safe Harbor Option" means a definition of Compensation that:

 

(a)       Includes all of the following:

 

(1)       The Employee's wages, salaries, fees for professional services, and other amounts received (without regard to whether or not an amount is paid in cash) for personal services actually rendered in the course of employment with the Employer maintaining the Plan, to the extent that the amounts are includible in gross income (or to the extent amounts would have been received and includible in gross income but for an election under Code section 125(a), 132(f)(4), 402(e)(3), 402(h)(1)(B), 402(k), or 457(b)). These amounts include, but are not limited to, commissions paid to salespersons, compensation for services on the basis of a percentage of profits, commissions on insurance premiums, tips, bonuses, fringe benefits, and reimbursements or other expense allowances under a nonaccountable plan as described in Treas. Reg. section 1.62-2(c).

 

(2)       Amounts described in Code section 104(a)(3), 105(a), or 105(h), but only to the extent that these amounts are includible in the gross income of the Employee.

 

(3)       Amounts paid or reimbursed by the Employer for moving expenses incurred by an Employee, but only to the extent that at the time of the payment it is reasonable to believe that these amounts are not deductible by the Employee under Code section 217.

 

(4)       The value of a nonstatutory option (which is an option other than a statutory option as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.421-1(b)) granted to an Employee by the Employer, but only to the extent that the value of the option is includible in the gross income of the Employee for the taxable year in which granted.

 

(5)       The amount includible in the gross income of an Employee upon making the election described in Code section 83(b).

 

(6)       Amounts that are includible in the gross income of an Employee under the rules of Code section 409A or 457(f)(1)(A) or because the amounts are constructively received by the Employee.

 

(b)       Excludes all of the following:

 

(1)       Contributions (other than elective contributions described in Code section 402(e)(3), 408(k)(6), 408(p)(2)(A)(i), or 457(b)) made by the Employer to a plan of deferred compensation (including a simplified employee pension plan described in Code section 408(k) or a simple retirement account described in Code section 408(p), and whether or not qualified) to the extent that the contributions are not includible in the gross income of the Employee for the taxable year in which contributed. In addition, any distributions from a plan of deferred compensation (whether or not qualified) are not considered as compensation for Code section 415 purposes, regardless of whether such amounts are includible in the gross income of the Employee when distributed.

 

(2)       Amounts realized from the exercise of a nonstatutory option (which is an option other than a statutory option as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.421-1(b)), or when restricted stock or other property held by an Employee either becomes freely transferable or is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture (see Code section 83 and regulations promulgated thereunder).

 
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(3)       Amounts realized from the sale, exchange, or other disposition of stock acquired under a statutory stock option (as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.421-1(b)).

 

(4)       Other amounts that receive special tax benefits, such as premiums for group-term life insurance (but only to the extent that the premiums are not includible in the gross income of the Employee and are not salary reduction amounts that are described in Code section 125).

 

(5)       Other items of remuneration that are similar to any of the items listed in paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(4) of this section.

 

"Self-Employed Individual" means any individual who has Earned Income for the taxable year from the trade or business for which the Plan is established, including an individual who would have Earned Income but for the fact that the trade or business had no net profits for the taxable year. An individual shall not be a Self-Employed Individual unless he or she is also an owner of the Company.

 

"Statutory Compensation" shall have the meaning set forth in the Adoption Agreement.

 

Statutory Compensation must be determined without regard to any rules under Code section 3401(a) that limit the remuneration included in wages based on the nature or location of the employment or the services performed (such as the exception for agricultural labor in Code section 3401(a)(2)). For any Self-Employed Individual, Statutory Compensation shall mean Earned Income.

 

Statutory Compensation shall include any amount which is contributed by the Company pursuant to a salary reduction agreement and which is not includible in the gross income of the Participant under Code sections 125, 402(e)(3), 402(h), 403(b), 132(f) or 457.

 

Statutory Compensation shall include other compensation paid by the later of: (a) 2-1/2 months after an Employee's severance from employment with the Company or (b) the end of the Limitation Year that includes the date of the Employee's severance from employment with the Company if: (1) the payment is regular compensation for services during the Participant's regular working hours, or compensation for services outside the Participant's regular working hours (e.g., overtime or shift differential), commissions, bonuses, or other similar payments; and (2) the payment would have been paid to the Participant prior to a severance from employment if the Participant had continued in employment with the Company. The exclusions from Compensation for payments after severance from employment do not apply to payments to a Participant who does not currently perform services for the Company by reason of Qualified Military Service to the extent those payments do not exceed the amounts the Participant would have received if the individual had continued to perform services for the Company rather than entering Qualified Military Service. To the extent applicable, Statutory Compensation shall include compensation paid to a Participant who is permanently and totally disabled. Back pay (as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.415(c)-2(g)(8)) shall be treated as Statutory Compensation for the Limitation Year to which the back pay relates to the extent the back pay represents wages and compensation that would otherwise be included under this definition.

 

Notwithstanding any other provision hereof to the contrary, the annual Statutory Compensation of each Employee taken into account under the Plan for any Plan Year shall not exceed $200,000, (as adjusted under Code section 401(a)(17) for such year). If a Plan Year consists of fewer than 12 months, the applicable limitation under Code section 401(a)(17) will be multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of months in such year, and the denominator of which is 12.

 

 
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       "Termination" and "Termination of Employment" means any absence from service that ends the employment of the Employee with the Employer.

 

"Top-Heavy" means a Plan that for any Plan Year beginning after 1983 meets the definition in Section 11.01.

 

"Top-Heavy Ratio" means:

 

(a)       If the Employer maintains one or more defined contribution plans (including any simplified employee pension plan) and the Employer has not maintained any defined benefit plan which during the 5-year period ending on the Determination Date(s) has or has had accrued benefits, the Top-Heavy Ratio for this Plan alone or for the Required or Permissive Aggregation Group, as appropriate, is a fraction, the numerator of which is the sum of the Account balances of all Key Employees as of the Determination Date(s), including any part of any Account balance distributed in the one-year period ending on the Determination Date(s) (5-year period ending on the Determination Date in the case of a distribution made for a reason other than severance from employment, death or Disability), and the denominator of which is the sum of all Account balances including any part of any Account balance distributed in the 1-year period ending on the Determination Date(s) (5-year period ending on the Determination Date in the case of a distribution made for a reason other than severance from employment, death or Disability), both computed in accordance with Code section 416 and the regulations thereunder. Both the numerator and denominator of the Top-Heavy Ratio are increased to reflect any contribution not actually made as of the Determination Date, but which is required to be taken into account on that date under Code section 416 and the regulations thereunder.

 

(b)       If the Employer maintains one or more defined contribution plans (including any simplified employee pension plan) and the Employer maintains or has maintained one or more defined benefit plans which during the 5-year period ending on the Determination Date(s) has or has had any accrued benefits, the Top-Heavy Ratio for any Required or Permissive Aggregation group, as appropriate, is a fraction, the numerator of which is the sum of Account balances under the aggregated defined contribution plan or plans for all Key Employees, determined in accordance with (a) above, and the Present Value of accrued benefits under the aggregated defined benefit plan or plans for all Key Employees as of the Determination Date(s), and the denominator of which is the sum of the Account balances under the aggregated defined contribution plan or plans for all Participants, determined in accordance with (a) above, and the Present Value of accrued benefits under the defined benefit plan or plans for all Participants as of the Determination Date(s), all determined in accordance with Code section 416 and the regulations thereunder. The accrued benefits under a defined benefit plan in both the numerator and denominator of the Top-Heavy Ratio are increased for any distribution of an accrued benefit made in the one-year period ending on the Determination Date.

 

(c)       For purposes of (a) and (b) above the value of Account balances and the Present Value of accrued benefits will be determined as of the most recent Valuation Date that falls within or ends with the 12-month period ending on the Determination Date, except as provided in Code section 416 and the regulations thereunder for the first and second Plan Years of a defined benefit plan. The Account balances and accrued benefits of a Participant (1) who is a Non-Key Employee but who was a Key Employee in a prior year, or (2) who has not been credited with at least one Hour of Service with any Employer maintaining the Plan at any time during the one-year period ending on the Determination Date will be disregarded. The calculation of the Top-Heavy Ratio, and the extent to which distributions, in-service withdrawals, rollovers, and transfers are taken into account will be made in accordance with Code section 416 and the regulations thereunder. Deductible Employee contributions will not be taken into account for purposes of computing the Top-Heavy Ratio. When aggregating plans the value of account balances and accrued benefits will be calculated with reference to the determination dates that fall within the same calendar year.

 

The accrued benefit of a Non-Key Employee shall be determined under: (x) the method, if any, that uniformly applies for accrual purposes under all defined benefit plans maintained by the Employer; or (y) if there is no

 
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such method, as if such benefit accrued not more rapidly than the slowest accrual rate permitted under the fractional rule of Code section 411(b)(1)(C).

 

"Transfer Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of amounts transferred from another eligible retirement plan (and corresponding earnings) pursuant to Article 4 in a transaction that was not an eligible rollover distribution within the meaning of Code section 402.

 

"Trust" means the trust agreement specified in the Adoption Agreement. The Trust agreement contained in the Basic Plan Document will be used unless otherwise specified in the Adoption Agreement.

 

"Trust Fund" means all of the assets of the Plan held by the Trustee pursuant to Article 10 or held by an insurance company pursuant to section 403 of ERISA.

 

"Trustee" means the person or persons designated by the Plan Sponsor to serve as the Trustee of the Trust Fund to the extent the assets of the Plan are not held solely by an insurance company. If the Trustee is a corporate Trustee the Trustee will be a directed Trustee unless otherwise indicated in a separate agreement. If the Trustee is an individual Trustee, the Trustee will be a discretionary Trustee unless otherwise indicated in a separate agreement.

 

"Valuation Date" has the meaning specified in the Adoption Agreement. Notwithstanding anything in the Adoption Agreement to the contrary and in the event that there is to be a distribution, transfer of assets and/or division of assets from the Plan, the Plan Administrator may in its sole discretion declare a special Valuation Date, but only for that portion of the Plan that is not daily-valued to protect the interests of Participants in the Plan or the Participant receiving the distribution.

 

"Vesting Computation Period" means, for purposes of determining Years of Vesting Service, the period described in the Adoption Agreement.

 

"Voluntary Contribution" means an Employee contribution made to the Plan on an after-tax basis. The term Voluntary Contribution shall not include Roth Elective Deferrals.

 

"Voluntary Contribution Account" means so much of a Participant's Account as consists of a Participant's Voluntary Contributions (and corresponding earnings) made to the Plan.

 

"Year of Eligibility Service" means, with respect to any Employee, an Eligibility Computation Period during which he completes at least the service specified in the Adoption Agreement. If the Plan uses the elapsed time method: (a) "Year of Eligibility Service" means a twelve month period of time beginning on an Employee's Employment Commencement Date and ending on the date on which eligibility service is being determined; (b) in order to determine the number of whole Years of Eligibility Service under the elapsed time method, nonsuccessive periods of service and less than whole year periods of service shall be aggregated on the basis that twelve months of service (30 days are deemed to be a month in the case of the aggregation of fractional months) or 365 days of service are equal to a whole year of service; (c) an Employee will also receive credit for any Period of Severance of less than twelve consecutive months; and (d) if less than one Year of Eligibility Service is required in Article 3, such service shall be determined by substituting such period for "twelve month" and "Year" where they appear in this paragraph.

 

All eligibility service with the Employer is taken into account except that if permitted in the Adoption Agreement, the following service shall be disregarded in determining Years of Eligibility Service:

 

(a)       One-Year Holdout. If an Employee has a One-Year Break in Service (One-Year Period of Severance to the extent the Plan uses the elapsed time method), Years of Eligibility Service before such period will not be taken

 
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into account until the Employee has completed a Year of Eligibility Service after returning to employment with the Employer.

 

(b)       Rule of Parity. If an Employee does not have any nonforfeitable right to the Account balance derived from Employer contributions, Years of Eligibility Service before a period of five (5) consecutive One-Year Breaks in Service (One-Year Periods of Severance to the extent the Plan uses the elapsed time method) will not be taken into account in computing eligibility service. Elective Deferrals are taken into account for purposes of determining whether a Participant is a nonvested Participant for purposes of Code section 411(a)(6)(D)(iii).

 

If a Participant's Years of Eligibility Service are disregarded pursuant to the foregoing, such Participant will be treated as a new Employee for eligibility purposes. If a Participant's Years of Eligibility Service may not be disregarded pursuant to the foregoing, such Participant shall participate in the Plan pursuant to the terms of Article 3.

 

To the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement, eligibility service may also include service with employers other than the Employer.

 

"Year of Vesting Service" means a Vesting Computation Period during which the Employee completes at least the number of hours specified in the Adoption Agreement. If the Plan uses the elapsed time method: (a) "Year of Vesting Service" means a twelve month period of time beginning on an Employee's Employment Commencement Date and ending on the date on which vesting service is being determined; (b) in order to determine the number of whole Years of Vesting Service under the elapsed time method, nonsuccessive periods of service and less than whole year periods of service shall be aggregated on the basis that 12 months of service (30 days are deemed to be a month in the case of the aggregation of fractional months) or 365 days of service are equal to a whole year of service; and (c) an Employee will also receive credit for any Period of Severance of less than 12-consecutive months.

 

All Years of Vesting Service with the Employer are taken into account except that for an Employee who has five consecutive One-Year Breaks in Service (One-Year Periods of Severance to the extent the Plan uses the elapsed time method) all periods of service after such breaks in service/periods of severance shall be disregarded for the purpose of vesting the Employee's Employer-derived Account balance that accrued before such breaks in service/periods of severance, but except as otherwise expressly provided, both the service before and after such breaks in service/periods of severance shall count for purposes of vesting the Employee's Employer-derived Account balance that accrues after such breaks in service/periods of severance pursuant to Article 6.

 

In addition, if permitted in the Adoption Agreement, the following service shall be disregarded in determining Years of Vesting Service:

 

(a)       One-Year Holdout. If an Employee has a One-Year Break in Service (One-Year Period of Severance to the extent the Plan uses the elapsed time method), Years of Vesting Service before such period will not be taken into account until the Employee has completed a Year of Vesting Service after returning to employment with the Employer.

 

(b)       Rule of Parity. If an Employee does not have any nonforfeitable right to the Account balance derived from Employer contributions, Years of Vesting Service before a period of five (5) consecutive One-Year Breaks in Service (One-Year Periods of Severance to the extent the Plan uses the elapsed time method) will not be taken into account in computing vesting service. Elective Deferrals are taken into account for purposes of determining whether a Participant is a nonvested Participant for purposes of Code section 411(a)(6)(D)(iii).

 

 
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       (c)       Years of Vesting Service before age 18 and/or Years of Vesting Service before the Employer maintained this Plan or a predecessor plan will not be taken into account in computing vesting service to the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement.

 

To the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement, vesting service may also include service with employers other than the Employer.

 
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ARTICLE 3 PARTICIPATION

 

 

Section 3.01 ELECTIVE DEFERRALS AND VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

 

Each Eligible Employee as of the Effective Date who was eligible to participate in the Plan with respect to Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions on or before the Effective Date shall be a Participant eligible to make Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions pursuant to Article 4 on the Effective Date. Each other Eligible Employee who was not a Participant in the Plan with respect to Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions on the Effective Date shall become a Participant eligible to make Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions on the date specified in the Adoption Agreement; provided that he is an Eligible Employee on such date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to make Elective Deferrals and/or Voluntary Contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

Section 3.02 MATCHING CONTRIBUTIONS

 

Each Eligible Employee as of the Effective Date who was eligible to participate in the Plan with respect to Matching Contributions on or before the Effective Date shall be a Participant eligible to receive Matching Contributions pursuant to Article 4 on the Effective Date. Each other Eligible Employee who was not a Participant in the Plan with respect to Matching Contributions on the Effective Date shall become a Participant eligible to receive Matching Contributions on the date specified in the Adoption Agreement; provided that he is an Eligible Employee on such date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to receive Matching Contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

 

Each Eligible Employee as of the Effective Date who was eligible to participate in the Plan with respect to safe harbor contributions on or before the Effective Date shall be a Participant eligible to receive safe harbor contributions pursuant to Article 4 on the Effective Date. Each other Eligible Employee who was not a Participant in the Plan with respect to safe harbor contributions on the Effective Date shall become a Participant eligible to receive safe harbor contributions on the date specified in the Adoption Agreement; provided that he is an Eligible Employee on such date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to receive safe harbor contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

Section 3.03 EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS

 

(a)       Profit Sharing Contributions. Each Eligible Employee as of the Effective Date who was eligible to participate in the Plan with respect to Profit Sharing Contributions on or before the Effective Date shall be a Participant eligible to receive Profit Sharing Contributions pursuant to Article 4 on the Effective Date. Each other Eligible Employee who was not a Participant in the Plan with respect to Profit Sharing Contributions on the Effective Date shall become a Participant eligible to receive Profit Sharing Contributions on the date specified in the Adoption Agreement; provided that he is an Eligible Employee on such date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to receive Profit Sharing Contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(b)       Pension Contributions. Each Eligible Employee as of the Effective Date who was eligible to participate in the Plan with respect to Pension Contributions on or before the Effective Date shall be a Participant eligible to receive Pension Contributions pursuant to Article 4 on the Effective Date. Each other Eligible Employee who was not a Participant in the Plan with respect to Pension Contributions immediately on the Effective Date shall become a Participant eligible to receive Pension Contributions on the date specified in the Adoption Agreement; provided that

 
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he is an Eligible Employee on such date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to receive Pension Contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

Section 3.04 TRANSFERS

 

If a change in job classification or a transfer results in an individual no longer qualifying as an Eligible Employee, such Employee shall cease to be a Participant for purposes of Article 4 (or shall not become eligible to become a Participant) as of the effective date of such change of job classification or transfer. Should such Employee again qualify as an Eligible Employee or if an Employee who was not previously an Eligible Employee becomes an Eligible Employee, he shall become a Participant with respect to the contributions for which the eligibility requirements have been satisfied as of the later of the effective date of such subsequent change of status or the date the Employee meets the eligibility requirements of this Article 3.

 

Section 3.05 TERMINATION AND REHIRES

 

If an Employee has a Termination of Employment, such Employee shall cease to be a Participant for purposes of Article 4 (or shall not become eligible to become a Participant; except as provided in Article 4) as of his Termination of Employment. An individual who has satisfied the applicable eligibility requirements set forth in Article 3, including passing an entry date, before his Termination date, and who is subsequently reemployed by the Company as an Eligible Employee, shall resume or become a Participant immediately upon his rehire date with respect to the contributions for which the eligibility requirements of this Article 3 have been satisfied. An individual who has not so qualified for participation on his Termination date, and who is subsequently reemployed by the Company as an Eligible Employee, shall be eligible to participate as of the later of the effective date of such reemployment or the date the individual meets the eligibility requirements of this Article 3. The determination of whether a rehired Eligible Employee satisfies the requirements of Article 3 shall be made after the application of any applicable break in service rules.

 

Section 3.06 LIMITATIONS ON EXCLUSIONS

 

(a)       Exclusions. Any Employee exclusion entered in the Adoption Agreement shall not be valid to the extent that such exclusion results in only Nonhighly Compensated Employees participating with the lowest amount of Compensation and/or lowest amount of service so that the Plan still meets the coverage requirements of Code section 410(b).

 

(b)       Coverage. The Plan must provide that an Eligible Employee who has attained age 21 and who has completed one Year of Eligibility Service (two Years of Eligibility Service may be used for contributions other than Elective Deferrals if the Plan provides a nonforfeitable right to 100% of the Participant's applicable Account balance after not more than 2 Years of Eligibility Service) shall commence participation in the Plan no later than the earlier of: (1) the first day of the first Plan Year beginning after the date on which such Eligible Employee satisfied such requirements; or (2) the date that is 6 months after the date on which he satisfied such requirements.

 

(c)       A Participant shall be treated as benefiting under the Plan for any Plan Year during which the Participant received or is deemed to receive an allocation in accordance with Treas. Reg. section 1.410(b)-3(a). Notwithstanding any provision of the Plan to the contrary, no Participant shall earn an allocation hereunder except as provided under the terms of the Plan as in effect on the last day of the Plan Year after giving effect to all retroactive amendments that may be permitted under applicable Internal Revenue Service procedures and other applicable law; including, without limitation, any amendment permitted under Treas. Reg. section 1.401(a)(4)-11.

 

(d)       Eligibility Waiver. If the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan uses a New Comparability allocation formula, the Company may waive any of the Eligibility requirements to participate in the Plan with respect to

 
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Profit Sharing Contributions for an Employee who does not otherwise satisfy such requirements for purposes of the Company satisfying the Minimum Allocation Gateway requirement of Treasury regulations sections 1.401(a)(4)-8(b)(1)(vi) or 1.401(a)(4)-9(b)(2)(v)(D). However, in order to qualify for the waiver of the previous sentence, the Employee must also be: (1) a Nonhighly Compensated Employee, and (2) eligible for a non-elective allocation other than Profit Sharing Contributions (including, but not limited to, a Top-Heavy minimum or a 401(k) safe harbor non-elective allocation) that is taken into account in determining whether the Plan satisfies the nondiscrimination requirements of Code section 401(a)(4) with respect to Non-Elective Contributions.

 

(e)       Modifications. The completion of a 'fill-in' blank in the Adoption Agreement shall not be considered to be a modification to the Volume Submitter/Prototype document unless the language used to complete the 'fill-in' blank is contrary to the notes and guidelines that accompany the option. If a completed 'fill-in' blank violates/is contrary to the notes and guidelines that accompany the option, the language is a modification to the Volume Submitter/Prototype document.

 

Section 3.07 PROCEDURES FOR ADMISSION

 

The Plan Administrator shall prescribe such forms and may require such data from Participants as are reasonably required to enroll a Participant in the Plan or to effectuate any Participant elections made pursuant to this Article 3.

 

Section 3.08 PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING DIFFERENTIAL MILITARY PAY

 

To the extent selected in the Adoption Agreement and pursuant to Code section 414(u)(12), IRS Notice 2010-15 and any superseding guidance, a Participant receiving differential wage payments (as defined in Code section 3401(h)(2)) shall be treated as an Employee of the Employer making the payment and the differential wage payments may be treated as Compensation under the Plan to the extent selected in the Adoption Agreement.

 

 
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ARTICLE 4 CONTRIBUTIONS

 

 

Section 4.01 ELECTIVE DEFERRALS AND VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS

 

(a)       Elections. Each Participant may execute elections pursuant to this Section 4.01 in the form and manner prescribed by the Plan Administrator. The Plan Administrator shall provide each Participant with the forms necessary to elect the amount of Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions. Such election shall provide that a Participant may elect to reduce his Compensation by amounts specified in the Adoption Agreement. Elective Deferrals may only be made with respect to amounts that are compensation under Code section 415(c)(3). Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to make Elective Deferrals and/or Voluntary Contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(b)       Modifications. As of the date a Participant first meets the eligibility requirements of Section 3.01, he may elect to contribute to the Plan. Subsequent to that date, a Participant may elect to start, increase, reduce or totally suspend his elections pursuant to this Section 4.01, effective as of the dates specified in the Adoption Agreement. If the Adoption Agreement specifies that the Plan is a safe harbor 401(k) plan, a Participant may modify his election during the 30 day period following receipt of the Safe Harbor Notice. However, if the Plan is a Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement, a Participant may modify his election during the timeframe outlined in section 4.01(g)(2) below.

 

(c)       Procedures. A Participant shall make an election described in Subsection (b) in such form and manner as may be prescribed by procedures established by the Plan Administrator. Such procedures may include, but not be limited to: specifying that elections be made at such time in advance as the Plan Administrator may require, allowing on a nondiscriminatory basis a Participant to make a separate election as to any bonuses or other special pay, and/or requiring elections be made in a dollar amount or percentage of pay. A Participant's election regarding Elective Deferrals may be made only with respect to an amount which the Participant could otherwise elect to receive in cash and which is not currently available to the Participant. The Plan Administrator may allow Participants, on a nondiscriminatory basis, to defer on Compensation actually received after Termination of Employment.

 

(d)       Reduction in Elections. The Plan Administrator may reduce or totally suspend a Participant's election if the Plan Administrator determines that such election may cause the Plan to fail to satisfy any of the requirements of Article 5.

 

(e)       Catch-up Contributions. If elected in the Adoption Agreement, all Participants who are eligible to make Elective Deferrals under this Plan shall be eligible to make Catch-up Contributions pursuant to Section 5.01(d).

 

(f)       Roth Elective Deferrals. To the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement, Participants shall be eligible to irrevocably designate some or all of their Elective Deferrals as either Pre-tax Elective Deferrals or Roth Elective Deferrals. However, the Plan Administrator may, on a nondiscriminatory basis, require a Participant to elect all of their Elective Deferrals as either Pre-tax Elective Deferrals or Roth Elective Deferrals. All elections shall be subject to the same election procedures, limits on modifications and other terms and conditions on elections as specified in the Plan. If Roth Elective Deferrals are not permitted, all Elective Deferrals shall be designated as Pre-tax Elective Deferrals.

 

(g)       Automatic Enrollment. To the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement, upon the initial satisfaction of the eligibility requirements of Article 3 with respect to Elective Deferrals (and at the effective date of the addition of an automatic enrollment feature for current Participants), an Eligible Employee described in the Adoption Agreement

 
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shall be deemed to have made an Elective Deferral election in the amount provided in the Adoption Agreement; provided however that:

 

(1)       In a reasonable period of time before the deemed election takes place the Eligible Employee shall receive a notice that explains the automatic Elective Deferral election, his or her Compensation reduction percentage and the individual's right to elect to have no such Elective Deferrals made to the Plan or to alter the amount of those contributions, including the procedure for exercising that right and the timing for implementation of any such election. The Eligible Employee must have a reasonable opportunity to file an election to receive cash in lieu of Elective Deferrals before such deemed election is made. If the Adoption Agreement indicates the Plan intends to be an eligible automatic contribution arrangement (EACA), the notice must meet the additional requirements below:

 

(A)       The notice must be provided within a reasonable period before the beginning of each Plan Year or, in the Plan Year the Employee is first eligible to make a cash or deferred election (or first becomes covered under the automatic contribution arrangement as a result of a change in employment status), within a reasonable period before the Employee becomes a covered Employee. A notice satisfies the timing requirements of this paragraph only if it is provided sufficiently early so that the Employee has a reasonable period of time after receipt of the notice in order to make the election described under Treas. Reg. section 1.414(w)-1(e)(2).

 

(B)       The notice must describe how contributions made under the arrangement will be invested in the absence of any investment election.

 

(C)       The notice must describe the right to make a permissible withdrawal (as described in Section 4.01(g)(5)(B)), if applicable, and the procedures to elect such a withdrawal.

 

(2)       If the default election is pursuant to a Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement, the default election must be effective no later than the earlier of (i) the pay date for the second payroll period that begins after the date the notice is provided, or (ii) the first pay date that occurs at least 30 days after the notice is provided. Notwithstanding any delay in when the first default contribution is made, Non-Elective Contributions that are based on a full year's contributions and any rate of Matching Contributions that varies based on Compensation must be based on Compensation earned since the Participant was first eligible under the Plan.

 

(3)       Unless otherwise selected in the Adoption Agreement, if the Plan provides for Roth Elective Deferrals, all Elective Deferrals made under Subsection (g) shall be designated as Pre-tax Elective Deferrals.

 

(4)       Administrator Discretion. The Plan Administrator may, on a uniform and nondiscriminatory basis, provide that a new initial period shall begin for an Employee who is terminated for a full Plan Year and is rehired in a subsequent Plan Year. The Plan Administrator may also, on a uniform and nondiscriminatory basis, provide that an affirmative election expires at the end of each Plan Year and that the Employee must make a new affirmative election if he or she wants the prior rate of Elective Deferral to continue.

 

(5)       Elections to End or Reduce Automatic Enrollment

 

(A)       If the Adoption Agreement indicates the Plan is not an Eligible Automatic Contribution Arrangement (EACA) and the Plan Administrator elects to allow withdrawals, the Eligible Employee may file an election to receive cash in lieu of Elective Deferrals at the time such deemed election is made or within the 60 day period thereafter. Upon an election to receive cash in lieu of Elective Deferrals, the Participant shall not receive a refund of any Elective Deferral made. The Eligible Employee may make a subsequent affirmative election to make Elective Deferrals at a later date that is effective as provided in Section 4.01(b).

 

 
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       (B)       Eligible Automatic Contribution Arrangement (EACA). To the extent the Adoption Agreement indicates the Plan intends to be an eligible automatic contribution arrangement (EACA), if the Adoption Agreement allows for permissible withdrawals, an Employee for whom Elective Deferrals have been automatically made may elect to withdraw all of the contributions made on his or her behalf including earnings thereon to the date of the withdrawal. This withdrawal right is available only if the withdrawal election is made within the earlier of 90 or the number of days specified in the Adoption Agreement after the date of the first contribution under an EACA. Any Matching Contribution made with respect to the amount withdrawn (adjusted for allocable gains and losses) shall be forfeited. A withdrawal request will be treated as an affirmative election to stop having Elective Deferrals made unless the Employee affirmatively elects otherwise.

 

(i)       Election Period. The Plan Administrator may, on a uniform and nondiscriminatory basis, require an election period shorter than 90 days, provided that such election period be at least 30 days.

 

(ii)       Treatment of Refunds. Elective Deferrals refunded pursuant to this Subsection and any related Matching Contributions forfeited, shall not be taken into account in determining an Employee's Actual Deferral Ratio and Actual Contribution Ratio under the Actual Deferral Percentage(ADP) and ACP tests, and shall be disregarded in determining limitations under Code section 402(g). Any amounts refunded under this Paragraph are not eligible rollover contributions. No spousal consent is required for a refund under this Section.

 

(iii)       The provisions of this Section are separately applied to each portion of the Plan after the application of the mandatory disaggregation rules of Code section 410(b).

 

(iv)       Rehires. The Plan Administrator may, on a uniform and nondiscriminatory basis, for an Employee who is terminated for a full Plan Year and is rehired in a subsequent Plan Year provide that such Employee be treated as a new hire.

 

(v)       Fees. The amount distributed may be reduced by fees pursuant to Treas. Reg. section 1.414(w)-1(c)(3)(ii).

 

(vi)       Refund Deadline. Effective for Plan Years beginning on or after January 1, 2010, the extended testing deadline of Code section 4979 shall apply only if all Employees eligible to make Elective Deferrals are covered under the EACA for the entire Plan Year (or the portion of the Plan Year the Employees are Eligible Employees).

 

(vii)       The provisions of this Subsection are subject to any requirements under Code section 414(w), Code section 4979, the final Treasury Regulations issued February 24, 2009 and any corresponding guidance or regulations issued thereunder.

 

(h)       Contribution and Allocation of Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions. The Company shall contribute to the Plan with respect to each pay period an amount equal to the Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions of Participants for such pay period, as determined pursuant to the elections in force pursuant to this Section. There shall be directly and promptly allocated to the Elective Deferral Account and Voluntary Contribution Account of each Participant the Elective Deferrals and Voluntary Contributions, respectively, contributed by the Company to the Plan by reason of any election in force with respect to that Participant.

 

Section 4.02 MATCHING CONTRIBUTIONS

 

 
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       (a)       Amount of Matching Contributions. Subject to the limitations described in Article 5, the Company shall contribute to the Plan an amount specified in the Adoption Agreement on behalf of each Participant who made a Matched Employee Contribution and who has completed any service requirements specified in the Adoption Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Matching Contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(b)       Contribution and Allocation of Matching Contributions. Matching Contributions shall be made to the Plan and promptly allocated to the Matching Contribution Accounts of Participants who meet the requirements of Subsection (a) and in the amount determined pursuant to Subsection (a) as soon as administratively feasible after the end of the periods described in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(1)       The Company may make an additional Matching Contribution ("true up") on behalf of each Participant in the amount of the positive difference, if any, between the Matching Contributions that would have been allocated to his Account had such contributions been determined on the basis of Compensation for the entire Plan Year and the Matching Contributions previously allocated to such Participant's Account.

 

(2)       If the Adoption Agreement specifies that the Catch-up Contributions specified in Section 5.01 shall not be matched, any Matching Contributions made on an Elective Deferral and, if applicable, a Voluntary Contribution that are subsequently classified as a Catch-up Contribution shall be forfeited to the extent allocated.

 

(3)       If the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan is intended to be a safe harbor 401(k) plan and safe harbor Matching Contributions are made separately with respect to each payroll period (or with respect to all payroll periods ending with or within each month or quarter of a Plan Year), such safe harbor Matching Contributions must be contributed to the Plan by the last day of the immediately following Plan Year quarter.

 

(c)       Participant. For purposes of this Section, "Participant" shall mean an Eligible Employee who has met the eligibility requirements of Article 3 with respect to Matching Contributions.

 

(d)       Coverage Failures. If the application of the rules described above causes the Plan to fail to meet the minimum coverage requirements of Code section 410(b)(1)(B) as of the last day of the Plan Year (the Plan does not benefit a percentage of Nonhighly Compensated Employees that is at least 70% of the percentage of Highly Compensated Employees who benefit under the Plan) for any Plan Year with respect to Matching Contributions because the Company's Matching Contributions have not been allocated to a sufficient number or percentage of Participants for such year, then the list of Participants eligible to share in such contributions for such year shall be expanded to include the Participants described in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(1)       If the Adoption Agreement specifies that all non-excludable Participants shall be entitled to share in such contributions for such year, then the following additional Participants shall be eligible to share in such contributions:

 

(A)       Any Participant who remains in the Employer's employ on the last day of such Plan Year; and

 

(B)       Any Participant who completes at least 501 Hours of Service during such Plan Year (whether or not he remains in the Employer's employ on the last day of such Plan Year).

 

(2)       If the Adoption Agreement specifies that just enough Participants shall be entitled to share in such contributions for such year, then the following additional Participants shall be eligible to share in such contributions:

 
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(A)       The list of Participants eligible to share in the Company's Matching Contributions for such Plan Year shall be expanded to include the minimum number of Participants who would not otherwise be eligible as are necessary to satisfy the minimum coverage requirements under Code section 410(b)(1)(B). The specific Participants who shall become eligible to share in the Company's Matching Contribution for such Plan Year pursuant to this Paragraph (A) shall be those Participants who remain in the Company's employ on the last day of such Plan Year and who have completed the greatest amount of service during the Plan Year.

 

(B)       If, after the application of Paragraph (A) above, the minimum coverage requirements of Code section 410(b)(1)(B) are still not satisfied, then the list of Participants eligible to share in the Company's Matching Contribution for such Plan Year shall be further expanded to include the minimum number of Participants who do not remain in the Company's employ on the last day of the Plan Year as are necessary to satisfy such requirements. The specific Participants who shall become eligible to share in the Company's contribution for such Plan Year pursuant to this Paragraph (B) shall be those Participants who had completed the greatest amount of service during the Plan Year before terminating their employment with the Employer.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Plan Administrator always retains the option to meet the minimum coverage requirements of Code section 410(b) by using the average benefits test of Code section 410(b)(1)(C).

 

Section 4.03 EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS

 

(a)       Amount.

 

(1)       Profit Sharing Contributions. Subject to the limitations described in Article 5, the Company shall, to the extent specified in the Adoption Agreement, make Profit Sharing Contributions to the Plan on behalf of each Participant who has completed any service requirements specified in the Adoption Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(2)       Pension Contributions. Subject to the limitations described in Article 5, the Company shall make Pension Contributions to the Plan on behalf of each Participant who has completed any service requirements specified in the Adoption Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Participant shall be eligible to receive an allocation of Pension Contributions only to the extent such contributions are permitted in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(b)       Allocation of Employer Contributions.

 

(1)       Allocation of Profit Sharing Contributions. Profit Sharing Contributions shall be allocated to the Profit Sharing Contribution Accounts of each Participant eligible to share in such allocations pursuant to Subsection (a)(1) in the manner described in the Adoption Agreement. If the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan uses a New Comparability allocation formula, the Company may waive any requirements to receive an allocation for a Participant who does not otherwise satisfy such requirements for purposes of the Company satisfying the Minimum Allocation Gateway requirement of Treasury regulations section 1.401(a)(4)-8(b)(1)(vi) or 1.401(a)(4)-9(b)(2)(v)(D). However, in order to qualify for the waiver of the previous sentence, a Participant must also be: (1) a Nonhighly Compensated Employee; and (2) eligible for another allocation (including, but not limited to, a Top-Heavy minimum or a 401(k) safe harbor non-elective allocation) that is taken into account in determining whether the Plan satisfies the nondiscrimination requirements of Code section 401(a)(4) with respect to Non-Elective Contributions.

 

 
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       (2)       Allocation of Pension Contributions. Pension Contributions shall be allocated to the Pension Contribution Accounts of each Participant eligible to share in such allocations pursuant to Subsection (a)(2) in the manner described in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(3)       Notwithstanding the foregoing, for any Plan Year this Plan is integrated and benefits any Participant who benefits under another qualified plan or simplified employee pension plan, as defined in Code section 408(k), maintained by the Employer that provides for permitted disparity (or imputes disparity), Employer contributions shall be allocated to the Profit Sharing Account/Pension Contribution Account of each Participant in the ratio that such Participant's total Compensation bears to the total Compensation of all Participants. Effective for Plan Years beginning on or after January 1, 1995, the allocation to a Participant who exceeds his cumulative disparity limit shall be determined in accordance with applicable Treasury Regulations. The cumulative permitted disparity limit for a Participant is 35 total cumulative permitted disparity years. Total cumulative permitted disparity years means the number of years credited to the Participant for allocation or accrual purposes under this Plan or any other qualified plan or simplified employee pension plan (whether or not terminated) ever maintained by the Employer that provided for permitted disparity. For purposes of determining the Participant's cumulative permitted disparity limit, all Plan Years ending in the same calendar year are treated as the same year. If the Participant has not benefited under a defined benefit or target benefit plan for any year beginning on or after January 1, 1994, the Participant has no cumulative disparity limit.

 

(c)       Participant. For purposes of this Section, "Participant" shall mean an Eligible Employee who has met the eligibility requirements of Article 3 with respect to Profit Sharing Contributions or Pension Contributions, as applicable.

 

(d)       Coverage Failures. If the application of the rules described above causes the Plan to fail to meet the minimum coverage requirements of Code section 410(b)(1)(B) as of the last day of the Plan Year (the Plan does not benefit a percentage of Nonhighly Compensated Employees that is at least 70% of the percentage of Highly Compensated Employees who benefit under the Plan) for any Plan Year with respect to contributions described in this Section 4.03 because such contributions have not been allocated to a sufficient number or percentage of Participants for such year, then the list of Participants eligible to share in such contributions for such year shall be expanded to include the Participants described in the Adoption Agreement.

 

(1)       If the Adoption Agreement specifies that all non-excludable Participants shall be entitled to share in such contributions for such year, then the following additional Participants shall be eligible to share in such contributions:

 

(A)       Any Participant who remains in the Employer's employ on the last day of such Plan Year; and

 

(B)       Any Participant who completes at least 501 Hours of Service during such Plan Year (whether or not he remains in the Employer's employ on the last day of such Plan Year).

 

(2)       If the Adoption Agreement specifies that just enough Participants shall be entitled to share in such contributions for such year, then the following additional Participants shall be eligible to share in such contributions:

 

(A)       The list of Participants eligible to share in such contributions for such Plan Year shall be expanded to include the minimum number of Participants who would not otherwise be eligible as are necessary to satisfy the minimum coverage requirements under Code section 410(b)(1)(B). The specific Participants who shall become eligible to share in such contributions for such Plan Year pursuant to this Paragraph (A) shall be those

 
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Participants who remain in the Company's employ on the last day of such Plan Year and who have completed the greatest amount of service during the Plan Year.

 

(B)       If, after the application of Paragraph (A) above, the minimum coverage requirements of Code section 410(b)(1)(B) are still not satisfied, then the list of Participants eligible to share in such contributions for such Plan Year shall be further expanded to include the minimum number of Participants who do not remain in the Company's employ on the last day of the Plan Year as are necessary to satisfy such requirements. The specific Participants who shall become eligible to share in the Company's contribution for such Plan Year pursuant to this Paragraph (B) shall be those Participants who had completed the greatest amount of service during the Plan Year before terminating their employment with the Employer. Individuals similarly situated will be treated the same.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Plan Administrator always retains the option to meet the minimum coverage requirements of Code section 410(b) by using the average benefits test of Code section 410(b)(1)(C).

 

(e)       Disability. In addition to the foregoing, if the Adoption Agreement specifies that contributions described in this Section shall be allocated to Disabled Participants, a Participant who does not meet the requirements of Subsection (a) due to Disability shall be eligible to share in such contributions (including Disabled Participants that have Terminated Employment); provided that such Disability would also constitute a disability pursuant to Code section 22(e). The Company shall allocate the applicable contributions on behalf of each such Disabled Participant on the basis of the Compensation each such Participant would have received for the Limitation Year if the Participant had been paid at the rate of Compensation paid immediately before suffering a Disability. Contributions allocated to Participants suffering a Disability pursuant to this Subsection shall be fully (100%) vested when made. Such allocations shall cease on the first to occur of the following:

 

(1)       the last day of the Plan Year in which occurs the anniversary specified in the Adoption Agreement of the date the Plan Administrator determines that the Participant's Disability commenced;

 

(2)       the date the Participant ceases to suffer from a Disability;

 

(3)       the date the Participant refuses to submit to a periodic examination by the Company or its agent to determine the existence of a Disability; or

 

(4)       the date the Participant dies.

 

Section 4.04 SAFE HARBOR CONTRIBUTIONS AND QUALIFIED NON-ELECTIVE/MATCHING CONTRIBUTIONS

 

(a)       Amount of Safe Harbor Contributions.

 

(1)       In General. If the Adoption Agreement specifies that the Plan will satisfy the 401(k) safe harbor provisions, the Company shall, subject to the limitations described in Article 5, make Qualified Non-Elective Contributions and/or Qualified Matching Contributions on behalf of each Employee who is eligible to make Elective Deferrals during the Plan Year, and meets any additional requirements provided in the Adoption Agreement to receive safe harbor contributions. In the absence of an election in the Adoption Agreement such Qualified Non-Elective Contributions shall be made on behalf of each Employee who is eligible to make Elective Deferrals during the Plan Year. Qualified Non-Elective Contributions described in this Subsection (1) shall be allocated to the Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account of each Participant eligible to share in such allocations in the ratio that such Participant's Compensation bears to the Compensation of all eligible Participants.

 

 
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       (2)       Contingent Amendment. This Subsection shall apply if the Adoption Agreement specifies that a Non-Elective Contribution described in Subsection (1) will be made to the Plan only if the Plan Sponsor amends the Plan pursuant to Section 4.04(a)(2). An amendment to the Plan pursuant to Section 13.01 that requires that the Company make the Qualified Non-Elective Contributions described in Subsection (1) shall be deemed to be an amendment of the Plan but only with respect to the Plan Year for which such amendment is made. Such amendment shall be made after the first day of the Plan Year and no later than 30 days before the last day of the Plan Year and shall be effective as of the first day of the Plan Year. The Plan Administrator shall provide a contingent notice each year and shall provide a follow-up notice only in the event that such amendment is adopted. The contingent notice and, if applicable, the follow-up notice, shall be provided pursuant to Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-3(f) and any superseding guidance. If the amendment described in this Subsection is not made, the Plan will not satisfy the 401(k) safe harbor provisions and the Plan will be subject to the nondiscrimination requirements of Section 5.02.

 

(b)       Additional Qualified Non-Elective Contributions. In addition to the safe harbor contributions described above, the Company in its discretion may make additional Qualified Non-Elective Contributions for the benefit of such Participants as determined by the Company. A Qualified Non-Elective Contribution of a Nonhighly Compensated Employee will not be taken into account in satisfying the requirements of Section 5.02 to the extent it: (1) does not qualify for inclusion in the Actual Deferral Ratio; or (2) is a disproportionate contribution within the meaning of Treas. Reg. sections 1.401(k)-2(a)(6)(iv) and/or 1.401(m)-2(a)(6)(v) and any superseding guidance. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Qualified Non-Elective Contributions that are made in connection with an Employer's obligation to pay prevailing wages under the Davis-Bacon Act (46 Stat. 1494), Public Law 71-798, Service Contract Act of 1965 (79 Stat. 1965), Public Law 89-286, or similar legislation can be taken into account for a plan year for a Nonhighly Compensated Employee to the extent such contributions do not exceed 10% of that Nonhighly Compensated Employee's Compensation.

 

(1)       Participants Eligible to Receive Qualified Non-Elective Contributions. The Company may determine, in its discretion whether allocations of Qualified Non-Elective Contributions shall be limited to Participants who are credited with at least a certain number of Hours of Service during the Plan Year and/or who remain in the Company's employ on the last day of the Plan Year. The Company may limit Qualified Non-Elective Contributions contributed under this Subsection to Nonhighly Compensated Employees eligible to make Elective Deferrals during the Plan Year that meet any additional requirements determined by the Company. The Company may also provide Qualified Non-Elective Contributions to those in any or all portions of a disaggregated plan as provided in Section 5.03.

 

(2)       Permissible Methods of Allocation. The Company in its discretion may make additional Qualified Non-Elective Contributions in such manner as specified in the Adoption Agreement. If the Company decides to make Bottom Up Qualified Non-Elective Contributions, the Qualified Non-Elective Contributions may be allocated as follows:

 

(A)       First to the Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account of the Participant who is a Nonhighly Compensated Employee with the lowest Compensation and is eligible to share in such allocations in an amount determined by the Company not to exceed 5% of such Participant's Compensation (the "Base QNEC Rate"). If any Qualified Non-Elective Contributions remain after the foregoing, the Company may then allocate Qualified Non-Elective Contributions to other Participants who are Nonhighly Compensated Employees eligible to share in such allocations with the next lowest Compensation in the amount of the Base QNEC Rate of Compensation until such contributions are fully allocated to one half of eligible Nonhighly Compensated Employees within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-2(a)(6)(iv)(B) (the "Base NHCEs"). Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Base QNEC Rate may exceed 5%; provided, that the Company contribution is sufficient to provide the Base QNEC Rate to all Base NHCEs.

 

(B)       If any Qualified Non-Elective Contributions remain after the foregoing, the Company may then allocate Qualified Non-Elective Contributions to the Participant who is a Nonhighly Compensated

 
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Employee with the lowest Compensation and is eligible to share in such allocations in an additional amount not to exceed the Base QNEC Rate contributed pursuant to Paragraph (1) above (the "Additional QNEC Rate") of such Participant's Compensation. The total of the Base QNEC Rate and the Additional QNEC Rate may not exceed twice the Plan's representative contribution rate as defined in Treas. Reg. section 1.401(m)-2(a)(6)(v)(B). If any Qualified Non-Elective Contributions remain after the foregoing, the Company may then allocate Qualified Non-Elective Contributions to other Participants who are Nonhighly Compensated Employees eligible to share in such allocations with the next lowest Compensation in the amount of the Additional QNEC Rate of such Participant's Compensation until such contributions are fully allocated to the Base NHCEs.

 

(C)       If any Qualified Non-Elective Contributions remain after the foregoing, the Company may then allocate Qualified Non-Elective Contributions to the Participant who is a Nonhighly Compensated Employee eligible to share in such allocations with the lowest Compensation and who is not a Base NHCE in the amount equal to the sum of the Base QNEC Rate and the Additional QNEC Rate of such Participant's Compensation. If any Qualified Non-Elective Contributions remain after the foregoing, the Company may then allocate Qualified Non-Elective Contributions to other Participants who are Nonhighly Compensated Employees eligible to share in such allocations with the next lowest Compensation and who are not Base NHCEs in the amount equal to the sum of the Base QNEC Rate and the Additional QNEC Rate of such Participant's Compensation until such contributions are fully allocated to all eligible Nonhighly Compensated Employees who are not Base NHCEs.

 

(D)       If any Qualified Non-Elective Contributions remain after the foregoing, the Company may then allocate Qualified Non-Elective Contributions to Participants eligible to share in such allocations in the ratio that each Participant's Compensation bears to the Compensation of all eligible Participants.

 

(E)       Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may instead allocate the Qualified Non-Elective Contributions as a flat dollar amount pursuant to this Subsection (2). The Company may first allocate a flat dollar amount determined by the Company (the "Base QNEC Dollar Amount") to the Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account of the Participant who is a Nonhighly Compensated Employee with the lowest Compensation and is eligible to share in such allocations. If any Qualified Non-Elective Contributions remain after the foregoing, the Company may then allocate Qualified Non-Elective Contributions to other Participants who are Nonhighly Compensated Employees eligible to share in such allocations with the next lowest Compensation in the amount of the Base QNEC Dollar Amount until such contributions are fully allocated to the eligible Nonhighly Compensated Employees. Such Qualified Non-Elective Contributions may be used to satisfy the provisions of Section 5.02 to the extent not considered disproportionate under Subsection 5.03(f) below.

 

(c)       Qualified Non-Elective Contributions: (1) shall be allocated to the Participant's Account as of a date within that year within the meaning of Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-2(a)(4)(i)(A); (2) shall be nonforfeitable when made unless attributable to withdrawal rights under an Eligible Automatic Contribution Arrangement or Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement; and (3) shall be distributed only under the rules applicable for Elective Deferrals in accordance with Treas. Reg. section 1.401(k)-1(d) (attainment of age 59-1/2, severance from employment, death, or Disability, but not hardship).

 

(d)       Qualified Matching Contributions. In addition to any Qualified Matching Contributions provided in the Adoption Agreement, the Company in its discretion may make Matching Contributions designated as Qualified Matching Contributions for the benefit of such Participants and in such manner determined at the discretion of the Company. The Company may determine, in its discretion whether allocations of Qualified Matching Contributions shall be limited to Participants who are credited with at least a certain number of Hours of Service during the Plan Year and/or who remain in the Company's employ on the last day of the Plan Year. Such Qualified Matching Contributions shall be nonforfeitable when made unless attributable to withdrawal rights under an Eligible Automatic Contribution

 
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Arrangement or Qualified Automatic Contribution Arrangement and may only be distributed upon the Participant's: (1) attainment of age 59-1/2; or (2) severance from employment, death, or Disability.

 

(e)       In addition, the Company may, in its discretion, make Qualified Non-Elective Contributions or Qualified Matching Contributions for a Plan Year that shall be allocated in the manner prescribed by the Company to correct any operational or demographic failure pursuant to any correction program or policy established by the Internal Revenue Service or the Department of Labor.

 

Section 4.05 ROLLOVER CONTRIBUTIONS

 

(a)       To the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement, the Plan Administrator may direct the Trustee to accept Rollover Contributions made in cash or other form acceptable to the Trustee. Rollover Contributions shall be allocated to the Participant's/Eligible Employee's (to the extent elected in the Adoption Agreement) Rollover Contribution Account. The Plan may accept the following Rollover Contributions to the extent allowed by the Plan Administrator in its sole discretion:

 

(1)       A rollover from a plan qualified under Code section 401(a) or 403(a) if the contribution qualifies as a tax-free rollover as defined in Code section 402(c). If it is later determined that the amount received does not qualify as a tax-free rollover, the amount shall be refunded to the Eligible Employee.

 

(2)       A rollover from a "Conduit Individual Retirement Account", as determined in accordance with procedures established by the Plan Administrator and only if the contribution qualifies as a tax-free rollover as defined in Code section 402(c). If it is later determined that the amount received does not qualify as a tax-free rollover, the amount shall be refunded to the Eligible Employee.

 

(3)       A direct rollover of an eligible rollover distribution of after-tax employee contributions from a qualified plan described in Code section 401(a) or 403(a). The Plan shall separately account for amounts so transferred, including separately accounting for the portion of such contribution which is includible in gross income and the portion of such contribution which is not so includible.

 

(4)       Any rollover of an eligible rollover distribution from an annuity contract described in Code section 403(b). The Plan shall separately account for after-tax amounts so transferred, including separately accounting for the portion of such contribution which is includible in gross income and the portion of such contribution which is not so includible.

 

(5)       Any rollover of an eligible rollover distribution from an eligible plan under Code section 457(b) which is maintained by a state, political subdivision of a state, or any agency or instrumentality of a state or political subdivision of a state.

 

(6)       Any rollover contribution of the portion of a distribution from an individual retirement account or annuity described in Code sections 408(a) or 408(b) that is eligible to be rolled over and would otherwise be includible in gross income.

 

(7)       If the Plan permits Roth Elective Deferrals, the Plan may accept a Rollover Contribution to a Roth Elective Deferral Account only if it is a direct rollover from another Roth elective deferral account under an applicable retirement plan described in Code section 402A(e)(1) and only to the extent the rollover is permitted under the rules of Code section 402(c).

 

(8)       Any additional rollover contribution as may be permitted by applicable law.

 
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(b)       In-Plan Roth Rollovers. To the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement and to the extent permitted by Code section 402A(c), Notice 2010-84 and any superseding guidance, a distribution from the Plan other than from a designated Roth Account that is an eligible rollover distribution (as defined in Code section 408A(e)) may be rolled over to a designated Roth Account maintained under this Plan for the benefit of the individual to whom the distribution is made. The Plan will maintain such records as are necessary for the proper reporting of In-Plan Roth Rollovers. If In-Plan Roth Rollovers are permitted for all distributions permitted under the Code and to the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement, In-Plan Roth Rollovers are permitted at the following times:

 

(1)       Upon the attainment of the age specified in the Adoption Agreement except Elective Deferrals, Qualified Non-Elective Contributions, Qualified Matching Contributions and the portion of any Account that has been used to satisfy the safe harbor requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) shall not be eligible for withdrawal until the Participant attains age 59-1/2.

 

(2)       After-tax, Rollover and Voluntary Accounts can be converted to an In-Plan Roth Rollover Account at any time.

 

(3)       From a Participant's Matching Contribution Account and/or Profit Sharing Contribution Account after 5 years of Participation. In-service withdrawals are allowed from a Participant's Matching Contribution Account and/or Profit Sharing Contribution Account on funds held for at least 2 years. Withdrawals after 5 years of Participation and/or 2 years of accumulation are only permitted from the Matching Contribution Account to the extent such Account has not been used to satisfy the requirements of Code sections 401(k)(12) or 401(k)(13) and/or 401(m)(11) or 401(m)(12) or to the extent such contributions has not been treated as Qualified Matching Contributions.

 

(4)       Immediately after Termination of Employment.

 

(c)       Plan Administrator Procedures. The Plan Administrator may establish uniform procedures that include, but are not limited to, prescribing limitations on the frequency and minimum amount of rollovers; provided, that no procedures involving minimum amounts shall prescribe a minimum withdrawal greater than $1,000.

 

Section 4.06 TRANSFERS

 

The Trustee may be directed to accept a direct transfer of assets, made without the consent of the affected Employees, from the trustee of any other qualified plan described in Code section 401(a) to the extent permitted by the Code and the regulations and rulings thereunder. In the event assets are transferred to the Plan pursuant to the foregoing sentence, the transferred assets shall be accounted for separately in the Transfer Account of the affected Employees to the extent necessary to preserve a more favorable vesting schedule or any other legally-protected benefits available to such Employees under the transferor plan. The Plan Administrator shall establish a vesting schedule for the Transfer Account; provided that such schedule is not less favorable than the vesting schedule under the transferor plan.

 

Section 4.07 MILITARY SERVICE

 

(a)       In General. Notwithstanding any provision of this Plan to the contrary, contributions, benefits and service credit with respect to Qualified Military Service shall be provided in accordance with Code section 414(u).

 

(b)       Death or Disability During Qualified Military Service. To the extent provided in the Adoption Agreement, pursuant to Code section 414(u)(9), IRS Notice 2010-15 and any superseding guidance; a Participant who dies or becomes Disabled while performing Qualified Military Service will be treated as if he had been employed by the

 
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Company on the day preceding death or Disability and terminated employment on the day of death or Disability and receive benefit accruals related to the period of Qualified Military Service as provided under Code section 414(u)(8), except as provided below:

 

(1)       All Participants eligible for benefits under the Plan by reason of this Section shall be provided benefits on reasonably equivalent terms.

 

(2)       For the purposes of applying Code section 414(u)(8)(C), a Participant's Elective Deferrals shall be determined based on the Participant's average actual contributions for:

 

(A)       the 12-month period of service with the Employer immediately prior to Qualified Military Service, or

 

(B)       if service with the Employer is less than such 12-month period, the actual length of continuous service with the Employer.

 

Section 4.08 TIMING OF CONTRIBUTIONS

 

Amounts contributed to the Plan with funds provided by Participants will be remitted to the Trustee as soon as practicable, but no later than the fifteenth (15th) business day of the month following the month in which such contributions were received or withheld from the Participant's Compensation unless a longer period is permitted under applicable law or regulation.

 

Section 4.09 ARRANGEMENTS ADOPTED BY MORE THAN ONE EMPLOYER

 

In General. This Section applies to arrangements adopted by more than one unrelated entity. Unrelated entities may participate in the Plan as described under Section 4.09(a) as a multiple employer plan within the meaning of ERISA section 3(2) and Code section 413(c) ("Multiple Employer Plan") or 4.09(b) as an aggregated plan arrangement for multiple plans sharing a Master Adoption Agreement and who are not a Multiple Employer Plan ("Aggregated Plan Arrangement"). The provisions of Section 4.09(c) shall apply to plans described under 4.09(a) or 4.09(b).

 

(a)       Multiple Employer Plans. This Section shall apply if the Plan is a Multiple Employer Plan.

 

(1)       Method of Adoption. The Plan Sponsor shall execute a Master Adoption Agreement and each Adopting Entity shall execute a joinder/participation agreement which contains only those Adoption Agreement provisions, if any, which may be overridden by an entity other than the Plan Sponsor. The execution of the joinder/participation agreement by an Adopting Entity shall constitute the adoption of the same plan as the Plan Sponsor and not the adoption of a separate plan for the Adopting Entity. An Adopting Entity may amend its joinder/participation agreement at any time with the approval of the Plan Sponsor. However, an Adopting Entity may not modify the definition of Plan Administrator, Limitation Year or Plan Sponsor. If the Adoption Agreement provides that the Plan is a prototype plan, an Adopting Entity that modifies the Plan (except to the extent necessary to satisfy section 415 and 416 because of the required aggregation of multiple plans, and other amendments as permitted by section 5.06, 5.09 & 19.03 of Rev. Proc. 2011-49) will be considered to have terminated its participation in the Plan. The Plan Sponsor and all Adopting Entities acknowledge that the Plan is a Multiple Employer Plan subject to the rules of Code section 413(c) and the regulations thereunder which are herein incorporated by reference. Plan Sponsor and all Adopting Entities also acknowledge the specific annual reporting requirements, and different procedures for obtaining determination letters from the Internal Revenue Service regarding the qualified status of the Plan.

 

 
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       (2)       Definitions. The following terms are modified as used in the Plan:

 

(A)       "Adopting Entity" means an entity who executes a joinder/participation agreement.

(B)       "Adoption Agreement" means the Adoption Agreement for the Plan Sponsor. For any Adopting Entity, Adoption Agreement means the Adoption Agreement as amended in that entity's joinder/participation agreement (as provided in Section 4.09(a)(1)).

 

(C)       "Plan Sponsor" means the executor of the Master Adoption Agreement described in Section 4.09(a)(1).

 

(3)       Application of Code section 413(c). The provisions of Code section 413(c) shall apply to the Plan and this Section shall be interpreted consistent with Code section 413(c) and any applicable guidance.

 

(A)       Eligibility Service. Code section 410(a) shall be applied as if all Employees of each Employer who maintains the Plan were employed by a single Employer. An Employee who transfers employment between Adopting Entities and/or t