EMPLOYEE DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN
As Amended and Restated Effective July 8, 2009
Purpose & Effective Date
1.01 Purpose. The purpose of the Plan is to provide certain members of management and
highly compensated employees of the Company with an opportunity to elect to defer the receipt of a
portion of their Eligible Compensation.
1.02 Effective Date. The Plan was adopted by the Board effective as of January 1,
2005 (the Effective Date), and was amended and restated by the Board effective as of July 8,
For purposes of the Plan, unless otherwise clearly apparent from the context, the following
terms shall have the meanings indicated in this Article 2:
2.01 Account Balance means, with respect to the Account of a Participant as of a
given date, the balance of the Participants Account as of such date, as adjusted through the most
recent valuation date practicable before such given date to reflect all applicable Investment
Adjustments and all prior withdrawals and distributions from such Account, in accordance with
Article 5 and the Plan.
2.02 Affiliate means any person other than Paychex with whom Paychex would be
considered a single employer under Section 414(b) or 414(c) of the Code; provided, however, that
for determining whether a Separation from Service has occurred, the language at least 50 percent
shall be used instead of at least 80 percent each place it appears in such Code Sections.
2.03 Amended Distribution Election Form means the written form required by the
Committee to be submitted by a Participant to effect a permitted change in the Distribution
Election previously made by the Participant with respect to his or her Account.
2.04 Annual Deferral Account means a notional, bookkeeping account established under
the Plan to reflect the Participants Annual Participant Deferral for a Plan Year, as adjusted to
reflect all applicable Investment Adjustments and all prior withdrawals and distributions from such
account, in accordance with Article 5, the provisions of the applicable Annual Enrollment Materials
and the Plan.
2.05 Annual Election Form means the written form required by the Committee to be
submitted by a Participant in connection with the Participants Deferral Election and Distribution
Election with respect to a given Plan Year.
2.06 Annual Enrollment Materials means, for a given Plan Year, the Annual Election
Form and any other written forms, documents or materials concerning the terms of Participant
Deferral Elections for such Plan Year.
2.07 Annual Participant Deferral means the aggregate amount of Eligible Compensation
deferred by a Participant with respect to a particular Plan Year under Section 4.01.
2.08 Base Pay means taxable wages relating to services performed by a Participant
during any Plan Year, including amounts contributed by the Participant to the Paychex, Inc. 401(k)
Incentive Retirement Plan, but excluding Fiscal-Quarter Bonus Pay, Performance-Based Bonus Pay,
other bonuses, the value of any non-cash awards (including related taxes), income from equity
compensation, the imputed value of group-term life insurance and any reimbursements of moving
2.09 Beneficiary means, with respect to a Participant, the person or persons
designated in accordance with the provisions of Article 7 as a beneficiary of such Participant
2.10 Board means the board of directors of Paychex.
2.11 Change in Control means: (a) one or more changes in the ownership of stock of
Paychex if after the change or changes, at least 50 percent of the total combined voting power of
all classes of stock of Paychex is actually or constructively owned by one person, corporate or
otherwise; or (b) the transfer by Paychex, in one or more transactions, of all or substantially all
of its assets to another person, corporate or otherwise, or group of related persons, whether by
sale, merger, consolidation, or other arrangement. The Board shall make the final determination of
whether a Change in Control has occurred.
2.12 Claimant has the meaning set forth in Section 10.01.
2.13 Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as it may be amended from time to
2.14 Committee means the Deferred Compensation Plan Committee of Paychex or such
other committee designated by the Board to administer the Plan. Any reference herein to the
Committee shall be deemed to include any person to whom any duty of the Committee has been
delegated pursuant to Section 9.02.
2.15 Company means Paychex and its Affiliates, collectively.
2.16 Deferral Election means a deferral election made in accordance with Section
2.17 Deferred Compensation Account or Account means, with respect to a
Participant, the Annual Deferral Accounts and the Pre-2010 Deferral Account established for such
Participant pursuant to Section 4.01(a).
2.18 Designated Fund means a hypothetical investment made available under the Plan
from time to time by the Committee for purposes of valuing Accounts. In the event that a
Designated Fund ceases to exist or is no longer to be a Designated Fund, the Committee may
designate a substitute Designated Fund for the discontinued hypothetical investment.
2.19 Designation Date means the date or dates as of which a designation of
investment directions by a Participant pursuant to Article 5, or any change in a prior designation
of investment directions by a Participant pursuant to Article 5, shall become effective. The
Designation Date in any Plan Year shall be determined by the Committee; provided, however, that
each trading day of the New York Stock Exchange shall be available as a Designation Date unless the
Committee selects different Designation Dates.
2.20 Disability means any medically determinable physical or mental impairment,
certified by a physician selected by or satisfactory to the Employer, resulting in the
Participants inability to perform the duties of his or her position or any substantially similar
position, where such impairment can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a
continuous period of not less than 12 months.
2.21 Distribution Election means an election made in accordance with Section 6.01.
2.22 Effective Date has the meaning set forth in Section 1.02.
2.23 Eligible Compensation means, for any Plan Year, (a) the Base Pay for such Plan
Year, (b) the Fiscal-Quarter Bonus Pay for such Plan Year, (c) any Performance-Based Bonus Pay the
performance period for which ends during such Plan Year and after the six-month anniversary of the
deadline for submitting an Annual Election Form for such Plan Year, and which the Committee allows
to be deferred pursuant to the Annual Enrollment Materials for such Plan Year, and (d) any other
items of compensation designated by the Committee in the Annual Enrollment Materials for such Plan
Year as eligible for deferral under the Plan for that Plan Year, subject to any maximum or minimum
deferral amounts or percentages imposed by the Committee for that Plan Year pursuant to Section
2.24 Employee means a person who is a member of a select group of management or a
highly compensated employee of the Company, as determined by the Committee in its sole discretion
and to the extent permissible under ERISA.
2.25 ERISA means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as it may be
amended from time to time.
2.26 Fiscal-Quarter Bonus Pay means the cash compensation under any bonus plan or
arrangement of the Company related to services performed by a Participant during a specified fiscal
quarter of the Company. The Fiscal-Quarter Bonus Pay for a given Plan Year means the
Fiscal-Quarter Bonus Pay for each fiscal quarter that begins during such Plan Year.
2.27 Investment Adjustment means an adjustment made to the balance of any Account in
accordance with Section 5.03 to reflect the performance of a Designated Fund pursuant to which the
value of the Account or portion thereof is measured.
2.28 Investment Agent means the person appointed by the Committee to invest the
Accounts of Participants, or if no person is so designated, the Committee.
2.29 Newly Eligible Employee means an Employee who becomes eligible to participate
in the Plan during a Plan Year and who has not previously participated in the Plan or an elective
account-balance deferred compensation arrangement (as defined for purposes of Section 409A) of the
Company, as determined by the Committee and to the extent permissible under Section 409A.
2.30 Participant means any Employee (a) who is in a classification of employees
designated by the Committee as eligible to participate in the Plan or who is otherwise selected by
the Committee to participate in the Plan, (b) who elects to participate in the Plan, and (c) who
commences participation in the Plan. Once a person is a Participant in the Plan, he or she shall
remain a Participant for Plan purposes until his or her entire Account Balance has been paid.
2.31 Paychex means Paychex, Inc., a Delaware corporation.
2.32 Performance-Based Bonus Pay means any cash compensation, other than Base Pay or
Fiscal-Quarter Bonus Pay, under any bonus plan or arrangement of the Company, the amount of which
or entitlement to is based on services to be performed by a Participant over a period of at least
12 consecutive months, which is contingent on the satisfaction or pre-established organizational or
individual performance criteria, and which qualifies as performance-based compensation under
2.33 Plan means the Paychex, Inc. Employee Deferred Compensation Plan, which shall
be evidenced by this document and by the applicable Annual Enrollment Materials, as they may be
amended from time to time.
2.34 Plan Year means the 12-month period beginning on January 1 of each calendar
year and ending on December 31 of such calendar year. The first Plan Year shall be the 2005
2.35 Pre-2010 Deferral Account means a notional, bookkeeping account established
under the Plan to reflect the Participants Annual Participant Deferral for all Plan Years prior to
the 2010 Plan Year, as adjusted to reflect all applicable Investment Adjustments and all prior
withdrawals and distributions from such account, in accordance with Article 5 and the provisions of
2.36 Section 409A means Section 409A of the Code, the treasury regulations
promulgated thereunder and other applicable guidance issued by the Treasury Department or the
Internal Revenue Service with respect thereto.
2.37 Separation from Service means a Participants termination of employment with
the Company, whether voluntary or involuntary, within the meaning of Section 409A.
2.38 Specified Employee as of a given date means a specified employee as of such
date for purposes of Section 409A.
2.39 Unforeseeable Emergency means, with respect to a Participant, a severe
financial hardship to the Participant resulting from an illness or accident of the Participant, the
Participants spouse, or a dependent (as defined in Section 152(a) of the Code) of the Participant,
loss of the Participants property due to casualty, or other similar extraordinary and
unforeseeable circumstances arising as a result of events beyond the control of the Participant.
Eligibility, Selection and Enrollment
3.01 Selection by Committee. For each Plan Year, the Committee may select, in its
sole discretion, the Employees who shall be eligible to make a Deferral Election with respect to
that Plan Year. The Committees selection of an Employee to make a Deferral Election with respect
to a particular Plan Year will not entitle that Employee to make a Deferral Election with respect
to any subsequent Plan Year, unless the Employee is again selected by the Committee to make a
Deferral Election with respect to such subsequent Plan Year.
3.02 Enrollment Requirements. As a condition to being eligible to make a Deferral
Election with respect to a Plan Year, each selected Employee shall complete and return to the
Committee an Annual Election Form at the time, and in accordance with the terms and conditions,
that the Committee may establish from time to time, and in accordance with the requirements of
Section 409A. The Committee may in its discretion permit a Newly Eligible Employee to complete and
return to the Committee an Annual Election Form no later than 30 days following the date on which
such Employee first becomes eligible to participate in the Plan, or such earlier date as the
Committee may establish from time to time.
3.03 Commencement of Participation. Provided an Employee selected to make a Deferral
Election with respect to a particular Plan Year has met all enrollment requirements set forth in
the Plan and any other requirements imposed by the Committee, including submitting an Annual
Election Form within the specified time period, the Employees designated deferrals shall commence
as of the first day of the particular Plan Year. In the case of a Newly Eligible Employee, the
Newly Eligible Employees designated deferrals shall commence as of the date such Newly Eligible
Employees Annual Election Form is received by the Committee, but no later than 30 days following
the date on which such Employee first became eligible to participate in the Plan, and such Deferral
Election shall apply only with respect to the Eligible Compensation earned for services performed
subsequent to the time such Annual Election Form is received by the Committee. If an Employee
fails to meet all such requirements within the specified time period with respect to any Plan Year,
the Employee shall not be eligible to make a Deferral Election for that Plan Year.
3.04 Subsequent Plan Year Elections. The Annual Election Form submitted by a
Participant in respect of a particular Plan Year will remain effective with respect to and apply to
each subsequent Plan Year unless: (a) the Participant is not an Employee selected to participate
in the Plan for such subsequent Plan Year; (b) the Participant files a new Annual Election Form for
such subsequent Plan Year; (c) the Participant revokes his or her prior Annual Election Form in
accordance with the procedures established by the Committee for such action; or (d) the Employees
Deferral Election is suspended pursuant to Section 4.01(e) in the immediately preceding Plan Year.
Participant Deferrals, Taxes and Vesting
4.01 Participant Deferrals.
(a) Deferral Election. The Committee shall have sole discretion to determine in respect of
each Plan Year: (i) whether an Employee shall be allowed to participate in the Plan with respect
to such Plan Year; (ii) the items of Eligible Compensation which may be deferred with respect to
that Plan Year; and (iii) any other terms and conditions applicable to the Deferral Elections for
that Plan Year. A Participants Deferral Election shall be evidenced by an Annual Election Form
completed and submitted to the Committee in accordance with the procedures and time frames as may
be established by the Committee in its sole discretion. The amounts deferred by a Participant in
respect of services rendered during a Plan Year shall be referred to collectively as an Annual
Participant Deferral and shall be credited to an Annual Deferral Account established in the name of
the Participant for such Plan Year. A separate Annual Deferral Account shall be established and
maintained for each Annual Participant Deferral for the 2010 Plan Year and each Plan Year
thereafter. A Pre-2010 Deferral Account shall be established and maintained for the Annual
Participant Deferrals for Plan Years prior to the 2010 Plan Year.
(b) Minimum and Maximum Deferrals. The Committee may from time to time designate in the
Annual Enrollment Materials for a given Plan Year a minimum or maximum deferral amount or
percentage, either in the aggregate or per item of Eligible Compensation, applicable with respect
to that Plan Year.
(c) Deferral Designations. A Participant may designate the amount of the Annual Participant
Deferral to be deducted from his or her Eligible Compensation as specified in the applicable Annual
Enrollment Materials for a given Plan Year, which may provide for deferrals to be expressed as
either a percentage or a fixed dollar amount of a specified item of Eligible Compensation expected
by the Participant, as determined by the Committee. If a Participant designates the Annual
Participant Deferral to be deducted from any item of Eligible Compensation as a fixed dollar amount
and such fixed dollar amount exceeds the amount of such item of Eligible Compensation actually
payable to the Participant, the entire amount of such item of Eligible Compensation shall be
(d) Deferral Deductions. Unless the Annual Enrollment Materials provide otherwise, Annual
Participant Deferral shall be deducted from the items of Eligible Compensation as follows: (i) for
Annual Participant Deferral designated as a percentage of any type of Eligible Compensation (e.g.,
salary and bonuses), in the specified percentage at the time the Eligible Compensation would
otherwise have been paid to the Participant; (ii) for substantially equivalent periodic payments
(e.g., salary) designated as a fixed dollar amount, in substantially equivalent amounts from each
periodic payment during the Plan Year; and (iii) for one-time payments (e.g., bonuses) designated
as a fixed dollar amount, 100 percent of the Eligible Compensation shall be deducted from each
payment until the fixed dollar amount of Annual Participant Deferral has been deferred.
(e) Suspension of Deferral Elections. Except as otherwise provided by Section 3.04, this
Section 4.01(e) or elsewhere in the Plan, once made, a Deferral Election with respect to a
particular Plan Year shall become irrevocable with respect to that Plan Year as of the deadline for
Deferral Elections for that Plan Year, as set forth in the applicable Annual Enrollment Materials.
(i) From and after the date that a Participant is deemed to have suffered a Disability, any
standing Deferral Election of the Participant shall automatically be cancelled and no further
deferrals shall be made with respect to the Participant.
(ii) If a Participant experiences an Unforeseeable Emergency or a hardship distribution
pursuant to Section 1.401(k)-1(d)(3) of the treasury regulations (or any successor thereto), the
Participant may petition the Committee to cancel his or her Deferral Election. A petition shall be
made on the written form required by the Committee to be used for such request and shall include
all information requested by the Committee in order to make a determination on such petition, as
determined by the Committee in its sole discretion. The Committee shall determine, in its sole
discretion, whether to approve the Participants petition. If the petition for a cancellation is
approved, cancellation shall take effect upon the date of approval, and such Deferral Election must
be cancelled and not merely postponed or delayed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee
shall not have any right to approve a request for cancellation of a Deferral Election if such
approval (or right to approve) would cause the Plan to fail to comply with, or cause a Participant
to be subject to a tax under, Section 409A.
(iii) If a Participants Deferral Election has been cancelled during a Plan Year pursuant to
this Section 4.01(e), the Participant will not be eligible to make any further deferrals in respect
of that Plan Year. The Participant may be eligible to make deferrals for a subsequent Plan Year
provided the Participant is an Employee selected to make deferrals for such subsequent Plan Year
and the Participant complies with the election requirements under the Plan for such subsequent Plan
(f) Paid Leave of Absence. If a Participant is authorized by the Company for any reason to
take a paid leave of absence, so long as the Participant has not had a Separation from Service, the
Participant shall continue to be considered employed by the Company and the appropriate amounts
shall continue to be withheld from the Participants compensation pursuant to the Participants
then current Deferral Election.
(g) Unpaid Leave of Absence. If a Participant is authorized by the Company for any reason to
take an unpaid leave of absence, so long as the Participant has not had a Separation from Service,
the Participant shall continue to be considered employed by the Company and, to the extent
permitted by Section 409A, the Participant shall be excused from making deferrals until the earlier
of the date the leave of absence expires or the Participant returns to a paid employment status.
Upon such expiration or return, deferrals shall resume for the remaining portion of the Plan Year
in which the expiration or return occurs, based on the Deferral Election, if any, made for that
Plan Year. If no election was made for that Plan Year, no deferral shall be withheld.
4.02 Vesting. A Participant shall be vested in all amounts credited to his or her
Account as of the date such amounts are credited to such Participants Account.
4.03 FICA and Other Taxes.
(a) Annual Deferral Amounts. For each Plan Year in which an Annual Participant Deferral is
being withheld from a Participant, the Company shall withhold from the other compensation payable
by the Company to the Participant, in a manner determined by the Company, the Participants share
of FICA and other employment taxes on such amounts. If the Committee determines that such portion
may not be sufficient to cover the amount of the applicable withholding, then the Committee may
reduce the Annual Participant Deferral to the extent necessary, as determined by the Committee in
its sole discretion, for the Company to comply with applicable withholding requirements.
(b) Distributions. The Company shall withhold from any payments made to a Participant under
the Plan all federal, state and local income, employment and other taxes required to be withheld by
the Company, in connection with such payments, in amounts and in a manner to be determined in the
sole discretion of the Company.
Designated Funds and Investment Adjustments
5.01 Designated Funds. The Committee shall establish from time to time the Designated
Funds that will be available under the Plan. At any time, the Committee may, in its discretion,
add one or more additional Designated Funds under the Plan, and in connection with any such
addition, may permit Participants to select from among the then-available Designated Funds under
the Plan to measure the value of such Participants Accounts. In addition, the Committee, in its
sole discretion, may discontinue any Designated Fund at any time, and provide for the portions of
Participants Accounts and future deferrals designated to the discontinued Designated Fund to be
reallocated to another Designated Fund.
5.02 Investment Directions.
(a) Subject to such limitations, operating rules and procedures as may from time to time be
required by law, imposed by the Committee, contained elsewhere in the Plan or set forth in any
Annual Enrollment Materials, each Participant may communicate to the Investment Agent a direction
(in accordance with this Article 5) as to how his or her Account should be deemed to be invested
among the Designated Funds made available by the Committee. The Participants investment
directions shall designate the percentage (in any whole percent multiples, which must total 100%)
of the portion of the subsequent contributions to the Participants Account which is requested to
be deemed to be invested in such Designated Funds, and shall be subject to the rules set forth
below. The Investment Agent shall invest the assets of the Participants Account in accordance
with the directions of the Participant except to the extent that the Committee directs it to the
contrary. The Committee has the authority, but not the requirement, in its sole and absolute
discretion, to direct that a Participants Account be invested among such investments as it deems
appropriate and advisable, which investments need not be the same for each Participant.
(b) Any initial or subsequent investment direction shall be in writing to the Investment Agent
on a form supplied by the Investment Agent, or, as permitted by the Investment Agent, may be by
oral designation or electronic transmission designation to the Investment Agent. A designation
shall be effective as of the Designation Date next following the date the direction is received and
accepted by the Investment Agent, or as soon thereafter as administratively practicable, subject to
the Committees right to override such direction. The Participant may, if permitted by the
Committee, make an investment direction to the Investment Agent for his or her existing Account
Balance as of a Designation Date and a separate investment direction to the Investment Agent for
contribution credits to his or her Account occurring after the Designation Date.
(c) All amounts credited to a Participants Account shall be deemed invested in accordance
with the then effective investment direction, unless the Committee directs otherwise. Unless
otherwise changed by the Committee, an investment direction shall remain in effect until the
Participants Account is distributed or until a subsequent investment direction is received and
accepted by the Investment Agent.
(d) If a Participant files an investment direction with the Investment Agent for his or her
existing Account as of a Designation Date which is received and accepted by the Investment Agent
and not overridden by the Committee, then the Participants existing Account shall be deemed to be
reallocated as of the next Designation Date (or as soon thereafter as administratively practicable)
among the designated investment funds according to the percentages specified in such investment
direction. Unless otherwise changed by the Committee, an investment direction shall remain in
effect until the Participants Account is distributed or until a subsequent investment direction is
received and accepted by the Investment Agent.
(e) The Committee, in its sole discretion, may place limits on a Participants ability to make
changes with respect to any Designated Funds.
(f) If the Investment Agent receives an initial or subsequent investment direction with
respect to an Account which it deems to be incomplete, unclear or improper, or which is
unacceptable for some other reason (determined in the sole and absolute discretion of the
Investment Agent), the Participants investment direction for such Account then in effect shall
remain in effect (or, in the case of a deficiency in an initial investment direction, the
Participant shall be deemed to have filed no investment direction) until the Participant files an
investment direction for such Account acceptable to the Investment Agent.
(g) If the Investment Agent does not possess valid investment directions covering the full
balance of a Participants Account or subsequent contributions thereto (including, without
limitation, situations in which no investment direction has been filed, situations in which the
investment direction is not acceptable to the Investment Agent under Section 5.02(f), or situations
in which some or all of the Participants designated investments are no longer permissible
Designated Funds), the Participant shall be deemed to have directed that the undesignated portion
of the Account be invested in a money-market fund or similar short-term investment fund;
provided, however, the Committee may provide for the undesignated portion to be
allocated to or among the Designated Fund(s) that the Participant did
designate in the same proportion as the designated portion, or may provide for any other
allocation method it deems appropriate, in its discretion.
5.03 Adjustment of Accounts. While a Participants Account does not represent the
Participants ownership of, or any ownership interest in, any particular assets, the Participants
Account shall be adjusted in accordance with the Designated Fund(s), subject to the conditions and
procedures set forth herein or established by the Committee from time to time. Any notional cash
earnings generated under a Designated Fund (such as interest and cash dividends and distributions)
shall, at the Committees sole discretion, either be deemed to be reinvested in that Designated
Fund or reinvested in one or more other Designated Fund(s) designated by the Committee. All
notional acquisitions and dispositions of Designated Funds under a Participants Account shall be
deemed to occur at such times as the Committee shall determine to be administratively feasible in
its sole discretion and the Participants Account shall be adjusted accordingly. In addition, a
Participants Account may be adjusted from time to time, in accordance with procedures and
practices established by the Committee, in its sole discretion, to reflect any notional
transactional costs and other fees and expenses relating to the deemed investment, disposition or
carrying of any Designated Fund for the Participants Account. Adjustments made in accordance
herewith shall be referred to as Investment Adjustments.
5.04 No Investment Liability; Indemnification. None of the Company, its directors and
employees (including, without limitation, each member of the Committee), and their designated
agents and representatives, shall have any liability whatsoever for the investment of a
Participants Account, or for the investment performance of a Participants Account. Each
Participant hereunder, as a condition to his or her participation in the Plan, agrees to indemnify
and hold harmless the Company, its directors and employees (including, without limitation, each
member of the Committee), and their designated agents and representatives, from any losses or
damages of any kind (including, without limitation, lost opportunity costs) relating to the
investment of a Participants Account. The Investment Agent shall have no liability whatsoever for
the investment of a Participants Account, or for the investment performance of a Participants
Account, other than as a result of the failure to follow a valid and effective investment
direction. Each Participant hereunder, as a condition to his or her participation hereunder,
agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Investment Agent, and its agents and representatives,
from any losses or damages of any kind (including, without limitation, lost opportunity costs)
relating to the investment of a Participants Account, other than as a result of the failure to
follow a valid and effective investment direction.
Distribution of Accounts
6.01 Distribution Elections.
(a) Initial Election. With respect to the 2005 through 2009 Plan Years, a Participants
Distribution Election at the time he or she first made a Deferral Election under the Plan shall
apply to the Participants Pre-2010 Deferral Account, which shall be distributed in either a lump
sum, or two to ten substantially equivalent annual installments, in each case commencing, in
accordance with administrative guidelines determined by the Committee, (i) on a specified date; or
(ii) upon the Participants Separation from Service. With respect to the
Annual Deferral Accounts, a Participant shall make a Distribution Election at the time he or
she completes his or her Deferral Election with respect to a given Plan Year to have the
Participants Annual Deferral Account for that Plan Year distributed in either a lump sum, or two
to ten substantially equivalent annual installments, in each case commencing, in accordance with
administrative guidelines determined by the Committee, (i) on a specified date; or (ii) upon the
Participants Separation from Service. If a Participant elects to be paid in installments, then
the amount of each installment payment shall be equal to the value of the Participants Pre-2010
Deferral Account or the Participants respective Annual Deferral Account for that Plan Year divided
by the number of installments remaining to be paid.
(b) Subsequent Election. Subject to any restrictions that may be imposed by the Committee, a
Participant may amend his or her Distribution Election with respect to his or her Pre-2010 Deferral
Account or any Annual Deferral Account once by completing and submitting to the Committee within
such time frame as the Committee may designate, an Amended Distribution Election Form;
provided, however, that such Amended Distribution Election Form election (i) is not
made less than 12 months prior to the date of the first scheduled payment (in the case of a
Distribution Election for payment on a specified date or pursuant to a fixed schedule), (ii) does
not take effect until 12 months after the date on which such election is made, and (iii) specifies
that the payment with respect to which such election is made be deferred for a period of not less
than five years from the date such payment would otherwise have been made (in the case of a
Distribution Election related to payment other than in the event of death, Disability or
Unforeseeable Emergency). For purposes of this Section 6.01(b), an election to receive the
distribution of a Pre-2010 Deferral Account or an Annual Deferral Account in a series of
installment payments commencing on the payment date shall be treated as an election to receive the
payment as a single lump-sum payment on the initial payment date.
6.02 Payment on Specified Date. If a Participant made a Distribution Election with
respect to his or her Pre-2010 Deferral Account or any Annual Deferral Account to have such Account
paid on a specified date, then the Account Balance of the Participants Account will be paid out in
either a lump sum, or two to ten substantially equivalent annual installments, as specified by the
Participant in his or her Distribution Election, commencing, in accordance with administrative
guidelines determined by the Committee, on such specified date, or as soon thereafter as
administratively practicable, but in no event later than 90 days. If such a Participant dies or
there is a Change in Control of Paychex prior to the payment of all or a portion of his or her
Account Balance, any remaining portion of the Account Balance shall be paid in accordance with
Section 6.04 or Section 6.05, as applicable.
6.03 Payment upon Separation from Service. Subject to Section 6.06, if a Participant
made a Distribution Election with respect to his or her Pre-2010 Deferral Account or any Annual
Deferral Account to have such Account paid upon the Participants Separation from Service, then the
Account Balance of the Participants Account will be paid out in either a lump sum, or two to ten
substantially equivalent annual installments, as specified by the Participant in his or her
Distribution Election, commencing, in accordance with administrative guidelines determined by the
Committee, upon the Participants Separation from Service, or as soon thereafter as
administratively practicable, but in no event later than 90 days. If such a Participant dies or
there is a Change in Control of Paychex prior to the payment of all or a portion of his or her
Balance, any remaining portion of the Account Balance shall be paid in accordance with Section
6.04 or Section 6.05, as applicable.
6.04 Payment upon Death of Participant. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in a
Participants Distribution Election or otherwise, if a Participant dies before he or she has
received a complete distribution of his or her Account Balance, the Participants Account Balance
shall be payable in accordance with the terms of Section 7.01 in a lump sum within 90 days of the
date on which the Committee is notified in writing of the Participants death, or as soon as
administratively practicable thereafter, but no later than the December 31st of the year of death,
or if later, the 15th day of the third month following the date of death.
6.05 Payment upon Change in Control of Paychex. Notwithstanding anything to the
contrary in a Participants Distribution Election or otherwise, but subject to Section 6.06, in the
event of a Change in Control of Paychex, if such Change of Control constitutes a change in the
ownership or effective control of Paychex, or a change in the ownership of a substantial portion of
the assets of Paychex, each with the meaning given such terms by Section 409A, then: (a) the Plan
shall be terminated upon the occurrence of the Change in Control, to the extent permissible under
and in compliance with the requirements of Section 409A; and (b) the Account Balance of each
Participants Account will be paid out in a lump sum upon the occurrence of the Change in Control,
or as soon thereafter as administratively practicable, but in no event later than 90 days.
6.06 Six-Month Delay for Specified Employees. Notwithstanding the terms of Section
6.03 and Section 6.05, if a Participant experiences a Separation from Service and the Participant
is a Specified Employee at the time of Separation from Service, and the payment of the
Participants Account is required to be delayed by six months pursuant to Section 409A, then the
payment of the Participants Account Balance shall be made or commence no earlier than the
six-month anniversary of the Participants Separation from Service.
6.07 Withdrawal in the Event of an Unforeseeable Emergency. In the event that a
Participant experiences an Unforeseeable Emergency, the Participant may petition the Committee to
receive a partial or full payout of the Account Balance of the Participants Account. The
Committee shall determine, in its sole discretion, whether the requested payout shall be made, and
the amount of the payout; provided, however, that the payout shall not exceed the amount reasonably
needed to satisfy the Unforeseeable Emergency plus amounts necessary to pay taxes reasonably
anticipated as a result of the distribution. In making its determination under this Section 6.07,
the Committee shall be guided by the requirements of Section 409A, and the Committee shall take
into account the extent to which a Participants Unforeseeable Emergency is or may be relieved
through reimbursement or compensation by insurance or otherwise or by the liquidation by the
Participant of his or her assets (to the extent the liquidation of such assets would not itself
cause severe financial hardship). If, subject to the sole discretion of the Committee, the
petition for a payout is approved, the payout shall be made within 30 days of the date of approval,
or as soon thereafter as administratively practicable, but in no event later than 90 days.
6.08 Form of Payment. Distributions under the Plan shall be paid in cash.
Beneficiaries; Participant Data
7.01 Designation of Beneficiaries.
(a) Each Participant may designate from time to time any person or persons (who may be named
contingently or successively) to receive such benefits as may be payable under the Plan upon or
after the Participants death, and such designation may be changed from time to time by the
Participant by filing a new designation. Each designation will revoke all prior designations by
the same Participant under the Plan once filed with the Committee, shall be made on a form provided
by the Committee for such purpose, and will be effective only when filed in writing with the
Committee during the Participants lifetime.
(b) In the absence of a valid Beneficiary designation, or if, at the time any benefit payment
is due to a Beneficiary, there is no living Beneficiary validly named by the Participant, the
Committee shall direct distribution of any such benefit payment to the Participants spouse, if
then living, but otherwise to the Participants then living descendants, if any, per stirpes, but,
if none, to the Participants estate. In determining the existence or identity of anyone entitled
to a benefit payment, the Committee may rely conclusively upon information supplied by the
Participants personal representative, executor or administrator. If a question arises as to the
existence or identity of anyone entitled to receive a benefit payment as aforesaid, or if a dispute
arises with respect to any such payment, then, notwithstanding the foregoing, the Committee, in its
sole and absolute discretion, may direct the distribution of such payment to the Participants
estate without liability for any tax or other consequences which might flow therefrom, or may take
such other action as it deems to be appropriate.
7.02 Information to Be Furnished By Participants and Beneficiaries; Inability to Locate
Participants or Beneficiaries. Any communication, statement or notice addressed to a
Participant or to a Beneficiary at his or her last post office address as shown on the Companys
records shall be binding on the Participant or Beneficiary for all purposes of the Plan. The
Committee shall not be obliged to search for any Participant or Beneficiary beyond the sending of a
registered letter to such last known address. If the Committee sends notice in this fashion to any
Participant or Beneficiary that he or she is entitled to an amount under the Plan and the
Participant or Beneficiary fails to claim such amount or make his or her location known to the
Committee within three years thereafter, then, except as otherwise required by law, the Committee
may, in complete satisfaction of any claim by or through such Participant or Beneficiary, direct
distribution as if the Participant or Beneficiary had died or, if the Committee cannot locate the
person or persons who is the proper payee in the event of the Participants or Beneficiarys death,
may direct that the amount payable shall be deemed to be a forfeiture.
Amendment or Termination
8.01 Amendment. The Company may, at any time, amend or modify the Plan in whole or in
part by the actions of the Committee; provided, however, that (a) no amendment or
modification shall be effective to decrease or restrict the value of a Participants Account
Balance in existence at the time the amendment or modification is made, calculated as if the
Participant had experienced a Separation from Service as of the effective date of the
amendment or modification, and (b) no amendment or modification may be made if such amendment or
modification would cause the Plan to fail to comply with, or cause a Participant to be subject to
tax under, the provisions of Section 409A.
8.02 Termination. Although the Company may anticipate that it will continue the Plan
for an indefinite period of time, there is no guarantee that the Company will continue the Plan or
will not terminate the Plan at any time in the future. Accordingly, subject to the requirements of
Section 409A, the Board reserves the right to discontinue its sponsorship of the Plan and to
terminate the Plan. In addition, subject to the requirements of Section 409A, the Board may at any
time terminate an Affiliates participation in the Plan.
9.01 Committee Duties. This Plan shall be administered by the Committee. Members of
the Committee may be Participants under the Plan. The Committee shall also have the discretion and
authority to (a) make, amend, interpret, and enforce all appropriate rules and regulations for the
administration of the Plan and (b) decide or resolve any and all questions including
interpretations of the Plan, as may arise in connection with the Plan. Any individual serving on
the Committee who is a Participant shall not vote or act on any matter relating solely to himself
or herself. When making a determination or calculation, the Committee shall be entitled to rely on
information furnished by a Participant or the Company. The decision or action of the Committee
with respect to any question arising out of or in connection with the administration,
interpretation and application of the Plan and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder
shall be final and conclusive and binding upon all persons having any interest in the Plan.
9.02 Agents. In the administration of the Plan, the Committee may, from time to time,
employ agents and delegate to them such administrative duties as it sees fit (including acting
through a duly appointed representative) and may from time to time consult with counsel who may be
counsel to the Company.
10.01 Establishment of Claims Procedures. The Committee shall establish procedures
for reviewing claims for benefits under the Plan. Such procedures shall be administered so as to
comply with regulations issued by the Department of Labor to the extent that such regulations are
applicable to the particular claim at issue. Any Participant, Beneficiary or the estate of a
deceased Participant (a Claimant) shall have the right to be represented by another person in
connection with his or her benefit claim, provided that the Committee is provided with satisfactory
evidence that the representative has been authorized to act on behalf of the Claimant. The
Committee and its authorized designees have the authority and discretion to administer and
interpret the Plan and to decide claims for benefits, and their decisions are binding on all
parties to the maximum extent permitted by law.
10.02 Presentation of Claim. A Claimant shall present the claim, in writing, to the
Committee, and the Committee shall respond in writing. If the claim is denied, the written notice
of denial shall, in a manner calculated to be understood by the Claimant: (i) state the specific
reason or reasons for the denial, with specific references to the Plan provisions on which the
denial is based; (ii) describe any additional material or information necessary for the Claimant to
perfect his or her claim and explain why such material or information is necessary; (iii) explain
the Plans claims review procedure; and (iv) state that the Claimant has a right to file suit under
Section 502(a) of ERISA if the claim is denied on appeal.
10.03 Notification of Decision. The written notice denying or granting the Claimants
claim shall be provided to the Claimant within 90 days after the Committees receipt of the claim,
unless special circumstances require an extension of time for processing the claim. If such an
extension is required, written notice of the extension shall be furnished by the Committee to the
Claimant within the initial 90-day period and in no event shall such an extension exceed a period
of 90 days from the end of the initial 90-day period. Any extension notice shall indicate the
special circumstances requiring the extension and the date on which the Committee expects to render
a decision on the claim.
10.04 Review of a Denied Claim. Any Claimant whose claim is denied and who wishes to
appeal must, within 60 days after the Claimants receipt of notice of the denial, request a review
of the denial by notice given, in writing, to the Committee. Upon such a request for review, the
claim shall be given a full and fair review by the Committee, which may, but shall not be required
to, grant the Claimant a hearing. In connection with the review, the Claimant may have
representation, may examine and receive copies (free of charge) of pertinent documents upon
request, and may submit issues and comments in writing. The Committee shall consider all
information and arguments presented, regardless of whether they were included in the initial claim.
10.05 Decision on Review. The decision on review normally shall be made and
communicated to the Claimant in writing within 60 days of the Committees receipt of the request
for review. If an extension of time is required due to special circumstances, the Claimant shall
be notified, in writing, by the Committee, and the time limit for the decision on review shall be
extended to up to 120 days. The written decision on review shall, in a manner calculated to be
understood by the Claimant: (i) state the reasons for the decision; (ii) cite pertinent Plan
provisions; (iii) inform the Claimant that he or she is entitled, upon request and free of charge,
reasonably to review and receive copies of relevant documents, and (iv) inform the Claimant of his
or her right to bring suit under Section 502(a) of ERISA now that his or her claim has been denied
11.01 Status of Plan. The Plan is intended to be (a) a plan that is not qualified
within the meaning of Section 401(a) of the Code and (b) a plan that is unfunded and is maintained
by an employer primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for a select group of
management or highly compensated employees within the meaning of ERISA Sections 201(2),
301(a)(3) and 401(a)(1). The Plan shall be administered and interpreted to the extent
possible in a manner consistent with that intent.
11.02 Section 409A. It is intended that the Plan (including all amendments thereto)
comply with provisions of Section 409A, so as to prevent the inclusion in gross income of any
benefits accrued hereunder in a taxable year prior to the taxable year or years in which such
amount would otherwise be actually distributed or made available to the Participants. The Plan
shall be administered and interpreted to the extent possible in a manner consistent with that
11.03 Unsecured General Creditor. Participants and their Beneficiaries, heirs,
successors and assigns shall have no legal or equitable rights, interests or claims in any property
or assets of the Company. For purposes of the payment of benefits under the Plan, any and all of
the Companys assets, shall be, and remain, the general, unpledged unrestricted assets of the
Company. The Companys obligation under the Plan shall be merely that of an unfunded and unsecured
promise to pay money in the future.
11.04 Nonassignability. Neither a Participant nor any other person shall have any
right to commute, sell, assign, transfer, pledge, anticipate, mortgage or otherwise encumber,
transfer, hypothecate, alienate or convey in advance of actual receipt, the amounts, if any,
payable hereunder, or any part thereof, which are, and all rights to which are expressly declared
to be, unassignable and non-transferable. No part of the amounts payable shall, prior to actual
payment, be subject to seizure, attachment, garnishment or sequestration for the payment of any
debts, judgments, alimony or separate maintenance owed by a Participant or any other person, be
transferable by operation of law in the event of a Participants or any other persons bankruptcy
or insolvency or be transferable to a spouse as a result of a property settlement or otherwise.
11.05 Not a Contract of Employment. The terms and conditions of the Plan shall not be
deemed to constitute a contract of employment between the Company and the Participant. Such
employment is hereby acknowledged to be an at will employment relationship that can be terminated
at any time for any reason, or no reason, with or without cause, and with or without notice, except
as otherwise provided in a written employment agreement. Nothing in the Plan shall be deemed to
give a Participant the right to be retained in the service of the Company as an employee or to
interfere with the right of the Company to discipline or discharge the Participant at any time.
11.06 Terms. Whenever any words are used herein in the masculine, they shall be
construed as though they were in the feminine in all cases where they would so apply; and whenever
any words are used herein in the singular or in the plural, they shall be construed as though they
were used in the plural or the singular, as the case may be, in all cases where they would so
11.07 Captions. The captions of the articles, sections and paragraphs of the Plan are
for convenience only and shall not control or affect the meaning or construction of any of its
11.08 Governing Law. Subject to ERISA, the provisions of the Plan shall be construed
and interpreted according to the internal laws of the State of New York without regard to its
conflicts of laws principles.
11.09 Notice. Any notice or filing required or permitted to be given to the Committee
under the Plan shall be sufficient if in writing and hand-delivered, or sent by registered or
certified mail, to the address below:
Paychex Corporate Human Resources
Attention: Retirement Benefits Manager
911 Panorama Trail
Rochester, NY 14625
Such notice shall be deemed given as of the date of delivery or, if delivery is made by mail, as of
the date shown on the postmark or the receipt for registration or certification.
Any notice or filing required or permitted to be given to a Participant under the Plan shall be
sufficient if in writing and hand-delivered, or sent by mail, to the last known address of the
11.10 Successors. The provisions of the Plan shall bind and inure to the benefit of
the Company and its successors and assigns.
11.11 Validity. In case any provision of the Plan shall be illegal or invalid for any
reason, said illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts hereof, but the Plan
shall be construed and enforced as if such illegal or invalid provision had never been inserted
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