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ECOLAB SUPPLEMENTAL EXECUTIVE RETIREMENT PLAN

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Title: ECOLAB SUPPLEMENTAL EXECUTIVE RETIREMENT PLAN
Date: 2/27/2009
Industry: Personal and Household Prods.     Sector: Consumer/Non-Cyclical

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EXHIBIT (10)K

 

ECOLAB SUPPLEMENTAL EXECUTIVE RETIREMENT PLAN

(As Amended and Restated Effective as of January 1, 2005)

 

WHEREAS, the Company previously established the Ecolab Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (the “Plan”) to provide additional retirement benefits in consideration of services performed and to be performed by certain participants for the Company and certain related corporations; and

 

WHEREAS, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, P.L. 108-357 (the “AJCA”) added a new Section 409A to the Code, which significantly changed the Federal tax law applicable to “amounts deferred” under the Plan after December 31, 2004; and

 

WHEREAS, before the issuance by the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) of interpretive guidance with respect to Code Section 409A, the Company amended the Plan to temporarily freeze the accrual of SERP Benefits hereunder as of December 31, 2004; and

 

WHEREAS, the IRS and U.S. Treasury subsequently issued regulations and other guidance regarding the requirements of and compliance with Code Section 409A; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company directed and authorized appropriate officers of the Company to amend the Plan to (a) reinstate the accrual of SERP Benefits, effective retroactively as of January 1, 2005 and (b) comply, with respect to the Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefits, with the requirements of Code Section 409 and guidance issued thereunder;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to Section 1.3 of the Plan and Section 5.1 of the Ecolab Inc. Administrative Document for Non-Qualified Benefit Plans, the Company hereby amends and restates the Plan in its entirety, effective as of January 1, 2005, to read as follows:

 

ARTICLE I
PREFACE

 

Section 1.1             Effective Date .  The effective date of this amendment and restatement of the Plan is January 1, 2005.  The benefit, if any, payable with respect to a former Executive who Retired or died prior to the Effective Date (and who is not rehired by a member of the Controlled Group thereafter) shall be determined by, and paid in accordance with, the terms and provisions of the Plan as in effect prior to the Effective Date, subject to Sections 1.4 and 3.3(2)(c).  Notwithstanding any provision of the Plan to the contrary, an Executive’s SERP Benefit (which was temporarily frozen from December 31, 2004 through December 31, 2008) shall be retroactively adjusted on January 1, 2009 to reflect the benefit that would have been accrued by the Executive under the Plan, in accordance with Section 3.2, during the period commencing on January 1, 2005 and ending on the earlier of December 31, 2008 or the date on which the Executive terminated his services with the Employers as an employee.

 

Section 1.2             Purpose of the Plan .  The purpose of this Plan is to provide additional retirement benefits for certain management and highly compensated employees of the Company who perform management and professional functions for the Company and certain related entities.

 

Section 1.3             Administrative Document .  This Plan includes the Ecolab Inc. Administrative Document for Non-Qualified Benefit Plans (the “Administrative Document”), which is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Section 1.4             American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (AJCA) .

 

(1)           To the extent applicable, it is intended that the Plan (including all Amendments thereto) comply with the provisions of Code Section 409A, as enacted by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, P.L.

 

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108-357 (the “AJCA”), so as to prevent the inclusion in gross income of any amount of SERP Benefit accrued hereunder in a taxable year that is prior to the taxable year or years in which such amounts would otherwise be actually distributed or made available to the Executives.  The Plan shall be administered in a manner that will comply with Code Section 409A, including regulations or any other guidance issued by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service with respect thereto (collectively with the AJCA, the “409A Guidance”).  All Plan provisions shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the 409A Guidance..

 

(2)           The Administrator shall not take any action hereunder that would violate any provision of Code Section 409A.  The Administrator is authorized to adopt rules or regulations deemed necessary or appropriate in connection with the 409A Guidance to anticipate and/or comply with the requirements thereof (including any transition or grandfather rules thereunder).

 

(3)           Notwithstanding any provision of the Plan, any Grandfathered SERP Benefits (including any Pre-Retirement SERP Benefits attributable thereto) shall continue to be governed by the law applicable to nonqualified deferred compensation prior to the addition of Section 409A to the Code and shall be subject to the terms and conditions specified in the Plan as in effect prior to January 1, 2005, except as otherwise provided herein.  Notwithstanding any provision of the Plan to the contrary, neither the Company nor the Administrator guarantee to any Executive or Death Beneficiary any specific tax consequences of participation in or entitlement to or receipt of benefits from, the Plan, and each Executive or the Executive’s Death Beneficiary shall be solely responsible for payment of any taxes or penalties incurred in connection with his participation in the Plan.

 

ARTICLE II
DEFINITIONS

 

Words and phrases used herein with initial capital letters which are defined in the Pension Plan or the Administrative Document are used herein as so defined, unless otherwise specifically defined herein or the context clearly indicates otherwise.  The following words and phrases when used in this Plan with initial capital letters shall have the following respective meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

 

Section 2.1             “ Actuarial Equivalent ” or “ Actuarially Equivalent .”  A benefit is the “Actuarial Equivalent” of another benefit if, on the basis of Actuarial Factors, the present values of such benefits are equal.

 

Section 2.2             “ Actuarial Factors ”  shall mean the actuarial assumptions set forth in Exhibit A which is attached to and forms a part of this Plan.

 

Section 2.3             “ Cash Balance Participant ”  shall mean an Executive for whom a Retirement Account is maintained under the Pension Plan.

 

Section 2.4             “ Death Beneficiary .”

 

The term “Death Beneficiary” shall mean the beneficiary designated under this Plan and the Mirror Pension Plan.  The designation of a Death Beneficiary may be made, and may be revoked or changed only by an instrument (in form prescribed by Administrator) signed by the Executive and delivered to the Administrator during the Executive’s lifetime.  If the Executive is married on the date of his death and has been married to such spouse throughout the one-year period ending on the date of his death, his designation of a Death Beneficiary other than, or in addition to, his spouse under the Plan shall not be effective unless such spouse has consented in writing to such designation.  Any Mirror Pension Benefits remaining to be paid after the death of a Death Beneficiary (or a contingent Death Beneficiary, to the extent designated by the Executive) shall be paid to the Death Beneficiary’s estate.  If no Death Beneficiary is designated by the Executive or all the designated Death Beneficiaries predeceased the Executive, the Executive’s Death Beneficiary shall be his spouse, and if there is no surviving spouse, then the Executive’s estate.  The most recent Death Beneficiary designation on file

 

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with the Administrator will be given effect, and in the event of conflicting forms files simultaneously under this Plan and Mirror Pension Plan, the Death Beneficiary designation under this Plan will govern.

 

Section 2.5             “ Disability ” or “ Disabled ”  shall mean any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than six months, where such impairment causes the Executive to be unable to perform the duties of his position of employment or any substantially similar position of employment.

 

Section 2.6             “ Executive ”  shall mean an Employee who is an elected corporate officer of an Employer and who is selected by the Administrator to participate in the Plan or such other Employee who is selected by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company to participate in the Plan.

 

Section 2.7             “ Final Average Compensation ”  shall mean the average of an Executive’s Annual Compensation (as defined in the Administrative Document but as modified by the next sentence) for the five (5) consecutive Plan Years of employment with the Employers preceding the date on which the Executive terminated his services with all Employers as an employee or death (including the year in which the Executive so terminated his service or death) which yields the highest average compensation.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of calculating the Final Annual Compensation of a Disabled Executive, the rules applicable for determining the Final Annual Compensation for persons who accrue benefits under the Final Average Compensation formula specified in Section 4.6 of the Pension Plan shall apply.  If an Executive has been employed by the Employers for a period of less than five (5) Plan Years preceding the date on which the Executive terminated his services with all Employers or death, Final Average Compensation shall be calculated using the Executive’s total period of employment with the Employers (calculated using complete months of employment).

 

Section 2.8             “ Grandfathered SERP Benefit ”  shall mean the portion of an Executive’s SERP Benefit that is deemed to have been deferred (within the meaning of the 409A Guidance) under the Plan before January 1, 2005 and that is equal to the present value as of December 31, 2004 of the vested SERP Benefit to which the Executive would be entitled under the Plan, as in effect on October 3, 2004, if the Executive voluntarily terminated employment with the Controlled Group without cause on December 31, 2004 and received a payment, on the earliest possible date allowed under the Plan, of his SERP Benefit in the form with the maximum value.  A Grandfathered SERP Benefit shall be increased in subsequent years to equal the present value of the benefit the Executive actually becomes entitled to receive, in the form and at the time actually paid, determined under the terms of the Plan as in effect on October 3, 2004, without regard to any services rendered or Compensation increases applicable after December 31, 2004.

 

Section 2.9             “ Mirror Pension Benefit ”  shall mean one-twelfth (1/12th) of the annual total benefit payable to an Executive under the Ecolab Mirror Pension Plan calculated on a single life annuity basis commencing at age 65, as determined by the Administrator.

 

Section 2.10           “ Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit ”  shall mean any SERP Benefit that is not a Grandfathered SERP Benefit.

 

Section 2.11           “ Pension Benefit ”  shall mean one-twelfth (1/12th) of the annual total pensions paid or payable to the Executive under any pension plan (other than the Ecolab Savings Plan, as such plan may be amended from time to time) sponsored by a member of the Controlled Group which satisfies the qualification requirements of the Code calculated on a single life annuity basis commencing at age 65, as determined by the Administrator including (a) projected payments from any former pension plan or former profit sharing plan which reduces the pension payable under the Pension Plan, or (b) payments of Retirement Account benefits under the Pension Plan , but determined as if for any Plan Year beginning on or after January 1, 2005, the compensation used in computing such benefit were equal to the annual compensation limitation under Code Section 401(a)(17) as in effect for each relevant year for which annual compensation amount under the pension plan benefit formula is determined.

 

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Section 2.12           “ Plan ”  shall mean this Ecolab Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

Section 2.13           “ Primary Insurance Amount ”  shall mean the monthly primary social security benefit to which the Executive will be entitled at age 65, determined in accordance with Exhibit B which is attached to and forms a part of this Plan.

 

Section 2.14           “ Retirement ” or “ Retired .”  The Retirement of an Executive shall occur upon his termination of employment for any reason other than death or Disability on or after (1) his attainment of age 55 and the completion of at least 10 Years of Eligibility Service, or (2) his attainment of age 65.  For purposes of determining Retirement under this Plan, the employment of a Disabled Executive shall be deemed to have terminated “for reasons other than Disability” twelve months after the Executive becomes Disabled, provided he does not resume active employment with the Controlled Group before such date.

 

Section 2.15           “ Savings Plan Benefit ”  shall mean the benefit payable to the Executive calculated as of July 1, 1994 in accordance with Exhibit C which is attached to and forms a part of this Plan.

 

Section 2.16           “ Separation from Service ” or to “ Separate from Service ”  shall mean any termination of employment with the Controlled Group due to retirement, death, disability or other reason; provided, however, that no Separation from Service is deemed to occur while the Executive (1) is on military leave, sick leave, or other bona fide leave of absence that does not exceed six (6) months (or, in the case of Disability, twelve (12) months), or if longer, the period during which the Executive’s right to reemployment with the Controlled Group is provided either by statute or by contract, or (2) continues to perform services for the Controlled Group at an annual rate of fifty percent (50%) or more of the average level of services performed over the immediately preceding 36-month period (or the full period in which the Executive provided services (whether as an employee or as an independent contractor) if the Executive has been providing services for less than 36 months).  With respect to the terms of the Plan affecting Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefits, any reference to “termination of employment” in the Plan shall mean Separation from Service as defined in this Section.  Whether an Executive has incurred a Separation from Service shall be determined in accordance with the 409A Guidance.

 

Section 2.17           “ SERP Benefit ”  shall mean the retirement benefit determined under Article III.

 

Section 2.18           “ SERP Pre-Retirement Benefit ”  shall mean the pre-retirement benefit determined under Article IV.

 

Section 2.19           “ Specified Employee ”  shall mean “Specified Employee” as defined in the Administrative Document.

 

Section 2.20           “ Year of Benefit Service .”

 

(1)           An Executive shall be credited with one Year of Benefit Service for each year of “Credited Service” (or such other defined term which is used to determine service for benefit accrual purposes) as defined by and credited to the Executive under the Pension Plan.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of calculating Years of Benefit Service for a Cash Balance Participant, the rules applicable for determining Credited Service under the Pension Plan for persons who accrue benefits under the Final Average Compensation formula specified in Article 4 of the Pension Plan shall apply.

 

(2)           A Disabled Executive shall continue to accrue Years of Benefit Service during the period of twelve months following the date on which he becomes Disabled for purposes of determining the amount of his SERP Benefit hereunder.

 

(3)           In no event shall an Executive’s Years of Benefit Service under the Plan exceed thirty (30) years.

 

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Section 2.21           “ Year of Eligibility Service .”

 

(1)           An Executive shall be credited with one Year of Eligibility Service for each year of “Continuous Service” (or such other defined term which is used to determine service for vesting purposes) as defined by and credited to the Executive under the Pension Plan.

 

(2)           A Disabled Executive shall continue to accrue Years of Eligibility Service during the first twelve months of his Disability for purposes of determining his vested interest in of his SERP Benefit hereunder.

 

Section 2.22           “ Year of Past Service Credit ”  means the excess, if any, of the thirty (30) Years of Benefit Service required to earn the maximum SERP Benefit hereunder over the number of Years of Benefit Service it would be possible for the Executive to accumulate by his attainment of age 65 or, if later, the date of his Retirement.

 

ARTICLE III
SERP BENEFITS

 

Section 3.1             Participation .

 

(1)           Commencement of Participation .  Any Employee who as of the Effective Date is a participant in the Plan, shall continue to participate, subject to Subsection (2).  Any other Employee shall become a participant in the Plan as of the first date on or after the Effective Date on which he is an Executive.

 

(2)           Termination of Participation .  An Executive shall cease to be a participant in the Plan on the earliest to occur of (a) the date the Executive ceases to be employed by the Controlled Group or dies before becoming vested in his SERP Benefit, or (b) the date on which the Executive’s SERP Benefit is distributed from the Plan.

 

Section 3.2             Amount of SERP Benefits.   Each vested Executive shall, upon termination of employment (Separation from Service with respect to the Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit), be entitled to a SERP Benefit which shall be determined as hereinafter provided.

 

(1)           The SERP Benefit shall be a monthly retirement benefit payable in the form of a fifteen-year (15) certain benefit commencing upon the Executive’s attainment of age 65 equal to the sum of (a) and (b), where:

 

(a) =                      one-twelfth (1/12 th ) of the Executive’s Final Average Compensation, multiplied by two percent (2%) for each of the Executive’s Years of Benefit Service (up to a maximum of thirty (30)), reduced by (i) the Pension Benefit, (ii) the Mirror Pension Benefit, (iii) fifty percent (50%) of the Primary Insurance Amount, and (iv) the Savings Plan Benefit; and

 

(b) =                     the difference between (i) one-twelfth (1/12 th ) of the Executive’s Final Average Compensation, and (ii) one-twelfth (1/12 th ) of the Executive’s Annual Compensation for the Plan Year in which the Executive commenced employment with the Controlled Group, such difference multiplied by one percent (1%) for each of the Executive’s Years of Past Service Credit (if any).

 

(2)           For purposes of Subsection (1)(b)(ii), if the Executive was not an Employee for the entire Plan Year, his Annual Compensation for such Plan Year shall be annualized based on the number of days employed by the Controlled Group out of a Plan Year of 365 days.

 

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(3)           Notwithstanding anything in this Section 3.2 to the contrary, in no event will any Executive’s SERP Benefit be less than such Executive’s Grandfathered SERP Benefit.

 

Section 3.3             Time of Payment .

 

(1)           Grandfathered SERP Benefit .  The provisions of this Section 3.3(1) shall apply solely with respect to the portion of an Executive’s SERP Benefit that is a Grandfathered SERP Benefit.  Payment of any portion of an Executive’s SERP Benefit that is a Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit shall be made in accordance with Section 3.3(2).

 

(a)           In General .  An Executive’s SERP Benefit shall be paid or commence to be paid within 90 days after the later of the date the Executive attains age 65 or the date of the Executive’s Retirement.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if payment at such time is prevented due to reasons outside of the Administrator’s control, the SERP Benefits shall commence to be paid as soon as practicable after the end of such 90-day period, and the first payment hereunder shall include any SERP Benefits not paid as a result of the delay in payment.

 

(b)           Early Commencement .  Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (1)(a) of this Section, upon the written request of the Executive (on a form prescribed by the Administrator) which is filed with the Administrator prior to the Executive’s termination of employment with the Controlled Group because of involuntary termination, death or Disability or at least one (1) year prior to the Executive’s voluntary Retirement, the Administrator may, in its complete and sole discretion, commence payment of the SERP Benefits to the Executive at a specified date which is after the Executive’s Retirement but prior to the Executive’s attainment of age 65; provided, however, that the amount of the SERP Benefit shall be reduced by one/two hundred and eightieth (1/280 th ) for each month that the date of the commencement of the SERP Benefits precedes the date on which the Executive will attain age 62.

 

(2)           Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefits .  The provisions of this Section 3.3(2) shall apply solely with respect to the portion of an Executive’s vested SERP Benefit that is a Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit.  Payment of any portion of an Executive’s SERP Benefit that is a Grandfathered SERP Benefit shall be made in accordance with Section 3.3(1).

 

(a)           In General .  Except as provided in subsection (b), an Executive’s vested Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit shall be paid or commence to be paid on the first day of the third month following the month in which occurs the later of the date on which the Executive (i) attains age 55 or (ii) Separates from Service, subject to Section 3.3(2)(d), Section 3.4(2)(d) and 3.4(2)(c) (as applicable).  The amount of any such SERP Benefit paid before the Executive’s attainment of age 65 shall be reduced by one/two hundred and eightieth (1/280th) for each month that the date of the commencement of the SERP Benefits precedes the date on which the Executive will attain age 62.

 

(b)           Cash Balance Participant .  A Cash Balance Participant’s Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit shall be paid or commence to be paid on the first day of the third month following the month in which the Executive Separates from Service, subject to Section 3.3(2)(d) and Section 3.4(2)(d) (as applicable).

 

(c)           Certain Transition Distributions to Terminated Executives .

 

(i)            An Executive who Separated from Service after December 31, 2004 and before December 31, 2008 and has commenced payments of his Grandfathered SERP Benefits at any time before December 31, 2008, shall receive his Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit (if any), for which the Executive’s SERP Benefit is retroactively adjusted pursuant to Section 1.1 on January 1, 2009, in the same form and at the same time as the Executive’s Grandfathered benefit, subject to Section 3.3(2)(d).  Notwithstanding the foregoing, a Cash Balance

 

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Participant’s Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit shall be paid on March 1, 2009, subject to Section 3.3(2)(d).
 
(ii)           An Executive who Separated from Service after December 31, 2004 and before December 31, 2008 and has not before December 31, 2008 commenced payments of his Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit, shall receive his Non-Grandfathered SERP Benefit, for which the Executive’s SERP Benefit is retroactively adjusted pursuant to Section 1.2 on January 1, 2009, in a single lump sum on March 1, 2009.
 

(d)           Payment Delay for Specified Employees .  Notwithstanding any provision of the Plan, payments to a Specified Employee shall be made or commence on the latest of (i) the date specified in Section 3.3(2)(a), (b) or (c), (ii) the date specified in Section 3.4(2)(d)(i), if the Executive made an election pursuant to such section, or (iii) the date that is six (6) months after the Specified Employee’s Separation From Service; provided, however, that if the Executive dies before the date specified in (i), (ii) or (iii), the Executive’s benefit shall be paid or commence on the date specified in Section 4.2.  The first payment made to the Specified Employee following the 6-month delay shall include any SERP Benefit payments that were not made as a result of the delay in payment pursuant to this paragraph (d), with interest at an annual rate of five percent (5%) compounded annually.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, this paragraph (d) shall not apply to any Executive if on the date of his Separation from Service, the stock of the Company and Controlled Group members is not publicly traded on an established securities market (within the meaning of the 409A Guidance).

 

Section 3.4             Form of Payment

 

(1)           Grandfathered SERP Benefit .  The provisions of this Section 3.4(1) shall apply solely with respect to the portion of an Executive’s SERP Benefit that is a Grandfathered SERP Benefit.

 

(a)           In General .  An Executive who does not want his SERP Benefit to be paid in the form of the 15-year certain benefit described in Section 3.2 may elect to receive his SERP Benefit in any of the optional forms of benefit payment which a


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