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Employee Benefits Plan Agreement

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Title: JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC. RETIREMENT RESTORATION PLAN
Governing Law: Wisconsin     Date: 11/25/2009
Industry: Business Services     Sector: Services

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Exhibit 10.P

JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC.
RETIREMENT RESTORATION PLAN

ARTICLE 1.
PURPOSE AND DURATION

           Section 1.1. Purpose . The purpose of the Johnson Controls Retirement Restoration Plan (formerly the Equalization Benefit Plan) is to restore retirement benefits to certain participants in the Company’s pension or savings plans whose benefits under said plans are or will be limited by reason of Code Sections 401(a)(17), 401(k), 401(m), 402(g) and/or 415, and/or by reason of the election of such employees to defer income or reduce salary pursuant to this Plan or to defer annual incentive payments pursuant to the Johnson Controls, Inc. Executive Deferred Compensation Plan. This Plan is completely separate from the tax-qualified pension plans maintained by the Company and is not funded or qualified for special tax treatment under the Code. The Plan is intended to be an unfunded plan covering a select group of management and highly compensated employees for purposes of ERISA.

           Section 1.2. Duration of the Plan . The Plan became effective as of January 1, 1980, and was previously amended and restated effective January 1, 2009. The Plan is now being amended and restated effective November 17, 2009. The provisions of the Plan as amended and restated apply to each individual with an interest hereunder on or after September 15, 2009. The Plan shall remain in effect until terminated pursuant to Article 9.

ARTICLE 2.
DEFINITIONS AND CONSTRUCTION

           Section 2.1. Definitions . Wherever used in the Plan, the following terms shall have the meanings set forth below and, where the meaning is intended, the initial letter of the word is capitalized:

          (a) “Actuarial Equivalent” means a benefit of equivalent value determined in accordance with acceptable actuarial principles, utilizing the interest and mortality rates specified for actuarial equivalence in the Pension Plan.

          (b) “Administrator” means the Employee Benefits Policy Committee of the Company.

          (c) “Affiliate” means each entity that is required to be included in the Company’s controlled group of corporations within the meaning of Code Section 414(b), or that is under common control with the Company within the meaning of Code Section 414(c); provided that for purposes of determining when a Participant has incurred a Separation from Service, the phrase “at least 48 percent” shall be used in place of “at least 80 percent” each place it appears in the regulations thereunder.

          (d) “Annual Incentive Plan” means the Johnson Controls, Inc. Annual Incentive Performance Plan as from time to time amended and in effect and any successor to such plan maintained by the Company.


 

          (e) “Annuity Starting Date” means, with respect to a Participant’s vested Pension Plan Supplement Benefit, the later to occur of: (i) the first day of the month coincident with or following the Participant’s attainment of age fifty-five (55) (even if the Participant does not survive to such date) or (ii) the first day of the month coincident with or following the Participant’s Separation from Service.

          (f) “Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

          (g) “Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as interpreted by regulations and rulings issued pursuant thereto, all as amended and in effect from time to time. Any reference to a specific provision of the Code shall be deemed to include reference to any successor provision thereto.

          (h) “Committee” means the Compensation Committee of the Board.

          (i) “Company” means Johnson Controls, Inc., a Wisconsin corporation, and its successors as provided in Article 14.

          (j) “ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as interpreted by regulations and rulings issued pursuant thereto, all as amended and in effect from time to time. Any reference to a specific provision of ERISA shall be deemed to include reference to any successor provision thereto.

          (k) “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as interpreted by regulations and rules issued pursuant thereto, all as amended and in effect from time to time. Any reference to a specific provision of the Exchange Act shall be deemed to include reference to any successor provision thereto.

          (l) “Fair Market Value” means with respect to a Share, except as otherwise provided herein, the closing sales price of a Share on the New York Stock Exchange as of 4:00 p.m. EST on the date in question (or the immediately preceding trading day if the date in question is not a trading day), and with respect to any other property, such value as is determined by the Administrator.

          (m) “Investment Options” means the Share Unit Account and any other options made available by the Administrator, which shall be used for the purpose of measuring hypothetical investment experience attributable to a Participant’s Savings Supplement Account.

          (n) “Participant” means an employee of the Company or an Affiliate who is described in an applicable Appendix hereto; provided that the Committee shall limit the foregoing group of eligible employees to a select group of management and highly compensated employees, as determined by the Committee in accordance with ERISA. Where the context so requires, a Participant also means a former employee entitled to receive a benefit hereunder.

          (o) “Pension Plan” means the Johnson Controls Pension Plan, a defined benefit pension plan, and any successor to such plan maintained by the Company.

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          (p) “Pension Plan Benefits” means the aggregate monthly benefits payable under the Pension Plan.

          (q) “Pension Plan Supplement Benefits” means the aggregate monthly benefits payable under an applicable Appendix hereto as a supplement to a Participant’s Pension Plan Benefits.

          (r) “Savings Plan” means the Johnson Controls Savings and Investment (401(k)) Plan, a defined contribution plan, and any successor to such plan maintained by the Company.

          (s) “Savings Supplement Account” means the record keeping account or accounts maintained to record the interest of each Participant under Article 5 of the Plan and the applicable Appendices. A Savings Supplement Account is established for record keeping purposes only and not to reflect the physical segregation of assets on the Participant’s behalf, and may consist of such subaccounts or balances as the Administrator may determine to be necessary or appropriate.

          (t) “Separation from Service” means a Participant’s cessation of service for the Company and all Affiliates within the meaning of Code Section 409A, including the following rules:

 

(1)

 

If a Participant takes a leave of absence from the Company or an Affiliate for purposes of military leave, sick leave or other bona fide leave of absence, the Participant’s employment will be deemed to continue for the first six (6) months of the leave of absence, or if longer, for so long as the Participant’s right to reemployment is provided by either by statute or by contract; provided that if the leave of absence is due to the Participant’s 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 six (6) months or more, and such impairment causes the Participant to be unable to perform the duties of his position with the Company or an Affiliate or a substantially similar position of employment, then the leave period may be extended for up to a total of 29 months. If the period of the leave exceeds the time periods set forth above and the Participant’s right to reemployment is not provided by either statute or contract, the Participant will be considered to have incurred a Separation from Service on the first day following the end of the time periods set forth above.

 

 

(2)

 

A Participant will be presumed to have incurred a Separation from Service when the level of bona fide services performed by the Participant for the Company and

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its Affiliates permanently decreases to a level that equal to 20% or less of the average level of services performed by the Participant for the Company and its Affiliates during the immediately preceding 36 month period (or such lesser period of service).

 

(3)

 

The Participant will be presumed not to have incurred a Separation from Service while the Participant continues to provide bona fide services to the Company or an Affiliate in any capacity (whether as an employee or independent contractor) at a level that at least fifty percent (50%) of the average level of services performed by the Participant for the Company and its Affiliates during the immediately preceding 36 month period (or such lesser period of service).

          (u) “Share” means a share of common stock of the Company.

          (v) “Share Unit Account” means the portion of the Participant’s Savings Supplement Account that is deemed invested in Shares.

          (w) “Share Units” means the hypothetical Shares that are credited to the Share Unit Accounts in accordance with Section 5.3.

          (x) “Spouse” means the person to whom a Participant is lawfully married pursuant to Federal law; provided that for purposes of payment of the death benefit under Section 4.3, “Spouse” means the person to whom a deceased Participant was lawfully married pursuant to Federal law throughout the 1-year period preceding the date of his or her death.

          (y) “Valuation Date” means each day when the United States financial markets are open for business, as of which the Administrator will determine the value of each Account and will make allocations to Accounts.

           Section 2.2. Construction . Wherever any words are used in the masculine, they shall be construed as though they were used in the feminine in all cases where they would so apply; and wherever any words are used in the singular or 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 apply. Titles of articles and sections are for general information only, and the Plan is not to be construed by reference to such items.

           Section 2.3. Severability . In the event any provision of the Plan is held illegal or invalid for any reason, the illegality or invalidity shall not affect the remaining parts of the Plan, and the Plan shall be construed and enforced as if the illegal or invalid provision had not been included.

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ARTICLE 3.
ADMINISTRATION

           Section 3.1. General . The Committee shall have overall discretionary authority with respect to administration of the Plan, provided that the Administrator shall have discretionary authority and responsibility for the general operation and daily administration of the Plan and to decide claims and appeals as specified herein. If at any time the Committee shall not be in existence, then the administrative functions of the Committee shall be assumed by the Board (with the assistance of the Administrator), and any references herein to the Committee shall be deemed to include references to the Board.

           Section 3.2. Authority and Responsibility . In addition to the authority specifically provided herein, the Committee and the Administrator shall have the discretionary authority to take any action or make any determination deemed necessary for the proper administration of the Plan with regard to the respective duties of each, including but not limited to the power and authority to: (a) prescribe rules and regulations for the administration of the Plan; (b) prescribe forms for use with respect to the Plan; (c) interpret and apply all of the Plan’s provisions, reconcile inconsistencies or supply omissions in the Plan’s terms; (d) make appropriate determinations, including factual determinations, and calculations; and (e) prepare all reports required by law. Any action taken by the Committee shall be controlling over any contrary action of the Administrator. The Committee and the Administrator may delegate their ministerial duties to third parties and to the extent of such delegation, references to the Committee or Administrator hereunder shall mean such delegates, if any.

           Section 3.3. Decisions Binding . The Committee’s and the Administrator’s determinations shall be final and binding on all parties with an interest hereunder, unless determined to be arbitrary and capricious.

           Section 3.4. Procedures for Administration . The Committee’s determinations must be made by not less than a majority of its members present at the meeting (in person or otherwise) at which a quorum is present, or by written majority consent, which sets forth the action, is signed by the members of the Committee and filed with the minutes for proceedings of the Committee. A majority of the entire Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Service on the Committee shall constitute service as a director of the Company so that the Committee members shall be entitled to indemnification, limitation of liability and reimbursement of expenses with respect to their Committee services to the same extent that they are entitled under the Company’s By-laws and Wisconsin law for their services as directors of the Company. The Administrator’s determinations shall be made in accordance with procedures it establishes.

           Section 3.5. Restrictions to Comply with Applicable Law . All transactions under the Plan are intended to comply with all applicable conditions of Rule 16b-3 under the Exchange Act. The Committee and the Administrator shall administer the Plan so that transactions under the Plan will be exempt from or comply with Section 16 of the Exchange Act, and shall have the right to restrict or rescind any transaction, or impose other rules and requirements, to the extent it deems necessary or desirable for such exemption or compliance to be met.

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ARTICLE 4.
PENSION PLAN SUPPLEMENT

           Section 4.1. Eligibility for and Amount of Benefits . Participants shall be eligible for Pension Plan Supplement Benefits in accordance with the terms of the applicable Appendix.

           Section 4.2. Payment of Pension Plan Supplement Benefits . The following provisions apply to all Participants except those specified on the Addendum.

          (a) Timing of Payment . Payment of the vested Pension Plan Supplement Benefit shall begin on the Participant’s Annuity Starting Date, or if later, the first day of the seventh month following the month in which the Participant’s Separation from Service occurs (the “Delayed Payment Date”). If monthly payments are to begin on a Delayed Payment Date, then all monthly payments that were due from the Annuity Starting Date to the Delayed Payment Date shall be accumulated and paid in a lump sum on the Delayed Payment Date, and the Participant shall receive an additional payment of interest (equal to the interest rate assumption used for non-lump sum Actuarial Equivalence) calculated on a simple (i.e. non-compounded) basis from the Annuity Starting Date to the Delayed Payment Date.

          (b) Normal Form of Payment . Subject to the Participant’s election of an alternative form of benefit under subsection (c),

 

(1)

 

For a Participant who has no Spouse on the Annuity Starting Date, payment shall be made in the form of a single life annuity, which provides monthly payments for the life of the Participant, beginning on the Annuity Starting Date and ending with the payment due for the month in which the Participant’s death occurs, in the amount calculated under the applicable Appendix.

 

 

(2)

 

For a Participant who has a Spouse on the Annuity Starting Date, payment shall be made in the form of a joint and fifty percent (50%) survivor annuity, which provides monthly payments for the life of the Participant in reduced amounts which are the Actuarial Equivalent of the payments calculated under the applicable Appendix, and in the event the Participant predeceases his Spouse, monthly payments equal to fifty percent (50%) of such reduced amounts shall be continued to such Spouse for the Spouse’s life. Payments of such benefits shall end with the payment due for the month in which the later of the death of the Participant or his Spouse (as applicable) occurs.

          (c) Optional Forms of Benefit . In lieu of the normal form of payment described in subsection (b), a Participant may elect at any time prior to his Annuity Starting Date to receive his benefit in one of the following optional forms of payment. Payments made under each optional form of payment shall be the Actuarial Equivalent of the benefit payment amount

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determined under the applicable Appendix. The Participant’s election of an optional form of distribution shall be made in the form and manner and within such timeframes as the Administrator may prescribe and shall be irrevocable once benefit payments commence.

 

(1)

 

Joint and Survivor Annuity : The joint and survivor annuity form provides monthly payments to the Participant while living and, in the event the Participant predeceases his or her joint annuitant, monthly payments equal to 100%, 75% or 50% (as elected by the Participant) of the Participant’s monthly payments shall be continued to such joint annuitant for his or her life. Such payments shall end with the payment due on the first day of the month in which the later of the death of the Participant or the joint annuitant (as applicable) occurs.

 

 

(2)

 

Life Only Annuity : The Life Only Annuity form provides monthly payments to the Participant for life, ending with the payment due on the first day of the month in which the death of the Participant occurs.

          (d) Life Annuity – 10 Years Certain : The Life Annuity – 10 Years Certain form provides monthly payments to the Participant while living and, in the event the Participant dies before receiving 120 monthly payments, such payments will continue to the Participant’s designated beneficiary. Such payments shall end with the payment due on the first day of the month in which the death of the Participant occurs or with the 120 th payment, as applicable.

           Section 4.3. Death Benefit . The Spouse, if any, of a deceased Participant shall be entitled to a pre-retirement surviving spouse’s benefit if the Participant’s death occurs before his or her Annuity Starting Date and after the Participant has become vested in his or her Pension Plan Supplement Benefit. The amount of the pre-retirement surviving spouse benefit payable to the Participant’s Spouse shall be equal to the amount that would have been payable to the Spouse had the Participant (i) ceased employment; (ii) commenced a Pension Plan Supplement Benefit at the Annuity Starting Date having elected a joint and 50% survivor annuity form of benefit payment with his or her Spouse as contingent annuitant; and (iii) died the next day. Payments shall be made in the form of a single life annuity for the life of the Spouse and shall commence on the Annuity Starting Date, and end with the payment due for the month in which the Spouse’s death occurs. If a deceased Participant’s Spouse dies before the Annuity Starting Date, no benefit shall be payable under this Article 4.

           Section 4.4. Small Benefit Cashout . Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the single sum Actuarial Equivalent value of a Participant’s Pension Plan Supplement Benefit as determined on the date of the Participant’s Separation from Service or death is less than the applicable dollar limit under Code Section 402(g)(1)(B) as in effect for such year, then the Actuarial Equivalent single sum value of the Pension Plan Supplement Benefit shall be paid to the Participant or Spouse in a lump sum within 90 days of the date of the Participant’s Separation from Service or death.

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ARTICLE 5.
SAVINGS PLAN SUPPLEMENT

           Section 5.1. Eligibility for and Amount of Benefits . Participants shall be eligible for a Savings Plan Supplement Account in accordance with the terms of the applicable Appendix.

           Section 5.2. Investment Election . Amounts credited to a Participant’s Savings Supplement Account shall reflect the investment experience of the Investment Options selected by the Participant. The Participant may make an initial investment election at the time of enrollment in the Plan. A Participant may also elect to reallocate his or her Savings Supplement Account, and may elect to allocate any future deferrals, among the various Investment Options from time to time. Such investment elections shall remain in effect until changed by the Participant. All investment elections shall become effective as soon as practicable after receipt of such election, and must be made in the form and manner and within such time periods as the Administrator may prescribe in order to be effective. In the absence of an effective election, the Participant’s Savings Supplement Account shall be deemed invested in the default fund specified for the Savings Plan (or any successor plan thereto). Deferrals will be deemed invested in an Investment Option as of the date on which the deferrals are allocated under the Plan as described in the Appendices.

          On each Valuation Date, the Administrator or its delegate shall credit the deemed investment experience with respect to the selected Investment Options to each Participant’s Savings Supplement Account.

          Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Company retains the right to allocate actual amounts hereunder without regard to a Participant’s request.

           Section 5.3. Valuation of Share Unit Account . When any amounts are to be allocated to a Share Unit Account (whether in the form of deferrals or amounts that are deemed transferred from another Investment Option), such amount shall be converted to whole and fractional Share Units, by dividing the amount to be allocated by the Fair Market Value of a Share on the effective date of such allocation. If any dividends or other distributions are paid on Shares while a Participant has Share Units credited to his Account, such Participant shall be credited with a dividend award equal to the amount of the cash dividend paid or Fair Market Value of other property distributed on one Share, multiplied by the number of Share Units credited to his Share Unit Account on the date the dividend is declared. The dividend award shall be converted into additional Share Units as provided above using the Fair Market Value of a Share on the date the dividend is paid or distributed. Any other provision of this Plan to the contrary notwithstanding, if a dividend is declared on Shares in the form of a right or rights to purchase shares of capital stock of the Company or any entity acquiring the Company, no additional Share Units shall be credited to the Participant’s Share Unit Account with respect to such dividend, but each Share Unit credited to a Participant’s Share Unit Account at the time such dividend is paid, and each Share Unit thereafter credited to the Participant’s Share Unit Account at a time when such rights are attached to Shares, shall thereafter be valued as of any point in time on the basis of the aggregate of the then Fair Market Value of one Share plus the then Fair Market Value of such right or rights then attached to one Share.

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          In the event of any merger, share exchange, reorganization, consolidation, recapitalization, stock dividend, stock split or other change in corporate structure of the Company affecting Shares, the Committee may make appropriate equitable adjustments with respect to the Share Units credited to the Share Unit Account of each Participant, including without limitation, adjusting the date as of which such units are valued and/or distributed, as the Committee determines is necessary or desirable to prevent the dilution or enlargement of the benefits intended to be provided under the Plan.

           Section 5.4. Securities Law Restrictions . Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, all elections under this Article by a Participant who is subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act are subject to review by the Administrator prior to implementation. In accordance with Section 3.5, the Administrator may restrict additional transactions, rescind transactions, or impose other rules and procedures, to the extent deemed desirable by the Administrator in order to comply with the Exchange Act, including, without limitation, application of the review and approval provisions of this Section 5.4 to Participants who are not subject to Section 16 of the Exchange Act.

           Section 5.5. Accounts are For Record Keeping Purposes Only . The Savings Supplement Accounts and the record keeping procedures described herein serve solely as a device for determining the amount of benefits accumulated by a Participant under Article 5 of the Plan, and shall not constitute or imply an obligation on the part of the Company or any Affiliate to fund such benefits.

           Section 5.6. Payment of Benefits . Upon a Participant’s Separation from Service for any reason, the Participant shall be entitled to payment of the vested balance of the Participant’s Savings Supplement Account in cash in the manner specified in the applicable Appendix.

           Section 5.7. Death Benefit . In the event of the Participant’s death prior to receiving all payments due under this Article 5, the vested balance of the Participant’s Savings Supplement Account shall be paid to the Participant’s beneficiary in a cash lump sum in the first calendar quarter or the third calendar quarter, whichever first occurs after the Participant’s death; provided that if the Participant dies prior to November 18, 2010, the death benefit shall be paid according to the prior provisions of the Plan. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in lieu of such lump sum death benefit, a Participant who has an installment payment election in effect may, prior to his or her termination of employment, elect to have any remaining installment payments continue to his or her Beneficiary in the event the Participant dies after beginning to receive such installment payments, provided that such election shall be given effect only if filed at least twelve (12) months prior to the date of the Participant’s death.

ARTICLE 6. ADDITIONAL PAYMENT PROVISIONS

           Section 6.1. Acceleration of Payment . Notwithstanding the foregoing,

          (a) If an amount deferred under this Plan is required to be included in income under Code Section 409A prior to the date such amount is actually distributed, a Participant shall receive a distribution, in a lump sum within ninety (90) days after the date the Plan fails to meet

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the requirements of Code Section 409A, of the amount required to be included in the Participant’s income as a result of such failure.

          (b) With respect to the Savings Plan Supplement benefit only, if an amount under the Plan is required to be immediately distributed in a lump sum under a domestic relations order within the meaning of Code Section 414(p)(1)(B), it may be distributed according to the terms of such order, provided the Participant holds the Administrator harmless with respect to such distribution. The Plan shall not distribute amounts required to be distributed under a domestic relations order other than in the limited circumstance specifically stated herein.

           Section 6.2. Delay in Payment . Notwithstanding the foregoing,

          (a) If a distribution required under the terms of this Plan would jeopardize the ability of the Company or of an Affiliate to continue as a going concern, the Company or the Affiliate shall not be required to make such distribution. Rather, the distribution shall be delayed until the first date that making the distribution does not jeopardize the ability of the Company or of an Affiliate to continue as a going concern. Any distribution delayed under this provision shall be treated as made on the date specified under the terms of this Plan.

          (b) If a distribution will violate the terms of Section 16(b) of the Exchange Act or other Federal securities laws, or any other applicable law, then the distribution shall be delayed until the earliest date on which making the distribution will not violate such law.

ARTICLE 7.
NON-ALIENATION OF PAYMENTS

           Section 7.1. Non-Alienation . Except as specifically provided herein, benefits payable under the Plan shall not be subject in any manner to alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, pledge, attachment, garnishment or encumbrance of any kind. Any attempt to alienate, sell, transfer, assign, pledge or otherwise encumber any such benefit payment, whether currently or thereafter payable, shall not be recognized by the Administrator or the Company. Any benefit payment due hereunder shall not in any manner be liable for or subject to the debts or liabilities of any Participant or other person entitled thereto. If any such person shall attempt to alienate, sell, transfer, assign, pledge or encumber any benefit payments to be made to that person under the Plan or any part thereof, or if by reason of such person’s bankruptcy or other event happening at any time, such payments would devolve upon anyone else or would not be enjoyed by such person, then the Administrator, in its discretion, may terminate such person’s interest in any such benefit payment, and hold or apply it to or for the benefit of that person, the spouse, children or other dependents thereof, or any of them, in such manner as the Administrator deems proper.

           Section 7.2. Designation of Beneficiary . Each Participant may designate a beneficiary in such form and manner and within such time periods as the Administrator may prescribe. A Participant can change his beneficiary designation at any time, provided that each beneficiary designation shall revoke the most recent designation, and the last designation received by the Administrator (or its delegate) while the Participant was alive shall be given effect. If a Participant designates a beneficiary without providing in the designation that the

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beneficiary must be living at the time of each distribution, the designation shall vest in the beneficiary all of the distribution whether payable before or after the beneficiary’s death, and any distributions remaining upon the beneficiary’s death shall be made to the beneficiary’s estate. In the event there is no valid beneficiary designation in effect at the time of the Participant’s death, in the event the Participant’s designated beneficiary does not survive the Participant, or in the event that the beneficiary designation provides that the Beneficiary must be living at the time of each distribution and such designated beneficiary does not survive to a distribution date, the Participant’s estate will be deemed the beneficiary and will be entitled to receive payment. If a Participant designates his spouse as a beneficiary, such beneficiary designation automatically shall become null and void on the date of the Participant’s divorce or legal separation from such spouse, provided the Administrator has notice of such divorce or legal separation prior to payment.

ARTICLE 8.
LIMITATION OF RIGHTS

           Section 8.1. No Right to Employment . Participation in this Plan, or any modifications thereof, or the payments of any benefits hereunder, shall not be construed as giving to any person any right to be retained in the service of the Company or any Affiliate, limiting in any way the right of the Company or any Affiliate to terminate such person’s employment at any time, evidencing any agreement or understanding that the Company or any Affiliate will employ such person in any particular position or at any particular rate of compensation or guaranteeing such person any right to receive any other form or amount of remuneration from the Company or any Affiliate.

           Section 8.2. No Right to Benefits .

          (a) Unsecured Claim . The right of a Participant, his Spouse or his beneficiary to receive a distribution hereunder shall be an unsecured claim, and neither the Participant, his Spouse nor any beneficiary shall have any rights in or against any amount credited to his Savings Supplement Account, any accrued benefit under Article 4 or any other specific assets of the Company or an Affiliate. The right of a Participant or beneficiary to the payment of benefits under this Plan shall not be assigned, encumbered, or transferred, except as permitted under Section 7.2. The rights of a Participant hereunder are exercisable during the Participant’s lifetime only by him or his guardian or legal representative.

          (b) Contractual Obligation . The Company or an Affiliate may authorize the creation of a trust or other arrangements to assist it in meeting the obligations created under the Plan, subject to the restrictions on such funding such trust or arrangement imposed by Code Section 409A(b)(2) or (3). However, any liability to any person with respect to the Plan shall be based solely upon any contractual obligations that may be created pursuant to the Plan. No obligation of the Company or an Affiliate shall be deemed to be secured by any pledge of, or other encumbrance on, any property of the Company or any Affiliate. Nothing contained in this Plan and no action taken pursuant to its terms shall create or be construed to create a trust of any kind, or a fiduciary relationship between the Company or an Affiliate and any Participant or beneficiary, or any other person.

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ARTICLE 9.
AMENDMENT OR TERMINATION

           Section 9.1. Amendment . The Committee may at any time amend the Plan, including but not l


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