|MEDTRONIC PLC filed this Form 11-K on 10/26/2017|
For participants hired on or after January 1, 2016, and employees previously employed by Covidien, the Company contributes an amount equal to 3% of eligible compensation to participant accounts. Participants direct the Company contributions to any of the MCC investment choices consisting of the same investment options offered under the 401(k) Component. Contributions made by the Company are allocated to the participants' MCC following the last day of the year ended April 30 and are based upon eligible compensation for the year ended April 30. Only participants that are employees of the Company as of the last day of the fiscal year are eligible for these contributions. This employment requirement does not apply to those participants that prior to the end of the fiscal year have died or have had termination of employment either on or after the participant (i) attained age 55 and completed ten years of service or (ii) attained age 62 regardless of years of service. For the year ended April 30, 2017, the Company contributed $43,645 through the MCC.
Subject to prior discretionary approval of the Plan Administrator and subject to Plan provisions, a participant may contribute amounts to the Plan from another qualified plan (rollover contributions).
Vesting and Forfeitures
Participants are 100% vested in their contributions, including earnings and losses thereon, at all times. Under the 401(k) Component, ESOP, PIA and MCC, active participants vest in Company contributions, including earnings and losses thereon, after completion of three years of service. Participants hired prior to January 1, 2016, vest in Company contributions under the 401(k) Component, ESOP, PIA and MCC, including earnings and losses therefore, at a rate of 20% per year and become fully vested in all Company matching contributions after three years. Participants also become fully vested upon attaining age 62, death, total disability, termination of the Plan, or complete discontinuance of employer contributions.
Nonvested account balances of terminated employees are forfeited. Employer contributions are restored if a previously terminated employee returns to the Company within five years of termination. The balances of forfeited nonvested accounts at April 30, 2017 and 2016 were $17,172 and $4,920, respectively. Forfeited nonvested accounts may be used at the Plan Administrator’s election to pay any reasonable administrative expenses of the Plan or reduce employer contributions. During the year ended April 30, 2017, forfeited nonvested accounts of $572 were used by the Plan Administrator for these items.
Active participants who have attained age 59½ may request a partial or total cash withdrawal of their 401(k) Component Employee Contribution Account, but are not allowed to take withdrawals from their ESOP accounts, PIA, MCC or 401(k) Component Employer Match Accounts until retirement or termination of employment.
Upon termination, retirement, or total disability, participants must take a complete distribution if the value of the participant’s vested account is $1 or less. If the value of the participant’s vested account is greater than $1, the participant may elect to defer distribution until a later date, take a cash withdrawal, subject to applicable taxes and penalties, or request a direct rollover. Upon termination and reaching age 55, or total disability, participants may also elect to receive the balance in a series of payments. Participant funds invested in Medtronic plc ordinary shares may be taken in-kind or as cash. If the distribution is greater than $1, but less than or equal to $5, and the participant does not provide direction on the distribution, the Trustee will establish an individual retirement account for the mandatory distribution.
Active participants may take hardship withdrawals from their 401(k) Component Employee Contribution Account if they incur immediate and severe financial needs that cannot be met through other available sources in the Plan, including available note provisions. Hardship withdrawals cannot be taken from a Participants’ 401(k) Component Employer Match Account, ESOP accounts, the PIA, or the MCC. The amount of hardship withdrawal cannot exceed the amount of the financial need plus an additional amount to cover taxes and any anticipated penalties. The hardship withdrawal is taxed upon distribution with a 10% penalty tax imposed. Participants cannot contribute to the Plan for six months after the effective date of their hardship withdrawal.
Upon the death of a participant, vested balances are paid to the designated beneficiary, or if no beneficiary has been designated, the balance is paid according to the terms and conditions of the Plan. The beneficiary has the option to take the Medtronic plc ordinary shares in-kind or as cash. Any fraction of a share of stock is paid in cash.