I am leaving BHP. Will I still be able to participate in the Plan when I leave?
No. You will not be able to continue to participate in Shareplus when you leave BHP, and will cease to be a participant of any existing plans.
What happens to my contributions if I leave BHP, or cease making contributions?
If the Plan Administrator has been notified by your HR/payroll of your departure or withdrawal from the Plan before the next purchase date, no shares will be purchased on your behalf. Your contributions that have not been used to purchase shares will be available in Shareworks for you to withdraw.
If I leave before the end of the Holding Period do I lose my right to receive Matched Shares?
Your eligibility to receive Matched Shares depends on your reason for leaving. The table below sets out the different leaving circumstances and the treatment of shares. Any applicable Matched Shares will be awarded as soon as practicable after you leave BHP. In any other leaving situation the treatment of Matched Shares is at BHP’s discretion.
In the event a participant dies during the Holding Period, BHP will allocate any applicable Matched Shares as soon as practicable and the Company will make a cash payment into the participant’s payroll bank account in lieu of any Acquired Shares or Matched Shares received. BHP will sell both the Acquired Shares and Matched Shares to assist with the funding of the cash payment. The value of the cash payment will be the value of the participant’s Acquired Shares, Matched Shares and conditional rights to receive Matched Shares (that the participant becomes entitled to on cessation of their employment) using the price of BHP shares on the date of death or price achieved from the sale of the underlying Acquired Shares and Matched Shares, whichever is greater, less any taxes required to be withheld on sale or through payroll.
What happens to my shares when I leave? What are my obligations?
Your HR/payroll will formally notify the Plan Administrator each month of participants who have ceased employment including the reason for departure.. To ensure that you continue to receive all future communications about your Shareplus entitlements and any residual contribution balances, it is your responsibility to update the Plan Administrator with your personal contact (email address) and banking details online in your Shareworks account (accessible via BHPBshareplus.com).
On leaving BHP, your shares will remain in the Plan for a period of six months and you will receive a notification from Shareworks outlining leaver information for your Acquired Shares and any Matched Shares. During this six month period you can access your shares to either sell them using the online sale facility, or you can transfer them to your own issuer sponsored shareholder account. If you take no action, at the end of the six month period your shares will be automatically transferred out of Shareworks to an ordinary shareholder account in your name (or similar arrangement depending on the stock exchange) on the relevant stock exchange share registry.
I am resigning from BHP. Do I lose my Acquired Shares and will I lose my right to receive Matched Shares?
You do not lose your Acquired Shares. However, you will lose your right to receive Matched Shares when you leave.
I am retiring from BHP. What happens to my Acquired Shares and will I receive Matched Shares?
You do not lose your Acquired Shares and you will be entitled to receive any applicable Matched Shares when you retire. Please note, if you are entitled to receive an allocation of Matched Shares when departing BHP, this may trigger a mandatory tax withholding or social security liability in your location/country. If this occurs, the Plan Administrator will be authorized to withhold or sell a sufficient number of Matched Shares to cover your taxes and transfer the remaining balance of shares to your Shareworks account. Refer to the Matched Shares Q&A for further information.