Documents and Agreements

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Documents and Agreements

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What kinds of documents should I expect to sign as part of my equity compensation package?
What do stock plan and stock option agreements look like?
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This section covers a few kinds of documents you’re likely to see as you negotiate a job offer and sign on to a company. It’s not exhaustive, as titles and details vary.

  • When you are considering your offer, make sure you have all of the documents you need from the company:

    • Your documentoffer letter, which will detail salary, benefits, and equity compensation.

    • An documentEmployee Innovations Agreement, Proprietary Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement, or similar, concerning intellectual property.

  • If you have equity compensation, at some point—possibly weeks or months after you’ve joined—you should get a Summary of Stock Grant, Notice of Stock Option Grant, or similar document, detailing your grant of stock or options, along with all details such as number of shares, type of options, grant date, vesting commencement date, and vesting schedule. It will come with several other documents, which may be exhibits to that agreement:

  • If you are exercising your options, you should also see paperwork to assist with that purchase:

  • End of year tax documents

    • You should receive a form document3921 or 3922 from your company if you exercised ISO options during the year.

Further Reading

The resources here are a small subset of the full set of resources cited in the Guide to Equity Compensation, selected for their breadth, notability, or depth on specific issues.

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