I'm currently working at a startup and am going to receive some equity in the company through a restricted stock grant. The CEO inserted this clause into the grant agreement and it's giving me some pause because it wasn't in the original grant agreement drafted by the lawyers (actual dollar amounts replaced with (xxx) for privacy):
(iii) As of the Grant Date, the Administrator determined, and Participant agrees, that (1) the Fair Market Value of the Award is $(xxx) per share of Common Stock, or $(xxx) in total, (2) because the Award is deemed fully vested as of the Award Date, the Company is required to make a federal tax withholding payment of 22% of that amount, or $(xxx) in total (the “Withholding Amount”), (iii) to satisfy the Company’s withholding requirement, Participant must provide to the Company, upon the parties’ execution of this Grant Notice, a check for the Withholding Amount, made out to the Company, and (iv) provided that the Company deposits such check into its bank account within two business days after its receipt thereof, this Award shall be deemed null and void in the event that such check does not clear within five business days after the Company makes such deposit.
This doesn't seem normal given other agreements I've seen. Don't employees typically have the option to either pay cash or have the withholding taken out of the shares being granted?
If it matters, the company is located in Washington D.C. (where I live as well), is incorporated in Delaware, and is private and not going to IPO anytime soon.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated, thanks.