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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 20, 2022
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Item 5.02.    Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On December 20, 2022, the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Sterling Check Corp. (the “Company”) approved, and the Company granted, effective as of December 21, 2022, retention awards for certain Company executives, including Joshua Peirez, the Chief Executive Officer, Peter Walker, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Lou Paglia, the President and Chief Operating Officer. Each of Messrs. Peirez, Walker and Paglia received grants of restricted stock in the amount of 285,900, 103,964 and 64,978 shares of common stock of the Company, respectively (the “Restricted Stock Grants”). The Restricted Stock Grants were made pursuant to the Company’s form of restricted stock award agreement and vest annually on each of the first, second and third anniversaries of the date of grant. Pursuant to the form of award agreement, if an executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without cause or by the executive for good reason (each as defined in the award agreement) (each, a “Qualifying Termination”), the shares of restricted stock scheduled to vest during the one year period following the executive’s termination will fully vest upon the date of termination. In addition, if a Qualifying Termination occurs during the three month period preceding or the twenty-four month period following a change in control (as defined in the award agreement), all unvested shares of restricted stock will fully vest upon the date of termination. Each of Messrs. Peirez and Walker are also entitled to a cash retention bonus (each, a “Retention Bonus”) in the amount of $1,100,000 and $400,000, respectively, payable in a lump sum on January 15, 2023, subject to their continued employment on such date. If Mr. Peirez or Mr. Walker resigns without good reason (as defined in his employment agreement or severance agreement, respectively) prior to July 1, 2024, the executive will be required to repay all or a portion of his Retention Bonus as follows: (a) if the termination occurs prior to July 1, 2023, the executive will be required to repay 100% of his Retention Bonus, (b) if the termination occurs on or after July 1, 2023 and prior to February 1, 2024, the executive will be required to repay 50% of his Retention Bonus, and (c) if the termination occurs on or after February 1, 2024 and prior to July 1, 2024, the executive will be required to repay a reducing percentage of his Retention Bonus (41.67%, 33.33%, 25%, 16.67% or 8.33%) depending on when the termination occurs. The Retention Bonuses were granted pursuant to a letter agreement between the Company and each of Messrs. Peirez and Walker, as applicable, which includes the terms described above.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
December 23, 2022By:/s/ Steven Barnett
Name:Steven Barnett
Title:Executive Vice President, Secretary and
Chief Legal & Risk Officer