Once an employee is granted a Restricted Stock Award, the employee must decide whether to accept or decline the grant. If the employee accepts the grant, he may be required to pay the employer a purchase price for the grant. After accepting a grant and providing payment (if applicable) Restricted Stock vs. Stock Option Grant. Both have a vesting period; the difference is at the end of that vesting period. When a stock option vests, you have the option of purchasing or not purchasing the stock at a specific price (the strike price).