Incentive Plan

OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION 2005 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN OCCIDENTAL OIL AND GAS CORPORATION RETURN ON ASSETS INCENTIVE AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Equity-Based, Equity-Settled Award)

EXHIBIT 10.4
OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
2005 LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN
OCCIDENTAL OIL AND GAS CORPORATION
RETURN ON ASSETS INCENTIVE AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS
(Equity-based, Equity-settled Award)


Date of Grant:
 
July 22, 2013
     
Target Number of
Performance Shares:
 
See Morgan Stanley Benefit Access
“Stock-Based Awards/My Awards/Awarded”
     
Performance Period:
 
January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016


The following Terms and Conditions (these “Terms and Conditions”) are set forth as of the Date of Grant between OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation (“Occidental” and, with its subsidiaries, the “Company”), and the Eligible Employee receiving this award (the “Grantee”).

1.           Grant of Return on Assets Incentive Award.  In accordance with these Terms and Conditions and the Occidental Petroleum Corporation 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan, as the same may be amended from time to time (the “Plan”), Occidental grants to the Grantee as of the Date of Grant, the right to receive in Shares up to 200% of the Target Number of Performance Shares. For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions, “Performance Shares” means a bookkeeping entry that records the equivalent of Shares awarded pursuant to Sections 4.2 and, to the extent applicable, 5.2 of the Plan that is payable upon the achievement of the Performance Goal. Performance Shares are not Shares and have no voting rights or, except as stated in Section 6, dividend rights.

2.           Restrictions on Transfer.  Neither these Terms and Conditions nor any right to receive Shares or cash pursuant to these Terms and Conditions may be transferred or assigned by the Grantee other than (i) to a beneficiary designated on a form approved by the Company (if enforceable under local law), by will or, if the Grantee dies without designating a beneficiary of a valid will, by the laws of descent and distribution, or (ii) pursuant to a domestic relations order, if applicable, (if approved or ratified by the Committee).

3.           Performance Goal.  The Performance Goal for the Performance Period is based on the attainment of at least a minimum Return on Assets, as set forth on Exhibit 1.  Return on Assets for the purposes of Exhibit 1 shall be the percentage obtained by dividing (i) the  sum of the Net Income for the Oil and Gas Segment (Total) for each year in the Performance Period by (ii) the sum of the Assets for the Oil and Gas Segment (Total) for each year in the Performance Period.   For the purposes of the foregoing calculation, “Net Income” shall be Results of Operations for the  Oil and Gas Segment (Total) for the applicable year and “Assets” will be the Net Capitalized Costs (Total) for the applicable year, in each case as reported in the Supplemental Oil and Gas Information contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.  For the purpose of the foregoing sentence, “Assets” will reflect all acquisitions, divestures and write downs during the Performance Period unless the senior management of Occidental recommends exclusion and the Committee agrees.

4.           Vesting and Forfeiture of Return on Assets Incentive Award.  (a) If the Grantee fails to accept this award prior to the next record date for the payment of dividends on Occidental Common Stock subsequent to the Date of Grant, then, notwithstanding any other provision of


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this award, the Grantee shall forfeit all rights under this award and this award will become null and void.  For purposes of this section, acceptance of the award shall occur on the date the Grantee accepts this Return on Assets Incentive Award through Morgan Stanley Benefit Access or any replacement on-line system designated by the Company.

(b) Except as provided in this paragraph and paragraph (e), the Grantee must remain in the continuous employ of the Company through the last day of the Performance Period to receive payment of this award.  The continuous employment of the Grantee will not be deemed to have been interrupted by reason of the transfer of the Grantee’s employment among the Company and its affiliates or an approved leave of absence.  If, prior to the end of the Performance Period, the Grantee dies, becomes permanently disabled while in the employ of the Company and terminates employment as a result thereof, retires with the consent of the Company less than twelve months after the Date of Grant, or terminates employment for the convenience of the Company (each of the foregoing, a “Forfeiture Event”), then the Target Number of Performance Shares upon which the Grantee's award is based will be reduced on a pro rata basis based upon the number of days remaining in the Performance Period following the date of the Forfeiture Event. If the Grantee retires with the consent of the Company twelve months or more after the Date of Grant but on or before the last day of the Performance Period, then the Target Number of Performance Shares will not be reduced.   If the Grantee terminates employment voluntarily or is terminated for cause before the end of the Performance Period, then these Terms and Conditions will terminate automatically on the date of the Grantee’s termination and the Grantee shall forfeit the right to receive any Shares or cash hereunder.

(c) The Grantee's right to receive payment in an amount not to exceed 200% of the Target Number of Performance Shares, rounded up to the nearest whole share, will be based on, and become nonforfeitable upon the Committee’s certification of, the attainment of the Performance Goal.

(d) For the purposes of Section 4(c), if prior to the end of the Performance Period, the Grantee transfers his employment among the Company and its affiliates, the amount of the award attained by the Grantee shall be determined by assessing the level of achievement of the Performance Goals, if any, certified by the Committee for each entity which employed the Grantee during the Performance Period and multiplying the Target Number of Performance Shares attainable at such level by a fraction equal to the number of days in the Performance Period that the Grantee worked for the entity divided by the total number of days in the Performance Period.  If employees of the entity to which the Grantee transfers did not receive substantially similar Return on Asset Incentive Awards or Return on Capital Employed Incentive Awards, then the amount of the award attained by the Grantee shall be determined as if the Grantee had not transferred but had remained with Grantee’s original employer.

(e) Notwithstanding Section 4(c), if a Change in Control event occurs prior to the end of the Performance Period, the Target Number of Performance Shares will convert into an equivalent number of shares of Restricted Stock, subject to the transfer restrictions in Section 2 and the limitations in Section 22 through the earlier of the date of the Grantee’s termination by the Company as a result of the Change in Control event or the last day of the Performance Period.

(f) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, no payment shall be made with respect to the Performance Shares that would cause the total payments made to the Grantee to exceed the limits in the Golden Parachute Policy or not comply with the Section 22 of these Terms and Conditions.


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5.           Payment of Awards.  Up to and including 200% of the Target Number of Performance Shares, as adjusted pursuant to Sections 4 and 6 of these Terms and Conditions, will be settled in Shares only.  The Shares covered by these Terms and Conditions or any prorated portion thereof shall be issued to the Grantee as promptly as practicable after the Committee’s certification of the attainment of the Performance Goal or the Change in Control event, as the case may be, but in any event no later than the 15th day of the third month following the end of the first taxable year in which the award is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture.

6.           Crediting and Payment of Dividend Equivalents.  With respect to the number of Performance Shares listed above, the Grantee will be credited on the books and records of Occidental with an amount (the “Dividend Equivalent”) equal to the amount per share of any cash dividends declared by the Board on the outstanding Shares as and when declared with a record date during the period beginning on the Date of Grant and ending with respect to any portion of the Performance Shares covered by these Terms and Conditions on the date on which the Committee certifies the attainment of the Performance Goal or the Change in Control event, as the case may be, or, if earlier, the date on which the Grantee forfeits the right to receive such portion.  Occidental will pay in cash to the Grantee an amount equal to the Dividend Equivalents credited to such Grantee, adjusted, if appropriate, to reflect the same payment percentage that is used to determine the payment of the Performance Shares following certification of the attainment of the Performance Goal or the Change in Control event, as the case may be, as promptly as may be practicable following such certification or Change in Control event, but, in any event, no later than the 15th day of the third month following the end of the first taxable year in which the award is no longer subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture.

7.           Adjustments.  (a) The number of Performance Shares or kind of shares of stock covered by these Terms and Conditions shall be adjusted as the Committee determines pursuant to Section 7.2 of the Plan in order to prevent dilution or expansion of the Grantee's rights under these Terms and Conditions as a result of events such as stock dividends, stock splits or other changes in the capital structure of Occidental, or any merger, consolidation, spin-off, liquidation or other corporate transaction having a similar effect.  If any such adjustment occurs, the Company will give the Grantee written notice of the adjustment.

(b) The Committee may adjust the Performance Goal or other features of this Grant as permitted by Section 5.2.3 of the Plan.

8.           No Employment Contract.  Nothing in these Terms and Conditions confers upon the Grantee any right with respect to continued employment by the Company, nor limits in any manner the right of the Company to terminate the employment or adjust the compensation of the Grantee.  Unless otherwise agreed in a writing signed by the Grantee and an authorized representative of the Company, the Grantee’s employment with the Company is at will and may be terminated at any time by the Grantee or the Company.

9.           Taxes and Withholding.  Regardless of any action the Company takes with respect to any or all income tax (including U.S. federal, state and local tax and non-U.S. tax), social insurance, payroll tax, payment on account or other tax-related items related to the Grantee’s participation in the Plan and legally applicable to the Grantee (“Tax-Related Items”), the Grantee acknowledges that the ultimate liability for all Tax-Related Items is and remains the Grantee’s responsibility and may exceed the amount actually withheld by the Company.  The Grantee further acknowledges that the Company (i) makes no representations or undertakings regarding the treatment of any Tax-Related Items in connection with any aspect of this Return on Assets


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Incentive Award, including the grant or vesting of the Return on Assets Incentive Award; and (ii) does not commit to and is under no obligation to structure the terms of the grant or any aspect of the Return on Assets Incentive Award to reduce or eliminate the Grantee’s liability for Tax-Related Items or achieve any particular tax result.  Further, if the Grantee has become subject to tax in more than one jurisdiction between the Date of Grant and the date of any relevant taxable event, the Grantee acknowledges that the Company may be required to withhold or account for Tax-Related Items in more than one jurisdiction.

Prior to the relevant taxable event, the Grantee shall pay or make adequate arrangements satisfactory to the Company to satisfy all Tax-Related Items.  In this regard, the Grantee authorizes the Company to withhold all applicable Tax-Related Items legally payable by the Grantee (A) in connection with the issuance of any Shares or any other consideration pursuant to this Return on Assets Incentive Award (other than the crediting and payment of Dividend Equivalents), from any Shares or cash that are to be issued or paid to the Grantee pursuant to these Terms and Conditions, in any combination as determined by the Committee at the time of Certification, or (B) in connection with the granting of Performance Shares or the crediting and payment of Dividend Equivalents pursuant to this grant of Performance Shares, from the Grantee’s wages or other cash compensation (including Dividend Equivalents).  The Grantee shall pay to the Company any amount of Tax-Related Items that the Company may be required to withhold as a result of Grantee’s receipt of this Return on Assets Incentive Award that cannot be satisfied by the means previously described.

10.           Compliance with Law.  The Company will make reasonable efforts to comply with all applicable federal, state and non-U.S. laws.  However, if it is not feasible for the Company to comply with these laws with respect to the grant or settlement of these awards, then the awards may be cancelled without any compensation or additional benefits provided to Grantee as a result of the cancellation.

11.           Relation to Other Benefits.  The benefits received by the Grantee under these Terms and Conditions will not be taken into account in determining any benefits to which the Grantee may be entitled under any profit sharing, retirement or other benefit or compensation plan maintained by the Company, including the amount of any life insurance coverage available to any beneficiary of the Grantee under any life insurance plan covering employees of the Company.  Additionally, this Return on Assets Incentive Award is not part of normal or expected compensation or salary for any purposes, including, but not limited to, calculation of any severance, resignation, termination, redundancy, end of service payments, bonuses or long-service awards.  The grant of this Return on Assets Incentive Award does not create any contractual or other right to receive future grants of Return on Assets Incentive Awards or benefits in lieu of Return on Assets Incentive Awards, even if Grantee has a history of receiving Return on Assets Incentive Awards, or other cash or stock awards.

12.           Amendments.  The Plan may be modified, amended, suspended or terminated by the Board at any time, as provided in the Plan.  Any amendment to the Plan will be deemed to be an amendment to these Terms and Conditions to the extent it is applicable to these Terms and Conditions; however, no amendment will adversely affect the rights of the Grantee under these Terms and Conditions without the Grantee's consent.

13.           Severability.  If one or more of the provisions of these Terms and Conditions is invalidated for any reason by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidated provisions shall be deemed to be separable from the other provisions of these Terms and Conditions, and the


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remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions will continue to be valid and fully enforceable.

14.           Entire Agreement; Relation to Plan; Interpretation.  Except as specifically provided in this Section, these Terms and Conditions, the Exhibit and the Attachments incorporated in these Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between the Company and the Grantee with respect to this Return on Assets Incentive Award.  These Terms and Conditions are subject to the terms and conditions of the Plan.  In the event of any inconsistent provisions between these Terms and Conditions and the Plan, the provisions of the Plan control.  Capitalized terms used in these Terms and Conditions without definition have the meanings assigned to them in the Plan.  References to Sections, Exhibits and Attachments are to Sections of, and Exhibits and Attachments incorporated in, these Terms and Conditions unless otherwise noted.

15.           Successors and Assigns.  Subject to Sections 2 and 4, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall be for the benefit of, and be binding upon, the successors, administrators, heirs, legal representatives and assigns of the Grantee, and the successors and assigns of the Company.

16.           Governing Law.  The laws of the State of Delaware govern the interpretation, performance, and enforcement of these Terms and Conditions.

17.           Privacy Rights.  By accepting this Return on Assets Incentive Award, the Grantee explicitly and unambiguously consents to the collection, use and transfer, in electronic or other form, of the Grantee’s personal data as described in these Terms and Conditions by and among, as applicable, the Company and its affiliates for the exclusive purpose of implementing, administering and managing the Grantee’s participation in the Plan.  The Grantee understands that the Company holds, or may receive from any agent designated by the Company, certain personal information about the Grantee, including, but not limited to, the Grantee’s name, home address and telephone number, date of birth, social insurance number or other identification number, salary, nationality, job title, any shares of stock or directorships held in the Company, details of this Return on Assets Incentive Award or any other entitlement to cash or shares of stock awarded, canceled, exercised, vested, unvested or outstanding in the Grantee’s favor, for the purpose of implementing, administering and managing the Plan, including complying with applicable tax and securities laws (“Data”).  Data may be transferred to any third parties assisting in the implementation, administration and management of the Plan.  These recipients may be located in the Grantee’s country or elsewhere, and may have different data privacy laws and protections than the Grantee’s country.  By accepting these Terms and Conditions, the Grantee authorizes the recipients to receive, possess, use, retain and transfer the Data, in electronic or other form, for the purposes described above.  The Grantee may, at any time, view Data, request additional information about the storage and processing of Data, require any necessary amendments to Data or refuse or withdraw the consents herein, in any case without cost, by contacting the Committee in writing.  Refusing or withdrawing consent may affect the Grantee’s ability to participate in the Plan.

18.           Electronic Delivery and Acceptance.  The Company may, in its sole discretion, decide to deliver any documents related to this Return on Assets Incentive Award granted under the Plan or future awards that may be granted under the Plan (if any) by electronic means or to request the Grantee’s consent to participate in the Plan by electronic means.  The Grantee hereby consents to receive such documents by electronic delivery and, if requested, to


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participate in the Plan through an on-line or electronic system established and maintained by the Company or another third party designated by the Company.

19.           Grantee’s Representations and Releases.  By accepting this Return on Assets Incentive Award, the Grantee acknowledges that the Grantee has read these Terms and Conditions and understands that (i) the grant of this Return on Assets Incentive Award is made voluntarily by Occidental in its discretion with no liability on the part of any of its direct or indirect subsidiaries and that, if the Grantee is not an employee of Occidental, the Grantee is not, and will not be considered, an employee of Occidental but the Grantee is a third party (employee of a subsidiary) to whom this Return on Assets Incentive Award is granted; (ii) all decisions with respect to future awards, if any, will be at the sole discretion of Occidental; (iii) the Grantee’s participation in the Plan is voluntary; (iv) this Return on Assets Incentive Award is an extraordinary item that does not constitute a regular and recurring item of base compensation; (v) the future value of any shares issued pursuant to this Return on Assets Incentive Award cannot be predicted and Occidental does not assume liability in the event this Return on Assets Incentive Award has no value in the future; (vi) subject to the terms of any tax equalization agreement between the Grantee and the entity employing the Grantee, the Grantee will be solely responsible for the payment or nonpayment of taxes imposed or threatened to be imposed by any authority of any jurisdiction; and (vii) Occidental is not providing any tax, legal or financial advice with respect to this Return on Assets Incentive Award or the Grantee’s participation in the Plan.

In consideration of the grant of this Return on Assets Incentive Award, no claim or entitlement to compensation or damages shall arise from termination of this Return on Assets Incentive Award or diminution in value of this Return on Assets Incentive Award or Shares issued Pursuant to this Return on Assets Incentive Award resulting from termination of the Grantee’s employment by the Company (for any reason whatsoever) and, to the extent permitted by law, the Grantee irrevocably releases the Company from any such claim that may arise; if, notwithstanding the foregoing, any such claim is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to have arisen, then, by accepting these Terms and Conditions, the Grantee shall be deemed irrevocably to have waived his or her entitlement to pursue such claim.
 
By accepting this Return on Assets Incentive Award, the Grantee agrees, to the extent not contrary to applicable law, to the General Terms of Employment set out on Attachment 1 and the Arbitration Provisions set out on Attachment 2, which, in each case, are incorporated in these Terms and Conditions by reference.

20.           Relation to Employment Agreement.  In the event of any inconsistent provisions between these Terms and Conditions and any employment agreement between the Grantee and the Company, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions control except with respect to Attachment 2 Arbitration Provisions.

21.           Imposition of Other Requirements.  Occidental reserves the right to impose other requirements on the Grantee’s participation in the Plan and on the Return on Assets Incentive Award, to the extent Occidental determines it is necessary or advisable in order to comply with local law or facilitate the administration of the Plan, and to require the Grantee to sign any additional agreements or undertakings that may be necessary to accomplish the foregoing.


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22.           Compliance with Section 409A of the Code.  All amounts payable under these Terms and Conditions are intended to comply with the “short term deferral” exception from Section 409A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) specified in Treas. Reg. § 1.409A-1(b)(4) (or any successor provision) and shall be paid within the period necessary to qualify for such exception. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent that it is determined that the Plan or this award is subject to Section 409A, these Terms and Conditions shall be interpreted and administered in such a way as to comply with the applicable provisions of Section 409A to the maximum extent possible.  In addition, if this award is subject to Section 409A, then, (i) any payment made to a Grantee who must be treated as a “specified employee” within the meaning of Section 409A, that is made on account of the Grantee’s separation from service (as defined for purposes of Section 409A) (other than by reason of death) will be made at the time specified above in these Terms and Conditions or, if later, on the date that is six (6) months and one (1) day following the date of the Grantee’s separation from service; (ii) any payment on a Change in Control event will be made only if the Change in Control also qualifies as a change of control event within the meaning of Section 409A; and (iii) any determination by the Committee not to accelerate the award on a Change in Control shall be made only to the extent such determination is consistent with Section 409A. To the extent that the Board determines that the Plan or this award is subject to Section 409A and fails to comply with the requirements of Section 409A, the Board reserves the right (without any obligation to do so) to amend or terminate the Plan and/or amend, restructure, terminate or replace this award in order to cause this award to either not be subject to Section 409A or to comply with the applicable provisions of such section.


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EXHIBIT 1
2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan

2013 Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation Return on Assets Incentive Award
(Payment Percentage of Target Number of Performance Shares of
Return on Assets Incentive Award
that becomes Nonforfeitable
Based on Return on Assets for the Three-Year Period Ending December 31, 2016)

End of Period Return on Assets*
Payment Percentage**
   
   
20%
200%
   
17%
150%
   
13%
100%
   
9%
25%
   
Less than 9%
0%

*      Thresholds will be adjusted up or down by 2% if the three-year average forward strip WTI prices as of December 31, 2013 are at least $10 greater or less than, respectively, the three-year average forward strip WTI prices as of June 30, 2013.

 Thresholds will be further adjusted up or down by 2% at the end of the performance period if actual average WTI prices over the Performance Period are at least $10 greater or less than, respectively, the three-year average forward strip WTI prices as of December 31, 2013.

For purposes of the above adjustments, 3-year average forward strip WTI prices shall be the monthly average futures contract prices, as of the relevant dates,  for West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil, Cushing Delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX:CL) for the 36 months of the Performance Period.  Actual WTI shall be the daily average closing price for West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil, Cushing Delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX:CL) for all trading days during the Performance Period. All prices shall be as reported at www.bloomberg.com or other equivalent site.


**      Payment Percentages for Return on Assets for other values between the values in the table will be linearly interpolated between the values in the table.


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Attachment 1
 
General Terms of Employment


 
A.           Except as otherwise required by law or legal process, the Grantee will not publish or divulge to any person, firm, corporation or institution and will not use to the detriment of Occidental, or any of its subsidiaries or other affiliates, or any of their respective officers, directors, employees or stockholders (collectively, “Occidental Parties”), at any time during or after the Grantee’s employment by the Company, any trade secrets or confidential information of any of them (whether generated by them or as a result of any of their business relationships), including such information as described in Occidental’s Code of Business Conduct and other corporate policies, without first obtaining the written permission of an officer of the Company.
 
B.           At the time of leaving employment with the Company, the Grantee will deliver to the Company, and not keep or deliver to anyone else, any and all credit cards, drawings, blueprints, specifications, devices, notes, notebooks, memoranda, reports, studies, correspondence and other documents, and, in general, any and all materials relating to the Occidental Parties (whether generated by them or as a result of their business relationships), including any copies (whether in paper or electronic form), that the Grantee has in the Grantee’s possession or control.
 
C.           The Grantee will, during the Grantee’s employment by the Company, comply with the provisions of Occidental’s Code of Business Conduct.
 
D.           Except as otherwise required by the Grantee’s job or permitted by law, the Grantee will not make statements about any Occidental Parties (1) to the press, electronic media, to any part of the investment community, to the public, or to any person connected with, employed by or having a relationship with any of them without permission of an officer of the Company or (2) that are derogatory, defamatory or negative.  Nothing herein, however, shall prevent Grantee from making a good faith report or complaint to appropriate governmental authorities.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, Grantee will not interfere with or disrupt any of the Company’s operations or otherwise take actions intended directly to harm any of the Occidental Parties.
 
E.           All inventions, developments, designs, improvements, discoveries and ideas that the Grantee makes or conceives in the course of employment by the Company, whether or not during regular working hours, relating to any design, article of manufacture, machine, apparatus, process, method, composition of matter, product or any improvement or component thereof, that are manufactured, sold, leased, used or under development by, or pertain to the present or possible future business of the Company shall be a work-for-hire and become and remain the property of Occidental, its successors and assigns.
 
The provisions of this Section do not apply to an invention that qualifies fully under the provisions of Section 2870 of the California Labor Code, which provides in substance that provisions in an employment agreement providing that an employee shall assign or offer to assign rights in an invention to his or her employer do not apply to an invention for which no equipment, supplies, facilities, or trade secret information of the employer was used and which was developed entirely on the employee’s own time, except for those inventions that either (a) relate, at the time of conception or reduction to practice of the invention, (1) to the business of the employer or (2) to the employer’s actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development, or (b) result from any work performed by the employee for the employer.


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F.           The foregoing General Terms of Employment are not intended to be an exclusive list of the employment terms and conditions that apply to the Grantee.  The Company, in its sole discretion, may at any time amend or supplement the foregoing terms.  The Grantee’s breach of the foregoing General Terms of Employment will entitle the Company to take appropriate disciplinary action, including, without limitation, reduction of the Return on Assets Incentive Award granted pursuant to these Terms and Conditions and termination of employment.


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Attachment 2
 
Arbitration Provisions


Any dispute arising out of or in any way related to the Grantee’s employment with any of the Occidental Parties, or the termination of that employment, will be decided exclusively by final and binding arbitration pursuant to any procedures required by applicable law.  To the extent not inconsistent with applicable law, any arbitration will be submitted to American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and subject to AAA Employment Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures in effect at the time of filing of the demand for arbitration.  Only the following claims are excluded from these Terms and Conditions: (1) claims for workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, or state disability benefits, and claims based upon any pension or welfare benefit plan the terms of which contain an arbitration or other non-judicial dispute resolution procedure, (2) to the extent permitted by applicable law, claims for provisional remedies to maintain the status quo pending the outcome of arbitration, (3) claims based on employee compensation award agreements and incentive plans and (4) claims which are not permitted by applicable law to be subject to a binding pre-dispute arbitration agreement.

Any controversy regarding whether a particular dispute is subject to arbitration under this Section shall be decided by the arbitrator.

To the extent required under applicable law, the Grantee’s responsibility for payment of the neutral arbitrator’s fees and expenses shall be limited to an amount equal to the filing fee that would be required for a state trial court action and the Company shall pay all remaining fees and expenses of the arbitrator.  Unless otherwise required under applicable law, the parties shall each pay their pro rata share of the neutral arbitrator's expenses and fees.  Any controversy regarding the payment of fees and expenses under this arbitration provision shall be decided by the arbitrator.

The arbitrator may award any form of remedy or relief (including injunctive relief) that would otherwise be available in court.  Any award pursuant to said arbitration shall be accompanied by a written opinion of the arbitrator setting forth the reason for the award.  The award rendered by the arbitrator shall be conclusive and binding upon the parties hereto, and judgment upon the award may be entered, and enforcement may be sought in, any court of competent jurisdiction. To the extent not inconsistent with applicable laws, the arbitrator will have the authority to hear and grant motions.


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