THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the Agreement) is made and entered into as of January 1, 2012 (Effective Date) by and between OSI Systems, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company), and Ajay Mehra (Executive).
1. ENGAGEMENT AND DUTIES.
1.1 Commencing upon the Effective Date, and upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, the Company hereby engages and employs Executive with the title and designation of Executive Vice President of the Company and President of the Companys wholly owned subsidiary Rapiscan Systems, Inc., as well as the Companys security business (collectively, the Subsidiary). Executive shall report to the Companys Chief Executive Officer.
1.2 Executive agrees to devote his primary business time, energies, skills, efforts and attention to his duties hereunder and will not, without the prior consent of the Company, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld, render any material services to any other business concern. Reasonable bases for the Company to withhold consent include, without limitation, unreasonable interference with, or other incompatibility with, Executives duties to the Company, so long as such bases are stated in writing by the Company.
1.3 Except for routine travel incident to the business of the Company or the performance of his duties, Executive shall perform services hereunder primarily at the Companys offices in Torrance, California, or at such other place as Executive and the Company may from time to time agree.
2. TERM. The Term of this Agreement shall commence as of the Effective Date and shall continue until the first anniversary of the Effective Date (Initial Term), unless sooner terminated as provided under Section 4, and shall automatically be extended for successive one (1) year periods (Renewal Periods) until the Scheduled Retirement Date, unless either party delivers notice of non-renewal to the other party at least thirty (30) days prior to the end of the Initial Term or any Renewal Period then in effect, or unless sooner terminated under Section 4. Unless sooner terminated hereunder, the contract shall terminate upon the first day of January following the year in which the Executive attains age sixty-eight (68) (the Scheduled Retirement Date). If the Executive continues employment after the Scheduled Retirement Date such employment shall no longer be subject to the terms of this Agreement but shall continue on an at-will basis and/or subject to such terms and conditions as the parties may mutually agree at such time. The Initial Term and any Renewal Period(s) shall collectively be referred to as the Term. For purposes of this Agreement, the Completion Date shall be defined as the Executives actual final date of employment and shall coincide with the Executives Separation from Service as such term is defined in Section 8.12.
3. COMPENSATION. During the Term of the Executives employment the Executive shall be provided with the following Compensation:
3.1 Base Salary. Executives Base Salary shall be Four Hundred and Two Thousand Dollars ($402,000) per annum (subject to adjustment for 2012, if any), less applicable withholdings (Base Salary). The Base Salary shall be payable at such times and in such manner as the Company customarily pays other similarly situated executives but in no event less frequently than twice per month. Executives Base Salary shall be reviewed annually.
3.2 Equity Participation.
3.2.1 To the extent that the Company or its Affiliates maintain one or more equity participation plans, Executive shall be eligible to participate in such plans; provided, however, that Executives participation in such equity participation plans, and the extent of any such participation, shall be at the Companys sole discretion.
3.2.2 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, all stock options, equity awards and other incentive compensation awards excluding special incentive bonuses which the parties mutually agree to exclude in writing (Special Bonus Programs) granted to Executive by the Company shall become fully vested and nonforfeitable upon a Change in Control (as defined herein).
3.3 Bonuses. Executive shall participate in the Companys bonus pool and Executives bonus (if any) shall be determined and paid on the same or similar basis as the bonuses of other similarly-situated executives. Each bonus payment shall be made in the calendar year that contains the last day of the fiscal year or performance year to which the bonus payment is attributable, no later than September 15th.
3.4 Fringe Benefits. Executive shall be entitled to participate in and receive benefits under any plan of the Company made available from time to time to any other similarly situated executive, provided he is otherwise eligible to participate. Such benefits may include, without limitation, life insurance, disability insurance, medical/dental/vision insurance, and retirement benefits, including participation in the Companys deferred compensation plan. With respect to Executives life insurance benefits, the Company shall during the Term facilitate the purchase by Executive of an individual term life insurance policy on the life of Executive having a death benefit in the amount of no less than Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000) (the Policy), and the reasonable premiums for such Policy shall be reimbursed to Executive by the Company during the period of time Executive is employed by the Company. The Policy shall be owned by Executive or Executives permitted assigns. It shall be the responsibility of Executive to apply for and obtain the Policy and the Company makes no representation or guarantee Executive will be eligible for any such life insurance coverage. Upon termination of employment for any reason, the Company will have no further obligation to reimburse Executive for such premiums; however, Executive shall be entitled to continue such Policy at his own expense.
3.5 Business Expenses/Car Allowance. Company shall advance to or reimburse Executive for all reasonable, ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred by Executive as a result of Executives services hereunder, in accordance with Company policy as established from time to time. Company shall provide the Executive with the use of a Company car or pay to Executive a monthly car allowance in accord with Company policy, in the amount of One Thousand Dollars $1,000, as the parties may mutually agree from time to time, subject to compliance with the Company policy regarding the provision of allowances and in-kind benefits referenced in Section 8.12.
3.6 PTO. Executive shall be entitled to paid time off in accordance with the Companys policy applying to other similarly-situated executives, but in no event less than four (4) weeks of paid time off in each year during the Term.
3.7 Relocation Package. In the event of relocation, during the Term, of Executives principal office location more than 25 miles from its location as of the Effective Date (but not
closer to the executives principal residence), and, as a result thereof, Executive relocates his principal residence, the Company shall offer Executive a reasonable relocation package.
4. TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT.
4.1 By the Company For Cause. The Company may terminate Executives employment under this Agreement for Cause at any time upon notice to Executive. As used in this Agreement Cause shall be defined as: (a) Executives admission or conviction of, or entering of a plea of nolo contendere as to any felony, or any lesser crime involving fraud, embezzlement or theft; (b) Executives failure to substantially perform his duties, which failure cannot be cured or is not cured within ten (10) business days after written notice from the Company, as long as Executive is not prevented from performing or curing by actions outside his control; or (c) Executives material breach of any provision of this Agreement, which breach cannot be cured or is not cured within thirty (30) business days after written notice from the Company, as long as Executive is not prevented from performing or curing by actions outside his control.
4.2 By the Company Other Than For Cause. The Company may terminate this Agreement at any time other than for Cause, for any of the following reasons, under the following terms:
4.2.1 Death. In the event of Executives death, this Agreement shall automatically terminate and all rights of Executive and his heirs, executors and administrators to compensation and other benefits under this Agreement shall cease; provided, however, that Executives participation in the Companys employee benefit plans or programs shall cease in accordance with the terms of such plans or programs as then in effect.
4.2.2 Disability. The Company may, at its option, terminate this Agreement upon written notice to Executive if Executive, because of physical or mental incapacity or disability, fails to perform the essential functions of his position required of him hereunder for an aggregate period of one hundred eighty (180) days within any twelve-month period. Upon such termination, all obligations of the Company hereunder shall cease; provided, however, that Executives participation in the Companys employee benefit plans or programs shall cease in accordance with the terms of such plans or programs as then in effect.
4.2.3 Without Cause. The Company may terminate Executives employment without Cause upon 30 days written notice (Notice Period) to Executive. The Company may elect whether or not Executive shall perform duties under this Agreement during all or a portion of the Notice Period but shall be required to pay Executive all wages and other compensation as provided for in Section 3 until the end of the Notice Period (Notice Period Compensation). Any decision by the Company not to renew this Agreement at any time during the Term, or to terminate this Agreement for any reason other than for Cause, death or disability, prior to the Scheduled Retirement Date shall be treated as a termination without Cause.
4.3 Termination By Executive. Executive may terminate this Agreement at any time upon 30 days notice (Executive Notice Period) to the Company, whether or not such termination is for Good Reason as described below. The Company may elect whether or not Executive shall perform duties under this Agreement during all or a portion of the Executive Notice Period but shall be required to pay Executive all Notice Period Compensation as provided for in Section 3 until the end of the Executive Notice Period.
4.3.1 Good Reason. Executive may terminate this Agreement for Good Reason, which shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events, unless the Executive specifically agrees in writing that such event is not Good Reason provided that (x) Executive terminates this Agreement within six (6) months following the initial existence of one or more of the following events that occur without Executives consent and (y) Executive provides written notice to the Company of the existence of one or more of the following events within ninety (90) days of the initial existence of such event or events and the Company fails to remedy such event or events within thirty (30) days of receiving such notice:
(a) Substantial Reduction in Duties. Any substantial reduction in duties whereby Executives job responsibilities are markedly and significantly reduced in scope, complexity, and/or importance to overall Company operations (for avoidance of doubt any change in Executives duties as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company or removal from the Board shall not constitute a reduction in duties or otherwise constitute Good Reason);
(b) Relocation. Following a Change in Control, the relocation of Executives principal office location more than twenty-five (25) miles from its location as of the Effective Date (but not closer to the executives principal residence);
(c) Reduction in Salary. Executives Base Salary is materially reduced from any prior year unless such reduction is (i) a temporary reduction for a period of no more than twelve (12) months, (ii) of no more than ten percent (10%) of Base Salary, (iii) not in the context of a Change in Control, and (iv) applicable to the Chief Executive Officer and all executives reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company;
(d) Material Breach. Any material breach of the Agreement by the Company;
(e) Change in Title. Any change in Executives titles such that Executive no longer holds the titles (and duties and privileges commensurate with such titles) set forth in Section 1.1 and instead is given a title or duties and privileges of less importance and stature;
(f) Change in Reporting Relationship. Any change in the reporting relationship, such that Executive no longer reports to the Companys Chief Executive Officer; and
(g) Change in Role. In the event that, for whatever reason, the Company is no longer the parent entity in its organizational framework, such that Executive is no longer the Executive Vice President of the Company and/or the President of the Subsidiary.
4.3.2 Without Good Reason. Executive may terminate this Agreement without Good Reason as defined herein.
4.4 Payments Upon Termination. Upon expiration, non-renewal or termination of this Agreement for any reason by either party as described in this Section 4, Executive shall be entitled to receive payment of (a) any unpaid Base Salary through the Completion Date payable on such date; (b) any unused vacation and paid time off accrued through the Completion Date payable on such date; and (c) applicable employee benefits to which Executive is entitled upon Separation from Service with the Company, payable in accordance with the terms of the plans or programs of the Company then in effect (a-c is referred to together as Accrued Compensation). In addition to the above, and subject to Executives execution of a customary and reasonable release of liabilities in favor of the Company and its Affiliates, all of the following shall apply:
4.4.1 Involuntary Termination. In the event of termination of Executives employment prior to the Scheduled Retirement Date either by the Company without Cause pursuant to Section 4.2.3 or by Executive for Good Reason pursuant to Section 4.3.1, subject to the provisions of Section 4.4.2 below, Executive shall also be entitled to the following in addition to the Accrued Compensation above: (a) a single lump sum payable as provided in Section 4.4.5, equal to twenty-four (24) months of Base Salary at Executives then-current Base Salary (which shall be the Base Salary before any temporary reduction pursuant to 4.3.1(c) or otherwise), plus two (2) times the average of the highest three (3) annual bonuses (excluding Special Bonus Programs) paid by the Company to Executive over the five (5) calendar years preceding such termination; (b) continuation of Executives car usage or allowance payments, as set forth in Section 3.5, for a period six (6) months after Separation from Service, (c) a six thousand dollars ($6,000) allowance for outplacement services payable at the same time as the severance payment provided under 4.4.1(a), and (d) acceleration of vesting of all stock options, equity grants and other incentive compensation awards (excluding any cash bonus attributable to performance in fiscal years that are not complete as of the Completion Date and any Special Bonus Programs) from the Company to Executive as follows: (i) grants vesting over time shall be fully vested on Separation from Service, (ii) grants vesting based on performance shall be accelerated and fully vested on Separation from Service without regard to whether the performance targets are met for such performance period, and (iii) the time to exercise nonqualified stock options shall be extended such that Executives right to exercise such stock options shall continue until the first anniversary of the Completion Date, but in no event later than the Expiration Date of the options, as defined under the stock option agreement covering such options.
4.4.2 Change in Control. Within ninety (90) days prior to or twelve (12) months after a Change of Control, if there is either (A) a notice of termination of this Agreement by the Company without Cause pursuant to Section 4.2.3, or (B) a notice termination of this Agreement by Executive for Good Reason pursuant to Section 4.3.1, and such notice under (A) or (B) results in a Separation from Service such that the Executive does not continue to be employed by either the Company or the Subsidiary, then:
(a) Equity, stock options and other incentive compensation awards (excluding any cash bonus attributable to performance in fiscal years that are not complete as of the Completion Date and any Special Bonus Programs) granted by the Company to Executive, whether time vested or performance vested, shall, to the extent unvested, immediately vest, and such stock options shall remain exercisable by Executive for no less than twelve (12) months after the date of such Separation from Service.
(b) If a termination of this Agreement is covered by this Section 4.4.2 is contingent upon a change in ownership or effective control of Company or a change in the ownership of a substantial portion of the assets of the Company (within the meaning of Section 280G(b)(2)(i) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), and the regulations thereunder (collectively, a 280G Event)), then Executive, at his option, may elect to receive either of the of the following: (i) the compensation and benefits otherwise payable under Section 4.4.1, or (ii) the Alternative Payment (as defined below) in lieu of the compensation and benefits otherwise payable under Section 4.4.1. In order to elect the Alternative Payment, Executive must give written notice to Company of such election: (i) within fifteen (15) days after his resignation with Good Reason; or (ii) within fifteen (15) days after he is terminated by Company without Cause (each, a Alternative Payment Notice). For purposes of this Agreement, Alternative Payment means a lump sum payment made by Company to Executive as provided in Section 4.4.5, in immediately available funds in an amount equal to the product of
2.99 (or, if Code Section 280G(b)(2)(A)(ii) is amended providing for a multiple other than 3, then the multiple as amended, less 0.01) multiplied by Executives base amount (as defined in Code Section 280G(b)(3) excluding payments under any Special Bonus Programs); provided, however, that in the case of a 280G Event, the amount of the Alternative Payment shall be reduced by the value of acceleration (as determined under Code Section 280G and the regulations thereunder) of any equity, stock options and incentive compensation accelerated hereunder. Payments to Executive upon termination of this Agreement under this Section 4.4.2 shall be subject to mitigation as provided in Treasury Regulations Section 1.280G-1 Q&A 42(c)(5). The value (as determined under Code Section 280G and the regulations thereunder) of acceleration of vesting of equity, stock options and incentive compensation granted by the Company to Executive shall be taken into account to the minimum extent necessary so as not to violate Treasury Regulations Section 1.280G-1 Q&A 42(c).
4.4.3 Definition of Change in Control. Change in Control means the occurrence of any of the following events during the Term of the Agreement: (i) any sale, lease, license, exchange or other transfer (in one transaction or a series of related transactions) of all, or substantially all, of the business and/or assets of the Company or the Subsidiary; (ii) a merger or consolidation of the Company or the Subsidiary in which it is not the surviving entity; (iii) a reorganization or liquidation of the Company or the Subsidiary; (iv) a merger, consolidation, tender offer or any other transaction involving the Company or the Subsidiary if the equity holders of such entity immediately before such merger, consolidation, tender offer or other transaction do not own, directly or indirectly, immediately following such merger, consolidation, tender offer or other transaction, more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the outstanding voting securities of the entity resulting from such merger, consolidation, tender offer or other transaction; (v) Deepak Chopra ceases to be Chief Executive Officer of the Company, unless his termination from employment with the Company is by reason of a voluntary termination; (vi) a change in the composition of the Companys Board as a result of which fewer than a majority of the directors are Incumbent Directors; or (v) the consummation of any other transaction involving a significant issuance of the Companys or the Subsidiarys securities, or other material event, that the Companys Board determines to be a Change in Control. The term Incumbent Directors shall mean directors who either: (A) are directors of the Company as of the Effective Date hereof; or (B) are nominated for election to the Board of the Company with the affirmative votes of at least a majority of the directors of the Company who are Incumbent Directors (Approved Successors) described in (A) above at the time of such nomination; or (C) are nominated for election to the Board of the Company with the affirmative votes of at least a majority of the directors of the Company who are Incumbent Directors or their Approved Successors. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Incumbent Directors shall not include an individual whose election or nomination is in connection with an actual or threatened proxy contest relating to the election of directors to the Company.
4.4.4 Benefit Continuation. Subject to the terms of the Companys benefit plans, in the event of a termination of this Agreement by the Company without cause pursuant to Section 4.2.3 or by Executive for Good Reason pursuant to Section 4.3.1, if at the Completion Date, the Executive was covered as an active employee under the Companys group health plan(s), the Executive will be entitled to purchase continuation coverage under Companys group health plan pursuant to the provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, 29 U.S.C. Section 1161, et. seq. (COBRA) and applicable state law (Continuation Coverage) for himself and his dependents, if such dependents constitute qualified beneficiaries under COBRA, and the following provisions will apply thereto:
(a) The Company will pay the premiums for the Executives and, as
applicable, his eligible dependents Continuation Coverage for coverage at the same level in which the Executive and, as applicable, his eligible dependents were enrolled as of the day before the Executives termination of employment for the period beginning on his termination from employment and ending on the last day of the twelfth calendar month after the Executives termination of employment (the Continuation Period). For purposes of this Agreement, the amounts contributed by the Company for Continuation Coverage on behalf of the Executive and, as applicable, his eligible dependents, are referred to as the Premium Payments.
(b) In the event and on the date that the Executive becomes covered under another group health plan without any preexisting condition limitations or exclusions, the Companys obligation to pay the premiums for Continuation Coverage will cease. The Executive acknowledges that he is not entitled to the Premium Payments except as a contribution for Continuation Coverage and only as specifically provided herein. The Executive will promptly notify the Company in writing if he becomes covered under another group health plan prior to the end of the Continuation Period.
4.4.5 Timing of Severance Payments. Unless otherwise specified herein, amounts payable upon termination under this Section 4.4 shall be made in a single lump-sum cash payment, less appropriate deductions and withholding, within forty-five (45) days of the Executives Separation from Service as such term is defined in Section 8.12 and subject to the limitations thereof. The Companys liability for wages and benefits upon termination of this Agreement is limited to the obligations set forth herein. For avoidance of doubt, during the period of any severance benefits after the Completion Date, Executive shall not be entitled to any Company provided matching with respect to any 401(k) plan of the Company. In the event of the acceleration of incentive compensation awards such as restricted stock units and stock appreciation rights (other than equity or stock options) in connection with a termination of Executives employment by the Company, the value of such accelerated incentive compensation shall be payable in accordance with this Section 4.4.5.
4.4.6 Stay Bonus. In the event of the Executive continued employment until the Scheduled Retirement Date, Executive shall be entitled to a lump sum stay bonus equal to one (1) times the Executives highest year out of the prior (5) years of total annual compensation, including: (a) Base Salary, (b) bonuses and incentive compensation excluding Special Bonus Programs, (c) the fair value of any stock, options or other equity grants whether or not vested, and (d) the annualized value of all benefits and perquisites, including without limitation those provided under Sections 3.4 and 3.5, (together referred to herein as the Stay Bonus), payable in a single lump-sum cash payment, less appropriate deductions and withholding, within forty-five (45) days of the Scheduled Retirement Date without regard to whether the Executives continues employment beyond the Scheduled Retirement Date.
5. PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION; NON-SOLICIT.
5.1 Executive acknowledges that his work for the Company will bring him into close contact with many confidential affairs of the Company not readily available to the public, and hereby agrees that he will not at any time (both during the Term and thereafter) disclose to any person, including any legal entity (except the Company and its Affiliates), any Confidential Information, and will only use Confidential Information for the Companys benefit; provided, however, that Executive may use and disclose Confidential Information to the extent necessary to assert any right or defend against any claim arising under this Agreement or pertaining to Confidential Information or its use, to the extent necessary to comply with any applicable statute, constitution, treaty, rule, regulation, ordinance or order, or if Executive receives a
request to disclose all or any part of the information contained in the Confidential Information under the terms of a subpoena, order, civil investigative demand or similar process issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or by a governmental body or agency after giving prior notice to the Company so the Company can interpose any objection it may have. Confidential Information includes but is not limited to information or documents Executive has access to during the Term which relate to the Companys or its Affiliates or related entities operations, marketing, sales, or product development including, without limitation, records that are identified as, or that can reasonably be characterized as, confidential; employee names, duties and contact information; customer identities and lists, customer contacts, information about customer requirements and preferences; forecasts, budgets, and other financial information; plans, strategic, tactical or otherwise; data, computer programs, manuals, formulae, specifications, processes, methods, intangible rights and other similar items; provided that Confidential Information does not include information that at the time of disclosure has previously been made generally available to the public by any authorized action of the Company or is otherwise available to the public. Affiliate is a person or entity that directly, or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, the Company.
5.2 Upon termination of this Agreement for any reason, Executive shall immediately return to the Company all Confidential Information in his possession, custody or control.
5.3 Executive agrees that he will not, during the Term and for a period of eighteen (18) months thereafter, solicit, directly or indirectly, (other than by means of general publication or advertisement) any individual who was an executive, supervisor or manager of the Company as of the Completion Date, or within 90 days prior to the Completion Date, to terminate his/her employment with the Company. Nothing herein shall prevent Executive from, at some point in the future, working for an entity which may also employ former employees of the Company.
6. GRANT OF RIGHTS.
6.1 Executive hereby grants, transfers, conveys and assigns to the Company, its successors and assigns, all right, title, and interest in and to all work, materials and intellectual property of any and all forms constituting or otherwise relating to his performance of his duties hereunder, including the copyright, patent, trade secret rights, and all other right, title, and interest therein, and consisting of all source code, object code, documentation, flow charts, design documents, and record and file layouts relating thereto, and all trademarks, service marks, logos and trade dress associated therewith, and any discovery, concept or idea, whether or not patentable, made during such performance including, but not limited to, processes, methods, formulae and techniques, improvements thereof and know-how relating thereto (collectively, the Property). This exclusive conveyance shall include, but is not limited to, all rights to publish, reproduce, transmit, adapt, prepare derivative works, sell, or otherwise make use of the Property (including all subsequent additions, revisions, supplements to, and versions of the Property and derivatives, regardless of nature) throughout the world, in any form or medium and in any language, and to license or otherwise transfer to others the rights commensurate herewith in connection with the Property, to file copyright and patent applications in the United States and throughout the world for the Property in the name of the Company, its successors and assigns. Executive hereby agrees that the Company, it successors and assigns may act as attorney-in-fact to execute any document that the Company, its successors or assigns deem necessary to record this grant with the United States Copyright Office, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or elsewhere. If requested, Executive agrees to execute any and all copyright, patent, or trade secret assignments, certificates, applications or documents requested by the Company, its successors and assigns related to the Property.
Executives grant of rights in this Agreement is irrevocable and without right of rescission by Executive.
6.2 In furtherance of, and not in contravention, limitation and/or in place of, the provisions of Section 6.1 above, Company hereby notifies Executive of California Labor Code Section 2870, which provides:
6.2.1 (a) Any provision in an employment agreement which provides that an employee shall assign, or offer to assign, any of his or her rights in an invention to his or her employer shall not apply to an invention that the employee developed entirely on his or her own time without using the employers equipment, supplies, facilities, or trade secret information except for those inventions that either: (1) Relate at the time of conception or reduction to practice of the invention to the employers business, or actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development of the employer; or (2) Result from any work performed by the employee for the employer.
6.2.2 (b) To the extent a provision in an employment agreement purports to require an employee to assign an invention otherwise excluded from being required to be assigned under subdivision (a), the provision is against the public policy of this state and is unenforceable.
6.3 Executive acknowledges that he has been notified by the Company of this law, and understands that this Agreement does not apply to Property which is otherwise fully protected under the provisions of said Labor Code Section 2870. Therefore, Executive agrees to promptly disclose in writing to the Company all Property, whether or not Executive personally considers it patentable, which Executive alone, or with others, conceives or makes during his employment with Company or as is otherwise required and set forth under this Section 6.2. Company shall hold said information in strict confidence to determine the applicability of California Labor Code Section 2870 to said Property and, to the extent said Section 2870 does not apply, Executive hereby assigns and agrees to assign all his right, title and interest in and to the Property which relates to business of the Company and Executive agrees not to disclose any of such Property to others without the prior written express consent of Company. Executive agrees to notify Company in writing prior to making any disclosure or performing any work during the term of his employment with Company which may conflict with any proprietary rights or technical know-how claimed by Executive as his property. In the event Executive fails to give Company notice of such conflict, Executive agrees that Executive shall have no further right or claim with respect to any such conflicting proprietary rights or technical know-how.
7. EQUITABLE REMEDIES. The parties hereto intend that the covenants contained in Sections 5 and 6 shall be enforced to the fullest extent permissible under the laws of the State of California. Executive acknowledges and agrees that his breach of any provision of Sections 5 and 6 will result in irreparable harm and injury to the Company, and further acknowledges and agrees that in the event of any such breach it would be extremely difficult to fix or assess actual damages resulting therefrom. In addition to any other remedy that may be available to the Company at law or in equity, the Company shall be entitled, from any court of competent jurisdiction, to a decree of specific performance and to a temporary and permanent injunction enjoining and restricting the breach, or a threatened breach, by Executive of any such provision of this Agreement.
8.1 Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the plans and policies referenced herein constitutes the entire agreement between the parties pertaining to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and preempts any prior understandings, agreements or representations by or between the parties, written or oral, which may have related in any manner to the subject matter hereof. No supplement, modification or amendment of this Agreement shall be binding unless executed in writing by all the parties. The rule that a contract is construed against the party drafting the contract is hereby waived, and shall have no applicability in construing this Agreement or the terms hereof.
8.2 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed simultaneously in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.
8.3 Successors and Assigns. Except as provided herein, this Agreement shall be binding on, and shall inure to the benefit of, the parties to it and their respective heirs, legal representatives, and permitted successors and assigns.
8.4 Notices. All notices required under this Agreement shall be given in writing and shall be served in person, by express mail, by certified mail, by overnight delivery, or by facsimile. Delivery shall be deemed conclusively made (i) at the time of service, if personally served, (ii) five days after deposit in the United States mail, properly addressed and postage prepaid, if delivered by express mail or certified mail, (iii) upon confirmation of delivery by the private overnight deliverer, if served by overnight delivery, and (iv) at the time of electronic transmission (as confirmed in writing), provided a copy is mailed within 24 hours after such transmission. Notices to the Company shall be delivered to the Companys then-current principal offices, to the attention of the Chief Executive Officer. Notices to the Executive shall be delivered to the address (or facsimile number, if any) provided to the Company by the Executive as his principal residence, or such other address or facsimile number as Executive may designate by written notice.
8.5 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of California.
8.6 Venue. The parties hereto agree that all actions or proceedings arising directly or indirectly from this Agreement shall be arbitrated or litigated by arbitrators or in courts having a situs within Los Angeles, California and hereby consent to the jurisdiction of any local, state or federal court in which such an action is commenced that is located in Los Angeles, California, agree not to disturb such choice of forum, waive the personal service of any and all process upon them, and consent that all such service of process may be made by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the respective parties at the address set forth herein.
8.7 Severability. If any provision of this Agreement, as applied to any party or to any circumstance, shall be found by a court or arbitrator of competent jurisdiction to be void, invalid or unenforceable, the same shall in no way affect any other provision of this Agreement, the application of any such provision in any other circumstance, or the validity or enforceability of this Agreement, and any provision which is found to be void, invalid or unenforceable shall be curtailed and limited only to the extent necessary to bring such provision within the requirements of the law.
8.8 Headings. Titles or captions contained herein are inserted as a matter of convenience and for reference, and in no way, define, limit, extend or describe the scope of this
Agreement or any provision thereof. No provision in this Agreement is to be interpreted for or against either party because that party or its legal representative drafted such provision.
8.9 Further Assurances. Each party agrees to execute and acknowledge such other instruments as may be reasonably necessary to effect the transactions contemplated herein.
8.10 Remedies Cumulative. All remedies shall be cumulative and pursuit of any one shall not waive any other.
8.11 Waiver. No waiver by any party at any time of any breach by any other party of, or compliance with, any condition or provision of the Agreement to be performed by any other party shall be deemed a waiver of any other provisions or conditions at the same time or at any prior or subsequent time.
8.12 Application of Section 409A. To the extent applicable, it is intended that this Agreement comply with the provisions of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and the guidance promulgated thereunder (Section 409A). This Agreement shall be administered in a manner consistent with this intent, and any provision that would cause the Agreement to fail to satisfy Section 409A shall have no force and effect until amended by the parties to comply with Section 409A (which amendment may be retroactive to the extent permitted by Section 409A). Unless otherwise expressly provided, any payment of compensation by Company to Executive, whether pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise, shall be made no later than the 15th day of the third month (i.e. 2½ months) after the later of the end of the calendar year or the Companys fiscal year in which Executives right to such payment vests (i.e., is not subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture for purposes of Code Section 409A). For purposes of this Agreement, Separation from Service shall have the meaning given to such term under Section 409A. Each payment and each installment of any severance payments provided for under this Agreement shall be treated as a separate payment for purposes of application of Section 409A. To the extent that any severance payments come within the definition of short term deferrals or involuntary severance under Section 409A, such amounts shall be excluded from deferred compensation as allowed under Section 409A, and shall not be subject to the following Section 409A compliance requirements. All payments of nonqualified deferred compensation (within the meaning of Section 409A) are intended to comply with the requirements of Section 409A, and shall be interpreted in accordance therewith. Neither party individually or in combination may accelerate, offset or assign any such deferred payment, except in compliance with Section 409A. No amount shall be paid prior to the earliest date on which it is permitted to be paid under Section 409A and Executive shall have no discretion with respect to the timing of payments except as permitted under Section 409A. Any payments to which Section 409A applies which are subject to execution of a waiver and release which may be executed and/or revoked in a calendar year following the calendar year in which the payment event (such as Separation from Service) occurs shall commence payment only in the calendar year in which the release revocation period ends as necessary to comply with Section 409A. In the event that Executive is determined to be a key employee (as defined and determined under Section 409A) of the Company at a time when its stock is deemed to be publicly traded on an established securities market, payments determined to be nonqualified deferred compensation payable upon separation from service shall be made no earlier than (i) the first day of the seventh (7th) complete calendar month following such termination of employment, or (ii) Executives death, consistent with the provisions of Section 409A. Any payment delayed by reason of the prior sentence shall be paid out in a single lump sum at the end of such required delay period in order to catch up to the original payment schedule. All expense reimbursement or in-kind benefits subject to Section 409A provided under this Agreement or, unless otherwise
specified in writing, under any Company program or policy, shall be subject to the following rules: (i) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement or in-kind benefits provided during one calendar year may not affect the benefits provided during any other year; (ii) reimbursements shall be paid no later than the end of the calendar year following the year in which the Executive incurs such expenses, and the Executive shall take all actions necessary to claim all such reimbursements on a timely basis to permit the Company to make all such reimbursement payments prior to the end of said period, and (iii) the right to reimbursement or in-kind benefits shall not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, no amendment may be made to this Agreement if it would cause the Agreement or any payment hereunder not to be in compliance with Section 409A.
8.13 Attorneys Fees. Should any litigation or arbitration occur between the parties relating to this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its reasonable attorneys fees and other costs in connection with such litigation, including reasonable attorneys fees, unless otherwise prohibited by statute or other applicable law, up to but not to exceed one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) which shall be due and payable no later than sixty (60) days following the date such judgment is entered. Any judgment shall include an attorneys fees clause that shall entitle the judgment creditor to recover attorneys fees incurred to enforce a judgment on this Agreement, which attorneys fees shall be an element of post-judgment costs.
8.14 Arbitration. With the exception of any claims for workers compensation, unemployment insurance, claims before any governmental administrative agencies as required by applicable law, or claims related to the National Labor Relations Act, any controversy relating to this Agreement or Executives employment by the Company shall be settled by Executive and the Company via binding arbitration according to the applicable employment dispute resolution rules of the American Arbitration Associations Employment Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures (available at http://www.adr.org). Such arbitration shall be presided over by a single arbitrator in California. Such binding arbitration is applicable to any and all claims under state and federal employment related statutes including without limitation the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as well as any claims related to a claimed breach of this Agreement. The Company shall bear all costs uniquely associated with the arbitration process, including the arbitrators fees, if required by applicable law. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award any damages authorized by law. The prevailing party shall be entitled to his/its attorneys fees, unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law. This agreement to arbitrate shall apply to both the Company and Executive. The Parties understand that they are giving up their right to a trial in a court of law. This Agreement shall apply to any claims with respect to the Company or its related companies or Affiliates.
8.15 Executive acknowledges and agrees that this Agreement is being executed voluntarily, knowingly and without duress.