EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT, dated this ___ day of _______ 1998, between
Willow Grove Bank, a federally chartered stock savings bank (the "Bank"), and
_______________________ (the "Executive").
WHEREAS, the Bank is reorganizing (the "Reorganization") into the
mutual holding company form whereby the Bank will become a wholly owned
subsidiary of a subsidiary (the "Corporation") of a mutual holding company (the
WHEREAS, the Executive currently is an employee of the Bank;
WHEREAS, the Employer desires to be ensured of the Executive's
continued active participation in the business of the Employer subsequent to the
WHEREAS, in order to induce the Executive to serve in the employ of the
Employer, and in consideration of the Executive's agreeing to serve in the
employ of the Employer, the parties desire to specify the severance benefits
which shall be due the Executive in the event that his employment with the
Employer is terminated under specified circumstances;
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual
agreements herein contained, the parties hereby agree as follows:
1. Definitions. The following words and terms shall have the meanings
set forth below for the purposes of this Agreement:
(a) Base Salary. "Base Salary" shall mean the Executive's annual salary
exclusive of any pension or other retirement plan, profit sharing plan, stock
option plan, employee stock ownership plan, or other plans, benefits and
privileges given to employees and executives of the Employers.
(b) Cause. Termination of the Executive's employment for "Cause" shall
mean termination because of personal dishonesty, incompetence, willful
misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty involving personal profit, intentional
failure to perform stated duties, willful violation of any law, rule or
regulation (other than traffic violations or similar offenses) or final
order or material breach of any provision of this Agreement. For purposes of
this paragraph, no act or failure to act on the Executive's part shall be
considered "willful" unless done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive not in
good faith and without reasonable belief that the Executive's action or omission
was in the best interest of the Employer.
(c) Change in Control of the Corporation. "Change in Control of the
Corporation" shall mean a change in control of a nature that would be required
to be reported in response to Item 6(e) of Schedule 14A of Regulation 14A or
Item 1 of Form 8-K promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended ("Exchange Act"), or any successor thereto, whether or not the
Corporation is registered under Exchange Act; provided that, without limitation,
such a change in control shall be deemed to have occurred if (i) any "person"
(as such term is used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Exchange Act) other
than the MHC is or becomes the "beneficial owner" (as defined in Rule 13d-3
under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the
Corporation representing 25% or more of the combined voting power of the
Corporation's then outstanding securities; or (ii) during any period of two
consecutive years, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute
the Board of Directors of the Corporation cease for any reason to constitute at
least a majority thereof unless the election, or the nomination for election by
stockholders, of each new director was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds
of the directors then still in office who were directors at the beginning of the
period, provided further, however, that no change in control of the Corporation
shall be deemed to have occurred in the event that the MHC undertakes a mutual
to stock conversion.
(d) Code. "Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as
(e) Date of Termination. "Date of Termination" shall mean the date the
Executive's employment is terminated for any reason, as specified in the Notice
(f) Disability. Termination by the Employer of the Executive's
employment based on "Disability" shall mean termination because of any physical
or mental impairment which qualifies the Executive for disability benefits under
the applicable long-term disability plan maintained by the Employer or any
subsidiary or, if no such plan applies, which would qualify the Executive for
disability benefits under the Federal Social Security System.
(h) Good Reason. Termination by the Executive of the Executive's
employment for "Good Reason" shall mean termination by the Executive following a
Change in Control of the Corporation based on:
(i) Without the Executive's express written consent, the failure
to elect or to re-elect or to appoint or to re-appoint the
Executive to the office of Senior Vice President of the Bank
or a material adverse change made by the Employer in the
Executive's functions, duties or responsibilities as
President of the Bank;
(ii) Without the Executive's express written consent, a material
reduction by the Employer in the Executive's Base Salary as
the same may be increased from time to time or a material
reduction in the package of fringe benefits provided to the
Executive, taken as a whole;
(iii) Without the Executive's express written consent, the
Employer requires the Executive to work in an office which
is more than 50 miles from the location of the Employer
current principal executive office, except for required
travel on business of the Employer to an extent
substantially consistent with the Executive's present
business travel obligations;
(iv) Any purported termination of the Executive's employment for
Cause, Disability or Retirement which is not effected
pursuant to a Notice of Termination satisfying the
requirements of paragraph (i) below; or
(v) The failure by the Employer to obtain the assumption of and
agreement to perform this Agreement by any successor as
contemplated in Section 9 hereof.
(h) IRS. IRS shall mean the Internal Revenue Service.
(i) Notice of Termination. Any purported termination of the Executive's
employment by the Employer for any reason, including without limitation for
Cause, Disability or Retirement, or by the Executive for any reason, including
without limitation for Good Reason, shall be communicated by written "Notice of
Termination" to the other party hereto. For purposes of this Agreement, a
"Notice of Termination" shall mean a dated notice which (i) indicates the
specific termination provision in this Agreement relied upon, (ii) sets forth in
reasonable detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for
termination of the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated,
(iii) specifies a Date of Termination, which shall be not less than thirty (30)
nor more than ninety (90) days after such Notice of Termination is given, except
in the case of the Employer termination of the Executive's employment for Cause,
which shall be effective immediately; and (iv) is given in the manner specified
in Section 10 hereof.
(j) Retirement. "Retirement" shall mean voluntary termination by the
Executive in accordance with the Employer retirement policies, including early
retirement, generally applicable to the Employer salaried employees.
2. Term of Employment.
(a) The Employer hereby employs the Executive as Senior Vice President
of the Bank, and the Executive hereby accepts said employment and agrees to
render such services to the Employer on the terms and conditions set forth in
this Agreement. The term of this Agreement shall be a period of one year
commencing on _________ ___, 1998 (the "Commencement Date"), subject
to earlier termination as provided herein. Beginning on the day which is one
year subsequent to the Commencement Date, and on each annual anniversary
thereafter, the term of this Agreement shall be extended for a period of one
additional year provided that the Employer have not given notice to the
Executive in writing at least 60 days prior to such day that the term of this
Agreement shall not be extended further. Reference herein to the term of this
Agreement shall refer to both such initial term and such extended terms. The
Board of Directors of the Employer shall review on an annual basis whether to
permit further extensions of the term of this Agreement. As part of such review,
the Boards of Directors shall consider all relevant factors, including the
Executive's performance hereunder, and shall either expressly approve further
extensions of the time of this Agreement or decide to provide notice to the
(b) During the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall perform such
executive services for the Employer as is consistent with his title of President
of the Bank.
3. Compensation and Benefits.
(a) The Employer shall compensate and pay Executive for his services
during the term of this Agreement at a minimum Base Salary of $_______ per year,
which may be increased from time to time in such amounts as may be determined by
the Board of Directors of the Employer. In addition to his Base Salary, the
Executive shall be entitled to receive during the term of this Agreement such
bonus payments as may be determined by the Board of Directors of the Employer.
(b) During the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall be entitled
to participate in and receive the benefits of any tax-qualified pension benefit
plan (including any employee stock ownership plan), and health and welfare plans
provided to employees and executives of the Employer.
(c) During the term of this Agreement, the Executive shall be entitled
to paid annual vacation in accordance with the policies as established from time
to time by the Board of Directors of the Employer. The Executive shall not be
entitled to receive any additional compensation from the Employer for failure to
take a vacation, nor shall the Executive be able to accumulate unused vacation
time from one year to the next, except to the extent authorized by the Boards of
Directors of the Employer.
4. Expenses. The Employer shall reimburse the Executive or otherwise
provide for or pay for all reasonable expenses incurred by the Executive in
furtherance of or in connection with the business of the Employer, including,
but not by way of limitation, automobile and traveling expenses, and all
reasonable entertainment expenses subject to such reasonable documentation and
other limitations as may be established by the Board of Directors of the
Employer. If such expenses are paid in the first instance by the Executive, the
Employer shall reimburse the Executive therefor.
(a) The Employer shall have the right, at any time upon prior Notice of
Termination, to terminate the Executive's employment hereunder for any reason,
including without limitation termination for Cause, Disability or Retirement,
and the Executive shall have the right, upon 60 days' prior Notice of
Termination, to terminate his employment hereunder for any reason.
(b) In the event that the (i) the Executive's employment is terminated
by the Employer for Cause, Disability or Retirement or in the event of the
Executive's death, or (ii) the Executive terminates his employment hereunder
other than for Good Reason, the Executive shall have no right pursuant to this
Agreement to compensation or other benefits for any period after the applicable
Date of Termination.
(c) In the event that (i) the Executive's employment is terminated by
the Employer for other than Cause, Disability, Retirement or the Executive's
death or (ii) such employment is terminated by the Executive due to a material
breach of this Agreement by the Employer, which breach has not been cured within
fifteen (15) days after a written notice of non-compliance has been given by the
Executive to the Employer, then the Employer shall, subject to the provisions of
Section 6 hereof, if applicable, pay to the Executive the Executive's Base
Salary at the rate in effect immediately prior to the Date of Termination for
the remaining term of this Agreement, payable in such manner and at such times
as such salary would have been payable to the Executive if the Executive had
continued to be employed.
(d) In the event that the Executive's employment is terminated for Good
Reason subsequent to a Change in Control, then the Employer shall, subject to
the provisions of Section 6 hereof, if applicable, pay to the Executive, a lump
sum cash payment equal to the sum of Executive's Base Salary plus any bonus
received in the immediately prior year multiplied by the number one (1).
6. Limitation of Benefits under Certain Circumstances. If the payments
and benefits pursuant to Section 5 hereof, either alone or together with other
payments and benefits which the Executive has the right to receive from the
Employer, would constitute a "parachute payment" under Section 280G of the Code,
the payments and benefits pursuant to Section 5 hereof shall be reduced, in the
manner determined by the Executive, by the amount, if any, which is the minimum
necessary to result in no portion of the payments and benefits under Section 5
being non-deductible to either of the Employer pursuant to Section 280G of the
Code and subject to the excise tax imposed under Section 4999 of the Code. The
determination of any reduction in the payments and benefits to be made pursuant
to Section 5 shall be based upon the opinion of independent tax counsel selected
by the Employer and paid by the Employer. Such counsel shall promptly prepare
the foregoing opinion, but in no event later than thirty (30) days from the Date
of Termination, and may use such actuaries as such counsel deems necessary or
advisable for the purpose. Nothing contained herein shall result in a reduction
of any payments or benefits to which the Executive may be entitled upon
termination of employment under any circumstances other than as specified in
this Section 6, or a reduction in the payments and benefits specified in Section
5 below zero.
7. Mitigation; Exclusivity of Benefits.
(a) The Executive shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any
benefits hereunder by seeking other employment or otherwise, nor shall the
amount of any such benefits be reduced by any compensation earned by the
Executive as a result of employment by another employer after the Date of
Termination or otherwise.
(b) The specific arrangements referred to herein are not intended to
exclude any other benefits which may be available to the Executive upon a
termination of employment with the Employer pursuant to employee benefit plans
of the Employer or otherwise.
8. Withholding. All payments required to be made by the Employer
hereunder to the Executive shall be subject to the withholding of such amounts,
if any, relating to tax and other payroll deductions as the Employer may
reasonably determine should be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or
9. Assignability. The Employer may assign this Agreement and its
rights and obligations hereunder in whole, but not in part, to any corporation,
bank or other entity with or into which the Employer may hereafter merge or
consolidate or to which the Employer may transfer all or substantially all of
their assets, if in any such case said corporation, bank or other entity shall
by operation of law or expressly in writing assume all obligations of the
Employer hereunder as fully as if it had been originally made a party hereto,
but may not otherwise assign this Agreement or their rights and obligations
hereunder. The Executive may not assign or transfer this Agreement or any rights
or obligations hereunder.
10. Notice. For the purposes of this Agreement, notices and all other
communications provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be
deemed to have been duly given when delivered or mailed by certified or
registered mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed to the
respective addresses set forth below:
To the Employer: Board of Directors
Willow Grove Bank
Welsh and Norristown Roads
Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
To the Executive: --------------------------
11. Amendment; Waiver. No provisions of this Agreement may be modified,
waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to
in writing and signed by
the Executive and such officer or officers as may be specifically designated by
the Board of Directors of the Employer to sign on their behalf. No waiver by any
party hereto at any time of any breach by any other party hereto of, or
compliance with, any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by
such other party shall be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or
conditions at the same or at any prior or subsequent time.
12. Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and
performance of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the United States
where applicable and otherwise by the substantive laws of the Commonwealth of
13. Nature of Obligations. Nothing contained herein shall create or
require the Employer to create a trust of any kind to fund any benefits which
may be payable hereunder, and to the extent that the Executive acquires a right
to receive benefits from the Employer hereunder, such right shall be no greater
than the right of any unsecured general creditor of the Employer.
14. Interpretation and Headings. This agreement shall be interpreted in
order to achieve the purposes for which it was entered into. The section
headings contained in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and shall
not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.
15. Validity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of
this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other
provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect.
16. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which
together will constitute one and the same instrument.
17. Regulatory Actions. The following provisions shall be applicable to
the parties to the extent that they are required to be included in employment
agreements between a savings association and its employees pursuant to Section
563.39(b) of the Regulations Applicable to all Savings Associations, 12 C.F.R.
ss.563.39(b), or any successor thereto, and shall be controlling in the event of
a conflict with any other provision of this Agreement, including without
limitation Section 5 hereof.
(a) If the Executive is suspended from office and/or temporarily
prohibited from participating in the conduct of the Employer' affairs pursuant
to notice served under Section 8(e)(3) or Section 8(g)(1) of the Federal Deposit
Insurance Act ("FDIA") (12 U.S.C. ss.ss.1818(e)(3) and 1818(g)(1)), the
Employer' obligations under this Agreement shall be suspended as of the date of
service, unless stayed by appropriate proceedings. If the charges in the notice
are dismissed, the Employer may, in their discretion: (i) pay the Executive all
or part of the compensation withheld while its obligations under this Agreement
were suspended, and (ii) reinstate (in whole or in part) any of its obligations
which were suspended.
(b) If the Executive is removed from office and/or permanently
prohibited from participating in the conduct of the Employer' affairs by an
order issued under Section 8(e)(4) or Section 8(g)(1) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C.
ss.ss.1818(e)(4) and (g)(1)), all obligations of the Employer under this
Agreement shall terminate as of the effective date of the order, but vested
rights of the Executive and the Employer as of the date of termination shall not
(c) If the Bank is in default, as defined in Section 3(x)(1) of the
FDIA (12 U.S.C. ss.1813(x)(1)), all obligations under this Agreement shall
terminate as of the date of default, but vested rights of the Executive and the
Employer as of the date of termination shall not be affected.
(d) All obligations under this Agreement shall be terminated pursuant
to 12 C.F.R. ss.563.39(b)(5) (except to the extent that it is determined that
continuation of the Agreement for the continued operation of the Employer is
necessary): (i) by the Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision ("OTS"), or
his/her designee, at the time the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC")
enters into an agreement to provide assistance to or on behalf of the Bank under
the authority contained in Section 13(c) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C. ss.1823(c)); or
(ii) by the Director of the OTS, or his/her designee, at the time the Director
or his/her designee approves a supervisory merger to resolve problems related to
operation of the Bank or when the Bank is determined by the Director of the OTS
to be in an unsafe or unsound condition, but vested rights of the Executive and
the Employer as of the date of termination shall not be affected.
18. Regulatory Prohibition. Notwithstanding any other provision of this
Agreement to the contrary, any payments made to the Executive pursuant to this
Agreement, or otherwise, are subject to and conditioned upon their compliance
with Section 18(k) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C. ss.1828(k)) and the regulations
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been executed as of the date
first above written.
Attest: WILLOW GROVE BANK
_____________________________ By: ____________________________________