At Will Employment. The Executive shall be and continue as an at will employee of the Company. The Executive shall be entitled to receive such compensation and benefits as the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. (“GBCH”) and management of the Company shall determine appropriate from time to time, subject to the rights that may be created in the Executive under the definition of Good Reason below. This Agreement is not a contract of employment and shall not be interpreted to change the Executive’s status as an employee at will of the Company. The purpose of this Agreement is to provide for payment of severance amounts in the event the Executive’s employment with the Company terminates under the specific terms and conditions set forth herein.
Severance. In the event of the occurrence of any Triggering Event (as hereinafter defined), and subject to the Executive’s execution, delivery and nonrevocation of the general waiver and release of claims substantially in the form attached as Exhibit A hereto within fifty-five (55) calendar days following a Triggering Event (the “Release Condition”), (A) the Company shall provide to the Executive a lump sum severance payment (the “Severance Payment”) in immediately available funds in an amount equal to the sum of (i) one year of base pay at the highest rate of base salary payable to the Executive during the one year period immediately prior to the Triggering Event and (ii) the higher of (x) fifty percent (50%) of the highest rate of base salary payable to the Executive during the one year period immediately prior to the Triggering Event, (y) the target annual bonus amount established for the Executive under any annual bonus plan, such as the Executive Officers 2017
Accrued Payments. In addition to the Severance Payment and benefits provided under Section 1.02 above, the Executive shall be entitled to receive as soon as practicable, and in all events within thirty (30) calendar days following the date of the Triggering Event, (i) payment of any accrued but unpaid base salary and any accrued and unreimbursed business expenses in accordance with Company policy, in each case accrued or incurred through the date of the Triggering Event, (ii) any payments, benefits or entitlements that are vested, fully and unconditionally earned pursuant to any Company or GBCH plan, policy, program or arrangement, or other agreement, other than those providing for severance, separation pay or salary and benefits continuation, (iii) earned but unpaid vacation pay, and (iv) any bonus earned under the Bonus Plan for a completed year prior to the year in which the Triggering Event occurs but unpaid as of the Triggering Event (collectively, the “Accrued Payments”).”
Triggering Event. A Triggering Event shall be deemed to occur if the Company terminates the Executive’s employment with the Company without Cause or the Executive resigns for Good Reason.
Termination by the Company for Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, “Cause” shall mean (i) failure or refusal to perform the Executive’s duties as President of Olin Brass after written notice from the CEO; (ii) willful misconduct or gross negligence in the performance of the Executive’s duties to Company that has an adverse effect on the Company after receipt of at least one warning from the Company; (iii) intentional breach of a written covenant with or written policy of the Company relating to the use and preservation of intellectual property and/or confidentiality; (iv) being impaired by or under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or controlled substances while working or while on the property of the Company or Olin Brass or any of their affiliated entities; (v) conviction of or plea of nolo contendere to a felony; or (vi) dishonest, disloyal or illegal conduct or gross misconduct which materially and adversely affects the Executive’s performance or the reputation or business of the Company or Olin Brass or any of their affiliated entities (it being agreed that a petty offense or a violation of the motor vehicle code shall not constitute Cause) provided, however, that prior to the determination that “Cause” under clause (i), (ii), (iii), (iv) or (vi) of this Section 1.05 has occurred, the Board shall (x) provide to the Executive in writing, in reasonable detail, the reasons for the determination that such “Cause” exists, (y) afford the Executive a thirty (30) day opportunity to remedy any such breach, if such breach is capable of being remedied during such 30 day period, and (z) provide the Executive an opportunity to be heard prior to the final decision to terminate the Executive’s employment hereunder for such “Cause”. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, the Board may terminate the Executive without any advance notification if the “Cause” event is incapable of reasonably prompt cure or if the Board determines that its fiduciary duty requires such termination. The Board shall make any decision that “Cause” exists in good faith. For purposes of this Agreement, no act or failure to act on the Executive’s part shall be considered “willful” unless it is done, or omitted to be done, by the Executive in bad faith or without reasonable belief that her/his action or omission was in the best interests of the Company or any successor or affiliate. Any act, or failure to act, based upon authority given pursuant to a resolution duly adopted by the Board or based upon the advice of counsel for the Company, or any successor or affiliate, shall be conclusively presumed to be done, or omitted to be done, in good faith and in the best interests of the Company, or any successor or affiliate thereof.
Resignation by the Executive for Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, “Good Reason” shall mean any of the following without the Executive’s prior written consent: (i) assignment of duties materially and adversely inconsistent with the Executive’s position as President of Olin Brass and which results in a material diminution in such position, authority, duties or responsibilities as herein contemplated; or (ii) any material diminution in base salary, bonus opportunity or benefits; provided, however, that in each case the Company or Olin Brass, as applicable, has failed to cure the applicable circumstance within thirty (30) calendar days following written notice from the Executive; and provided, further, that the Executive must provide written notice of events claimed to constitute Good Reason within sixty (60) calendar days of the initial
Resignation from Other Positions on Termination. The Executive acknowledges and agrees that effective as of the date of the Triggering Event, the Executive shall be deemed to have resigned from any and all titles, positions and appointments the Executive holds in the Company, Olin Brass or any of their parents, subsidiaries or affiliates, whether as an officer, director, or employee, consultant, independent contract or otherwise. The Executive agrees to execute such documents as the Company or Olin Brass, in its sole discretion, shall reasonably deem necessary to effect such resignations.
Confidentiality. During the term of this Agreement and during the five year period subsequent to the expiration or termination of this Agreement, the Executive shall maintain in the strictest confidence any and all information regarding the Company, and its affiliated organizations, regarding their methods of operations; contracts and agreements; financial information and financial statements; vendor, customer and marketing information and lists; policies and procedures; personnel, employment practices and conditions; marketing and strategic plans and initiatives; customer and supplier relationships; prices and contracts; price structure; cost structure; and any and all other information obtained directly or indirectly by the Executive deemed by the Company or its affiliated organizations to be confidential (all of the foregoing shall be identified hereinafter as “Confidential Information”). The Executive shall not disclose any portion of Confidential Information without the prior written consent of the Company. The Executive shall limit his use of Confidential Information to the performance of his duties, responsibilities, and obligations pursuant to this Agreement and for no other purpose. Upon the termination of the Executive’s employment with the Company, the Executive shall promptly deliver to the Company all Confidential Information and correspondence, drawings, blueprints, manuals, letters, notes, notebooks, reports, flow-charts, programs, proposals and any other written documents obtaining Confidential Information.
Loyalty. The Executive shall act with diligence and fidelity to the best of the Executive’s ability in furtherance of the best interests of the Company and its affiliated organizations, including Olin Brass. During the term of the Executive’s employment with the Company, or its affiliated organizations, including all extensions and renewals, and for a period of twenty-four (24) months thereafter, the Executive shall not directly or indirectly recruit, persuade, or encourage employees, vendors, customers, or any other parties maintaining relationships with the Company or its affiliated organizations to terminate
Noncompetition. During the term of the Executive’s employment with the Company, or its affiliated organizations, and for a period of twelve (12) months thereafter, the Executive shall not provide services, directly or indirectly, as an executive, employee, principal, partner, contractor, consultant, director, officer, or shareholder, except for services provided to the Company and its affiliates, related to executive management, financial management, strategic planning, sales and marketing, and other senior executive functions, for any company or enterprise engaged in the business of the manufacturing, converting, or distribution of copper and brass sheet, strip and fabricated products, and for any company or enterprise engaged in the rerolling or formation of stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum and related alloys. The prohibitions set forth in this Section 2.03 shall apply in the following geographic areas: (i) the continental United States, (ii) each individual state within the continental United States, (iii) within 150 miles of each location where the Company or its affiliates conducts business in the continental United States, and (iv) within 150 miles of any office of the Company or any of its affiliates.
Consideration and Acknowledgements. The Executive agrees that this Article II has been negotiated on an arms-length basis between the parties and represents material consideration relative to this Agreement. The Executive acknowledges that the Executive has entered into this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily after being given the opportunity to consult with independent counsel and has given careful consideration to the restraints imposed upon the Executive by this Agreement, and is necessary for the protection of the Confidential Information, business strategies, employee and customer relationships and goodwill of the Company, Olin Brass and their respective subsidiaries and affiliates now existing or to be developed in the future. The Executive expressly acknowledges and agrees that each restraint imposed by this Agreement is reasonable with respect to subject matter, time period and geographical area and the Executive’s experience and capabilities are such that the Executive has other opportunities to earn a livelihood and adequate means of support for the Executive and the Executive’s dependents while complying with the restrictive covenants contained in Sections 2.01, 2.02 and 2.03.
Nondisparagement. The Executive shall not, whether in writing or orally, malign, denigrate or disparage the Company, Olin Brass or their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, predecessors or successors, or any of the current or former directors, officers, employees, shareholders, partners, members, agents or representatives of any of the foregoing, with respect to any of their respective past or present activities, or otherwise publish (whether in writing or orally) statements that tend to portray any of the aforementioned parties in an unfavorable light. Nothing in this Section 2.05 shall or shall be deemed to prevent or impair the Executive from pleading or testifying, to the extent that he reasonably believes his pleadings or testimony to be true, in any legal or administrative proceeding if such testimony is compelled or requested, or from otherwise complying with legal requirements.
Reservation of Rights. Nothing in this Agreement or the release required under Section 3.04 is intended or should be construed to prevent the Executive from exercising his rights to file a charge with, provide accurate information to or to cooperate with or participate in an investigation or proceeding conducted by any governmental, regulatory or administrative agency or from complying with compulsory legal process or legally required disclosure obligation.
Severability. If any term or provision of this Agreement or the application hereof to any person or circumstance shall to any extent be held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement or the application of such term or provision to persons or circumstances other than those as to which it is held invalid or unenforceable shall not be affected thereby, and each term and provision of this Agreement shall, notwithstanding said invalidity, remain valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.
Entire Agreement/Amendment. This Agreement represents the entire agreement of the parties and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, whether verbal or written, concerning severance compensation to be paid on or after the Executive’s termination of employment. This Agreement may be amended only by a written agreement signed by both parties.
Employer’s Remedies upon Breach. The Executive acknowledges that the Company’s remedy at law for a breach by the Executive of the provisions of the Agreement, including, but not limited to Article II hereof, will be inadequate. Accordingly, in the event of the breach or threatened breach by the Executive of the provisions of this Agreement, including, but not limited to Article II hereof, the Company shall be entitled to injunctive relief in addition to any other remedy it may have.
Release and Waiver. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the contrary, the Executive acknowledges and agrees that any and all payments and benefits, other than the Accrued Payments, are conditioned upon and subject to the Executive’s satisfaction of the Release Condition.
Compensation Recovery Policy. Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, Severance Payment will be subject to any compensation recovery policy, including but not limited to the Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. Incentive Compensation Recoupment Policy, established by the Company or GBCH as in effect on the date hereof and as may be amended from time to time.
Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois. The parties hereto submit to the in personam jurisdiction of the federal and state courts in the District or county, respectively, in which Schaumburg, Illinois is situate and agree that such courts shall be the sole and exclusive forum for the resolution of any disputes between them.
Assignability. This Agreement is personal to the parties and may not be assigned by either of the parties without the prior written consent of the other party hereto.
Agreement Binding; Joint and Several Payment Obligations. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Executive’s heirs, executors, legal representatives, and permitted assigns and the successors and assigns of Olin Brass and the Company, respectively. The obligations to make payments under the circumstances described in Article I shall be the joint and several obligations of the Company and Olin Brass and its and their affiliated organizations.
Headings. The headings of this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the construction or interpretation of any of the provision hereof.
Waiver. No failure by either party to exercise any of such party’s rights or remedies hereunder and no custom or practice at variance with the terms hereof shall constitute a waiver or right to demand strict compliance with the terms of this Agreement at any time.
Notices. Any notice provided for or concerning this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered in person or by United States Certified Mail – Return Receipt Requested and postage prepaid, addressed as follows:
For purposes of this Agreement, “Section 409A” means Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the Treasury Regulations promulgated thereunder (and such other Treasury or Internal Revenue Service
Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, in the event that the Executive is deemed to be a “specified employee” within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) and the Executive is not “disabled” within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(C), no payments hereunder that are “deferred compensation” subject to Section 409A shall be made to the Executive prior to the date that is six (6) months after the date of the Executive’s “separation from service” (as defined in Section 409A) or, if earlier, the Executive’s date of death. Following any applicable six (6) month delay, all such delayed payments will be paid in a single lump sum on the earliest date permitted under Section 409A that is also a business day. For purposes of Section 409A, each of the payments that may be made under Section 1.02 is designated as separate payments for purposes of Section 409A.
For purposes of this Agreement, with respect to payments of any amounts that are considered to be “deferred compensation” subject to Section 409A, references to “termination of employment” (and substantially similar phrases) shall be interpreted and applied in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of Section 409A.
To the extent that any reimbursements pursuant to this Agreement are taxable to the Executive, any such reimbursement payment due to the Executive shall be paid to the Executive as promptly as practicable consistent with Company practice following the Executive’s appropriate itemization and substantiation of expenses incurred, and in all events on or before the last day of the Executive’s taxable year following the taxable year in which the related expense was incurred. The reimbursements pursuant to this Agreement are not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit and the amount of such benefits and reimbursements that the Executive receives in one taxable year shall not affect the amount of such benefits or reimbursements that the Executive receives in any other taxable year.
Withholding; Taxes. The Company may deduct and withhold from any amounts payable under this Agreement such federal, state, local, non-U.S. or other taxes as are required or permitted to be withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
GLOBAL BRASS AND COPPER, INC
/s/ Scott B. Hamilton
/s/ Dale R. Taylor
Dale R. Taylor
As used in this Waiver and Release of Claims (this “Agreement”), the term “claims” shall include all claims, covenants, warranties, promises, undertakings, actions, suits, causes of action, obligations, debts, accounts, attorneys' fees, judgments, losses and liabilities, of whatsoever kind or nature, both known and unknown, in law, equity or otherwise.
For and in consideration of the payments described in Section 1.02 of the Severance Agreement, the Executive, for and on behalf of the Executive and the Executive’s heirs, administrators, executors, and assigns, effective the Effective Date (as defined below), does fully and forever waive and release, remise and discharge the Company, GBC Metals, LLC (d/b/a Olin Brass) a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“Olin Brass”), their direct and indirect parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, their predecessors and successors and assigns, together with the respective officers, directors, partners, shareholders, employees, members, and agents of the foregoing (collectively, the “Group”) from any and all claims which the Executive had, may have had, or now has against the Company, Olin Brass, the Group, collectively or any member of the Group individually, for or by reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever, including but not limited to any claim arising out of or attributable to the Executive’s employment or the termination of the Executive’s employment with the Company, and also including but not limited to claims of breach of contract, wrongful termination, unjust dismissal, defamation, libel or slander, or under any federal, state or local law dealing with discrimination based on age, race, sex, national origin, handicap, religion, disability or sexual preference. This release of claims includes, but is not limited to, all claims arising under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Equal Pay Act, the New York Human Rights Law, the New York City Administrative Code, the Illinois or Ohio human relations act and all other federal, state and local labor and anti-discrimination laws, the common law and any other purported restriction on an employer's right to terminate the employment of employees.
The Executive specifically releases all claims against the Group and each member thereof under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (the “ADEA”) relating to the Executive’s employment and its termination.
The Executive represents that the Executive has not filed or permitted to be filed against the Group, any member of the Group individually or the Group collectively, any lawsuit, complaint, charge, proceeding or the like, before any local, state or federal agency, court or other body (each, a “Proceeding”), and the Executive covenants and agrees that the Executive will not do so at any time hereafter with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement and claims released pursuant to this Agreement (including, without limitation, any claims relating to the termination of the Executive’s employment), except (i) as may be necessary to enforce this Agreement, (ii) to obtain benefits described in or granted under this Agreement, (iii) to seek a determination of the validity of the waiver of the Executive’s rights under the ADEA, or (iv) initiate or participate in an investigation or proceeding conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Except as otherwise provided in the preceding sentence, (x) the Executive will not initiate or cause to be initiated on the Executive’s behalf any Proceeding, and will not participate (except as required by law) in any Proceeding of any nature or description against any member of the Group individually or the Group collectively that in any way involves the allegations and facts that the Executive could have raised against any member of the Group individually or the Group collectively as of the date hereof and (y) the Executive waives any right the Executive may have to benefit in any manner from any relief (monetary or otherwise) arising out of any Proceeding.
Dale R. Taylor