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EX-10.1 2 dex101.htm AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (WILLIAM F. BORNE)

Exhibit 10.1

EXECUTION

AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

BY AND AMONG

AMEDISYS, INC.,

AMEDISYS HOLDING, L.L.C.

AND

WILLIAM F. BORNE

DATED AS OF JANUARY 3, 2011


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

  

Page

 

Section 1.

 

Recitals.

  

 

1

  

Section 2.

 

Definitions.

  

 

1

  

Section 3.

 

Term of Employment.

  

 

4

  

Section 4.

 

Title, Position, Duties and Responsibilities.

  

 

5

  

Section 5.

 

Base Salary; Bonus; Equity Awards.

  

 

6

  

Section 6.

 

Employee Incentive Compensation and Benefit Programs.

  

 

6

  

Section 7.

 

Reimbursement of Business and Other Expenses; Perquisites.

  

 

7

  

Section 8.

 

Termination of Employment.

  

 

7

  

Section 9.

 

Forfeiture Provisions.

  

 

15

  

Section 10.

 

Confidentiality; Cooperation with Regard to Litigation; Non-Disparagement; Return of Company Materials.

  

 

16

  

Section 11.

 

Non-competition/Prior Employment Covenants.

  

 

18

  

Section 12.

 

Non-solicitation of Employees and Customers.

  

 

19

  

Section 13.

 

Standstill.

  

 

19

  

Section 14.

 

Remedies.

  

 

21

  

Section 15.

 

Resolution of Disputes.

  

 

21

  

Section 16.

 

Indemnification.

  

 

23

  

Section 17.

 

Potential Reduction in Payments.

  

 

24

  

Section 18.

 

Effect of Agreement on Other Benefits.

  

 

25

  

Section 19.

 

Assignability: Binding Nature; Solidary Obligations.

  

 

25

  

Section 20.

 

Representation.

  

 

25

  

Section 21.

 

Entire Agreement.

  

 

25

  

Section 22.

 

Amendment or Waiver.

  

 

26

  

Section 23.

 

Severability.

  

 

26

  

Section 24.

 

Survival.

  

 

26

  

Section 25.

 

Beneficiaries/References.

  

 

26

  

Section 26.

 

Governing Law/Exclusive Jurisdiction.

  

 

26

  

Section 27.

 

Notices.

  

 

27

  

Section 28.

 

Captions.

  

 

27

  

Section 29.

 

Counterparts.

  

 

27

  

Section 30.

 

Section 409A Compliance.

  

 

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AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

THIS AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of the 3rd day of January, 2011 (the “Effective Date”), by and among Amedisys, Inc., a Delaware corporation having its headquarters at 5959 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816 (“Amedisys” or the “Company”), Amedisys Holding, L.L.C., a Louisiana limited liability company having its headquarters at 5959 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816 (“Holding”), and William F. Borne, a person of the age of majority having an address at 10112 Wood Duck Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70817 (“Executive”).

RECITALS

WHEREAS, Executive, the Company and Holding have entered into an employment agreement dated December 30, 2009 (the “Prior Agreement”) (which amended and restated Executive’s employment agreement with the Company dated December 19, 2007);

WHEREAS, Executive, the Company and Holding desire to amend and restate the Prior Agreement; and

WHEREAS, the Company and Holding desire to continue to employ Executive as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, and Executive desires to accept such continued employment, pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, which is intended to amend and restate the Prior Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants contained herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is mutually acknowledged, the Company, Holding and Executive (individually a “Party” and together the “Parties”) agree to be bound in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

Section 1. Recitals. The above Recitals are incorporated herein by this reference.

Section 2. Definitions.

(a) The terms below are used in this Agreement, including the preamble and recitals, as so defined. As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

AAA” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 15.

“Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Award” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).

“Award Gain” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).

“Base Salary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

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“Beneficial Owner” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Board” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

“Cause” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(b).

“Change in Control” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“COBRA” shall mean the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1984.

“COBRA Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Sections 8(c) and 8(e).

“Code” shall mean the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor provision of law, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

“Committee” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

“Company” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Confidential Information” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 10(c).

“Continued Participation Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Sections 8(c) and 8(e).

“Disability” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(a).

“Earliest Payment Date” shall mean (i) if the amount paid is subject to Section 409A of the Code and does not qualify for an exemption under Section 409A of the Code or regulations or other guidance promulgated thereunder, the fifty-second (52nd) day after Executive’s termination of employment and (ii) if the amount paid is not subject to Section 409A of the Code or qualifies for an exemption under Section 409A of the Code or regulations or other guidance promulgated thereunder, the earlier of the date in (i) above or the first date that Executive’s release of claims (as described in Section 8(i)) becomes irrevocable.

“Effective Date” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Exchange Act” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Excise Tax” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 17(a).

“Executive” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Fair Market Value” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6.

“Forfeiture Event” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).

 

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“409A Payment Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(j).

“Good Reason” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Holding” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Net After-Tax Receipt” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 17(b).

“Party” shall have the meaning set forth in the Recitals above.

“Parties” shall have the meaning set forth in the Recitals above.

“Payments” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 17(a).

“Person” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Prior Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the Recitals above.

“Proceeding” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 15(a).

“Restricted Area” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 11(a).

“Restriction Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 11(b).

“Retirement” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(f).

“Severance Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Significant Subsidiary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Standstill” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 13.

“Subsidiary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 10(d).

“Third Party” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 17(d).

“Term of Employment” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

“Willful” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(b).

(b) References to “Sections,” “Subsections,” and “Attachments” shall be to Sections, Subsections and Attachments, respectively, of this Agreement unless otherwise specifically provided. Any of the terms defined in Section 2(a) may, unless the context otherwise requires, be used in the singular or the plural depending on the reference. In this Agreement, “hereof,” “herein,” “hereto,” “hereunder” and the like mean and refer to this Agreement as a whole and not merely to the specific section, paragraph or clause in which the respective word appears; words

 

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importing gender include the other gender; references to “writing” include printing, typing lithography and other means of reproducing words in a tangible or visible form; the words “including,” “includes” and “include” shall be deemed to be followed by the words “without limitation;” references to agreements and other contractual instruments shall be deemed to include subsequent amendments, assignments, and other modifications thereto, but only to the extent such amendments, assignments and other modifications are not prohibited by the terms of this Agreement; references to Parties include their respective permitted successors and assigns; and all references to statutes and regulations shall include any amendments of same and any successor statutes and regulations.

Section 3. Term of Employment.

(a) The term of Executive’s employment under this Agreement (the “Term of Employment”) shall commence on the Effective Date and expire on December 31, 2013 or such later date as agreed upon by the Parties pursuant to Section 3(b), below, unless terminated prior thereto in accordance herewith. This Agreement shall not be automatically renewable and, unless mutually extended by the Parties by an agreement in writing, shall terminate upon the expiration of the Term of Employment; provided, however, that:

(i) simultaneously with the expiration of the Term of Employment and termination of this Agreement, Executive’s employment shall continue on an “at will” basis unless or until such “at will” employment is terminated by the Company or Executive by notice in writing;

(ii) during the term of such “at will” employment, (A) if there is a termination by Executive with Good Reason (as defined below) or (B) if there is a termination by the Company without Cause (as defined below), in either such case, whether such termination for Good Reason or without Cause occurs prior to or following a Change in Control (as defined below) [n.b., solely for purposes of determining whether there is a Good Reason termination under this clause (ii) of this Section 3(a) and for purposes of calculating the benefits to Executive of a termination by Executive for Good Reason or by the Company without Cause, the provisions of Sections 4, 5 and 6 shall be deemed to be in full force and effect during the “at will” employment period], Executive shall be entitled to and his sole remedies for such termination (subject to the immediately following clause (iii)) shall be as set forth in Section 8(c) (which Section 8(c) shall continue in full force and effect during the “at will” employment period), and not as set forth in Section 8(e); and

(iii) as provided in Section 24, (x) the provisions of Sections 1 and 2, this second sentence of this Section 3(a), Sections 8(g), (h), (i), (j) and (m), and Sections 9 through 30 of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement and remain in full force and effect in accordance with their terms, and (y) the termination of this Agreement shall not affect any rights or obligations of the Parties accrued under this Agreement prior to or in connection with such termination and, with respect to such surviving provisions and those that survive under Section 3(a), thereafter.

 

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(b) Absent extenuating circumstances, the Parties envision that they will negotiate an amendment to this Agreement prior to the end of each calendar year extending the Term of Employment for an additional year; it being understood and agreed, however, that neither Party shall have a legal obligation to actually enter into any such amendment. Accordingly, beginning in October, 2011 and continuing each subsequent October during the Term of Employment, the Parties shall meet to discuss Executive’s performance during the year and the possibility of extending the Term of Employment for an additional year, and may also discuss additional proposed modifications of the other terms of this Agreement, with a view toward concluding such discussions, and, assuming they actually come to agreement, entering into an amendment to this Agreement prior to the end of the calendar year. In connection with all such discussions, it is understood and agreed (i) that neither Party shall have any legal obligation to actually enter into any such amendment, (ii) that no such amendment shall exist unless and until approved by the Committee (as defined below) and/or the Board (as defined below) and the requirements of Section 22 are satisfied with respect thereto, and (iii) that the Company may, in its discretion and without any liability or obligation of any kind, elect to handle negotiations with Executive differently than it handles similar negotiations with other senior executives of the Company.

Section 4. Title, Position, Duties and Responsibilities.

(a) Generally. Executive shall serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Executive shall have and perform such duties, responsibilities, and authorities as are customary for the Chief Executive Officer of corporations of similar size and businesses as the Company as they may exist from time to time and as are consistent with such positions and status. Executive shall devote all of his business time and attention (except for periods of vacation or absence due to illness and other activities permitted pursuant to Section 4(b)) and his best efforts, abilities, experience and talent to the position of Chief Executive Officer and for the Company’s businesses.

(b) Other Activities. Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, nothing in this Agreement shall preclude Executive from (i) serving on the boards of directors of a reasonable number of other corporations after prior consultation with and approval of the Board or the boards of a reasonable number of trade associations and/or charitable organizations, (ii) engaging in charitable activities and community affairs, and (iii) managing his personal investments and affairs, provided that such activities do not materially interfere with the proper performance of his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement.

(c) Place of Employment. Executive’s principal place of employment shall be the corporate offices of the Company.

(d) Rank of Executive Within Company. As Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Executive shall be the Company’s highest ranking executive, and Executive shall report directly to the Board.

(e) Board Membership. Until the expiration of the Term of Employment, the Company shall use its reasonable best efforts, to the extent not inconsistent with applicable laws, rules, regulations and good governance standards, to nominate and cause the election of

 

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Executive to the Board and to the Board’s Executive Committee, if one is constituted. If Executive is not elected to and serving on the Board at any time during the Term of Employment, Executive shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement and be entitled to the remedies provided in Section 8(c) for a termination without Cause. For so long as he is serving on the Board, Executive agrees to serve as a member of any committee of the Board to which he is elected. In any and all such capacities, Executive shall report only to the Board.

Section 5. Base Salary; Bonus; Equity Awards.

(a) Base Salary. Executive shall be paid an annualized salary, payable in accordance with the regular payroll practices of the Company, of not less than Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000) (“Base Salary”). The Base Salary shall be reviewed for increase (but not decrease) by the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) no less than annually.

(b) Bonus. Executive shall be eligible to participate in an annual incentive (cash bonus) plan with target award and maximum award opportunities approved from year to year by the Board and/or the Committee. Entitlement to and payment of an annual incentive bonus is subject to the approval of the Board and/or the Committee.

(c) Annual Equity (Long-Term Incentive) Awards. Subject to the approval of the Board and/or the Committee, Executive shall be eligible for annual equity (long-term incentive) awards in the form of shares of restricted and/or non-vested Company common stock and/or securities exercisable for or convertible into shares of Company common stock pursuant to the terms of the Company’s 2008 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan (or any successor plan), commencing contemporaneously with the 2011 long-term incentive award grants to the Company’s other executive officers and continuing each year thereafter. Executive hereby agrees and acknowledges that the actual value of awards, if any, will be based upon Executive’s performance and the metrics used for other executive officers of the Company, provided that no greater than sixty percent (60%) of the target value of any such annual long-term incentive award shall be subject to performance-based (as opposed to tenure-based) vesting conditions, as established by the Board and/or the Committee.

Section 6. Employee Incentive Compensation and Benefit Programs. While Executive remains employed by the Company, Executive shall be entitled to participate, consistent with his rank and position (to the extent applicable), in addition to the annual incentive plans referenced in Section 5, in such other compensation, pension and welfare benefit plans and programs of the Company as are made available to the Company’s senior level executives or to its employees generally, as such plans or programs may be in effect from time to time, including, without limitation, deferral, health, medical, dental, long-term disability, travel accident and life insurance plans, subject to eligibility. The Company expressly retains the right to modify or terminate any such compensation, pension and welfare benefit plans and programs in its sole discretion. In no case shall Executive be awarded any options or stock appreciation rights with an exercise price less than 100% of Fair Market Value. For purposes of this Agreement, “Fair Market Value” shall be equal to the price of the Company’s stock on the date of grant of such award as determined pursuant to the related award.

 

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Section 7. Reimbursement of Business and Other Expenses; Perquisites.

(a) Reimbursement. Executive is authorized to incur reasonable expenses in carrying out his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement, and the Company shall promptly reimburse him for all such business expenses incurred in connection therewith and for all other expenses described in this Section 7, subject to documentation in accordance with the Company’s business expense reimbursement policies. All such reimbursements will be made in any event no later than the last day of Executive’s taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred. The expenses reimbursed by the Company during any taxable year of Executive will not affect the expenses reimbursed by the Company in another taxable year. Further, this right to reimbursement is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.

(b) Automobile Expenses. Until the expiration of this Term or earlier termination of this Agreement, the Company shall (i) provide Executive with the full and exclusive use of an automobile equivalent to the automobile used by Executive as of the Effective Date and (ii) pay all maintenance, insurance, and gasoline expenses incidental to the automobile, whether or not business related. Executive shall have the right to receive a new automobile on or about the second anniversary of the date on which he took possession of the then current automobile. Upon termination of this Agreement, if Executive is entitled to the benefits of either Section 8(c) or Section 8(e) of this Agreement, the Company shall transfer title to Executive, without payment therefor, of the Company’s automobile that Executive is then utilizing within 15 days of the Earliest Payment Date (and the value thereof will be reported as additional compensation to Executive).

(c) Life Insurance Benefits. The Company shall pay the premium directly, or shall reimburse Executive, in his discretion, on a whole life insurance policy on the life of Executive with a face value to be determined in the sole discretion of Executive, which premium shall not exceed $25,000 per year. Such obligation to pay the premium or reimburse Executive shall continue until the expiration of the Term or earlier termination of this Agreement and any applicable severance period. Executive shall have the right to designate the beneficiaries of such policy and shall be the owner thereof. If Executive notifies the Company that he has elected for the Company to pay the premiums directly, the Company shall pay all premiums on such life insurance policy at least five (5) days before the end of any grace period, and on demand provide Executive due proof of such payment. The insurance company issuing such policy shall be authorized to give Executive, upon his request, any information regarding the status of any such policy. Any dividend declared upon such policy shall be applied to the premium. The company issuing the insurance policy must be at least “AA” in the “Best” ratings and be duly licensed to issue such policy.

Section 8. Termination of Employment.

(a) Termination Due to Death or Disability. In the event Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated due to his death or Disability (as defined below), Executive, his estate or his beneficiaries, as the case may be, shall be entitled to, and his or their sole remedies under this Agreement shall be:

 

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(i) Base Salary through the date of death or Disability, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment as a result of death or Disability;

(ii) the balance of any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid), which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment as a result of death or Disability;

(iii) the immediate vesting of all unvested equity awards held by Executive as of the date of death or Disability (performance-based awards shall vest at the “target” level); and

(iv) all other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans and programs of the Company.

For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Disability” has the same meaning as provided in the long-term disability plan or policy maintained (or, if applicable, most recently maintained) by the Company or, if applicable, a Subsidiary (as defined below) or affiliate of the Company for Executive, whether or not Executive actually receives disability benefits under the plan or policy. If no long-term disability plan or policy was ever maintained on behalf of Executive, “Disability” means “Permanent and Total Disability” as defined in Section 22(e)(3) of the Code. In a dispute, the determination whether Executive has suffered a Disability will be made by the Committee and may be supported by the advice of a physician competent in the area to which that Disability relates.

 

 

(b)

Termination by the Company for Cause.

 

 

(i)

“Cause” shall mean:

(A) Executive’s willful and material breach of Sections 10, 11 or 12 of this Agreement;

(B) Executive is convicted of, or enters a plea of nolo contendere to, a felony;

(C) Executive engages in conduct that constitutes willful gross neglect or willful gross misconduct in carrying out his duties under this Agreement, willful violation of the Company’s code of conduct, or willfully fails to follow reasonable and lawful directives of the Board which are consistent with this Agreement resulting, in either case, in material harm to the financial condition or reputation of the Company; or

(D) Executive engages in an act or series of acts constituting misconduct resulting in a misstatement of the Company’s financial statements due to material non-compliance with any financial reporting requirement within the meaning of Section 304 of The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.

 

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For purposes of this Agreement, an act or failure to act on Executive’s part shall be considered “willful” if it was done or omitted to be done by him intentionally and not in good faith, and shall not include any act or failure to act resulting from any incapacity of Executive.

(ii) A termination for Cause shall not take effect until a determination by the Board that, in its judgment, grounds for termination of Executive for Cause exist.

(iii) In the event the Company terminates Executive’s employment for Cause, he shall be entitled to:

(A) Base Salary through the date of the termination of his employment for Cause, which shall be paid in a single lump sum at the time set out in Section 8(j) and (m) if such provisions are applicable with respect to such payment, or, if such provisions are not applicable, not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(B) any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid) and not subject to Section 409A of the Code, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment; and

(C) other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans or programs of the Company.

(c) Termination by the Company Without Cause or Termination by Executive With Good Reason Prior to a Change in Control. In the event Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated without Cause (meaning Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company for any reason other than Cause (as defined in Section 8(b)), other than due to death or Disability, which termination shall be effective as of the date specified by the Company in a written notice to Executive, or in the event Executive terminates his employment with Good Reason (as defined below), in either case prior to a Change in Control (as defined below), Executive shall be entitled to:

(i) Base Salary through the date of termination of Executive’s employment, which shall be paid in a single lump sum at the time set out in Section 8(j) and (m) if such provisions are applicable with respect to such payment, or, if such provisions are not applicable, not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(ii) an amount equal to two (2) times the sum of (A) the Base Salary, at the annualized rate in effect on the date of termination of Executive’s employment (or in the event a reduction in Base Salary is a basis for a termination with Good Reason, then the Base Salary in effect immediately prior to such reduction), and (B) the greater of (x) an amount equal to the cash bonus earned for the previous fiscal year or (y) $750,000 (Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars), which amount shall be payable in substantially equal monthly installments in accordance with the Company’s payroll practices for a period of

 

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24 months beginning with the calendar month that immediately follows the Earliest Payment Date (the “Severance Period”) unless otherwise required to be paid in accordance with Section 8(j);

(iii) the balance of any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid) and not subject to Section 409A of the Code, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(iv) continued participation in the Company’s group health plans for Executive and his dependants who are qualified beneficiaries for purposes of continuation coverage under COBRA at the same benefit levels at which he and such dependants were participating on the date of the termination of his employment at the same premiums paid by similarly situated active employees during the applicable time period allowed for continuation of coverage under COBRA (the “COBRA Period”) until the earlier of the expiration of the Severance Period or the date on which Executive receives substantially comparable coverage and benefits under the group health plans of a subsequent employer (the “Continued Participation Period”); provided, however, if the COBRA Period terminates prior to the expiration of the Continued Participation Period, during the remainder of the Continued Participation Period Executive and such dependants will not be entitled to continued participation in the group health plans, and the Company will pay directly to Executive, on a monthly basis during the remainder of the Continued Participation Period, an amount equal to the amount previously expended monthly by the Company as of the end of the COBRA Period for Executive’s and such dependants’ continued participation in the group health plans, and

(v) other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans and programs of the Company.

A termination with “Good Reason” shall mean a termination of Executive’s employment at his initiative as provided in this Section 8(c) following the occurrence, without Executive’s written consent, of one or more of the following events (except as a result of a prior termination):

(A) a material reduction in Executive’s Base Salary other than in connection with a proportionate reduction in the base salaries of all similarly situated senior level executive employees;

(B) a relocation of the corporate offices of the Company outside a 50-mile radius of Baton Rouge, Louisiana;

(C) a material diminution of Executive’s authority, responsibilities or duties;

(D) any action or inaction occurs which constitutes a material breach by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement.

 

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For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall not be deemed to have occurred unless (i) Executive provides the Company with notice of one of the conditions described above within 90 days of the existence of the condition, (ii) the Company is provided at least 30 days to cure the condition and fails to cure same within such 30 day period and (iii) Executive terminates employment within at least 150 days of the existence of the condition.

“Change in Control” shall be deemed to have occurred if:

(A) any Person (other than the Company, any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under any employee benefit plan of the Company, or any company owned, directly or indirectly, by the stockholders of the Company immediately prior to the occurrence with respect to which the evaluation is being made in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of the common stock of the Company) becomes the Beneficial Owner (except that a Person shall be deemed to be the Beneficial Owner of all shares that any such Person has the right to acquire pursuant to any agreement or arrangement or upon exercise of conversion rights, warrants or options or otherwise, without regard to the sixty day period referred to in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company or any Significant Subsidiary (as defined below), representing 50% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s or such subsidiary’s then outstanding securities;

(B) during any 12-month period, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any new director (other than a director designated by a person who has entered into an agreement with the Company to effect a transaction described in clause (A), (C), or (D) of this paragraph) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the 12-month period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved but excluding for this purpose any such new director whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest (as such terms are used in Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14A promulgated under the Exchange Act) or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of an individual, corporation, partnership, group, associate or other entity or Person other than the Board, cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board;

(C) the consummation of a merger or consolidation of the Company or any subsidiary owning directly or indirectly all or substantially all of the consolidated assets of the Company (a “Significant Subsidiary”) with any other entity, other than a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company or a Significant Subsidiary outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving or resulting entity) more than

 

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50% of the combined voting power of the surviving or resulting entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation; or

(D) the consummation of a sale or disposition of all or substantially all of the consolidated assets of the Company (other than such a sale or disposition immediately after which such assets will be owned directly or indirectly by the stockholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of the common stock of the Company immediately prior to such sale or disposition).

For purposes of this definition:

The term “Beneficial Owner” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act (including any successor to such Rule).

The term “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, or any successor act thereto.

The term “Person” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 3(a)(9) of the Exchange Act and used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) thereof, including “group” as defined in Section 14(d) thereof.

(d) Voluntary Termination. In the event of a termination of employment by Executive on his own initiative, other than a termination due to death, a termination with Good Reason or a Retirement pursuant to Section 8(f) below, Executive shall have the same entitlements as provided in Section 8(b)(iii) above for a termination for Cause.

(e) Termination by the Company Without Cause or Termination by Executive With Good Reason Following a Change in Control. If either (x) Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated by the Company without Cause (which termination shall be effective as of the date specified by the Company in a written notice to Executive), other than due to death or Disability, or in the event Executive terminates his employment with Good Reason (as defined above), in either case within one year following a Change in Control (as defined above), or (y) Executive voluntarily terminates his employment on his own initiative on or after 275 days (but no later than 305 days) following a Change in Control, in either case of (x) or (y), Executive shall be entitled to:

(i) Base Salary through the date of termination of Executive’s employment, which shall be paid in a single lump sum at the time set out in Section 8(j) and (m) if such provisions are applicable with respect to such payment, or, if such provisions are not applicable, not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(ii) an amount equal to three (3) times the sum of (A) the Base Salary, at the annualized rate in effect on the date of termination of Executive’s employment (or in the event a reduction in Base Salary is a basis for a termination with Good Reason, then the Base Salary in effect immediately prior to such reduction), and (B) the greater of (x) an

 

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amount equal to the cash bonus earned for the previous fiscal year or (y) $750,000 (Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars), which amount shall be payable in lump sum on the Earliest Payment Date, unless otherwise required to be paid in accordance with Section 8(j);

(iii) the balance of any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid) and not subject to Section 409A of the Code, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(iv) continued participation in the Company’s group health plans for Executive and his dependants who are qualified beneficiaries for purposes of continuation coverage under COBRA at the same benefit levels at which he and such dependants were participating on the date of the termination of his employment at the same premiums paid by similarly situated active employees during the applicable time period allowed for continuation of coverage under COBRA (the “COBRA Period”) until the earlier of the expiration of the Severance Period or the date on which Executive receives substantially comparable coverage and benefits under the group health plans of a subsequent employer (the “Continued Participation Period”); provided, however, if the COBRA Period terminates prior to the expiration of the Continued Participation Period, during the remainder of the Continued Participation Period Executive and such dependants will not be entitled to continued participation in the group health plans, and the Company will pay directly to Executive, on a monthly basis during the remainder of the Continued Participation Period, an amount equal to the amount previously expended monthly by the Company as of the end of the COBRA Period for Executive’s and such dependants’ continued participation in the group health plans, and

(v) other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans and programs of the Company

Further, upon a Change of Control, all unvested equity awards held by Executive as of the date of the Change of Control shall vest (performance-based awards shall vest at the “target” level), and Executive shall be entitled to the benefit of all such awards immediately.

(f) Retirement. Upon Executive’s Retirement (as defined below), Executive shall be entitled to:

(i) Base Salary through the date of termination of Executive’s employment, which shall be paid in a single lump sum at the time set out in Section 8(j) and (m) if such provisions are applicable with respect to such payment, or, if such provisions are not applicable, not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(ii) the balance of any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid) and not subject to Section 409A of the Code, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

 

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(iii) the immediate vesting of all unvested equity awards held by Executive as of the date of Retirement, other than awards which are intended to constitute performance-based compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code and for which performance standards have not been met; and

(iv) all other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans and programs of the Company.

For purposes of this Agreement, “Retirement” shall mean Executive’s voluntary retirement from employment with the Company: (i) after the age of 55, provided that Executive has been employed by the Company continuously for at least ten years as of the date of retirement, (ii) after the age of 60, provided that Executive has been employed by the Company continuously for at least five years as of the date of retirement or (iii) as approved by the Board in its sole discretion.

(g) No Mitigation; No Offset. In the event of any termination of employment, Executive shall be under no obligation to seek other employment; amounts due Executive under this Agreement shall not be offset by any remuneration attributable to any subsequent employment that he may obtain.

(h) Nature of Payments. Any amounts due under this Section 8 are in the nature of severance payments considered to be reasonable by the Company and are not in the nature of a penalty.

(i) No Further Liability; Release. In the event of Executive’s termination of employment, payment made and performance by the Company in accordance with this Section 8 shall, subject to Section 24 hereof, operate to fully discharge and release the Company and its directors, officers, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates, stockholders, successors, assigns, agents and representatives from any further obligation or liability with respect to Executive’s rights under this Agreement. Other than payment and performance under this Section 8, and other than the rights of Executive that survive the termination of this Agreement, as provided in Section 24 hereof, the Company and its directors, officers, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates, stockholders, successors, assigns, agents and representatives shall have no further obligation or liability to Executive or any other person under this Agreement in the event of Executive’s termination of employment. The Company conditions the payment of any severance or other amounts pursuant to this Section 8 upon (A) the delivery by Executive to the Company of a release in a form satisfactory to the Company, substantially in the form attached hereto as Attachment 1, within such time following his termination of employment as will permit the release to become irrevocable on or before the Earliest Payment Date and (B) such release actually becoming irrevocable by the Earliest Payment Date.

(j) Section 409A Specified Employee. If Executive is a “specified employee” for purposes of Section 409A of the Code, to the extent required to comply with Section 409A of the Code, any payments required to be made pursuant to this Section 8 which are deferred compensation and subject to Section 409A of the Code (and do not qualify for an exemption thereunder) shall not commence until one day after the day which is six (6) months from the date

 

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of termination (determined under Section 8(m)). Should this Section 8(j) result in a delay of payments to Executive, on the first day any such payments may be made without incurring a penalty pursuant to Section 409A (the “409A Payment Date”), the Company shall begin to make such payments as described in this Section 8, provided that any amounts that would have been payable earlier but for application of this Section 8(j) shall be paid in lump-sum on the 409A Payment Date.

(k) Termination Without Cause Within 90 Days Prior to a Change in Control. Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated without Cause within 90 days prior to the date on which the Change in Control occurs, such termination shall be deemed to have occurred after a Change in Control for purposes of this Agreement.

(l) Financial Security for Payments Following a Change in Control. Following a Change in Control, at the request of Executive, the Company or its successor shall provide financial security reasonably acceptable to Executive for its obligations to make payments required by this Agreement.

(m) Separation from Service. Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, no payment shall be made under this Section 8 and no automobile shall be transferred under Section 7(b) unless the termination of employment or Retirement that gives rise to the payment also constitutes a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations issued thereunder, and solely for purposes of making the payments called for under this Section 8 or transferring the automobile in accordance with Section 7(b), the first date as of which Executive has a separation from service shall be treated as the date his employment terminates.

Section 9. Forfeiture Provisions.

(a) Forfeiture of Stock Options and Other Awards and Gains Realized Upon Prior Option Exercises or Award Settlements and Severance Payments. Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, (i) Executive’s violation of the restrictive covenants contained in Section 10 as they relate only to trade secrets, at any time while employed by the Company or thereafter, (ii) Executive’s violation of the restrictive covenants contained in Section 10 as they relate to all Confidential Information other than trade secrets, at any time while employed by the Company and for a period of 60 months thereafter or (iii) Executive’s violation of any of the restrictive covenants contained in Sections 11, 12 or 13 (each a “Forfeiture Event”) will result in:

(i) The unexercised portion of any stock option, whether or not vested, and any other Award (as defined below) not then settled (except for an Award that has not been settled solely due to an elective deferral by Executive and otherwise is not forfeitable in the event of any termination of Executive’s service) will be immediately forfeited and canceled upon the occurrence of the Forfeiture Event;

 

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(ii) Executive will be obligated to repay to the Company, in cash, within five business days after demand is made therefor by the Company, the total amount of Award Gain (as defined herein) realized by Executive upon each exercise of a stock option or settlement of an Award (regardless of any elective deferral) that occurred (A) during the period commencing with the date that is 6 months prior to the occurrence of the Forfeiture Event and the date 24 months after the Forfeiture Date, if the Forfeiture Event occurred while Executive was employed by the Company or a Subsidiary or affiliate, or (B) during the period commencing 6 months prior to the date Executive’s employment by the Company terminated and ending 24 months after the date of such termination, if the Forfeiture Event occurred after Executive ceased to be so employed. For purposes of this Section 9, the term “Award Gain” shall mean (i), in respect of a given stock option exercise, the product of (X) the Fair Market Value per share of common stock at the date of such exercise (without regard to any subsequent change in the market price of shares) minus the exercise price times (Y) the number of shares as to which the stock option was exercised at that date, and (ii), in respect of any other settlement of an Award granted to Executive, the Fair Market Value of the cash or stock paid or payable to Executive (regardless of any elective deferral) less any cash or the Fair Market Value of any stock or property (other than an Award or award which would have itself then been forfeitable hereunder and excluding any payment of tax withholding) paid by Executive to the Company as a condition of or in connection such settlement; and

(iii) Executive will be obligated to repay to the Company, in cash, within five business days after demand is made therefor by the Company, the total amount of any payments made by the Company to Executive or on Executive’s behalf under Sections 8(c)(ii), 8(c)(iv), 8(e)(ii), and 8(e)(iv).

For purposes of this Section 9, “Award” shall mean any cash award, stock option, stock appreciation right, restricted stock, deferred stock, bonus stock, dividend equivalent, or other stock-based or performance-based award or similar award, together with any related right or interest, granted to or held by Executive.

(b) Committee Discretion. The Committee may, in its discretion, waive in whole or in part the Company’s right to forfeiture under this Section 9, but no such waiver shall be effective unless evidenced by a writing signed by a duly authorized officer of the Company. In addition, the Committee may impose additional conditions on Awards, by inclusion of appropriate provisions in the document evidencing or governing any such Award.

Section 10. Confidentiality; Cooperation with Regard to Litigation; Non-Disparagement; Return of Company Materials.

(a) During the Term of Employment and thereafter, Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company, disclose to anyone (except in good faith in the ordinary course of business to a person who will be advised by Executive to keep such information confidential) or make use of any Confidential Information (as defined below), except in the performance of his duties hereunder or when required to do so by legal process, by any governmental agency having supervisory authority over the business of the Company or by any

 

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administrative or legislative body (including a committee thereof) that requires him to divulge, disclose or make accessible such information. In the event that Executive is so ordered, he shall give prompt written notice to the Company in order to allow the Company the opportunity to object to or otherwise resist such order.

(b) During the Term of Employment and thereafter, Executive shall not disclose the existence or contents of this Agreement beyond what is disclosed in the proxy statement or documents filed with the government unless and to the extent such disclosure is required by law, by a governmental agency, or in a document required by law to be filed with a governmental agency or in connection with enforcement of his rights under this Agreement. This restriction shall not apply to such disclosure by him to members of his immediate family, his tax, legal or financial advisors, any lender, or tax authorities, or to potential future employers to the extent necessary, each of whom shall be advised not to disclose such information.

(c) “Confidential Information” shall mean all information regarding the Company, its activities, business or customers that is the subject of reasonable efforts by the Company to maintain its confidentiality, including (i) information concerning the business of the Company or any Subsidiary including information relating to any of their products, product development, trade secrets, customers, suppliers, finances, and business plans and strategies, and (ii) information regarding the organization structure and the names, titles, status, compensation, benefits and other proprietary employment-related aspects of the employees of the Company and the Company’s employment practices. Excluded from the definition of Confidential Information is information (A) that is or becomes part of the public domain, other than through the breach of this Agreement by Executive or (B) regarding the Company’s business or industry properly acquired by Executive in the course of his career as an executive in the Company’s industry and independent of Executive’s employment by the Company. For this purpose, information known or available generally within the trade or industry of the Company or any Subsidiary shall be deemed to be known or available to the public.

(d) “Subsidiary” shall mean any corporation controlled directly or indirectly by the Company.

(e) Executive agrees to cooperate with the Company, during the Term of Employment and thereafter (including following Executive’s termination of employment for any reason), by making himself reasonably available to testify on behalf of the Company or any Subsidiary in any action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative, other than an action, suit, or proceeding in which Executive makes claims against the Company or in which the Company makes claims against him, and to assist the Company, or any Subsidiary, in any such action, suit, or proceeding, by providing information and meeting and consulting with the Board or its representatives or counsel, or representatives or counsel to the Company, or any Subsidiary as requested; provided, however that the same does not materially interfere with his then current professional activities; and provided, further, that nothing contained in this Section 10(e) is intended to prevent Executive from exercising his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. The Company agrees to reimburse Executive, on an after-tax basis, for all reasonable expenses (including legal fees and expenses) actually incurred in connection with his provision of testimony or assistance.

 

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(f) Executive agrees that, during the Term of Employment and thereafter (including following Executive’s termination of employment for any reason) he will not make statements or representations, or otherwise communicate, directly or indirectly, in writing, orally, or otherwise, or take any action which may, directly or indirectly, disparage the Company or any Subsidiary or their respective officers, directors, employees, advisors, businesses or reputations. The Company agrees that, during the Term of Employment and thereafter (including following Executive’s termination of employment for any reason) the Company will not make statements or representations, or otherwise communicate, directly or indirectly, in writing, orally, or otherwise, or take any action which may directly or indirectly, disparage Executive or his business or reputation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Section 10(f) shall preclude either Executive or the Company from making truthful statements or disclosures that are required by applicable law, regulation, or legal process or otherwise pursuing, in good faith, enforcement of their respective rights under this Agreement.

(g) Executive recognizes that all Confidential Information and copies or reproductions thereof, relating to the Company’s operations and activities made or received by Executive in the course of his Employment are the exclusive property of the Company. Upon any termination of employment, Executive agrees to deliver any Company property and any documents, notes, drawings, specifications, computer software, data and other materials of any nature pertaining to any Confidential Information that are held by Executive and will not take any of the foregoing, or any reproduction of any of the foregoing, that is embodied in any tangible medium of expression, provided that the foregoing shall not prohibit Executive from retaining his personal phone directories and rolodexes.

Section 11. Non-competition/Prior Employment Covenants.

(a) During Executive’s employment by the Company, Executive shall refrain from, without the written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, whether individually or as an employee, consultant, principal, agent, officer, director, partner, shareholder (except as a less than one percent shareholder of a publicly traded company) or owner of or in any capacity with any corporation, partnership, business, company or other entity, carrying on or engaging in, or assisting another to carry on or engage in, any other business, work or activity similar to the business, work or activity of the Company or its affiliates. During the Restriction Period (as defined below), Executive shall refrain from, without the written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, whether individually or as an employee, consultant, principal, agent, officer, director, partner, shareholder (except as a less than one percent shareholder of a publicly traded company) or owner of or in any capacity with any corporation, partnership, business, company or other entity, (i) carrying on or engaging in, or assisting another to carry on or engage in, any other business, work or activity similar to the business, work or activity of the Company or its affiliates in the geographical areas listed on Attachment 2 (the “Restricted Areas”) in which the Company or its affiliates are then engaged in business, and (ii) soliciting customers of the Company or its affiliates in the Restricted Area. The Parties acknowledge that home health care and hospice are similar “businesses” for the purposes of this Section 11 and that the work and activity of the Company includes filing applications with Federal and state regulatory authorities in connection with establishing “start-up” home health care and hospice agencies. The Parties further acknowledge that the Company is expanding and in order to prevent ongoing,

 

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repetitious amendments to this Agreement solely for the purpose of updating the Restricted Areas, the Parties agree that the Restricted Areas, inclusive of Attachment 2, shall be self-amending to include all parishes, counties and States in which the Company conducts business or actively solicits business at any time during Executive’s employment with the Company and in no event shall such Restricted Areas be less than that contained in Attachment 2. The Parties intend and agree that Executive’s continued employment thereafter shall serve as the Parties’ constructive acceptance of an amendment to enlarge the Restricted Areas.

(b) For the purposes of this Section 11, “Restriction Period” shall mean the period beginning with the Effective Date and ending with:

(i) in the case of a termination of Executive’s employment by the Company without Cause or a termination by Executive with Good Reason, pursuant to Section 8(c)(whether during or after the Term of Employment), the Restriction Period shall terminate 24 months from the date of such termination;

(ii) in the case of a termination of Executive’s employment for Cause pursuant to Section 8(b) or in the case of a voluntary termination of Executive’s employment pursuant to Section 8(d) above (whether during or after the Term of Employment), 24 months from the date of such termination;

(iii) in the case of a Retirement pursuant to Section 8(f) above or a termination due to Disability pursuant to Section 8(a), 24 months from the date of Retirement or the date of the termination due to Disability;

(iv) in the case of any termination of Executive’s employment pursuant to Section 8(e) above, 24 months from the date of such termination.

(c) Executive represents and warrants to the Company that performance of Executive’s duties pursuant to this Agreement will not violate any agreements with or trade secrets of any other person or entity or previous employers, including without limitation agreements containing provisions against solicitation or competition.

Section 12. Non-solicitation of Employees and Customers. During the period beginning with the Effective Date and ending 24 months following the termination of Executive’s employment for any reason, Executive shall not induce: (i) employees of the Company or any Subsidiary to terminate their employment (provided, however, that the foregoing shall not be construed to prevent Executive from engaging in general non-targeted advertising for employees generally), or (ii) customers of the Company or any Subsidiary to terminate their relationship with the Company, within the Restricted Areas. During such period, Executive shall not hire, either directly or through any employee, agent or representative, any employee of the Company or any Subsidiary or any person who was employed by the Company or any Subsidiary within 180 days of such hiring.

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affiliates or persons or entities acting at his direction or with his assistance will, unless specifically invited in writing by the Board, acting by resolution approved by a majority of all members of the Board, directly or indirectly, in any manner (the obligations pursuant to this Section 13 being referred to as, the “Standstill”):

(a) acquire, offer or propose to acquire, solicit an offer to sell or agree to acquire, directly or indirectly, alone or in concert with others, by purchase, tender offer, exchange offer, through the acquisition or control of another person or entity, or otherwise, any direct or indirect beneficial interest in any voting securities or direct or indirect rights, warrants or options to acquire, or securities convertible into or exchangeable for, any voting securities of the Company or any Subsidiary, other than the acquisition in the aggregate of less than one-half of one percent of the outstanding voting securities of the Company;

(b) make, or in any way participate in, directly or indirectly, alone or in concert with others, any “solicitation” (as such term is used in the proxy rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission promulgated pursuant to Section 14 of the Exchange Act) of proxies or consents to vote, whether subject to or exempt from the proxy rules, or seek to advise, encourage or influence in any manner whatsoever any person or entity with respect to the voting of any voting securities of the Company or any Subsidiary;

(c) initiate, propose or “solicit” (as such term is used in the proxy rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission) stockholders of the Company or any Subsidiary for the approval of stockholder proposals whether made pursuant to Rule 14a-8 or Rule 14a-4 under the Exchange Act, or otherwise, or cause or encourage or attempt to cause or encourage others to initiate any such stockholder proposal; or otherwise communicate with the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ stockholders or others in connection with the solicitation of proxies or consents or matters presented to the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ stockholders;

(d) form, join or any way participate in a “group” within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act with respect to any voting securities of the Company or the Subsidiaries;

(e) acquire, offer to acquire or agree to acquire, directly or indirectly, alone or in concert with others, by purchase, exchange or otherwise, (i) any of the assets, tangible and intangible, of the Company or any Subsidiary or (ii) direct or indirect rights, warrants or options to acquire any assets of the Company or any Subsidiary;

(f) arrange, or in any way participate, directly or indirectly, in any financing for the purchase of any voting securities or securities convertible or exchangeable into or exercisable for any voting securities or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary;

(g) otherwise act, alone or in concert with others, to seek to propose to the Company or any Subsidiary or any of their respective stockholders or make any public statement with respect to any merger, business combination, consolidation, sale, tender offer, exchange offer, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, liquidation, recapitalization or other transaction involving the Company or any Subsidiary;

 

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(h) seek, alone or in concert with others, to control, change or influence the management, the Board or policies of the Company or any Subsidiary, or otherwise seek, alone or in concert with others, election or appointment to or representation on, or to nominate or propose the nomination of any candidate to, the Board or the removal of any member of the Board, or propose any matter to be voted upon by the stockholders of the Company or any Subsidiary;

(i) make any publicly disclosed proposal, public statement, public inquiry or public disclosure of any intention, plan, or arrangement (whether written or oral) inconsistent with the foregoing, or make or disclose any request or proposal to amend, waive or terminate any provision of this Standstill or seek permission to or make any public announcement with respect to any provision of the Standstill; or

(j) announce an intention to do, or to enter into any arrangement or understanding with others (whether written or oral) to do, or to finance, intentionally advise, enable, assist or encourage others to do any of the actions restricted or prohibited under clauses (a) through (j) of this Standstill, or take any action that might result in the Company having to make a public announcement regarding any of the matters referred to in clauses (a) through (j) of this Standstill, or otherwise intentionally take, or solicit, or cause or encourage others to take, any action inconsistent with the foregoing.

Section 14. Remedies. In addition to whatever other rights and remedies the Company may have at equity or in law (including without limitation, the right to seek monetary damages), if Executive breaches any of the provisions contained in Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13, the Company (a) shall have its rights under Section 9 of this Agreement, (b) shall, notwithstanding Section 15, have the right to immediately terminate all payments and benefits due under this Agreement (other than payments under Section 16 of this Agreement, to the extent that Executive’s right to indemnification was not triggered by Executive’s breach of this Agreement) and (c) shall, notwithstanding Section 15 of this Agreement, have the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief, including but not limited to, the right to seek a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction or permanent injunction, without the requirement to prove actual damages or to post any bond or other security. Executive hereby waves the requirement of posting bond or other security and acknowledges that such a breach of Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13 would cause irreparable injury and that money damages alone would not provide an adequate remedy for the Company; provided, however, the foregoing shall not prevent Executive from contesting the issuance of any such injunction on the ground that no violation or threatened violation of Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13 has occurred.

Section 15. Resolution of Disputes. In the event that a Party to this Agreement has any claim, right or cause of action against another Party to this Agreement, which the Parties are unable to settle by agreement between themselves, such claim, right or cause of action, to the extent that the relief sought by such Party is for monetary damages or awards, will be determined by arbitration in accordance with the provisions of this Section 15. Except as provided in this Section 15, the arbitration will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”). The arbitration and all arbitration proceedings shall be kept confidential.

 

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(a) The Party claiming a cause of action or breach of this Agreement shall first provide the other Party with written notice of the breach. If the breach is not remedied within 15 days of said notice, the Party claiming the breach may request arbitration by serving upon the other a demand therefor, in writing, specifying the matter to be submitted to arbitration, and nominating a competent disinterested person to act as an arbitrator. Within 15 days after receipt of such written demand and nomination, the other Party will, in writing, nominate a competent disinterested person, and the two arbitrators so designated will, within 15 days thereafter, select a third arbitrator. The three arbitrators will give immediate written notice of such selection to the Parties and will fix in said notice a time and place of the meeting of the arbitrators which will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where all proceedings will be conducted, and will be held as soon as conveniently possible (but in no event later than 45 days after the appointment of the third arbitrator), at which time and place the Parties to the controversy will appear and be heard with respect to the right, claim or cause of action. In case the notified Party or Parties will fail to make a selection upon notice within the time period specified, the Party asserting such claim will appoint an arbitrator on behalf of the notified Party. In the event that the first two arbitrators selected will fail to agree upon a third arbitrator within 15 days after their selection, then such arbitrator may, upon application made by either of the Parties to the controversy, be appointed by the AAA.

(b) Each Party will present such testimony, examinations and investigations in accordance with such procedures and regulations as may be determined by the arbitrators and will also recommend to the arbitrators a monetary award to be adopted by the arbitrators as the complete disposition of such claim, right or cause of action. After hearing the Parties in regard to the matter in dispute, the arbitrators will make their determination with respect to such claim, right or cause of action, within 30 days of the completion of the examination, by majority decision signed in writing (together with a brief written statement of the reasons for adopting such recommendation), and will deliver such written determination to each of the Parties. The decision of said arbitrators, absent fraud, duress or manifest error, will be final and binding upon the Parties to such controversy and may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. The arbitrators may consult with and engage disinterested third parties to advise the arbitrators. The arbitrators shall not award any punitive damages. If any of the arbitrators selected hereunder should die, resign or be unable to perform his or her duties hereunder, the remaining arbitrators or the AAA shall select a replacement arbitrator. The procedure set forth in this Section for selecting the arbitrators shall be followed from time to time as necessary. As to any claim, controversy, dispute or disagreement that under the terms hereof is made subject to arbitration, no lawsuit based on such matters shall be instituted by any of the Parties, other than to compel arbitration proceedings or enforce the award of a majority of the arbitrators. All privileges under Louisiana and federal law, including attorney-client and work-product privileges, shall be preserved and protected to the same extent that such privileges would be protected in a federal court proceeding applying Louisiana law.

(c) The Company shall be responsible for advancing the cost of the arbitrators as well as the other costs of the arbitration. Each Party will pay the fees and expenses of its own counsel, except that with respect to those claims for which Executive is ultimately the prevailing party, the Company shall reimburse all of Executive’s reasonable out-of-pocket legal fees and expenses incurred in connection with asserting or defending against claims as to which

 

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Executive prevails within thirty (30) days of receipt of a written demand accompanied by reasonable documentation in support thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such reimbursements will be made in no event later than the last day of Executive’s taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred; the expenses reimbursed by the Company during any taxable year of Executive will not affect the expenses reimbursed by the Company in another taxable year; and this right to reimbursement is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section 15, in the event that a Party against whom any claim, right or cause of action is asserted commences, or has commenced against it, bankruptcy, insolvency or similar proceedings, the Party or Parties asserting such claim, right or cause of action will have no obligations under this Section 15 and may assert such claim, right or cause of action in the manner and forum it deems appropriate, subject to applicable laws. No determination or decision by the arbitrators pursuant to this Section 15 will limit or restrict the ability of any Party hereto to obtain or seek in any appropriate forum, any relief or remedy that is not a monetary award or money damages.

(e) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section 15, if the Company is seeking injunctive or other equitable relief from a dispute arising under or in connection with Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13, the arbitration requirements of this Section 15 shall not apply.

(f) Any court proceedings relating to this Agreement shall be filed exclusively in the federal and state courts domiciled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Parties hereto consent to the venue and jurisdiction of such courts.

Section 16. Indemnification.

(a) Company Indemnity. The Company agrees that if Executive is made a party, or is threatened to be made a party, to any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (a “Proceeding”), by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer or employee of the Company or any Subsidiary or is or was serving at the request of the Company or any Subsidiary as a director, officer, member, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, including service with respect to employee benefit plans, whether the basis of such Proceeding is Executive’s alleged action or failure to act in an official capacity as a director, officer, employee or agent or while serving as a director, officer, member, employee or agent, Executive shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Company to the fullest extent legally permitted or authorized by the Company’s certificate of incorporation or bylaws or resolutions of the Company’s Board or, if greater, by the laws of the State of Delaware (or, with respect to Holding, the laws of the State of Louisiana), against all cost, expense, liability and loss (including, without limitation, attorney’s fees, judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes or penalties and amounts paid or to be paid in settlement) reasonably incurred or suffered by Executive in connection therewith, provided Executive provides Company with prompt notice of such action or threatened action (but failure to provide prompt notice shall not prejudice Executive except to the extent it actually prejudices the Company). Such indemnification shall continue as to Executive even if he has ceased to be a director, member, officer, employee or agent of the Company or other entity and shall inure to

 

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the benefit of Executive’s heirs, executors and administrators. The Company shall advance to Executive all reasonable costs and expenses to be incurred by him in connection with a Proceeding within 20 days after receipt by the Company of a written request for such advance. Such request shall include an undertaking by Executive to repay the amount of such advance if it shall ultimately be determined that he is not entitled to be indemnified against such costs and expenses. The provisions of this Section 16(a) shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights of indemnification to which Executive may be entitled or which may be granted to him, and it shall be in addition to any rights of indemnification to which he may be entitled under any policy of insurance.

(b) No Presumption Regarding Standard of Conduct. Neither the failure of the Company (including its Board, independent legal counsel or stockholders) to have made a determination prior to the commencement of any proceeding concerning payment of amounts claimed by Executive under Section 16(a) above that indemnification of Executive is proper because he has met the applicable standard of conduct, nor a determination by the Company (including its Board, independent legal counsel or stockholders) that Executive has not met such applicable standard of conduct, shall create a presumption that Executive has not met the applicable standard of conduct.

Section 17. Potential Reduction in Payments

(a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if any payment, distribution, or other benefit provided by the Company to or for the benefit of Executive, whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise (collectively, the “Payments”), (x) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, and (y) but for this Section 17 would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code or any similar or successor provision thereto (the “Excise Tax”), then the Payments shall be either:

(i) delivered in full pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, or

(ii) delivered to such lesser extent as would result in no portion of the payments being subject to the Excise Tax

as determined in accordance with Section 17(b).

(b) The determination of whether Section 17(a)(i) or Section 17(a)(ii) shall be given effect shall be made by the Company on the basis of which of such clauses results in the receipt by the Executive of the greater Net After-Tax Receipt (as defined below) of the aggregate Payments; provided, however, that if the Net After-Tax Receipt of the aggregate Payments under Section 17(a)(i) does not exceed the Net After-Tax Receipt of the aggregate Payments under Section 17(a)(ii) by Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) or greater, Section 17(a)(ii) automatically shall be given effect. The term “Net After-Tax Receipt” shall mean the present value (as determined in accordance with Section 280G of the Code) of the payments net of all applicable federal, state and local income, employment, and other applicable taxes and the Excise Tax.

 

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(c) If Section 17(a)(ii) is given effect, the reduction shall be accomplished first by reducing cash Payments under Section 8(e)(ii) of this Agreement and then by forfeiting any equity-based awards that vest and become payable under Section 8(e)(iv) of this Agreement, starting with the most recent equity-based awards that vest pursuant to such section, to the extent necessary to accomplish such reduction.

(d) Unless the Company and Executive otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 17 shall be made by the Company’s independent accountants or compensation consultants (the “Third Party”), after due consideration of Executive’s comments with respect to the interpretation and application thereof, and all such determinations shall be conclusive, final and binding on the parties hereto. The Company and Executive shall furnish to the Third Party such information and documents as the Third Party may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 17. The Company shall bear all fees and costs of the Third Party with respect to all determinations under or contemplated by this Section 17.

Section 18. Effect of Agreement on Other Benefits. Except as specifically provided in this Agreement, the existence of this Agreement shall not be interpreted to preclude, prohibit or restrict Executive’s participation in any other employee benefit or other plans or programs in which he currently participates.

Section 19. Assignability: Binding Nature; Solidary Obligations. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Parties and their respective successors, heirs (in the case of Executive) and permitted assigns. No rights or obligations of the Company under this Agreement may be assigned or transferred by the Company except that such rights or obligations may be assigned or transferred in connection with a Change of Control of the Company, provided that the assignee or transferee is the successor to all or substantially all of the assets of the Company and such assignee or transferee assumes the liabilities, obligations and duties of the Company, as contained in this Agreement, either contractually or as a matter of law. The Company further agrees that, in the event of a Change of Control, it shall take whatever action it legally can in order to cause such assignee or transferee to expressly assume the liabilities, obligations and duties of the Company hereunder. No rights or obligations of Executive under this Agreement may be assigned or transferred by Executive other than his rights to compensation and benefits, which may be transferred only by will or operation of law, except as provided in Section 25 below. Company and Holding are each solidarily liable with the other of them for such other’s obligations under this Agreement.

Section 20. Representation. Each of the Company and Holding represents and warrants that it is fully authorized and empowered to enter into this Agreement and that the performance of its obligations under this Agreement will not violate any agreement between it and any other person, firm or organization. Executive hereby represents to the Company that he is physically and mentally capable of performing his duties hereunder and he has no knowledge of any present or past physical or mental conditions which would cause him not to be able to perform his duties hereunder.

Section 21. Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire understanding and agreement between the Parties concerning the subject matter hereof and, as of the Effective

 

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Date, supersedes the Prior Agreement and any other agreements, understandings, discussions, negotiations and undertakings, whether written or oral, between the Parties with respect thereto, including, without limitation any prior change in control agreement between the Parties.

Section 22. Amendment or Waiver. No provision in this Agreement may be amended unless such amendment is agreed to in writing and signed by Executive and an authorized officer of the Company. Except as set forth herein, no delay or omission to exercise any right, power or remedy accruing to any Party shall impair any such right, power or remedy or shall be construed to be a waiver of or an acquiescence to any breach hereof. No waiver by either Party of any breach by the other Party of any condition or provision contained in this Agreement to be performed by such other Party shall be deemed a waiver of a similar or dissimilar condition or provision at the same or any prior or subsequent time. Any waiver must be in writing and signed by Executive or an authorized officer of the Company, as the case may be.

Section 23. Severability. In the event that any provision or portion of this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall be unaffected thereby and shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law. Specifically, but without limitation, the parties agree that if any court of competent jurisdiction or any arbitral panel finds that any one or more of the words, phrases, sentences, clauses, sections, subdivisions, or subparagraphs contained in Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13 is overly broad or unenforceable, then the Agreement should be reduced or amended to be enforceable to the maximum extent allowable under applicable law.

Section 24. Survival. Upon the termination of this Agreement, the respective rights and obligations of the Parties under this Agreement shall terminate, except that (a) the provisions of Sections 1 and 2, the second sentence of Section 3(a), Sections 8(g), (h), (i), (j) and (m), and Sections 9 through 30 of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement and remain in full force and effect in accordance with their terms, and (b) the termination of this Agreement shall not affect any rights or obligations of the Parties accrued under the express terms of this Agreement prior to or in connection with such termination and, with respect to such surviving provisions and those that survive under Section 3(a), thereafter.

Section 25. Beneficiaries/References. Executive shall be entitled, to the extent permitted under any applicable law, to select and change a beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive any compensation or benefit payable hereunder following Executive’s death by giving the Company written notice thereof. In the event of Executive’s death or a judicial determination of his incompetence, reference in this Agreement to Executive shall be deemed, where appropriate, to refer to his beneficiary, estate or other legal representative.

Section 26. Governing Law/Exclusive Jurisdiction. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Louisiana without reference to principles of conflict of laws. Subject to Section 15 and in accordance with Section 14, the Company and Executive hereby consent and irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of any or all of the following courts for purposes of resolving any dispute under this Agreement: (i) the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana or (ii) the Nineteenth Judicial

 

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District Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana. The Parties agree that to the extent permitted, any lawsuit involving a dispute under this Agreement shall be filed and may proceed only in these referenced courts. The Company and Executive hereby waive, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objection which it or he may now or hereafter have to these referenced courts. The Company and Executive further agree that any service of process or notice requirements in any such proceeding shall be satisfied if the rules of such court relating thereto have been substantially satisfied.

Section 27. Notices. Any notices given under this Agreement shall be in writing, and delivered or mailed, and if mailed, postage prepaid, certified, return receipt requested and addressed to the Company, to Holding and to Executive at the addresses set forth below, or such other addresses as the Parties may from time to time hereafter designate in writing, such notices to be effective upon receipt by the Party to whom such notice is addressed:

 

If to the Company:

 

AMEDISYS, INC.

 

5959 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard,

 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816

 

Attention: Lead Director, Board of Directors

If to Holding:

 

AMEDISYS HOLDING, L.L.C.

 

5959 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard

 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816

 

Attention: President

If to Executive:

 

William F. Borne

 

[Intentionally omitted for purposes of Form 8-K filing]

Section 28. Captions. The captions contained in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not be deemed to control or affect the meaning or construction of any provision of this Agreement.

Section 29. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts.

Section 30. Section 409A Compliance. This Agreement is intended to comply with Section 409A of the Code (to the extent applicable) and, to the extent it would not adversely impact the Company, the Company agrees to interpret, apply and administer this Agreement in accordance with such intention and in the least restrictive manner necessary to comply with such requirements (to the extent applicable) and without resulting in any diminution in the value of payments or benefits to Executive or Executive incurring any tax under Section 409A of the Code.

[Signature Page Follows]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

AMEDISYS, INC.

By:

 

/s/ Ronald A. LaBorde

 

Name: Ronald A. LaBorde

 

Title: Board of Directors, Lead Director

AMEDISYS HOLDING, L.L.C.

By:

 

/s/ Michael D. Snow

 

Name: Michael D. Snow

 

Title: Vice-President

EXECUTIVE

/s/ William F. Borne

William F. Borne

 

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ATTACHMENT 1

RELEASE

In exchange for certain termination payments, benefits and promises to which William F. Borne (“Executive”) would not otherwise be entitled, Executive, knowingly and voluntarily releases Amedisys, Inc., its subsidiaries, affiliates or related corporations, together with its/their officers, directors, agents, employees and representatives (collectively, the “Company”), of and from any and all claims, demands, obligations, liabilities and causes of action, of whatsoever kind in law or equity, whether known or unknown, which Executive has or ever had against the Company on or before the date of the execution of this Release, including but not limited to claims in common law, whether in contract or in tort, and causes of action under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. Sections 621 et seq., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e et seq., the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. Sections 1001 et seq., the Americans with Disabilities Act, 29 U.S.C. Section 12101 et seq., and all other federal, state or local laws, ordinances or regulations, for any losses, injuries or damages (including compensatory or punitive damages), attorney’s fees and costs arising out of employment or termination from employment with the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive does not waive or release the Company from any claims, demands, obligations, liabilities or causes of action that may hereafter arise as the result of the breach by the Company of its obligations under the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement dated as of January 3, 2011 by and among the Company, Amedisys Holding, L.L.C. and Executive.

Executive acknowledges that he has had a period of twenty-one (21) days from the date of receipt of this Release to consider it. Executive acknowledges that he has been given the opportunity to consult an attorney prior to executing this Release. This Release shall not become effective or enforceable until seven (7) days following its execution by Executive. Prior to the expiration of the seven-(7) day period, Executive may revoke Executive’s consent to this Release.

Executive acknowledges by executing this Release that Executive has returned to the Company all Company property in Executive’s possession.

Executive acknowledges that the terms of this Release and Executive’s separation of employment are confidential and, unless otherwise required by law or for the purposes of enforcing the Release or when needed to consult with Executive’s immediate family or tax or legal advisors, neither Executive nor Executive’s agents shall divulge, publish or publicize any such confidential information to any third parties or the media, or to any current or former employee, customer or client of the Company or its businesses or any of its affiliates.

EXECUTIVE ACKNOWLEDGES HE FULLY UNDERSTANDS THE CONTENTS OF THIS RELEASE AND EXECUTES IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY, WITHOUT DURESS, COERCION OR UNDUE INFLUENCE.

 

Signed:

 

 

 

  

Date:

  

 

 

William F. Borne

 

  

  

 

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ATTACHMENT 2

Restricted Areas

[Intentionally omitted for purposes of Form 8-K filing. Includes all parishes and counties in which Amedisys, Inc., through its direct and indirect wholly- and majority-owned subsidiaries, conducted home health or hospice operations as of the effective date of the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement]

 

ATTACHMENT TWO – Page 1

 

 

 

 

EX-10.1 2 d275909dex101.htm AMENDMENT DATED DECEMBER 29, 2011

Exhibit 10.1

AMENDMENT TO AMENDED AND RESTATED EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

This Amendment to Amended and Restated Employment Agreement (this “Amendment”) is entered into as of December 29, 2011, by and among Amedisys, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), Amedisys Holding, L.L.C., a Louisiana limited liability company (“Holding”), and William F. Borne, a person of the age of majority (“Executive”).

WHEREAS, the Company, Holding and Executive are parties to that certain Amended and Restated Employment Agreement dated as of January 3, 2011 (the “Original Agreement”); and

WHEREAS, the Company, Holding and Executive specifically desire to amend the Original Agreement as specifically set forth herein.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises, as well as other mutual promises and covenants contained in this Amendment, the parties hereto agree as follows:

 

 

1.

Incorporation by Reference. The above recitations are incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

2.

Amendment to Section 8(e) of the Original Agreement. The first sentence of Section 8(e) of the Original Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety, as follows:

(e) Termination by the Company Without Cause or Termination by Executive With Good Reason Following a Change in Control. If Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated by the Company without Cause (which termination shall be effective as of the date specified by the Company in a written notice to Executive), other than due to death or Disability, or in the event Executive terminates his employment with Good Reason (as defined above), in either case within one year following a Change in Control (as defined above), Executive shall be entitled to:

The remaining provisions of Section 8 of the Original Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.

 

 

3.

Effect of this Amendment. Except as specifically stated herein, the execution and delivery of this Amendment shall in no way affect the respective obligations of the parties under the Original Agreement, all of which shall continue in full force and effect.

 

 

4.

Successors and Assigns. This Amendment shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns.

 

 

5.

Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in two or more counterparts.

 

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6.

Captions. The captions contained in this Amendment are for convenience only and shall not be deemed to control or affect the meaning or construction of any provision of this Amendment.

* * * *

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have signed and executed this Amendment as of the day and year first written hereinabove.

 

AMEDISYS, INC.

By:

 

/S/ Ronald A. LaBorde

 

Ronald A. LaBorde

President

 

AMEDISYS HOLDING, L.L.C.

By:

 

/S/ Dale E. Redman

 

Dale E. Redman

Vice-President

 

EXECUTIVE

 

/S/ William F. Borne

 

William F. Borne

 

 

 

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EX-10.1 2 d250166dex101.htm EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT DATED NOVEMBER 1, 2011

Exhibit 10.1

EXECUTION VERSION

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

BY AND AMONG

AMEDISYS, INC.,

AMEDISYS HOLDING, L.L.C.

AND

RONALD A. LABORDE

DATED AS OF NOVEMBER 1, 2011


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

  

Page

 

Section 1.

 

Recitals

  

 

1

  

Section 2.

 

Definitions

  

 

1

  

Section 3.

 

Term of Employment

  

 

4

  

Section 4.

 

Title, Position, Duties and Responsibilities

  

 

5

  

Section 5.

 

Base Salary; Bonus; Equity Awards

  

 

6

  

Section 6.

 

Employee Incentive Compensation and Benefit Programs

  

 

6

  

Section 7.

 

Reimbursement of Business and Other Expenses

  

 

7

  

Section 8.

 

Termination of Employment

  

 

7

  

Section 9.

 

Forfeiture Provisions

  

 

15

  

Section 10.

 

Confidentiality; Cooperation with Regard to Litigation; Non-Disparagement; Return of Company Materials

  

 

16

  

Section 11.

 

Non-competition/Prior Employment Covenants

  

 

18

  

Section 12.

 

Non-solicitation of Employees and Customers

  

 

19

  

Section 13.

 

Standstill

  

 

19

  

Section 14.

 

Remedies

  

 

21

  

Section 15.

 

Resolution of Disputes

  

 

21

  

Section 16.

 

Indemnification

  

 

23

  

Section 17.

 

Potential Reduction in Payments

  

 

24

  

Section 18.

 

Effect of Agreement on Other Benefits

  

 

25

  

Section 19.

 

Assignability: Binding Nature; Solidary Obligations

  

 

25

  

Section 20.

 

Representation

  

 

25

  

Section 21.

 

Entire Agreement

  

 

25

  

Section 22.

 

Amendment or Waiver

  

 

25

  

Section 23.

 

Severability

  

 

26

  

Section 24.

 

Survival

  

 

26

  

Section 25.

 

Beneficiaries/References

  

 

26

  

Section 26.

 

Governing Law/Exclusive Jurisdiction

  

 

26

  

Section 27.

 

Notices

  

 

26

  

Section 28.

 

Captions

  

 

27

  

Section 29.

 

Counterparts

  

 

27

  

Section 30.

 

Section 409A Compliance

  

 

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EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of the 1st day of November, 2011 (the “Effective Date”), by and among Amedisys, Inc., a Delaware corporation having its headquarters at 5959 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816 (“Amedisys” or the “Company”), Amedisys Holding, L.L.C., a Louisiana limited liability company having its headquarters at 5959 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816 (“Holding”), and Ronald A. LaBorde, a person of the age of majority having an address at [Redacted] (“Executive”).

RECITALS

WHEREAS, the Company and Holding desire to employ Executive as the Company’s President, and Executive desires to accept such employment, pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants contained herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is mutually acknowledged, the Company, Holding and Executive (individually a “Party” and together the “Parties”) agree to be bound in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

Section 1. Recitals. The above Recitals are incorporated herein by this reference.

Section 2. Definitions.

(a) The terms below are used in this Agreement, including the preamble and recitals, as so defined. As used herein, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

AAA” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 15.

“Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Award” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).

“Award Gain” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).

“Base Salary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

“Beneficial Owner” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Board” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(d).

“Cause” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(b).

“Change in Control” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

 

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“COBRA” shall mean the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1984.

“COBRA Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Sections 8(c) and 8(e).

“Code” shall mean the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor provision of law, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

“Committee” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

“Company” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Confidential Information” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 10(c).

“Continued Participation Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Sections 8(c) and 8(e).

“Disability” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(a).

“Earliest Payment Date” shall mean (i) if the amount paid is subject to Section 409A of the Code and does not qualify for an exemption under Section 409A of the Code or regulations or other guidance promulgated thereunder, the fifty-second (52nd) day after Executive’s termination of employment and (ii) if the amount paid is not subject to Section 409A of the Code or qualifies for an exemption under Section 409A of the Code or regulations or other guidance promulgated thereunder, the earlier of the date in (i) above or the first date that Executive’s release of claims (as described in Section 8(i)) becomes irrevocable.

“Effective Date” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Exchange Act” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Excise Tax” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 17(a).

“Executive” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Fair Market Value” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 6.

“Forfeiture Event” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9(a).

“409A Payment Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(j).

“Good Reason” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Holding” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble above.

“Net After-Tax Receipt” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 17(b).

 

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“Party” shall have the meaning set forth in the Recitals above.

“Parties” shall have the meaning set forth in the Recitals above.

“Payments” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 17(a).

“Person” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Prior Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the Recitals above.

“Proceeding” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 15(a).

“Restricted Area” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 11(a).

“Restriction Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 11(b).

“Retirement” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(f).

“Severance Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Significant Subsidiary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(c).

“Standstill” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 13.

“Subsidiary” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 10(d).

“Target Bonus” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(b).

“Third Party” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 17(d).

“Term of Employment” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

“Willful” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(b).

(b) References to “Sections,” “Subsections,” and “Attachments” shall be to Sections, Subsections and Attachments, respectively, of this Agreement unless otherwise specifically provided. Any of the terms defined in Section 2(a) may, unless the context otherwise requires, be used in the singular or the plural depending on the reference. In this Agreement, “hereof,” “herein,” “hereto,” “hereunder” and the like mean and refer to this Agreement as a whole and not merely to the specific section, paragraph or clause in which the respective word appears; words importing gender include the other gender; references to “writing” include printing, typing lithography and other means of reproducing words in a tangible or visible form; the words “including,” “includes” and “include” shall be deemed to be followed by the words “without limitation;” references to agreements and other contractual instruments shall be deemed to include subsequent amendments, assignments, and other modifications thereto, but only to the extent such amendments, assignments and other modifications are not prohibited by the terms of

 

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this Agreement; references to Parties include their respective permitted successors and assigns; and all references to statutes and regulations shall include any amendments of same and any successor statutes and regulations.

Section 3. Term of Employment.

(a) The term of Executive’s employment under this Agreement (the “Term of Employment”) shall commence on the Effective Date and expire on December 31, 2013 or such later date as agreed upon by the Parties pursuant to Section 3(b), below, unless terminated prior thereto in accordance herewith. This Agreement shall not be automatically renewable and, unless mutually extended by the Parties by an agreement in writing, shall terminate upon the expiration of the Term of Employment; provided, however, that:

(i) simultaneously with the expiration of the Term of Employment and termination of this Agreement, Executive’s employment shall continue on an “at will” basis unless or until such “at will” employment is terminated by the Company or Executive by notice in writing;

(ii) during the term of such “at will” employment, (A) if there is a termination by Executive with Good Reason (as defined below) or (B) if there is a termination by the Company without Cause (as defined below), in either such case, whether such termination for Good Reason or without Cause occurs prior to or following a Change in Control (as defined below) [n.b., solely for purposes of determining whether there is a Good Reason termination under this clause (ii) of this Section 3(a) and for purposes of calculating the benefits to Executive of a termination by Executive for Good Reason or by the Company without Cause, the provisions of Sections 4, 5 and 6 shall be deemed to be in full force and effect during the “at will” employment period], Executive shall be entitled to and his sole remedies for such termination (subject to the immediately following clause (iii)) shall be as set forth in Section 8(c) (which Section 8(c) shall continue in full force and effect during the “at will” employment period), and not as set forth in Section 8(e); and

(iii) as provided in Section 24, (x) the provisions of Sections 1 and 2, this second sentence of this Section 3(a), Sections 8(g), (h), (i), (j) and (m), and Sections 9 through 30 of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement and remain in full force and effect in accordance with their terms, and (y) the termination of this Agreement shall not affect any rights or obligations of the Parties accrued under this Agreement prior to or in connection with such termination and, with respect to such surviving provisions and those that survive under Section 3(a), thereafter.

(b) Absent extenuating circumstances, the Parties envision that they will negotiate an amendment to this Agreement prior to the end of each calendar year extending the Term of Employment for an additional year; it being understood and agreed, however, that neither Party shall have a legal obligation to actually enter into any such amendment. Accordingly, beginning in October, 2013 and continuing each subsequent October during the Term of Employment, the Parties shall meet to discuss Executive’s performance during the year and the possibility of

 

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extending the Term of Employment for an additional year, and may also discuss additional proposed modifications of the other terms of this Agreement, with a view toward concluding such discussions, and, assuming they actually come to agreement, entering into an amendment to this Agreement prior to the end of the calendar year. In connection with all such discussions, it is understood and agreed (i) that neither Party shall have any legal obligation to actually enter into any such amendment, (ii) that no such amendment shall exist unless and until approved by the Committee (as defined below) and/or the Board (as defined below) and the requirements of Section 22 are satisfied with respect thereto, and (iii) that the Company may, in its discretion and without any liability or obligation of any kind, elect to handle negotiations with Executive differently than it handles similar negotiations with other senior executives of the Company.

Section 4. Title, Position, Duties and Responsibilities.

(a) Generally. Executive shall serve as President of the Company. Executive shall have and perform such duties, responsibilities, and authorities as are customary for the President of corporations of similar size and businesses as the Company as they may exist from time to time and as are consistent with such positions and status. Executive shall devote all of his business time and attention (except for periods of vacation or absence due to illness and other activities permitted pursuant to Section 4(b)) and his best efforts, abilities, experience and talent to the position of President and for the Company’s businesses.

(b) Other Activities. Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, nothing in this Agreement shall preclude Executive from (i) serving on the boards of directors of a reasonable number of other corporations after prior consultation with and approval of the Board or the boards of a reasonable number of trade associations and/or charitable organizations, (ii) engaging in charitable activities and community affairs, and (iii) managing his personal investments and affairs, provided that such activities do not materially interfere with the proper performance of his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement.

(c) Place of Employment. Executive’s principal place of employment shall be the corporate offices of the Company.

(d) Rank of Executive Within Company. As President of the Company, Executive shall report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the Company or as the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) may otherwise direct.

(e) Board Membership. Until the expiration of the Term of Employment, the Company shall use its reasonable best efforts, to the extent not inconsistent with applicable laws, rules, regulations and good governance standards, to nominate and cause the election of Executive to the Board. If Executive is not elected to and serving on the Board at any time during the Term of Employment, Executive shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement and be entitled to the remedies provided in Section 8(c) for a termination without Cause/for Good Reason. For so long as he is serving on the Board, Executive agrees to serve as a member of any committee of the Board to which he is elected.

 

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Section 5. Base Salary; Bonus; Equity Awards.

(a) Base Salary. Executive shall be paid an annualized salary, payable in accordance with the regular payroll practices of the Company, of not less than Four Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($475,000) (“Base Salary”). The Base Salary shall be reviewed for increase (but not decrease) by the Compensation Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board no less than annually.

(b) Bonus. Executive shall be eligible to participate in an annual incentive (cash bonus) plan with target award and maximum award opportunities approved from year to year by the Board and/or the Committee. The amount of target annual incentive approved by the Board and/or the Committee for any given year is herein referred to as the “Target Bonus” and shall not be less than Three Hundred Fifty-Six Thousand, Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($356,250) for fiscal year 2012. The maximum incentive award opportunity approved by the Board and/or the Committee for fiscal year 2012 shall not be less than one hundred fifty percent (150%) of the Target Bonus. Entitlement to and payment of an annual incentive bonus is subject to the approval of the Board and/or the Committee.

(c) Initial Retention Equity Award. As of the Effective Date, the Company shall award Executive thirty-six thousand, one hundred seventy-seven (36,177) shares of non-vested Company common stock, which share grant shall be governed by the terms of the Company’s 2008 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan and a separate non-vested share agreement entered into between the Company and Executive. The shares granted shall vest ratably on the first, second, third and fourth anniversaries of the Effective Date, provided that Executive remains continuously employed by the Company through each such date.

(d) Annual Equity (Long Term Incentive) Awards. Subject to the approval of the Board and/or the Committee, Executive shall be eligible for annual equity (long-term incentive) awards in the form of shares of restricted and/or non-vested Company common stock and/or securities exercisable for or convertible into shares of Company common stock pursuant to the terms of the Company’s 2008 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan (or any successor plan), commencing contemporaneously with the 2012 long-term incentive award grants to the Company’s other executive officers and continuing each year thereafter. The grant date target value of Executive’s annual long-term incentive grant opportunity for the 2012 fiscal year shall not be less than Seven Hundred Twelve Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars ($712,500) (in each case such value is to be determined in accordance with the Company’s methodologies for valuing such awards at the time of any such award), and, in any event, will be subject to the approval of the Board and/or the Committee. Executive hereby agrees and acknowledges that the actual value of awards, if any, will be based upon Executive’s performance and the metrics used for other executive officers of the Company, provided that no greater than sixty percent (60%) of the target value of any such annual long-term incentive award shall be subject to performance-based (as opposed to tenure-based) vesting conditions, as established by the Board and/or the Committee.

Section 6. Employee Incentive Compensation and Benefit Programs. While Executive remains employed by the Company, Executive shall be entitled to participate, consistent with his rank and position (to the extent applicable), in addition to the annual incentive

 

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plans referenced in Section 5, in such other compensation, pension and welfare benefit plans and programs of the Company as are made available to the Company’s senior level executives or to its employees generally, as such plans or programs may be in effect from time to time, including, without limitation, deferral, health, medical, dental, long-term disability, travel accident and life insurance plans, subject to eligibility. The Company expressly retains the right to modify or terminate any such compensation, pension and welfare benefit plans and programs in its sole discretion. In no case shall Executive be awarded any options or stock appreciation rights with an exercise price less than 100% of Fair Market Value. For purposes of this Agreement, “Fair Market Value” shall be equal to the price of the Company’s stock on the date of grant of such award as determined pursuant to the related award.

Section 7. Reimbursement of Business and Other Expenses. Executive is authorized to incur reasonable expenses in carrying out his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement, and the Company shall promptly reimburse him for all such business expenses incurred in connection therewith, subject to documentation in accordance with the Company’s business expense reimbursement policies. All such reimbursements will be made in any event no later than the last day of Executive’s taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred. The expenses reimbursed by the Company during any taxable year of Executive will not affect the expenses reimbursed by the Company in another taxable year. Further, this right to reimbursement is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.

Section 8. Termination of Employment.

(a) Termination Due to Death or Disability. In the event Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated due to his death or Disability (as defined below), Executive, his estate or his beneficiaries, as the case may be, shall be entitled to, and his or their sole remedies under this Agreement shall be:

(i) Base Salary through the date of death or Disability, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment as a result of death or Disability;

(ii) the balance of any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid), which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment as a result of death or Disability;

(iii) the immediate vesting of all unvested equity awards held by Executive as of the date of death or Disability (performance-based awards shall vest at the “target” level); and

(iv) all other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans and programs of the Company.

For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Disability” has the same meaning as provided in the long-term disability plan or policy maintained (or, if applicable, most recently maintained) by the Company or, if applicable, a Subsidiary (as defined below) or affiliate of the Company for

 

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Executive, whether or not Executive actually receives disability benefits under the plan or policy. If no long-term disability plan or policy was ever maintained on behalf of Executive, “Disability” means “Permanent and Total Disability” as defined in Section 22(e)(3) of the Code. In a dispute, the determination whether Executive has suffered a Disability will be made by the Committee and may be supported by the advice of a physician competent in the area to which that Disability relates.

(b) Termination by the Company for Cause.

(i) “Cause” shall mean:

(A) Executive’s willful and material breach of Sections 10, 11 or 12 of this Agreement;

(B) Executive is convicted of, or enters a plea of nolo contendere to, a felony;

(C) Executive engages in conduct that constitutes willful gross neglect or willful gross misconduct in carrying out his duties under this Agreement, willful violation of the Company’s code of conduct, or willfully fails to follow reasonable and lawful directives of the Board which are consistent with this Agreement resulting, in either case, in material harm to the financial condition or reputation of the Company; or

(D) Executive engages in an act or series of acts constituting misconduct resulting in a misstatement of the Company’s financial statements due to material non-compliance with any financial reporting requirement within the meaning of Section 304 of The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.

For purposes of this Agreement, an act or failure to act on Executive’s part shall be considered “willful” if it was done or omitted to be done by him intentionally and not in good faith, and shall not include any act or failure to act resulting from any incapacity of Executive.

(ii) A termination for Cause shall not take effect until a determination by the Board that, in its judgment, grounds for termination of Executive for Cause exist.

(iii) In the event the Company terminates Executive’s employment for Cause, he shall be entitled to:

(A) Base Salary through the date of the termination of his employment for Cause, which shall be paid in a single lump sum at the time set out in Section 8(j) and (m) if such provisions are applicable with respect to such payment, or, if such provisions are not applicable, not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

 

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(B) any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid) and not subject to Section 409A of the Code, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment; and

(C) other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans or programs of the Company.

(c) Termination by the Company Without Cause or Termination by Executive With Good Reason Prior to a Change in Control. In the event Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated without Cause (meaning Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company for any reason other than Cause (as defined in Section 8(b)), other than due to death or Disability, which termination shall be effective as of the date specified by the Company in a written notice to Executive, or in the event Executive terminates his employment with Good Reason (as defined below), in either case prior to a Change in Control (as defined below), Executive shall be entitled to:

(i) Base Salary through the date of termination of Executive’s employment, which shall be paid in a single lump sum at the time set out in Section 8(j) and (m) if such provisions are applicable with respect to such payment, or, if such provisions are not applicable, not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(ii) an amount equal to one and one-half (1.5) times the sum of (A) the Base Salary, at the annualized rate in effect on the date of termination of Executive’s employment (or in the event a reduction in Base Salary is a basis for a termination with Good Reason, then the Base Salary in effect immediately prior to such reduction), and (B) the greater of (x) an amount equal to the cash bonus earned for the previous fiscal year or (y) Three Hundred Fifty-Six Thousand, Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($356,250), which amount shall be payable in substantially equal monthly installments in accordance with the Company’s payroll practices for a period of 18 months beginning with the calendar month that immediately follows the Earliest Payment Date (the “Severance Period”) unless otherwise required to be paid in accordance with Section 8(j);

(iii) the balance of any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid) and not subject to Section 409A of the Code, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(iv) continued participation in the Company’s group health plans for Executive and his dependants who are qualified beneficiaries for purposes of continuation coverage under COBRA at the same benefit levels at which he and such dependants were participating on the date of the termination of his employment at the same premiums paid by similarly situated active employees during the applicable time period allowed for continuation of coverage under COBRA (the “COBRA Period”) until the earlier of the expiration of the Severance Period or the date on which Executive receives substantially comparable coverage and benefits under the group health plans of a subsequent employer

 

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(the “Continued Participation Period”); provided, however, if the COBRA Period terminates prior to the expiration of the Continued Participation Period, during the remainder of the Continued Participation Period Executive and such dependants will not be entitled to continued participation in the group health plans, and the Company will pay directly to Executive, on a monthly basis during the remainder of the Continued Participation Period, an amount equal to the amount previously expended monthly by the Company as of the end of the COBRA Period for Executive’s and such dependants’ continued participation in the group health plans, and

(v) other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans and programs of the Company.

A termination with “Good Reason” shall mean a termination of Executive’s employment at his initiative as provided in this Section 8(c) following the occurrence, without Executive’s written consent, of one or more of the following events (except as a result of a prior termination):

(A) a material reduction in Executive’s Base Salary other than in connection with a proportionate reduction in the base salaries of all similarly situated senior level executive employees;

(B) a relocation of the corporate offices of the Company outside a 50-mile radius of Baton Rouge, Louisiana;

(C) a material diminution of Executive’s authority, responsibilities or duties;

(D) any action or inaction occurs which constitutes a material breach by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement.

For purposes of this Agreement, Good Reason shall not be deemed to have occurred unless (i) Executive provides the Company with notice of one of the conditions described above within 90 days of the existence of the condition, (ii) the Company is provided at least 30 days to cure the condition and fails to cure same within such 30 day period and (iii) Executive terminates employment within at least 150 days of the existence of the condition.

A “Change in Control” shall be deemed to have occurred if:

(A) any Person (other than the Company, any trustee or other fiduciary holding securities under any employee benefit plan of the Company, or any company owned, directly or indirectly, by the stockholders of the Company immediately prior to the occurrence with respect to which the evaluation is being made in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of the common stock of the Company) becomes the Beneficial Owner (except that a Person shall be deemed to be the Beneficial Owner of all shares that any such Person has the right to acquire pursuant to any agreement or arrangement or upon exercise of conversion rights, warrants or options or otherwise, without regard to the sixty

 

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day period referred to in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of securities of the Company or any Significant Subsidiary (as defined below), representing 50% or more of the combined voting power of the Company’s or such subsidiary’s then outstanding securities;

(B) during any 12-month period, individuals who at the beginning of such period constitute the Board, and any new director (other than a director designated by a person who has entered into an agreement with the Company to effect a transaction described in clause (A), (C), or (D) of this paragraph) whose election by the Board or nomination for election by the Company’s stockholders was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the directors then still in office who either were directors at the beginning of the 12-month period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved but excluding for this purpose any such new director whose initial assumption of office occurs as a result of either an actual or threatened election contest (as such terms are used in Rule 14a-11 of Regulation 14A promulgated under the Exchange Act) or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of an individual, corporation, partnership, group, associate or other entity or Person other than the Board, cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board;

(C) the consummation of a merger or consolidation of the Company or any subsidiary owning directly or indirectly all or substantially all of the consolidated assets of the Company (a “Significant Subsidiary”) with any other entity, other than a merger or consolidation which would result in the voting securities of the Company or a Significant Subsidiary outstanding immediately prior thereto continuing to represent (either by remaining outstanding or by being converted into voting securities of the surviving or resulting entity) more than 50% of the combined voting power of the surviving or resulting entity outstanding immediately after such merger or consolidation; or

(D) the consummation of a sale or disposition of all or substantially all of the consolidated assets of the Company (other than such a sale or disposition immediately after which such assets will be owned directly or indirectly by the stockholders of the Company in substantially the same proportions as their ownership of the common stock of the Company immediately prior to such sale or disposition).

For purposes of this definition:

The term “Beneficial Owner” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Rule 13d-3 under the Exchange Act (including any successor to such Rule).

The term “Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, or any successor act thereto.

 

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The term “Person” shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 3(a)(9) of the Exchange Act and used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) thereof, including “group” as defined in Section 14(d) thereof.

(d) Voluntary Termination. In the event of a termination of employment by Executive on his own initiative, other than a termination due to death, a termination with Good Reason or a Retirement pursuant to Section 8(f) below, Executive shall have the same entitlements as provided in Section 8(b)(iii) above for a termination for Cause.

(e) Termination by the Company Without Cause or Termination by Executive With Good Reason Following a Change in Control. If Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated by the Company without Cause (which termination shall be effective as of the date specified by the Company in a written notice to Executive), other than due to death or Disability, or in the event Executive terminates his employment with Good Reason (as defined above), in either case within one year following a Change in Control (as defined above), Executive shall be entitled to:

(i) Base Salary through the date of termination of Executive’s employment, which shall be paid in a single lump sum at the time set out in Section 8(j) and (m) if such provisions are applicable with respect to such payment, or, if such provisions are not applicable, not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(ii) an amount equal to two (2) times the sum of (A) the Base Salary, at the annualized rate in effect on the date of termination of Executive’s employment (or in the event a reduction in Base Salary is a basis for a termination with Good Reason, then the Base Salary in effect immediately prior to such reduction), and (B) the greater of (x) an amount equal to the cash bonus earned for the previous fiscal year or (y) Three Hundred Fifty-Six Thousand, Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($356,250), which amount shall be payable in lump sum on the Earliest Payment Date, unless otherwise required to be paid in accordance with Section 8(j);

(iii) the balance of any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid) and not subject to Section 409A of the Code, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(iv) continued participation in the Company’s group health plans for Executive and his dependants who are qualified beneficiaries for purposes of continuation coverage under COBRA at the same benefit levels at which he and such dependants were participating on the date of the termination of his employment at the same premiums paid by similarly situated active employees during the applicable time period allowed for continuation of coverage under COBRA (the “COBRA Period”) until the earlier of the expiration of the Severance Period or the date on which Executive receives substantially comparable coverage and benefits under the group health plans of a subsequent employer (the “Continued Participation Period”); provided, however, if the COBRA Period terminates prior to the expiration of the Continued Participation Period, during the

 

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remainder of the Continued Participation Period Executive and such dependants will not be entitled to continued participation in the group health plans, and the Company will pay directly to Executive, on a monthly basis during the remainder of the Continued Participation Period, an amount equal to the amount previously expended monthly by the Company as of the end of the COBRA Period for Executive’s and such dependants’ continued participation in the group health plans, and

(v) other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans and programs of the Company.

Further, upon a Change of Control, all unvested equity awards held by Executive as of the date of the Change of Control shall vest (performance-based awards shall vest at the “target” level), and Executive shall be entitled to the benefit of all such awards immediately.

(f) Retirement. Upon Executive’s Retirement (as defined below), Executive shall be entitled to:

(i) Base Salary through the date of termination of Executive’s employment, which shall be paid in a single lump sum at the time set out in Section 8(j) and (m) if such provisions are applicable with respect to such payment, or, if such provisions are not applicable, not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(ii) the balance of any incentive awards earned as of December 31 of the prior year (but not yet paid) and not subject to Section 409A of the Code, which shall be paid in a single lump sum not later than 15 days following Executive’s termination of employment;

(iii) the immediate vesting of all unvested equity awards held by Executive as of the date of Retirement, other than awards which are intended to constitute performance-based compensation within the meaning of Section 162(m) of the Code and for which performance standards have not been met; and

(iv) all other or additional benefits then due or earned in accordance with applicable plans and programs of the Company.

For purposes of this Agreement, “Retirement” shall mean Executive’s voluntary retirement from employment with the Company: (i) after the age of 55, provided that Executive has been employed by the Company continuously for at least ten years as of the date of retirement, (ii) after the age of 60, provided that Executive has been employed by the Company continuously for at least five years as of the date of retirement or (iii) as approved by the Board in its sole discretion.

(g) No Mitigation; No Offset. In the event of any termination of employment, Executive shall be under no obligation to seek other employment; amounts due Executive under this Agreement shall not be offset by any remuneration attributable to any subsequent employment that he may obtain.

 

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(h) Nature of Payments. Any amounts due under this Section 8 are in the nature of severance payments considered to be reasonable by the Company and are not in the nature of a penalty.

(i) No Further Liability; Release. In the event of Executive’s termination of employment, payment made and performance by the Company in accordance with this Section 8 shall, subject to Section 24 hereof, operate to fully discharge and release the Company and its directors, officers, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates, stockholders, successors, assigns, agents and representatives from any further obligation or liability with respect to Executive’s rights under this Agreement. Other than payment and performance under this Section 8, and other than the rights of Executive that survive the termination of this Agreement, as provided in Section 24 hereof, the Company and its directors, officers, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates, stockholders, successors, assigns, agents and representatives shall have no further obligation or liability to Executive or any other person under this Agreement in the event of Executive’s termination of employment. The Company conditions the payment of any severance or other amounts pursuant to this Section 8 upon (A) the delivery by Executive to the Company of a release in a form satisfactory to the Company, substantially in the form attached hereto as Attachment 1, within such time following his termination of employment as will permit the release to become irrevocable on or before the Earliest Payment Date and (B) such release actually becoming irrevocable by the Earliest Payment Date.

(j) Section 409A Specified Employee. If Executive is a “specified employee” for purposes of Section 409A of the Code, to the extent required to comply with Section 409A of the Code, any payments required to be made pursuant to this Section 8 which are deferred compensation and subject to Section 409A of the Code (and do not qualify for an exemption thereunder) shall not commence until one day after the day which is six (6) months from the date of termination (determined under Section 8(m)). Should this Section 8(j) result in a delay of payments to Executive, on the first day any such payments may be made without incurring a penalty pursuant to Section 409A (the “409A Payment Date”), the Company shall begin to make such payments as described in this Section 8, provided that any amounts that would have been payable earlier but for application of this Section 8(j) shall be paid in lump-sum on the 409A Payment Date.

(k) Termination Without Cause Within 90 Days Prior to a Change in Control. Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if Executive’s employment with the Company is terminated without Cause within 90 days prior to the date on which the Change in Control occurs, such termination shall be deemed to have occurred after a Change in Control for purposes of this Agreement.

(l) Financial Security for Payments Following a Change in Control. Following a Change in Control, at the request of Executive, the Company or its successor shall provide financial security reasonably acceptable to Executive for its obligations to make payments required by this Agreement.

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employment or Retirement that gives rise to the payment also constitutes a “separation from service” within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code and the regulations issued thereunder, and solely for purposes of making the payments called for under this Section 8, the first date as of which Executive has a separation from service shall be treated as the date his employment terminates.

Section 9. Forfeiture Provisions.

(a) Forfeiture of Stock Options and Other Awards and Gains Realized Upon Prior Option Exercises or Award Settlements and Severance Payments. Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, (i) Executive’s violation of the restrictive covenants contained in Section 10 as they relate only to trade secrets, at any time while employed by the Company or thereafter, (ii) Executive’s violation of the restrictive covenants contained in Section 10 as they relate to all Confidential Information other than trade secrets, at any time while employed by the Company and for a period of 60 months thereafter or (iii) Executive’s violation of any of the restrictive covenants contained in Sections 11, 12 or 13 (each a “Forfeiture Event”) will result in:

(i) The unexercised portion of any stock option, whether or not vested, and any other Award (as defined below) not then settled (except for an Award that has not been settled solely due to an elective deferral by Executive and otherwise is not forfeitable in the event of any termination of Executive’s service) will be immediately forfeited and canceled upon the occurrence of the Forfeiture Event;

(ii) Executive will be obligated to repay to the Company, in cash, within five business days after demand is made therefor by the Company, the total amount of Award Gain (as defined herein) realized by Executive upon each exercise of a stock option or settlement of an Award (regardless of any elective deferral) that occurred (A) during the period commencing with the date that is 6 months prior to the occurrence of the Forfeiture Event and the date 18 months after the Forfeiture Date, if the Forfeiture Event occurred while Executive was employed by the Company or a Subsidiary or affiliate, or (B) during the period commencing 6 months prior to the date Executive’s employment by the Company terminated and ending 18 months after the date of such termination, if the Forfeiture Event occurred after Executive ceased to be so employed. For purposes of this Section 9, the term “Award Gain” shall mean (i), in respect of a given stock option exercise, the product of (X) the Fair Market Value per share of common stock at the date of such exercise (without regard to any subsequent change in the market price of shares) minus the exercise price times (Y) the number of shares as to which the stock option was exercised at that date, and (ii), in respect of any other settlement of an Award granted to Executive, the Fair Market Value of the cash or stock paid or payable to Executive (regardless of any elective deferral) less any cash or the Fair Market Value of any stock or property (other than an Award or award which would have itself then been forfeitable hereunder and excluding any payment of tax withholding) paid by Executive to the Company as a condition of or in connection such settlement; and

 

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(iii) Executive will be obligated to repay to the Company, in cash, within five business days after demand is made therefor by the Company, the total amount of any payments made by the Company to Executive or on Executive’s behalf under Sections 8(c)(ii), 8(c)(iv), 8(e)(ii), and 8(e)(iv).

For purposes of this Section 9, “Award” shall mean any cash award, stock option, stock appreciation right, restricted stock, deferred stock, bonus stock, dividend equivalent, or other stock-based or performance-based award or similar award, together with any related right or interest, granted to or held by Executive.

(b) Committee Discretion. The Committee may, in its discretion, waive in whole or in part the Company’s right to forfeiture under this Section 9, but no such waiver shall be effective unless evidenced by a writing signed by a duly authorized officer of the Company. In addition, the Committee may impose additional conditions on Awards, by inclusion of appropriate provisions in the document evidencing or governing any such Award.

Section 10. Confidentiality; Cooperation with Regard to Litigation; Non-Disparagement; Return of Company Materials.

(a) During the Term of Employment and thereafter, Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company, disclose to anyone (except in good faith in the ordinary course of business to a person who will be advised by Executive to keep such information confidential) or make use of any Confidential Information (as defined below), except in the performance of his duties hereunder or when required to do so by legal process, by any governmental agency having supervisory authority over the business of the Company or by any administrative or legislative body (including a committee thereof) that requires him to divulge, disclose or make accessible such information. In the event that Executive is so ordered, he shall give prompt written notice to the Company in order to allow the Company the opportunity to object to or otherwise resist such order.

(b) During the Term of Employment and thereafter, Executive shall not disclose the existence or contents of this Agreement beyond what is disclosed in the proxy statement or documents filed with the government unless and to the extent such disclosure is required by law, by a governmental agency, or in a document required by law to be filed with a governmental agency or in connection with enforcement of his rights under this Agreement. This restriction shall not apply to such disclosure by him to members of his immediate family, his tax, legal or financial advisors, any lender, or tax authorities, or to potential future employers to the extent necessary, each of whom shall be advised not to disclose such information.

(c) “Confidential Information” shall mean all information regarding the Company, its activities, business or customers that is the subject of reasonable efforts by the Company to maintain its confidentiality, including (i) information concerning the business of the Company or any Subsidiary including information relating to any of their products, product development, trade secrets, customers, suppliers, finances, and business plans and strategies, and (ii) information regarding the organization structure and the names, titles, status, compensation, benefits and other proprietary employment-related aspects of the employees of the Company and

 

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the Company’s employment practices. Excluded from the definition of Confidential Information is information (A) that is or becomes part of the public domain, other than through the breach of this Agreement by Executive or (B) regarding the Company’s business or industry properly acquired by Executive in the course of his career as an executive in the Company’s industry and independent of Executive’s employment by the Company. For this purpose, information known or available generally within the trade or industry of the Company or any Subsidiary shall be deemed to be known or available to the public.

(d) “Subsidiary” shall mean any corporation controlled directly or indirectly by the Company.

(e) Executive agrees to cooperate with the Company, during the Term of Employment and thereafter (including following Executive’s termination of employment for any reason), by making himself reasonably available to testify on behalf of the Company or any Subsidiary in any action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative, other than an action, suit, or proceeding in which Executive makes claims against the Company or in which the Company makes claims against him, and to assist the Company, or any Subsidiary, in any such action, suit, or proceeding, by providing information and meeting and consulting with the Board or its representatives or counsel, or representatives or counsel to the Company, or any Subsidiary as requested; provided, however that the same does not materially interfere with his then current professional activities; and provided, further, that nothing contained in this Section 10(e) is intended to prevent Executive from exercising his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. The Company agrees to reimburse Executive, on an after-tax basis, for all reasonable expenses (including legal fees and expenses) actually incurred in connection with his provision of testimony or assistance.

(f) Executive agrees that, during the Term of Employment and thereafter (including following Executive’s termination of employment for any reason) he will not make statements or representations, or otherwise communicate, directly or indirectly, in writing, orally, or otherwise, or take any action which may, directly or indirectly, disparage the Company or any Subsidiary or their respective officers, directors, employees, advisors, businesses or reputations. The Company agrees that, during the Term of Employment and thereafter (including following Executive’s termination of employment for any reason) the Company will not make statements or representations, or otherwise communicate, directly or indirectly, in writing, orally, or otherwise, or take any action which may directly or indirectly, disparage Executive or his business or reputation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Section 10(f) shall preclude either Executive or the Company from making truthful statements or disclosures that are required by applicable law, regulation, or legal process or otherwise pursuing, in good faith, enforcement of their respective rights under this Agreement.

(g) Executive recognizes that all Confidential Information and copies or reproductions thereof, relating to the Company’s operations and activities made or received by Executive in the course of his Employment are the exclusive property of the Company. Upon any termination of employment, Executive agrees to deliver any Company property and any documents, notes, drawings, specifications, computer software, data and other materials of any nature pertaining to any Confidential Information that are held by Executive and will not take

 

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any of the foregoing, or any reproduction of any of the foregoing, that is embodied in any tangible medium of expression, provided that the foregoing shall not prohibit Executive from retaining his personal phone directories and rolodexes.

Section 11. Non-competition/Prior Employment Covenants.

(a) During Executive’s employment by the Company, Executive shall refrain from, without the written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, whether individually or as an employee, consultant, principal, agent, officer, director, partner, shareholder (except as a less than one percent shareholder of a publicly traded company) or owner of or in any capacity with any corporation, partnership, business, company or other entity, carrying on or engaging in, or assisting another to carry on or engage in, any other business, work or activity similar to the business, work or activity of the Company or its affiliates. During the Restriction Period (as defined below), Executive shall refrain from, without the written consent of the Company, directly or indirectly, whether individually or as an employee, consultant, principal, agent, officer, director, partner, shareholder (except as a less than one percent shareholder of a publicly traded company) or owner of or in any capacity with any corporation, partnership, business, company or other entity, (i) carrying on or engaging in, or assisting another to carry on or engage in, any other business, work or activity similar to the business, work or activity of the Company or its affiliates in the geographical areas listed on Attachment 2 (the “Restricted Areas”) in which the Company or its affiliates are then engaged in business, and (ii) soliciting customers of the Company or its affiliates in the Restricted Area. The Parties acknowledge that home health care and hospice are similar “businesses” for the purposes of this Section 11 and that the work and activity of the Company includes filing applications with Federal and state regulatory authorities in connection with establishing “start-up” home health care and hospice agencies. The Parties further acknowledge that the Company is expanding and in order to prevent ongoing, repetitious amendments to this Agreement solely for the purpose of updating the Restricted Areas, the Parties agree that the Restricted Areas, inclusive of Attachment 2, shall be self-amending to include all parishes, counties and States in which the Company conducts business or actively solicits business at any time during Executive’s employment with the Company and in no event shall such Restricted Areas be less than that contained in Attachment 2. The Parties intend and agree that Executive’s continued employment thereafter shall serve as the Parties’ constructive acceptance of an amendment to enlarge the Restricted Areas.

(b) For the purposes of this Section 11, “Restriction Period” shall mean the period beginning with the Effective Date and ending with:

(i) in the case of a termination of Executive’s employment by the Company without Cause or a termination by Executive with Good Reason, pursuant to Section 8(c)(whether during or after the Term of Employment), the Restriction Period shall terminate 18 months from the date of such termination;

(ii) in the case of a termination of Executive’s employment for Cause pursuant to Section 8(b) or in the case of a voluntary termination of Executive’s employment pursuant to Section 8(d) above (whether during or after the Term of Employment), 18 months from the date of such termination;

 

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(iii) in the case of a Retirement pursuant to Section 8(f) above or a termination due to Disability pursuant to Section 8(a), 18 months from the date of Retirement or the date of the termination due to Disability;

(iv) in the case of any termination of Executive’s employment pursuant to Section 8(e) above, 18 months from the date of such termination.

(c) Executive represents and warrants to the Company that performance of Executive’s duties pursuant to this Agreement will not violate any agreements with or trade secrets of any other person or entity or previous employers, including without limitation agreements containing provisions against solicitation or competition.

Section 12. Non-solicitation of Employees and Customers. During the period beginning with the Effective Date and ending 18 months following the termination of Executive’s employment for any reason, Executive shall not induce: (i) employees of the Company or any Subsidiary to terminate their employment (provided, however, that the foregoing shall not be construed to prevent Executive from engaging in general non-targeted advertising for employees generally), or (ii) customers of the Company or any Subsidiary to terminate their relationship with the Company, within the Restricted Areas. During such period, Executive shall not hire, either directly or through any employee, agent or representative, any employee of the Company or any Subsidiary or any person who was employed by the Company or any Subsidiary within 180 days of such hiring.

Section 13. Standstill. Executive agrees that for a period of 18 months from the date of Executive’s termination of employment for any reason, neither Executive nor any of his affiliates or persons or entities acting at his direction or with his assistance will, unless specifically invited in writing by the Board, acting by resolution approved by a majority of all members of the Board, directly or indirectly, in any manner (the obligations pursuant to this Section 13 being referred to as, the “Standstill”):

(a) acquire, offer or propose to acquire, solicit an offer to sell or agree to acquire, directly or indirectly, alone or in concert with others, by purchase, tender offer, exchange offer, through the acquisition or control of another person or entity, or otherwise, any direct or indirect beneficial interest in any voting securities or direct or indirect rights, warrants or options to acquire, or securities convertible into or exchangeable for, any voting securities of the Company or any Subsidiary, other than the acquisition in the aggregate of less than one-half of one percent of the outstanding voting securities of the Company;

(b) make, or in any way participate in, directly or indirectly, alone or in concert with others, any “solicitation” (as such term is used in the proxy rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission promulgated pursuant to Section 14 of the Exchange Act) of proxies or consents to vote, whether subject to or exempt from the proxy rules, or seek to advise, encourage or influence in any manner whatsoever any person or entity with respect to the voting of any voting securities of the Company or any Subsidiary;

 

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(c) initiate, propose or “solicit” (as such term is used in the proxy rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission) stockholders of the Company or any Subsidiary for the approval of stockholder proposals whether made pursuant to Rule 14a-8 or Rule 14a-4 under the Exchange Act, or otherwise, or cause or encourage or attempt to cause or encourage others to initiate any such stockholder proposal; or otherwise communicate with the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ stockholders or others in connection with the solicitation of proxies or consents or matters presented to the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ stockholders;

(d) form, join or any way participate in a “group” within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) of the Exchange Act with respect to any voting securities of the Company or the Subsidiaries;

(e) acquire, offer to acquire or agree to acquire, directly or indirectly, alone or in concert with others, by purchase, exchange or otherwise, (i) any of the assets, tangible and intangible, of the Company or any Subsidiary or (ii) direct or indirect rights, warrants or options to acquire any assets of the Company or any Subsidiary;

(f) arrange, or in any way participate, directly or indirectly, in any financing for the purchase of any voting securities or securities convertible or exchangeable into or exercisable for any voting securities or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary;

(g) otherwise act, alone or in concert with others, to seek to propose to the Company or any Subsidiary or any of their respective stockholders or make any public statement with respect to any merger, business combination, consolidation, sale, tender offer, exchange offer, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, liquidation, recapitalization or other transaction involving the Company or any Subsidiary;

(h) seek, alone or in concert with others, to control, change or influence the management, the Board or policies of the Company or any Subsidiary, or otherwise seek, alone or in concert with others, election or appointment to or representation on, or to nominate or propose the nomination of any candidate to, the Board or the removal of any member of the Board, or propose any matter to be voted upon by the stockholders of the Company or any Subsidiary;

(i) make any publicly disclosed proposal, public statement, public inquiry or public disclosure of any intention, plan, or arrangement (whether written or oral) inconsistent with the foregoing, or make or disclose any request or proposal to amend, waive or terminate any provision of this Standstill or seek permission to or make any public announcement with respect to any provision of the Standstill; or

(j) announce an intention to do, or to enter into any arrangement or understanding with others (whether written or oral) to do, or to finance, intentionally advise, enable, assist or encourage others to do any of the actions restricted or prohibited under clauses (a) through (j) of this Standstill, or take any action that might result in the Company having to make a public announcement regarding any of the matters referred to in clauses (a) through (j) of this Standstill,

 

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or otherwise intentionally take, or solicit, or cause or encourage others to take, any action inconsistent with the foregoing.

Section 14. Remedies. In addition to whatever other rights and remedies the Company may have at equity or in law (including without limitation, the right to seek monetary damages), if Executive breaches any of the provisions contained in Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13, the Company (a) shall have its rights under Section 9 of this Agreement, (b) shall, notwithstanding Section 15, have the right to immediately terminate all payments and benefits due under this Agreement (other than payments under Section 16 of this Agreement, to the extent that Executive’s right to indemnification was not triggered by Executive’s breach of this Agreement) and (c) shall, notwithstanding Section 15 of this Agreement, have the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief, including but not limited to, the right to seek a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction or permanent injunction, without the requirement to prove actual damages or to post any bond or other security. Executive hereby waves the requirement of posting bond or other security and acknowledges that such a breach of Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13 would cause irreparable injury and that money damages alone would not provide an adequate remedy for the Company; provided, however, the foregoing shall not prevent Executive from contesting the issuance of any such injunction on the ground that no violation or threatened violation of Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13 has occurred.

Section 15. Resolution of Disputes. In the event that a Party to this Agreement has any claim, right or cause of action against another Party to this Agreement, which the Parties are unable to settle by agreement between themselves, such claim, right or cause of action, to the extent that the relief sought by such Party is for monetary damages or awards, will be determined by arbitration in accordance with the provisions of this Section 15. Except as provided in this Section 15, the arbitration will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (the “AAA”). The arbitration and all arbitration proceedings shall be kept confidential

(a) The Party claiming a cause of action or breach of this Agreement shall first provide the other Party with written notice of the breach. If the breach is not remedied within 15 days of said notice, the Party claiming the breach may request arbitration by serving upon the other a demand therefor, in writing, specifying the matter to be submitted to arbitration, and nominating a competent disinterested person to act as an arbitrator. Within 15 days after receipt of such written demand and nomination, the other Party will, in writing, nominate a competent disinterested person, and the two arbitrators so designated will, within 15 days thereafter, select a third arbitrator. The three arbitrators will give immediate written notice of such selection to the Parties and will fix in said notice a time and place of the meeting of the arbitrators which will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where all proceedings will be conducted, and will be held as soon as conveniently possible (but in no event later than 45 days after the appointment of the third arbitrator), at which time and place the Parties to the controversy will appear and be heard with respect to the right, claim or cause of action. In case the notified Party or Parties will fail to make a selection upon notice within the time period specified, the Party asserting such claim will appoint an arbitrator on behalf of the notified Party. In the event that the first two arbitrators selected will fail to agree upon a third arbitrator within 15 days after their selection, then such

 

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arbitrator may, upon application made by either of the Parties to the controversy, be appointed by the AAA.

(b) Each Party will present such testimony, examinations and investigations in accordance with such procedures and regulations as may be determined by the arbitrators and will also recommend to the arbitrators a monetary award to be adopted by the arbitrators as the complete disposition of such claim, right or cause of action. After hearing the Parties in regard to the matter in dispute, the arbitrators will make their determination with respect to such claim, right or cause of action, within 30 days of the completion of the examination, by majority decision signed in writing (together with a brief written statement of the reasons for adopting such recommendation), and will deliver such written determination to each of the Parties. The decision of said arbitrators, absent fraud, duress or manifest error, will be final and binding upon the Parties to such controversy and may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. The arbitrators may consult with and engage disinterested third parties to advise the arbitrators. The arbitrators shall not award any punitive damages. If any of the arbitrators selected hereunder should die, resign or be unable to perform his or her duties hereunder, the remaining arbitrators or the AAA shall select a replacement arbitrator. The procedure set forth in this Section for selecting the arbitrators shall be followed from time to time as necessary. As to any claim, controversy, dispute or disagreement that under the terms hereof is made subject to arbitration, no lawsuit based on such matters shall be instituted by any of the Parties, other than to compel arbitration proceedings or enforce the award of a majority of the arbitrators. All privileges under Louisiana and federal law, including attorney-client and work-product privileges, shall be preserved and protected to the same extent that such privileges would be protected in a federal court proceeding applying Louisiana law.

(c) The Company shall be responsible for advancing the cost of the arbitrators as well as the other costs of the arbitration. Each Party will pay the fees and expenses of its own counsel, except that with respect to those claims for which Executive is ultimately the prevailing party, the Company shall reimburse all of Executive’s reasonable out-of-pocket legal fees and expenses incurred in connection with asserting or defending against claims as to which Executive prevails within thirty (30) days of receipt of a written demand accompanied by reasonable documentation in support thereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such reimbursements will be made in no event later than the last day of Executive’s taxable year following the taxable year in which the expense was incurred; the expenses reimbursed by the Company during any taxable year of Executive will not affect the expenses reimbursed by the Company in another taxable year; and this right to reimbursement is not subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section 15, in the event that a Party against whom any claim, right or cause of action is asserted commences, or has commenced against it, bankruptcy, insolvency or similar proceedings, the Party or Parties asserting such claim, right or cause of action will have no obligations under this Section 15 and may assert such claim, right or cause of action in the manner and forum it deems appropriate, subject to applicable laws. No determination or decision by the arbitrators pursuant to this Section 15 will limit or restrict the ability of any Party hereto to obtain or seek in any appropriate forum, any relief or remedy that is not a monetary award or money damages.

 

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(e) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section 15, if the Company is seeking injunctive or other equitable relief from a dispute arising under or in connection with Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13, the arbitration requirements of this Section 15 shall not apply.

(f) Any court proceedings relating to this Agreement shall be filed exclusively in the federal and state courts domiciled in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the Parties hereto consent to the venue and jurisdiction of such courts.

Section 16. Indemnification.

(a) Company Indemnity. The Company agrees that if Executive is made a party, or is threatened to be made a party, to any action, suit or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative or investigative (a “Proceeding”), by reason of the fact that he is or was a director, officer or employee of the Company or any Subsidiary or is or was serving at the request of the Company or any Subsidiary as a director, officer, member, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, including service with respect to employee benefit plans, whether the basis of such Proceeding is Executive’s alleged action or failure to act in an official capacity as a director, officer, employee or agent or while serving as a director, officer, member, employee or agent, Executive shall be indemnified and held harmless by the Company to the fullest extent legally permitted or authorized by the Company’s certificate of incorporation or bylaws or resolutions of the Company’s Board or, if greater, by the laws of the State of Delaware (or, with respect to Holding, the laws of the State of Louisiana), against all cost, expense, liability and loss (including, without limitation, attorney’s fees, judgments, fines, ERISA excise taxes or penalties and amounts paid or to be paid in settlement) reasonably incurred or suffered by Executive in connection therewith, provided Executive provides Company with prompt notice of such action or threatened action (but failure to provide prompt notice shall not prejudice Executive except to the extent it actually prejudices the Company). Such indemnification shall continue as to Executive even if he has ceased to be a director, member, officer, employee or agent of the Company or other entity and shall inure to the benefit of Executive’s heirs, executors and administrators. The Company shall advance to Executive all reasonable costs and expenses to be incurred by him in connection with a Proceeding within 20 days after receipt by the Company of a written request for such advance. Such request shall include an undertaking by Executive to repay the amount of such advance if it shall ultimately be determined that he is not entitled to be indemnified against such costs and expenses. The provisions of this Section 16(a) shall not be deemed exclusive of any other rights of indemnification to which Executive may be entitled or which may be granted to him, and it shall be in addition to any rights of indemnification to which he may be entitled under any policy of insurance.

(b) No Presumption Regarding Standard of Conduct. Neither the failure of the Company (including its Board, independent legal counsel or stockholders) to have made a determination prior to the commencement of any proceeding concerning payment of amounts claimed by Executive under Section 16(a) above that indemnification of Executive is proper because he has met the applicable standard of conduct, nor a determination by the Company (including its Board, independent legal counsel or stockholders) that Executive has not met such

 

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applicable standard of conduct, shall create a presumption that Executive has not met the applicable standard of conduct.

Section 17. Potential Reduction in Payments

(a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, if any payment, distribution, or other benefit provided by the Company to or for the benefit of Executive, whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise (collectively, the “Payments”), (x) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, and (y) but for this Section 17 would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code or any similar or successor provision thereto (the “Excise Tax”), then the Payments shall be either:

(i) delivered in full pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, or

(ii) delivered to such lesser extent as would result in no portion of the payments being subject to the Excise Tax

as determined in accordance with Section 17(b).

(b) The determination of whether Section 17(a)(i) or Section 17(a)(ii) shall be given effect shall be made by the Company on the basis of which of such clauses results in the receipt by the Executive of the greater Net After-Tax Receipt (as defined below) of the aggregate Payments; provided, however, that if the Net After-Tax Receipt of the aggregate Payments under Section 17(a)(i) does not exceed the Net After-Tax Receipt of the aggregate Payments under Section 17(a)(ii) by Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($25,000) or greater, Section 17(a)(ii) automatically shall be given effect. The term “Net After-Tax Receipt” shall mean the present value (as determined in accordance with Section 280G of the Code) of the payments net of all applicable federal, state and local income, employment, and other applicable taxes and the Excise Tax.

(c) If Section 17(a)(ii) is given effect, the reduction shall be accomplished first by reducing cash Payments under Section 8(e)(ii) of this Agreement and then by forfeiting any equity-based awards that vest and become payable under Section 8(e)(iv) of this Agreement, starting with the most recent equity-based awards that vest pursuant to such section, to the extent necessary to accomplish such reduction.

(d) Unless the Company and Executive otherwise agree in writing, any determination required under this Section 17 shall be made by the Company’s independent accountants or compensation consultants (the “Third Party”), after due consideration of Executive’s comments with respect to the interpretation and application thereof, and all such determinations shall be conclusive, final and binding on the parties hereto. The Company and Executive shall furnish to the Third Party such information and documents as the Third Party may reasonably request in order to make a determination under this Section 17. The Company shall bear all fees and costs of the Third Party with respect to all determinations under or contemplated by this Section 17.

 

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Section 18. Effect of Agreement on Other Benefits. Except as specifically provided in this Agreement, the existence of this Agreement shall not be interpreted to preclude, prohibit or restrict Executive’s participation in any other employee benefit or other plans or programs in which he currently participates.

Section 19. Assignability: Binding Nature; Solidary Obligations. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Parties and their respective successors, heirs (in the case of Executive) and permitted assigns. No rights or obligations of the Company under this Agreement may be assigned or transferred by the Company except that such rights or obligations may be assigned or transferred in connection with a Change of Control of the Company, provided that the assignee or transferee is the successor to all or substantially all of the assets of the Company and such assignee or transferee assumes the liabilities, obligations and duties of the Company, as contained in this Agreement, either contractually or as a matter of law. The Company further agrees that, in the event of a Change of Control, it shall take whatever action it legally can in order to cause such assignee or transferee to expressly assume the liabilities, obligations and duties of the Company hereunder. No rights or obligations of Executive under this Agreement may be assigned or transferred by Executive other than his rights to compensation and benefits, which may be transferred only by will or operation of law, except as provided in Section 25 below. Company and Holding are each solidarily liable with the other of them for such other’s obligations under this Agreement.

Section 20. Representation. Each of the Company and Holding represents and warrants that it is fully authorized and empowered to enter into this Agreement and that the performance of its obligations under this Agreement will not violate any agreement between it and any other person, firm or organization. Executive hereby represents to the Company that he is physically and mentally capable of performing his duties hereunder and he has no knowledge of any present or past physical or mental conditions which would cause him not to be able to perform his duties hereunder.

Section 21. Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire understanding and agreement between the Parties concerning the subject matter hereof and, as of the Effective Date, supersedes the Prior Agreement and any other agreements, understandings, discussions, negotiations and undertakings, whether written or oral, between the Parties with respect thereto, including, without limitation any prior change in control agreement between the Parties.

Section 22. Amendment or Waiver. No provision in this Agreement may be amended unless such amendment is agreed to in writing and signed by Executive and an authorized officer of the Company. Except as set forth herein, no delay or omission to exercise any right, power or remedy accruing to any Party shall impair any such right, power or remedy or shall be construed to be a waiver of or an acquiescence to any breach hereof. No waiver by either Party of any breach by the other Party of any condition or provision contained in this Agreement to be performed by such other Party shall be deemed a waiver of a similar or dissimilar condition or provision at the same or any prior or subsequent time. Any waiver must be in writing and signed by Executive or an authorized officer of the Company, as the case may be.

 

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Section 23. Severability. In the event that any provision or portion of this Agreement shall be determined to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall be unaffected thereby and shall remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law. Specifically, but without limitation, the parties agree that if any court of competent jurisdiction or any arbitral panel finds that any one or more of the words, phrases, sentences, clauses, sections, subdivisions, or subparagraphs contained in Sections 10, 11, 12 or 13 is overly broad or unenforceable, then the Agreement should be reduced or amended to be enforceable to the maximum extent allowable under applicable law.

Section 24. Survival. Upon the termination of this Agreement, the respective rights and obligations of the Parties under this Agreement shall terminate, except that (a) the provisions of Sections 1 and 2, the second sentence of Section 3(a), Sections 8(g), (h), (i), (j) and (m), and Sections 9 through 30 of this Agreement shall survive the termination of this Agreement and remain in full force and effect in accordance with their terms, and (b) the termination of this Agreement shall not affect any rights or obligations of the Parties accrued under the express terms of this Agreement prior to or in connection with such termination and, with respect to such surviving provisions and those that survive under Section 3(a), thereafter.

Section 25. Beneficiaries/References. Executive shall be entitled, to the extent permitted under any applicable law, to select and change a beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive any compensation or benefit payable hereunder following Executive’s death by giving the Company written notice thereof. In the event of Executive’s death or a judicial determination of his incompetence, reference in this Agreement to Executive shall be deemed, where appropriate, to refer to his beneficiary, estate or other legal representative.

Section 26. Governing Law/Exclusive Jurisdiction. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Louisiana without reference to principles of conflict of laws. Subject to Section 15 and in accordance with Section 14, the Company and Executive hereby consent and irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of any or all of the following courts for purposes of resolving any dispute under this Agreement: (i) the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana or (ii) the Nineteenth Judicial District Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana. The Parties agree that to the extent permitted, any lawsuit involving a dispute under this Agreement shall be filed and may proceed only in these referenced courts. The Company and Executive hereby waive, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objection which it or he may now or hereafter have to these referenced courts. The Company and Executive further agree that any service of process or notice requirements in any such proceeding shall be satisfied if the rules of such court relating thereto have been substantially satisfied.

Section 27. Notices. Any notices given under this Agreement shall be in writing, and delivered or mailed, and if mailed, postage prepaid, certified, return receipt requested and addressed to the Company, to Holding and to Executive at the addresses set forth below, or such other addresses as the Parties may from time to time hereafter designate in writing, such notices to be effective upon receipt by the Party to whom such notice is addressed:

 

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If to the Company:

 

AMEDISYS, INC.

 

5959 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard,

 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816

 

Attention: Chief Executive Officer

If to Holding:

 

AMEDISYS HOLDING, L.L.C.

 

5959 South Sherwood Forest Boulevard

 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816

 

Attention: President

If to Executive:

 

Ronald A. LaBorde

 

[Redacted]

Section 28. Captions. The captions contained in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not be deemed to control or affect the meaning or construction of any provision of this Agreement.

Section 29. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts.

Section 30. Section 409A Compliance. This Agreement is intended to comply with Section 409A of the Code (to the extent applicable) and, to the extent it would not adversely impact the Company, the Company agrees to interpret, apply and administer this Agreement in accordance with such intention and in the least restrictive manner necessary to comply with such requirements (to the extent applicable) and without resulting in any diminution in the value of payments or benefits to Executive or Executive incurring any tax under Section 409A of the Code.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

AMEDISYS, INC.

By:

 

/S/ William F. Borne

 

Name: William F. Borne

Title: Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

 

AMEDISYS HOLDING, L.L.C.

By:

 

/S/ William F. Borne

 

Name: William F. Borne

Title: President

 

EXECUTIVE

/S/ Ronald A. LaBorde

Ronald A. LaBorde

 

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ATTACHMENT 1

RELEASE

In exchange for certain termination payments, benefits and promises to which Ronald A. LaBorde (“Executive”) would not otherwise be entitled, Executive, knowingly and voluntarily releases Amedisys, Inc., its subsidiaries, affiliates or related corporations, together with its/their officers, directors, agents, employees and representatives (collectively, the “Company”), of and from any and all claims, demands, obligations, liabilities and causes of action, of whatsoever kind in law or equity, whether known or unknown, which Executive has or ever had against the Company on or before the date of the execution of this Release, including but not limited to claims in common law, whether in contract or in tort, and causes of action under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. Sections 621 et seq., Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e et seq., the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. Sections 1001 et seq., the Americans with Disabilities Act, 29 U.S.C. Section 12101 et seq., the Louisiana tort laws, including, without limitation, Louisiana Civil Code Articles 2315, 2316, 2317, and 2320 (including, without limitation, any and all derivative claims), the Louisiana pay statutes, La. R.S. 23:631, et seq. (including, without limitation, any claims for penalties and /or attorneys’ fees under La. R.S. 23: 632), the Louisiana Employment Discrimination laws, La. R.S. 23:301, et seq. (“LEDL”) and La. R.S. 51:2231, et seq., and any amendments, Louisiana’s Anti-Reprisal/Anti-Retaliation statutes, La. R.S. 23: 961, et seq., the Louisiana Anti-Reprisal Statute, La. R.S. 23:967, the Louisiana environmental whistleblower statute, La. R.S. 30: 2027, the anti-retaliation provision of the Louisiana worker’s compensation retaliation law, La. R.S. 23:1361, and any other law or provision whatsoever, whether by federal or state statute or regulation, contract, equity, or otherwise, and all other federal, state or local laws, ordinances or regulations, for any losses, injuries or damages (including compensatory or punitive damages), attorney’s fees and costs arising out of employment or termination from employment with the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive does not waive or release the Company from any claims, demands, obligations, liabilities or causes of action that may hereafter arise as the result of the breach by the Company of its obligations under the Employment Agreement dated as of November 1, 2011 by and among the Company, Amedisys Holding, L.L.C. and Executive.

Executive acknowledges that he has had a period of twenty-one (21) days from the date of receipt of this Release to consider it. Executive acknowledges that he has been given the opportunity to consult an attorney prior to executing this Release. This Release shall not become effective or enforceable until seven (7) days following its execution by Executive. Prior to the expiration of the seven-(7) day period, Executive may revoke Executive’s consent to this Release.

Executive acknowledges by executing this Release that Executive has returned to the Company all Company property in Executive’s possession.

Executive acknowledges that the terms of this Release and Executive’s separation of employment are confidential and, unless otherwise required by law or for the purposes of enforcing the Release or when needed to consult with Executive’s immediate family or tax or legal advisors, neither Executive nor Executive’s agents shall divulge, publish or publicize any such confidential information to any third parties or the media, or to any current or former employee, customer or client of the Company or its businesses or any of its affiliates.

 

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Executive acknowledges that he has been provided with any and all leave required under any federal, state, or local law or regulation.

Executive acknowledges that he has no known claims for any work related injury, illness or condition compensable under any applicable workers’ compensation laws.

EXECUTIVE ACKNOWLEDGES HE FULLY UNDERSTANDS THE CONTENTS OF THIS RELEASE AND EXECUTES IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY, WITHOUT DURESS, COERCION OR UNDUE INFLUENCE.

Signed:

 

 

 

 

Date:

 

 

 

Ronald A. LaBorde

 

 

 

 

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ATTACHMENT 2

Restricted Areas

The counties, parishes, cities, towns and municipalities appearing on the attached Geographic Service Area List.

 

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Restricted Area

Geographic Service Area List

The following counties, parishes, cities and/or municipalities:

 

Alabama

Autauga

  

Conecuh

  

Houston

  

Morgan

Baldwin

  

Coosa

  

Jackson

  

Perry

Barbour

  

Covington

  

Jefferson

  

Pickens

Bibb

  

Crenshaw

  

Lamar

  

Pike

Blount

  

Cullman

  

Lauderdale

  

Randolph

Bullock

  

Dale

  

Lawrence

  

Russell

Butler

  

Dallas

  

Lee

  

Shelby

Calhoun

  

DeKalb

  

Limestone

  

St Clair

Chambers

  

Elmore

  

Lowndes

  

Sumter

Cherokee

  

Escambia

  

Macon

  

Talladega

Chilton

  

Etowah

  

Madison

  

Tallapoosa

Choctaw

  

Fayette

  

Marengo

  

Tuscaloosa

Clarke

  

Franklin

  

Marion

  

Walker

Clay

  

Geneva

  

Marshall

  

Washington

Cleburne

  

Greene

  

Mobile

  

Wilcox

Coffee

  

Hale

  

Monroe

  

Winston

Colbert

  

Henry

  

Montgomery

  

Alaska

Anchorage

  

Matanuska-Susitna

  

  

Arizona

Coconino

  

Maricopa

  

Pinal

  

Gila

  

Mohave

  

Yavapai

  

LaPaz

  

Pima

  

Yuma

  

Arkansas

Baxter

  

Izard

  

Pike

  

Stone

Cleburne

  

Jackson

  

Polk

  

Van Buren

Crawford

  

Johnson

  

Prairie

  

Washington

Faulkner

  

Lawrence

  

Randolph

  

White

Franklin

  

Little River

  

Searcy

  

Woodruff

Fulton

  

Logan

  

Sebastian

  

Howard

  

Lonoke

  

Sevier

  

Independence

  

Marion

  

Sharp

  

 

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California

Alameda

  

Orange

  

San Diego

  

Sonoma

Contra Costa

  

Placer

  

San Francisco

  

Sutter

El Dorado

  

Riverside

  

San Luis Obispo

  

Yolo

Los Angeles

  

Sacramento

  

San Mateo

  

Yuba

Marin

  

San Bernardino

  

Santa Clara

  

Napa

  

San Benito

  

Santa Cruz

  

Colorado

Adams

  

Custer

  

Fremont

  

Saguaghe

Arapahoe

  

Denver

  

Jefferson

  

Weld

Boulder

  

Douglas

  

Lake

  

Broomfield

  

El Paso

  

Larimer

  

Chaffee

  

Elbert

  

Park

  

Connecticut

Fairfield

  

Litchfield

  

New Haven

  

Tolland

Hartford

  

Middlesex

  

New London

  

Windham

Delaware

Kent

  

New Castle

  

Sussex

  

District of Columbia

City of Washington

  

  

  

Florida

Alachua

  

Franklin

  

Lee

  

Polk

Baker

  

Gadsden

  

Leon

  

Putnam

Bay

  

Gilchrist

  

Levy

  

St Johns

Bradford

  

Glades

  

Liberty

  

St Lucie

Brevard

  

Gulf

  

Madison

  

Santa Rosa

Broward

  

Hamilton

  

Manatee

  

Sarasota

Calhoun

  

Hardee

  

Marion

  

Seminole

Charlotte

  

Hendry

  

Martin

  

Sumter

Citrus

  

Hernando

  

Miami-Dade

  

Suwannee

Clay

  

Highlands

  

Nassau

  

Taylor

Collier

  

Hillsborough

  

Okaloosa

  

Union

Columbia

  

Holmes

  

Okeechobee

  

Volusia

DeSoto

  

Indian River

  

Orange

  

Wakulla

Dixie

  

Jackson

  

Osceola

  

Walton

Duval

  

Jefferson

  

Palm Beach

  

Washington

Escambia

  

Lafayette

  

Pasco

  

Flagler

  

Lake

  

Pinellas

  

 

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Georgia

Appling

  

Cook

  

Jackson

  

Quitman

Atkinson

  

Coweta

  

Jasper

  

Rabun

Bacon

  

Crawford

  

Jeff Davis

  

Randolph

Baldwin

  

Dade

  

Jones

  

Richmond

Banks

  

Dawson

  

Lamar

  

Rockdale

Barrow

  

DeKalb

  

Laurens

  

Schley

Bartow

  

Douglas

  

Liberty

  

Spalding

Ben Hill

  

Effingham

  

Long

  

St. Clair

Berrien

  

Elbert

  

Lowndes

  

Stephens

Bibb

  

Emanuel

  

Lumpkin

  

Stewart

Brantley

  

Evans

  

Macon

  

Sumter

Bryan

  

Fannin

  

Madison

  

Talbot

Butts

  

Fayette

  

Marion

  

Tattnall

Candler

  

Floyd

  

Meriwether

  

Taylor

Carroll

  

Forsyth

  

Monroe

  

Tift

Catoosa

  

Franklin

  

Montgomery

  

Toombs

Charlton

  

Fulton

  

Morgan

  

Towns

Chatham

  

Gilmer

  

Murray

  

Treutlen

Chattahoochee

  

Gordon

  

Muscogee

  

Troup

Chattooga

  

Greene

  

Newton

  

Turner

Cherokee

  

Gwinnett

  

Oconee

  

Union

Clarke

  

Habersham

  

Oglethorpe

  

Upson

Clay

  

Hall

  

Paulding

  

Walker

Clayton

  

Haralson

  

Pickens

  

Walton

Clinch

  

Harris

  

Pierce

  

Ware

Cobb

  

Hart

  

Pike

  

Wheeler

Coffee

  

Heard

  

Polk

  

White

Colquitt

  

Henry

  

Pulaski

  

Whitfield

Columbia

  

Irwin

  

Putnam

  

Wilkinson

  

  

  

Worth

Idaho

Ada

  

Bonneville

  

Jefferson

  

Power

Bannock

  

Canyon

  

Madison

  

Teton

Bingham

  

Caribou

  

Owyhee

  

Washington

Boise

  

Gem

  

Payette

  

Illinois

Boone

  

Henry

  

Lee

  

Rock Island

Carroll

  

Iroquois

  

Livingston

  

St Clair

Clinton

  

Jo Daviess

  

Madison

  

Scott

Cook

  

Kane

  

McHenry

  

Stephenson

DeKalb

  

Kankakee

  

Mercer

  

Washington

DuPage

  

Kendall

  

Monroe

  

Whiteside

Ford

  

La Salle

  

Ogle

  

Will

Grundy

  

Lake

  

Randolph

  

Winnebago

 

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Indiana

Adams

  

Gibson

  

Lawrence

  

Randolph

Allen

  

Grant

  

Madison

  

Ripley

Benton

  

Greene

  

Marion

  

St Joseph

Blackford

  

Hamilton

  

Marshall

  

Scott

Boone

  

Hancock

  

Martin

  

Shelby

Brown

  

Harrison

  

Miami

  

Spencer

Carroll

  

Hendricks

  

Monroe

  

Starke

Cass

  

Henry

  

Montgomery

  

Steuben

Clark

  

Howard

  

Morgan

  

Sullivan

Clay

  

Huntington

  

Newton

  

Tippecanoe

Clinton

  

Jackson

  

Noble

  

Tipton

Crawford

  

Jasper

  

Orange

  

Vanderburgh

Daviess

  

Jay

  

Owen

  

Vigo

DeKalb

  

Jefferson

  

Parke

  

Wabash

Delaware

  

Johnson

  

Perry

  

Warren

Dubois

  

Knox

  

Pike

  

Warrick

Elkhart

  

Kosciusko

  

Porter

  

Washington

Floyd

  

LaGrange

  

Posey

  

Wayne

Fountain

  

Lake

  

Pulaski

  

Wells

Fulton

  

LaPorte

  

Putnam

  

White

  

  

  

Whitley

Iowa

Boone

  

Madison

  

Polk

  

Dallas

  

Marion

  

Story

  

Jasper

  

Marshall

  

Warren

  

Kansas

Barber

  

Franklin

  

Linn

  

Rice

Butler

  

Greenwood

  

Marion

  

Saline

Chase

  

Harper

  

McPherson

  

Sedgwick

Clay

  

Harvey

  

Miami

  

Shawnee

Cloud

  

Jackson

  

Mitchell

  

Stafford

Cowley

  

Jefferson

  

Osage

  

Sumner

Dickinson

  

Johnson

  

Ottawa

  

Wabunsee

Douglas

  

Kingman

  

Pottawatamie

  

Wyandotte

Elk

  

Leavenworth

  

Pratt

  

Ellsworth

  

Lincoln

  

Reno

  

 

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Kentucky

Adair

  

Clark

  

Henry

  

Oldham

Allen

  

Clinton

  

Jefferson

  

Owen

Anderson

  

Cumberland

  

Jessamine

  

Pendleton

Barren

  

Daviess

  

Kenton

  

Powell

Bath

  

Estill

  

Laurel

  

Pulaski

Bell

  

Fayette

  

Lincoln

  

Scott

Boone

  

Franklin

  

Logan

  

Shelby

Bourbon

  

Garrard

  

Madison

  

Simpson

Boyd

  

Grayson

  

Meade

  

Spencer

Boyle

  

Green

  

Menifee

  

Taylor

Breckinridge

  

Greenup

  

Mercer

  

Trimble

Bullitt

  

Hardin

  

Monroe

  

Warren

Campbell

  

Harrison

  

Montgomery

  

Whitley

Casey

  

Hart

  

Nicholas

  

Woodford

Louisiana

Acadia

  

Evangeline

  

Morehouse

  

St Martin

Allen

  

Franklin

  

Natchitoches

  

St Mary

Ascension

  

Grant

  

Orleans

  

St Tammany

Assumption

  

Iberia

  

Ouachita

  

Tangipahoa

Avoyelles

  

Iberville

  

Plaquemines

  

Tensas

Beauregard

  

Jackson

  

Pointe Coupee

  

Terrebonne

Bienville

  

Jefferson

  

Rapides

  

Union

Caldwell

  

Jefferson Davis

  

Richland

  

Vermilion

Catahoula

  

Lafayette

  

St Bernard

  

Vernon

Claiborne

  

Lafourche

  

St Charles

  

Washington

Concordia

  

La Salle

  

St Helena

  

W Baton Rouge

E Baton Rouge

  

Lincoln

  

St James

  

W Carroll

E Carroll

  

Livingston

  

St John the Baptist

  

W Feliciana

E Feliciana

  

Madison

  

St Landry

  

Winn

Maine

Androscogin

  

Hancock

  

Piscataquis

  

Waldo

Cumberland

  

Penobscot

  

Sagadahoc

  

York

Maryland

Anne Arundel

  

Cecil

  

Montgomery

  

Worcester

Baltimore

  

Dorchester

  

Prince Georges

  

Baltimore City

  

Harford

  

Somerset

  

Carroll

  

Howard

  

Wicomico

  

Massachusetts

Barnstable

  

Franklin

  

Norfolk

  

Berkshire

  

Hampden

  

Plymouth

  

Bristol

  

Hampshire

  

Suffolk

  

Essex

  

Middlesex

  

Worcester

  

 

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Michigan

Allegan

  

Genesee

  

Lenawee

  

Ottawa

Arenac

  

Gladwin

  

Livingston

  

Saginaw

Barry

  

Gratiot

  

Macomb

  

St Clair

Bay

  

Ingham

  

Midland

  

Shiawassee

Berrien

  

Ionia

  

Monroe

  

Tuscola

Cass

  

Isabella

  

Montcalm

  

Van Buren

Clare

  

Jackson

  

Muskegon

  

Washtenaw

Clinton

  

Kent

  

Newaygo

  

Wayne

Eaton

  

Lapeer

  

Oakland

  

Minnesota

Anoka

  

Hennepin

  

Ramsey

  

Wabasha

Carver

  

Houston

  

Rice

  

Washington

Dakota

  

Le Sueur

  

Scott

  

Winona

Dodge

  

McLeod

  

Sherburne

  

Wright

Fillmore

  

Mower

  

Sibley

  

Goodhue

  

Olmsted

  

Steele

  

Mississippi

Alcorn

  

Hinds

  

Leake

  

Prentiss

Benton

  

Issaquena

  

Lee

  

Rankin

Calhoun

  

Itawamba

  

Lowndes

  

Scott

Chickasaw

  

Jackson

  

Madison

  

Sharkey

Claiborne

  

Jasper

  

Marion

  

Simpson

Clarke

  

Jefferson

  

Marshall

  

Smith

Clay

  

Jefferson Davis

  

Monroe

  

Stone

Copiah

  

Jones

  

Neshoba

  

Tippah

Covington

  

Kemper

  

Newton

  

Tishomingo

Forrest

  

Lafayette

  

Oktibbeha

  

Union

George

  

Lamar

  

Pearl River

  

Walthall

Hancock

  

Lauderdale

  

Perry

  

Warren

Harrison

  

Lawrence

  

Pontotoc

  

Wayne

  

  

  

Yazoo

 

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Missouri

Barry

  

Dunklin

  

Mississippi

  

St Francois

Barton

  

Franklin

  

New Madrid

  

St Louis

Bollinger

  

Greene

  

Newton

  

St Louis City

Butler

  

Henry

  

Ozark

  

Ste Genevieve

Camden

  

Hickory

  

Pemiscot

  

Stoddard

Cape Girardeau

  

Iron

  

Perry

  

Stone

Carter

  

Jasper

  

Pike

  

Taney

Cedar

  

Jefferson

  

Polk

  

Vernon

Christian

  

Laclede

  

Reynolds

  

Warren

Crawford

  

Lawrence

  

Ripley

  

Washington

Dade

  

Lincoln

  

Scott

  

Wayne

Dallas

  

Madison

  

St Charles

  

Webster

Douglas

  

McDonald

  

St Clair

  

Wright

Nevada

Carson City

  

Storey

  

Washoe

  

New Hampshire

Belknap

  

Hillsboro

  

Strafford

  

Carroll

  

Merrimack

  

York, ME

  

Essex, MA

  

Rockingham

  

  

New Jersey

Bergen

  

Hudson

  

  

New Mexico

Bernalillo

  

McKinley

  

Santa Fe

  

Valencia

Cibola

  

Mora

  

San Miguel

  

Los Alamos

  

Sandoval

  

Torrance

  

New York

Chautauqua

  

Niagara

  

  

Erie

  

Queens

  

  

Nassau

  

Suffolk

  

  

 

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North Carolina

Alamance

  

Forsyth

  

Lee

  

Rowan

Cabarrus

  

Franklin

  

Lincoln

  

Sampson

Caswell

  

Gaston

  

Mecklenburg

  

Stokes

Catawba

  

Granville

  

Moore

  

Surry

Chatham

  

Guilford

  

Nash

  

Vance

Cleveland

  

Halifax

  

Orange

  

Wake

Cumberland

  

Harnett

  

Person

  

Warren

Davidson

  

Hoke

  

Randolph

  

Yadkin

Davie

  

Iredell

  

Robeson

  

Durham

  

Johnston

  

Rockingham

  

Ohio

Adams

  

Defiance

  

Lorain

  

Putnam

Allen

  

Erie

  

Lucas

  

Ross

Ashtabula

  

Fayette

  

Madison

  

Sandusky

Athens

  

Franklin

  

Mahoning

  

Seneca

Auglaize

  

Fulton

  

Medina

  

Shelby

Belmont

  

Geauga

  

Meigs

  

Stark

Brown

  

Greene

  

Mercer

  

Summit

Butler

  

Guernsey

  

Miami

  

Trumbull

Carroll

  

Hamilton

  

Monroe

  

Tuscarawas

Champaign

  

Hancock

  

Montgomery

  

Union

Clark

  

Hardin

  

Morgan

  

Warren

Clermont

  

Harrison

  

Muskingum

  

Washington

Clinton

  

Henry

  

Noble

  

Wayne

Columbiana

  

Huron

  

Ottawa

  

Williams

Coshocton

  

Jefferson

  

Pickaway

  

Wood

Cuyahoga

  

Lake

  

Portage

  

Wyandot

Darke

  

Logan

  

Preble

  

Oklahoma

Adair

  

Grant

  

Nowata

  

Seminole

Alfalfa

  

Hughes

  

Okfuskee

  

Sequoyah

Blaine

  

Kay

  

Oklahoma

  

Tulsa

Canadian

  

Kingfisher

  

Okmulgee

  

Wagoner

Cherokee

  

Lincoln

  

Osage

  

Washington

Cleveland

  

Logan

  

Ottawa

  

Woods

Craig

  

Major

  

Pawnee

  

Creek

  

Mayes

  

Payne

  

Delaware

  

McClain

  

Pontotoc

  

Ellis

  

Muskogee

  

Pottawatomie

  

Garfield

  

Noble

  

Rogers

  

Oregon

Clackamas

  

Deschutes

  

Marion

  

Washington

Columbia

  

Douglas

  

Multnomah

  

Yamhill

Crook

  

Jefferson

  

Polk

  

 

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Pennsylvania

Adams

  

Cumberland

  

Lycoming

  

Sullivan

Allegheny

  

Dauphin

  

Mercer

  

Susquehanna

Armstrong

  

Delaware

  

Monroe

  

Union

Beaver

  

Erie

  

Montgomery

  

Venango

Berks

  

Fayette

  

Montour

  

Warren

Bucks

  

Greene

  

Northampton

  

Washington

Butler

  

Huntingdon

  

Northumberland

  

Wayne

Carbon

  

Lackawanna