Amended and Restated Employment Agreement

Amended and Restated Executive Severance Plan

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

WEB.COM GROUP INC.

 

AMENDED AND RESTATED

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

This Amended and Restated Employment Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered by and between David L. Brown (“Executive”) and Web.com Group, Inc. (the “Company”, formerly known as Website Pros, Inc.), a Delaware corporation on December 11, 2008 (the “Effective Date”).

 

Whereas, Executive has been providing services to the Company under the terms of an Employment Agreement effective as of the initial public offering of the Company’s common stock pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 (the “Existing Agreement”); and

 

Whereas, in connection with certain changes to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), the Company and Executive wish to amend and restate the Existing Agreement as set forth herein.

 

Now, Therefore, in consideration of the mutual promises and covenants contained herein, it is hereby agreed by and between the parties hereto as follows, effective as of the Effective Date:

 

1.           Employment by the Company.

 

1.1           Amendment and Restatement of Existing Agreement.  The Existing Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety.

 

1.2           Title and Responsibilities.  Subject to the terms set forth herein, Executive will continue to be employed as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.  During his employment with the Company, Executive will devote his best efforts and substantially all of his business time and attention (except for vacation periods and reasonable periods of illness or other incapacity permitted by the Company’s general employment policies) to the business of the Company.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is acknowledged and agreed that Executive shall be permitted to perform his duties and responsibilities as a principal of Atlantic Partners and may engage in civic and not-for-profit activities and/or serve on the boards of directors of non-competitive private or public companies; provided, in each case that such activities do not materially interfere with the performance of his duties hereunder.

 

1.3           Executive Position.  Executive will serve in an executive capacity and shall report to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”). Executive shall perform the duties of his executive position as required by the Board.

 

 

 


 

 

1.4           At-Will Employment.  Executive’s relationship with the Company is at-will.  The Company shall have the right to terminate this Agreement and Executive’s employment with the Company at any time with or without Cause (as defined in Section 4.1(a)), and with or without advance notice.  In addition, the Company retains the discretion to modify the terms of Executive’s employment, including but not limited to position, duties, reporting relationship, office location, compensation, and benefits, at any time.  Executive’s at-will employment relationship may only be changed in a written agreement approved by the Board and signed by Executive and a member of the Board (or a duly authorized officer of the Company).  Executive also may be removed from any position he holds in the manner specified by the Bylaws of the Company and applicable law.

 

1.5           Company Employment Policies.  The employment relationship between the parties shall continue to be governed by the general employment policies and procedures of the Company, including those relating to the protection of confidential information and assignment of inventions, except that when the terms of this Agreement differ from or are in conflict with the Company’s general employment policies or procedures, this Agreement shall control.

 

 

2.

Compensation.

 

2.1           Salary.  Executive shall receive for services to be rendered hereunder a base salary at an annualized rate of $385,000, payable on the Company’s standard payroll dates.  Executive will be considered for annual increases in base salary in accordance with Company policy and subject to review and approval by the Compensation Committee of the Board (the “Committee”).

 

2.2           Equity Awards.  Except as set forth below, Executive’s current compensatory equity awards are not affected by this Agreement and will remain in effect in accordance with the terms of the applicable award agreements and stock plan(s).  The parties agree that the Company will not provide Executive with any additional or new stock awards in connection with his entering into this Agreement.

 

2.3           Target Bonus.  Subject to annual review by the Committee, Executive shall be eligible to earn a target annual bonus of up to ninety percent (90%) of Executive’s base salary (such actual target amount, which may be more or less than 90%, as determined in the sole discretion of the Committee, the “Target Bonus”).  Whether Executive earns a Target Bonus, and if so, in what amount, shall be determined solely by the Company in its discretion.  Executive must remain an active employee through the time the Compensation Committee of the Board determines bonus amounts for executives of the Company in order to earn any bonus.  Executive will not earn any bonus if his employment terminates for any reason before the Compensation Committee of the Board has determined Executive’s bonus, except as expressly set forth herein.  No prorated bonus can be earned.

 

2.4           Standard Company Benefits.  Executive shall be entitled to participate in the Company’s employee benefits and compensation plans which may be in effect from time to time and provided by the Company to its executives, under the terms and conditions of such benefit and compensation plans. The Company shall also maintain a supplemental life insurance policy of a minimum of $2,000,000 and disability policies of a minimum of 80% of Executive’s annual base salary for the Executive’s benefit.

 

 

 

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2.5           Executive Severance Benefit Plan.  Executive acknowledges and agrees that he is not an “Eligible Employee” under the Company’s Executive Severance Benefit Plan.  Upon a termination of employment, Executive’s rights to receive any severance pay or post-termination benefit continuation will be only as set forth in this Agreement and as otherwise required by applicable law.

 

3.           Confidential Information.  As a condition of his continued employment, Executive must continue to comply with the Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement (the “Confidential Information Agreement”) he has executed previously.  Nothing in this Agreement is intended to modify in any respect the Confidential Information Agreement, and the Confidential Information Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  In addition, Executive agrees that during his employment with the Company, and in the two (2) year period immediately following the date on which Executive ceases to be employed by the Company for any reason, Executive will not, whether directly or indirectly, personally or through others: (a) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any employee of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to leave his or her employment with the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries, (b) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any customer of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to reduce or terminate its customer relationship with the Company, or (c) be or become an officer, director, stockholder, owner, co-owner, affiliate, partner, promoter, employee, agent, representative, designer, consultant, advisor, manager, licensor, sublicensor, licensee or sublicensee of, for or to, or otherwise be or become associated with or acquire or hold (of record, beneficially or otherwise) any direct or indirect interest in, any entity that engages directly or indirectly in competition with the Company; provided, however, that Executive may, without violating this paragraph, provide services to a business division of a competing entity if such business division does not compete with the Company and Executive’s services to the competing entity are limited to such business division, and provided further, that Executive may own, as a passive investor, an equity interest of any competing entity, so long as Executive’s holdings in such entity do not in the aggregate constitute more than 1% of the voting stock of such entity.  Executive acknowledges that, due to the nature of the Company ’s business and the products and services provided by the Company, it is possible to compete with the Company from any location within the world, and Executive acknowledges and agrees that it is thus impossible to identify or otherwise limit the geographic scope of this agreement and that it is reasonable for the restrictions contained herein to apply on a worldwide basis.

 

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4.           Termination Of Employment; Change of Control

 

4.1          Termination With or Without Cause.

 

(a)           Definition of Cause.  For purposes of this Agreement, “Cause” shall mean (i) conviction of any felony, or of any crime involving moral turpitude or dishonesty; (ii) perpetration of a material fraud or act of dishonesty against the Company; (iii) persistent, willful and material breach of the Executive’s duties that has not been cured within thirty (30) days after written notice from the Board or the Committee of such breach; or (iv) material breach of this Agreement or the Confidential Information Agreement that has not been cured within thirty (30) days after written notice from the Board or the Committee, or has caused irreparable damage incapable of cure.

 

(b)           Termination for Cause. If the Company terminates Executive’s employment at any time for Cause, Executive’s salary shall cease on the date of termination, and Executive will not be entitled to any Severance Benefits (as defined below), severance pay, pay in lieu of notice or any other such compensation, or any accelerated vesting of any equity awards, other than payment of accrued salary and such other accrued benefits as expressly required in such event by applicable law or the terms of any applicable Company benefit plans.

 

(c)           Termination Without Cause.  If the Company terminates Executive’s employment at any time prior to a Change of Control without Cause (and other than as a result of Executive’s death or disability) and such termination constitutes a “separation from service” (as defined under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h)), Executive shall be eligible for the following severance benefits (the “Severance Benefits”):  (i) the Company shall make a lump sum severance payment to Executive in an amount equal to eighteen (18) months of Executive’s then-current base salary plus 150% of the greater of (A) 80% of the Target Bonus for the year in which the termination occurs and (B) the prior year’s Target Bonus actually earned by Executive, subject to withholdings and deductions, (ii) the vesting of each then-outstanding, unvested equity award held by Executive will accelerate as to that number of shares under each such award that would have vested in the ordinary course had Executive continued to be employed by the Company for an additional eighteen (18) months (or, if no shares would vest during such time under a specific award due to a cliff vesting provision, then the number of shares vesting and becoming exercisable pursuant to this paragraph shall equal the product of (A) the total number of shares subject to the award and (B) a fraction, the numerator of which is eighteen (18) and the denominator of which is the total number of months in the vesting schedule), with such vesting occurring as of the date of the Executive’s termination, (iii)  the post-termination exercise period of all non-statutory stock options then held by Executive shall be extended so that such options, to the extent vested, are exercisable until the earlier of (A) the original term expiration date for such award and (B) the first anniversary of Executive’s termination date and (iv) if Executive timely elects COBRA health insurance coverage, the Company will pay Executive’s COBRA premiums for eighteen (18) months following the date his employment terminates or until such earlier date as he is no longer eligible for COBRA coverage or he becomes eligible for health insurance coverage from another source (provided that Executive must promptly inform the Company, in writing, if he becomes eligible for health insurance coverage from another source within eighteen (18) months after the termination).  Executive shall not be entitled to the Severance Benefits unless and until the release requirements set forth in Section 5 of this Agreement are satisfied.

 

 

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4.2          Resignation With or Without Good Reason.

 

(a)           Definition of Good Reason.  For purposes of this Agreement, a Resignation for “Good Reason” shall mean that Executive resigns from all positions he then-holds with the Company and its affiliates if (i) (A) the Company makes a material adverse change in the Executive’s position causing such position to be of materially reduced stature or responsibility, (B) there is a material reduction of the Executive’s base salary, (C) the Executive is required to relocate his primary work location to a location that would increase Executive’s one way commute distance by more than twenty (20) miles, or (D) the Company (or any successor thereto) materially breaches the terms of this Agreement (including but not limited to a material reduction in Target Bonus percentage, provided that fluctuation in actual Target Bonus amounts earned and paid will not constitute Good Reason), (ii) Executive provides written notice to the Company’s General Counsel within the sixty (60) days immediately following such material change or reduction, (iii) such material change or reduction is not remedied by the Company within thirty (30) days following the Company’s receipt of such written notice and (iv) Executive’s resignation is effective not later than ninety (90) days after the expiration of such thirty (30) day cure period.  For purposes of calculating Executive’s severance benefits under this agreement, his “then-current base salary” shall be the his base salary as in effect immediately prior to his termination, ignoring, however, any reduction in base salary that is the basis for Executive’s resignation for Good Reason under this paragraph.

 

(b)           Executive’s Resignation.  Executive may resign from his employment with the Company at any time, with or without advance notice, and with or without Good Reason.

 

(c)           Executive’s Resignation Without Good Reason.  In the event that Executive resigns his employment without Good Reason, Executive will not be entitled to the Severance Benefits, severance pay, pay in lieu of notice or any other such compensation, or any accelerated vesting of equity awards, other than payment of accrued salary and such other accrued benefits as expressly required in such event by applicable law or the terms of any applicable Company benefit plans.  Termination of Executive’s employment due to Executive’s death or disability will be treated as Executive’s resignation without Good Reason.

 

(d)           Executive’s Resignation for Good Reason.  Executive may resign his employment for Good Reason at any time prior to a Change of Control so long as Executive tenders his resignation in writing to the Company in accordance with the time frames set forth in Section 4.2(a) above. If Executive resigns his employment for Good Reason effective at any time prior to a Change of Control and such resignation constitutes a “separation from service” (as defined above), Executive will be eligible to receive the Severance Benefits if Executive satisfies the release requirements set forth in Section 5 of this Agreement.

 

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4.3          Change of Control.

 

(a)           Definition of Change of Control.  For purposes of this Agreement, a “Change of Control” shall mean any of the following: (i) a sale, lease or other disposition in one transaction or a series of transactions, of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, (ii) a merger or consolidation in which the Company is not the surviving entity or if the Company is the surviving entity, as a result of which the shares of the Company’s capital stock are converted into or exchanged for cash, securities of another entity, or other property, unless (in any case) the holders of the Company’s outstanding shares of capital stock immediately before such transaction own more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the outstanding securities of the surviving entity immediately after the transaction, (iii) the Company’s stockholders approve a plan or proposal to liquidate or dissolve the Company or (iv) a person or group hereafter acquires beneficial ownership of more than fifty percent (50%) of the outstanding voting securities of the Company (all within the meaning of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the regulations promulgated thereunder).

 

(b)           Change of Control Benefits. If the Company undergoes a Change of Control, then, subject to Executive’s continued employment through such date and the satisfaction of the release requirements set forth in Section 5 of this Agreement, Executive shall be entitled to receive the following benefits immediately as of the Change of Control (the “Change of Control Benefits”):

 

(i)           The Company shall make a lump sum payment to Executive in an amount equal to eighteen (18) months of Executive’s then-current base salary plus 150% of the greater of (A) 80% of the Target Bonus for the year in which the transaction occurs and (B) the prior year’s Target Bonus actually earned by Executive, subject to withholdings and deductions.

 

(ii)           The vesting of each equity award held by Executive immediately prior to such Change of Control transaction shall accelerate as to all of the then-unvested shares subject to each such award, effective as of immediately prior to the effective time of such Change of Control.

 

Executive shall not be entitled to receive both the Change of Control Benefits and the Severance Benefits.

 

4.4           Cessation of Benefits.  If Executive violates this Agreement or the Confidential Information Agreement, then Executive’s eligibility for and entitlement to receive the Severance Benefits and the Change of Control Benefits will cease immediately, and Executive will not be entitled to any further compensation and benefits from the Company, the Company will have no further obligation to provide any such compensation or benefits, and to the extent Executive has already received Severance Benefits and/or Change in Control Benefits under this Agreement, all such benefits will be forfeited and Executive shall be required to immediately return any cash payments made pursuant to such benefits.

 

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4.5          Application of Internal Revenue Code Section 409A.

 

(a)           If the Company (or, if applicable, the successor entity thereto) determines that the Severance Benefits and/or any other termination payments and benefits provided under this Agreement or otherwise (the “Payments”) constitute “deferred compensation” under Code Section 409A (together, with any state law of similar effect, “Section 409A”) and Executive is a “specified employee” (as such term is defined in Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i)) of the Company or any successor entity thereto upon his separation from service, then, solely to the extent necessary to avoid the incurrence of the adverse personal tax consequences under Section 409A as a result of the payment of compensation upon his “separation from service”, the timing of the Payments shall be delayed as follows:  on the earlier to occur of (i) the date that is six months and one day after the date of the separation from service or (ii) the date of Executive’s death (such earlier date, the “Delayed Initial Payment Date”), the Company (or the successor entity thereto, as applicable) shall (A) pay to Executive a lump sum amount equal to the sum of the Payments that Executive would otherwise have received through the Delayed Initial Payment Date (including reimbursement for any premiums paid by Executive for health insurance coverage under COBRA) if the commencement of the payment of the Payments had not been delayed pursuant to this Section 4.5 and (B) commence paying the balance of the Payments in accordance with the applicable payment schedules set forth above.

 

(b)           It is intended that (i) each installment of the Payments and the Change of Control Benefits provided under this Agreement is a separate “payment” for purposes of Section 409A, (ii) all of the Payments and the Change of Control Benefits satisfy, to the greatest extent possible, the exemptions from the application of Section 409A provided under of Treasury Regulation 1.409A-1(b)(4), 1.409A-1(b)(5) and 1.409A-1(b)(9), and this Agreement will be construed to the greatest extent possible as consistent with those provisions.

 

4.6           Certain Offsets.  The Company shall reduce Executive’s Severance Benefits, in whole or in part, by any other severance benefits, pay in lieu of notice, or other similar benefits payable to Executive by the Company that become payable in connection with Executive’s termination of employment, including but not limited to any payments that are owed pursuant to (i) any applicable legal requirement, including, without limitation, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”), or (ii) any Company policy or practice providing for Executive to remain on the payroll for a limited period of time after being given notice of the termination of Executive’s employment.  The termination payments and benefits provided under this Agreement are intended to satisfy, in whole or in part, any and all statutory obligations that may arise out of Executive’s termination of employment.  In the Company’s sole discretion, such reductions may be applied on a retroactive basis, with severance benefits previously paid being recharacterized as payments pursuant to the Company’s statutory obligation.  If Executive is indebted to the Company at his or her termination date, the Company reserves the right to offset any severance payments under the Plan by the amount of such indebtedness.

 

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4.7          Excess Parachute Payments.

 

(a)         If any payment or benefit that Executive would be entitled to receive pursuant to this Agreement or otherwise in connection with a Change of Control from the Company or otherwise (collectively, the “Acquisition Payments”) would (i) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code, and (ii) but for this sentence, be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (the “Excise Tax”), then the Company shall cause to be determined, before any amounts of the Acquisition Payments are paid to Executive, which of the following two alternative forms of payment shall be paid to Executive: (i) payment in full of the entire amount of the Acquisition Payments (a “Full Payment”), or (ii) payment of only a part of the Acquisition Payments so that Executive receives the largest payment possible without the imposition of the Excise Tax (a “Reduced Payment”).  The determination shall be made as follows:

 

(i)           A Full Payment shall be made if payment of all of the Acquisition Payments, plus an additional payment from the Company not to exceed $1,000,000 (such additional amount, a “Gross-Up Payment”), less all ordinary income and employment taxes and the Excise Tax imposed on the Acquisition Payments and the Gross-Up Payment, is greater than the Reduced Payment.

 

 

(1)

If the Full Payment is made, the Company shall pay, and Executive shall be entitled to receive, the Gross-Up from the Company in an amount equal to (A) the Excise Tax on the Acquisition Payments, (B) any interest or penalties imposed on Executive with respect to the Excise Tax on the Acquisition Payments, and (C) an additional amount sufficient to pay the Excise Tax and the federal and state income and employment taxes arising from the payments made by the Company to Executive pursuant to (A), (B) and (C).

 

 

(2)

For purposes of determining the amount of the Gross-Up Payment, Executive shall be deemed to have: (A) paid federal income taxes at the highest marginal rate of federal income and employment taxation for the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made, and (B) paid applicable state and local income taxes at the highest rate of taxation for the calendar year in which the Gross-Up Payment is to be made, net of the maximum reduction in federal income taxes which could be obtained from deduction of such state and local taxes.

 

 

(3)

Except as expressly provided herein, Executive shall not be entitled to any additional payments or other indemnity arrangements in connection with the Acquisition Payments or the Gross-Up Payment.

 

(ii)           A Reduced Payment shall be made in the event that the Full Payment, after the imposition of the Excise Tax, is less than or equal to the Reduced Payment.  If a Reduced Payment is made, Executive shall have no rights to any additional payments and/or benefits constituting the Acquisition Payments beyond the amount of the Reduced Payment.  The reduction in the Acquisition Payments shall occur in the following order: (1) reduction of cash payments; (2) cancellation of accelerated vesting of equity awards other than stock options; (3) cancellation of accelerated vesting of stock options; and (4) reduction of other benefits paid to Executive.  In the event that acceleration of compensation from Executive’s equity awards is to be reduced, such acceleration of vesting shall be canceled in the reverse order of the date of grant.

 

 

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(b)           The independent professional firm engaged by the Company for general tax audit purposes as of the day prior to the effective date of the Change of Control shall make all determinations required to be made under this Section 4.7.  If the independent professional firm so engaged by the Company is serving as an advisor, accountant or auditor for the individual, entity or group affecting the Change of Control, the Company shall appoint a nationally recognized professional firm to make the determinations required hereunder.  The Company shall bear all expenses with respect to the determinations by such firm required to be made hereunder.

 

(c)           The firm engaged to make the determinations hereunder shall provide its calculations, together with detailed supporting documentation, to the Company and Executive not later than thirty (30) calendar days after the date on which Executive’s right to the Acquisition Payments is triggered (if requested at that time by the Company or Executive) or such other time as reasonably requested by the Company or Executive.  Any good faith determinations of the firm made hereunder shall be final, binding and conclusive upon the Company and Executive.

 

(i)           If the firm determines that no Excise Tax is payable with respect to the Acquisition Payments, either before or after the application of the Reduced Amount, it shall furnish the Company and Executive with an opinion reasonably acceptable to Executive that no Excise Tax will be imposed with respect to the Acquisition Payments.

 

(ii)           If the firm determines that an Excise Tax is payable with respect to the Acquisition Payments and that a Gross-Up Payment is due to Executive, the Company shall pay the Gross-Up Payment not later than thirty (30) days after the date on which Executive remits the Excise Tax to the appropriate taxing authorities.

 

(d)           If the Excise Tax is subsequently determined to be less than the amount taken into account under this Section 4.7 (including by reason of any payment the existence or amount of which cannot be determined at the time the firm makes its calculations), Executive shall repay to the Company (within thirty (30) days following the time at which the amount of such reduction in Excise Tax is finally determined) the portion of the Gross-Up Payment attributable to such reduction plus the portion of the Gross-Up Payment attributable to the Excise Tax and federal, state and local income tax imposed on the Gross-Up Payment being repaid by Executive (if such repayment results in a reduction in Excise Tax and/or a federal, state or local income tax deduction) plus interest on the amount of such repayment at the rate provided in Section 1274(b)(2)(B) of the Code.

 

 

 

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(e)           If the Excise Tax is subsequently determined to exceed the amount taken into account under this Section 4.7 (including by reason of any payment the existence or amount of which cannot be determined at the time the firm makes its calculations), the Company shall make an additional Gross-Up Payment in respect of such excess within thirty (30) days following the time at which the amount of such excess is finally determined in accordance with the principles set forth in this Section 4.7.

 

5.           Release. As a condition of receiving the Severance Benefits and/or the Change of Control Benefits under this Agreement to which Executive would not otherwise be entitled, Executive shall execute, and allow to become effective, a release substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A (the “Release”) (the Company shall determine the actual form of Release to be provided by Executive) not later than thirty (30) days following (a) Executive’s “separation from service” in the case of the Severance Benefits and (b) the Change of Control in the case of the Change of Control Benefits.  Unless the Release is timely executed by Executive, delivered to the Company, and becomes effective within the required period (the date on which the Release becomes effective, the “Release Date”, which date shall in no event be later than February 28 of the year following the year in which the applicable event occurs), Executive shall not receive any of the Severance Benefits and/or the Change of Control Benefits provided for under this Agreement.  Any lump sum payments owed to Executive shall be paid within ten (10) business days following the Release Date, but in no event later than March 15 of the year following the year in which applicable event occurs.

 

6.           General Provisions.

 

6.1           Notices.  Any notices provided hereunder must be in writing and shall be deemed effective upon the earlier of personal delivery (including, personal delivery, email and facsimile transmission), delivery by express delivery service (e.g. Federal Express), or the third day after mailing by first class mail, to the Company at its primary office location and to Executive at his address as listed on the Company payroll (which address may be changed by either party by written notice).

 

6.2           Severability.  Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement will be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect under any applicable law or rule in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability will not affect any other provision or any other jurisdiction, and such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision will be reformed, construed and enforced in such jurisdiction so as to render it valid, legal, and enforceable consistent with the intent of the parties insofar as possible.

 

6.3           Waiver.  If either party should waive any breach of any provisions of this Agreement, he or it shall not thereby be deemed to have waived any preceding or succeeding breach of the same or any other provision of this Agreement.

 

 

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6.4           Entire Agreement.  This Agreement, including its exhibits, constitutes the entire agreement between Executive and the Company regarding the subject matter hereof.  As of the Effective Date, this Agreement supersedes and replaces any and all other agreements, promises, or representations, written or otherwise, between Executive and the Company with regard to this subject matter, including the Existing Agreement.  This Agreement is entered into without reliance on any agreement, promise, or representation, other than those expressly contained or incorporated herein, and, except for those changes expressly reserved to the Company’s or Board’s discretion in this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement cannot be modified or amended except in a writing signed by Executive and a duly authorized officer of the Company which is approved by the Board.

 

6.5           Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in separate counterparts, any one of which need not contain signatures of more than one party, but all of which taken together will constitute one and the same Agreement.  Signatures transmitted via facsimile shall be deemed the equivalent of originals.

 

6.6           Headings and Construction.  The headings of the sections hereof are inserted for convenience only and shall not be deemed to constitute a part hereof or to affect the meaning thereof.  For purposes of construction of this Agreement, any ambiguities shall not be construed against either party as the drafter.

 

6.7           Successors and Assigns.  This Agreement is intended to bind and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by Executive, the Company, and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, executors and administrators, except that Executive may not assign any of his duties hereunder and he may not assign any of his rights hereunder without the written consent of the Company.

 

6.8           Attorney Fees.  If either party hereto brings any action to enforce his or its rights hereunder, the prevailing party in any such action shall be entitled to recover his or its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in connection with such action.

 

6.9           Arbitration. To provide a mechanism for rapid and economical dispute resolution, Executive and the Company agree that any and all disputes, claims, or causes of action, in law or equity, arising from or relating to this Agreement (including the Release) or its enforcement, performance, breach, or interpretation, or arising from or relating to Executive’s employment with the Company or the termination of Executive’s employment with the Company, will be resolved, to the fullest extent permitted by law, by final, binding, and confidential arbitration held in Duval County, Florida and conducted by JAMS, Inc. (“JAMS”), under its then-applicable Rules and Procedures.  By agreeing to this arbitration procedure, both Executive and the Company waive the right to resolve any such dispute through a trial by jury or judge or by administrative proceeding.  Executive will have the right to be represented by legal counsel at any arbitration proceeding at his expense.  The arbitrator shall:  (a) have the authority to compel adequate discovery for the resolution of the dispute and to award such relief as would otherwise be available under applicable law in a court proceeding; and (b) issue a written statement signed by the arbitrator regarding the disposition of each claim and the relief, if any, awarded as to each claim, the reasons for the award, and the arbitrator’s essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based.  The Company shall bear all fees for the arbitration, except for any attorneys’ fees or costs associated with Executive’s personal representation.  The arbitrator, and not a court, shall also be authorized to determine whether the provisions of this paragraph apply to a dispute, controversy or claim sought to be resolved in accordance with these arbitration procedures.  Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph, the parties are not prohibited from seeking injunctive relief in a court of appropriate jurisdiction to prevent irreparable harm on any basis, pending the outcome of arbitration.  Any awards or orders in such arbitrations may be entered and enforced as judgments in the federal and the state courts of any competent jurisdiction.

 

 

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6.10           Governing Law.  All questions concerning the construction, validity and interpretation of this Agreement shall be governed by the law of the State of Florida without regard to conflicts of laws principles.

 

6.11           Termination of this Agreement.  This Agreement will terminate automatically upon a Change of Control, subject to the satisfaction of the obligations of the Company, or any successor thereto, to pay the benefits and payments to which Executive is entitled to under this Agreement as a result of such Change of Control.

 

6.12           Exhibits.

 

   Exhibit A – Release Agreement

 

 

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In Witness Whereof, the parties have executed this Employment Agreement effective as of the Effective Date written above.

 

Web.com Group, Inc.

 

By:

/s/ Julius Genachowski

 

Chairman, Compensation Committee

 

of the Board of Directors

 

By:

/s/ David Brown

 

David Brown

 

Chief Executive Officer.

 

 


 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

Release Agreement

 

I understand that my employment with Web.com Group, Inc. (the “Company”) terminated effective ___________, _____ (the “Separation Date”).  The Company has agreed that if I choose to sign this Release Agreement (“Release”), the Company will provide me certain severance benefits (minus the standard withholdings and deductions) pursuant to the terms of the Employment Agreement (the “Agreement”) entered into and effective as of ___________ ___, 2008, between myself and the Company, and any agreements incorporated therein by reference.  I understand that I am not entitled to such severance benefits unless I sign this Release and allow it to become effective.  I understand that, regardless of whether I sign this Release, the Company will pay me all of my accrued salary and vacation through the Separation Date, to which I am entitled by law.

 

I also confirm my obligations set forth in Section 3 of the Agreement.  Specifically, I agree that in the two (2) year period immediately following the date on which I cease to be employed by the Company, for any reason, I will not, whether directly or indirectly, personally or through others: (a) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any employee of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to leave his or her employment with the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries, (b) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any customer of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to reduce or terminate its customer relationship with the Company, or (c) be or become an officer, director, stockholder, owner, co-owner, affiliate, partner, promoter, employee, agent, representative, designer, consultant, advisor, manager, licensor, sublicensor, licensee or sublicensee of, for or to, or otherwise be or become associated with or acquire or hold (of record, beneficially or otherwise) any direct or indirect interest in, any entity that engages directly or indirectly in competition with the Company; provided, however, that I may, without violating this paragraph, provide services to a business division of a competing entity if such business division does not compete with the Company and my services to the competing entity are limited to such business division, and provided further, that I may own, as a passive investor, an equity interest of any competing entity, so long as my holdings in such entity do not in the aggregate constitute more than 1% of the voting stock of such entity.  I acknowledge that, due to the nature of the Company ’s business and the products and services provided by the Company, it is possible to compete with the Company from any location within the world, and I acknowledge and agree that it is thus impossible to identify or otherwise limit the geographic scope of this agreement and that it is reasonable for the restrictions contained herein to apply on a worldwide basis.

 

In consideration for the severance benefits I am receiving under the Agreement, I hereby generally and completely release the Company and its officers, directors, agents, attorneys, employees, shareholders, parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates from any and all claims, liabilities, demands, causes of action, attorneys’ fees, damages, or obligations of every kind and nature, whether they are now known or unknown, arising at any time prior to or on the date I sign this Release.  This general release includes, but is not limited to: (a) all claims arising out of or in any way related to my employment with the Company or the termination of that employment; (b) all claims related to my compensation or benefits from the Company, including salary, bonuses, commissions, vacation pay, expense reimbursements, severance pay, fringe benefits, stock, stock options, or any other ownership interests in the Company; (c) all claims for breach of contract, wrongful termination, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing (including, but not limited to, any claims based on or arising from the Agreement); (d) all tort claims, including claims for fraud, defamation, emotional distress, and discharge in violation of public policy; and (e) all federal, state, and local statutory claims, including claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, attorneys’ fees, or other claims arising under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (as amended), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended).  Notwithstanding the release in the preceding sentence, I am not releasing any right of indemnification I may have in my capacity as an employee, officer and/or director of the Company pursuant to any express indemnification agreement or otherwise, nor am I releasing any rights I may have as an owner and/or holder of the Company’s common stock and stock options.  Excluded from this Release are any claims which cannot be waived by law.  I am waiving, however, my right to any monetary recovery should any agency, such as the EEOC, pursue any claims on my behalf.

 

 


 

 

In releasing claims unknown to me at present, I am waiving all rights and benefits under Section 1542 of the California Civil Code, and any law or legal principle of similar effect in any jurisdiction:  “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”

 

If I am forty (40) years of age or older as of the Separation Date, I acknowledge that I am knowingly and voluntarily waiving and releasing any rights I may have under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended (“ADEA”).  I also acknowledge that the consideration given for the waiver in the above paragraphs is in addition to anything of value to which I was already entitled.  I have been advised by this writing, as required by the ADEA that:  (a) my waiver and release do not apply to any claims that may arise after the date that I sign this Release; (b) I should consult with an attorney prior to signing this Release (although I may choose voluntarily not to do so); (c) I have twenty-one (21) days within which to consider this Release (although I may choose voluntarily to sign this Release earlier); (d) I have seven (7) days following the date that I sign this Release to revoke the Release by providing written notice of revocation to the Company’s Board of Directors; and (e) this Release will not be effective until the eighth day after this Release has been signed by me.

 

I hereby represent that I have been paid all compensation owed and for all hours worked, have received all the leave and leave benefits and protections for which I am eligible, pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act or otherwise, and have not suffered any on-the-job injury for which I have not already filed a claim.

 

Understood and Agreed:

 

David L. Brown

 


 

Dated:                                

 

 

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EX-10.6 6 v141835_ex10-6.htm

 

Exhibit 10.6

 

WEB.COM GROUP, INC.


AMENDED AND RESTATED


EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE BENEFIT PLAN


Section 1.     INTRODUCTION.


The Web.com Group, Inc. Executive Severance Benefit Plan (the “Plan”) was established effective April 6, 2005, and amended and restated on October 23, 2007 and December 11, 2008.  The purpose of the Plan is to provide for the payment of severance benefits to certain executive employees of Web.com Group, Inc. (the “Company”) upon the termination of their employment under specified circumstances.  This Plan shall supersede any executive severance benefit plan, policy or practice previously maintained by the Company for any Eligible Employee (as defined in Section 2(a)(1) below).  This Plan document is also the Summary Plan Description for the Plan.


Section 2.     ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFITS.


(a)     General Rules.  Subject to the requirements set forth herein, the Company will grant severance benefits under the Plan to Eligible Employees.


(1)     Definition of “Eligible Employee.” For purposes of this Plan, Eligible Employees shall be those employees of the Company who are approved for participation in the Plan by the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) as listed in APPENDIX A hereto.  The determination of whether an employee is an Eligible Employee shall be made by the Board, in its sole discretion, and such determination shall be binding and conclusive on all persons.  If an employee who is deemed an Eligible Employee by the Board has an individually negotiated employment agreement with the Company relating to severance benefits that is in effect on his or her termination date, the provisions of that agreement relating to severance benefits shall be superseded by the terms of this Plan; provided, however, that all other remaining provisions of that agreement shall remain in effect.


(2)     Release of Claims.  To be eligible to receive benefits under the Plan, an Eligible Employee must execute a general waiver and release in substantially the form attached hereto as EXHIBIT A, EXHIBIT B or EXHIBIT C, as appropriate, within the time provided therein, and such release must become effective in accordance with its terms, but in all cases the release must become effective within 60 days following the date of the Eligible Employee’s “separation from service” (as defined under Treasury Regulation Section 1.409A-1(h)).  The Company, in its sole discretion, may modify the form of the required release to comply with applicable law and shall determine the form of the required release, which may be incorporated into a termination agreement or other agreement with the Eligible Employee.  Such release shall include non-competition and non-solicitation provisions as deemed appropriate by the Company in its sole discretion.


(3)     Return of Property.  To be eligible to receive benefits under the Plan, an Eligible Employee must return all Company property which he or she has had in his or her possession at any time, including but not limited to any materials which contain or embody any proprietary or confidential information of the Company and any computers, mobile telephones or other physical property.





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(b)     Exceptions to Benefit Entitlement.  An employee, including an employee who otherwise is an Eligible Employee, will not receive benefits under the Plan if the employee is terminated for Cause (as defined herein), if the employee resigns without Good Reason (as defined herein), or if the employee’s employment is terminated as a result of the employee’s death or disability, in each case as determined by the Company in its sole discretion.


Section 3.     AMOUNT OF BENEFIT.


(a)     Termination without Cause or Resignation for Good Reason.  If at any time the Company terminates an Eligible Employee’s employment without Cause (as defined herein), or the Eligible Employee resigns for Good Reason (as defined herein), and such termination constitutes a “separation from service” (as defined above), the Company shall provide the Eligible Employee with the following severance benefits:


(1)     A cash severance benefit in an amount equal to the sum of (i) six (6) months of the Eligible Employee’s Base Salary (as defined herein) and (ii) 50% of the greater of (A) 80% of the Eligible Employee’s Target Bonus (as defined herein) for the year in which the termination occurs and (B) the prior year’s Target Bonus actually earned by the Eligible Employee, subject to withholdings and deductions, which aggregate amount shall be paid in the form of substantially equal installments on the Company’s regular payroll dates for the first six (6) months following the date of the Eligible Employee’s termination; provided, however, no payments shall be made prior to the effective date of the Eligible Employee’s release of claims.  On the first regular payroll date following the effective date of the Eligible Employee’s release of claims, the Company will pay the Eligible Employee the payments that would have been paid on and through such date pursuant to the prior sentence but for the delay pending the effectiveness of the release, with the balance of the payments paid thereafter on the original schedule;


(2)     Acceleration of the vesting of the unvested shares of common stock held by the Eligible Employee that were issued pursuant to his or her compensatory equity awards and the unvested shares of common stock subject to unexercised stock options then held by the Eligible Employee such that the shares that would have vested under such awards had the Eligible Employee remained employed by the Company for six (6) months following the termination of the Eligible Employee’s employment shall vest and, in the case of options, become immediately exercisable (or, if no shares would vest during such time under a specific award due to a cliff vesting provision, then the number of shares vesting and becoming exercisable pursuant to this paragraph shall equal the product of (i) the total number of shares subject to the award and (ii) a fraction, the numerator of which is six (6) and the denominator of which is the total number of months in the vesting schedule), with such vesting occurring as of the date of the Eligible Employee’s termination (such acceleration of vesting, the “6 Month Acceleration”);


(3)     Extension of the post-termination exercise period of all non-statutory stock options then held by the Eligible Employee so that such options, to the extent vested, are exercisable until the earlier of (i) the original term expiration date for such award and (ii) the first anniversary of the Eligible Employee’s termination date; and





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(4)     Provided that the Eligible Employee is eligible to continue coverage under a health, dental, or vision plan sponsored by the Company under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”) at the time of the Eligible Employee’s termination and timely elects such continuation of coverage under COBRA, the Company will pay COBRA premiums on behalf of the Eligible Employee for a period of up to six (6) months following the Eligible Employee’s termination of employment (but in no event longer that the date on which the Eligible Employee ceases to be eligible for COBRA).  Upon the conclusion of such period of insurance premium payments made by the Company, the Eligible Employee will be responsible for the entire payment of premiums required under COBRA for the duration of the COBRA period.  No provision of this Plan will affect the continuation coverage rules under COBRA, except that the Company’s payment of any applicable insurance premiums will be credited as payment by the Eligible Employee for purposes of the Eligible Employee’s payment required under COBRA.  Therefore, the period during which an Eligible Employee may elect to continue the Company’s health, dental, or vision plan coverage at his or her own expense under COBRA, the length of time during which COBRA coverage will be made available to the Eligible Employee, and all other rights and obligations of the Eligible Employee under COBRA (except the obligation to pay insurance premiums that the Company pays in accordance with the foregoing) will be applied in the same manner that such rules would apply in the absence of this Plan.  For purposes of this Section 3(a)(3), (i) references to COBRA shall be deemed to refer also to analogous provisions of state law and (ii) any applicable insurance premiums that are paid by the Company shall not include any amounts payable by the Eligible Employee under an Internal Revenue Code Section 125 health care reimbursement plan, which amounts, if any, are the sole responsibility of the Eligible Employee.


(b)     Termination without Cause or Resignation for Good Reason Following a Change of Control.  If the Company terminates an Eligible Employee’s employment without Cause, or the Eligible Employee resigns for Good Reason, at any time during the period commencing on the effective date of a Change of Control (as defined herein) and ending eighteen (18) months following the effective date of the Change of Control, and provided such termination constitutes a separation from service, then the Eligible Employee shall be entitled to the benefits set forth in Section 3(a); provided, however, that in lieu of the 6 Month Acceleration, the vesting (and, in the case of options, exercisability) of each then-unvested equity award held by the Eligible Employee shall be accelerated as to that number of shares equal to the greater of (1) the 6 Month Acceleration and (2) fifty percent (50%) of the then-unvested shares subject to such award, with such accelerated vesting (and exercisability) effective as of the date of the Eligible Employee’s termination of employment.  In the event of a termination of employment on the effective date of a Change of Control, the vesting in Section 3(c) shall apply first and the vesting in this Section 3(b) shall apply second.


(c)     Single Trigger Vesting.


(1)     Immediately prior to a Change of Control, and subject to the Eligible Employee’s continued employment with the Company through such time, 25% of the then-unvested shares subject to each then-outstanding equity award (or such lesser number as then remain unvested) held by the Eligible Employee shall become fully vested, and, as applicable, exercisable.





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(2)     In addition, in the event of a Change of Control in which either (i) the acquiring or surviving entity does not agree to assume or otherwise continue an Eligible Employee’s outstanding equity awards, or (ii) the acquiring or surviving entity does assume or otherwise continue the Eligible Employee’s outstanding equity awards but such awards cease to cover shares of common stock that are readily tradable on an established securities market, then 100% of the shares subject to each then-outstanding unvested equity award held by the Eligible Employee shall become fully vested, and, as applicable, exercisable.


(d)     Definitions.


(1)     For purposes of this Plan, “Cause” shall mean (A) conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude or dishonesty; (B) perpetration of a material fraud or act of dishonesty against the Company; (C) in the event of a termination prior to a Change of Control, persistent, willful and material breach of the Eligible Employee’s duties that has not been cured within 30 days after written notice from the Company’s Board of Directors of such breach; or (D) material breach of any Proprietary Information and Inventions Agreement between the Eligible Employee and the Company that has not been cured within thirty (30) days after written notice from the Company’s Board of Directors, or has cause irreparable damage incapable of cure.


(2)     For purposes of this Plan, “Good Reason” shall mean the Eligible Employee’s resignation from all positions he or she then-holds with the Company if (A) (I) there is a material adverse change in the Eligible Employee’s position causing such position to be of materially reduced stature or responsibility, (II) there is a material reduction of the Eligible Employee’s base compensation, or (III) the Eligible Employee is required to relocate his or her primary work location to a facility or location that would increase the Eligible Employee’s one way commute distance by more than twenty (20) miles from the Eligible Employee’s primary work location as of immediately prior to such change, (B) the Eligible Employee provides written notice to the Company’s General Counsel within the 60-day period immediately following such material change or reduction, (C) such material change or reduction is not remedied by the Company within thirty (30) days following the Company’s receipt of such written notice and (D) the Eligible Employee’s resignation is effective not later than ninety (90) days after the expiration of such thirty (30) day cure period.


(3)     Change of Control. For purposes of the Plan, a “Change of Control” shall mean any of the following in connection with which the Eligible Employee receives cash or readily marketable securities in exchange for all or substantially all of the Eligible Employee’s shares of capital stock of the Company: (A) a sale, lease or other disposition in one transaction or a series of transactions, of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, (B) a merger or consolidation in which the Company is not the surviving entity or if the Company is the surviving entity, as a result of which the shares of the Company’s capital stock are converted into or exchanged for cash, securities of another entity, or other property, unless (in any case) the holders of the Company’s outstanding shares of capital stock immediately before such transaction own more than fifty percent (50%) of the combined voting power of the outstanding securities of the surviving entity immediately after the transaction, (C) the Company’s stockholders approve a plan or proposal to liquidate or dissolve the Company or (D) a person or group hereafter acquires beneficial ownership of more than fifty percent (50%) of the outstanding voting securities of the Company (all within the meaning of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the regulations promulgated thereunder).





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(4)     For purposes of calculating Plan benefits, “Base Salary” shall mean the Eligible Employee’s base pay (excluding incentive pay, premium pay, commissions, overtime, bonuses and other forms of variable compensation), at the rate in effect during the last regularly scheduled payroll period immediately preceding the Eligible Employee’s termination (ignoring any reduction in Base Salary that is the basis for the Eligible Employee’s resignation for Good Reason, as applicable).


(5)     For purposes of calculating Plan benefits, “Target Bonus” shall mean the Eligible Employee’s target bonus amount as most recently determined for the year of termination by the Company, generally (but not necessarily) expressed as a percentage of Base Salary.


(e)     Other Employee Benefits.  All other benefits (such as life insurance, disability coverage, and 401(k) plan coverage) terminate as of the Eligible Employee’s termination date (except to the extent that a conversion privilege may be available thereunder).


(f)     Certain Reductions.  The Company shall reduce an Eligible Employee’s severance benefits, in whole or in part, by any other severance benefits, pay in lieu of notice, or other similar benefits payable to the Eligible Employee by the Company that become payable in connection with the Eligible Employee’s termination of employment pursuant to (i) any applicable legal requirement, including, without limitation, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”), or (ii) any Company policy or practice providing for the Eligible Employee to remain on the payroll for a limited period of time after being given notice of the termination of the Eligible Employee’s employment.  The benefits provided under this Plan are intended to satisfy, in whole or in part, any and all statutory obligations that may arise out of an Eligible Employee’s termination of employment, and the Plan Administrator shall so construe and implement the terms of the Plan.  In the Company’s sole discretion, such reductions may be applied on a retroactive basis, with severance benefits previously paid being recharacterized as payments pursuant to the Company’s statutory obligation.


Section 4.     LIMITATIONS ON PAYMENTS.


(a)     Taxes and Offsets.  All payments under the Plan will be subject to applicable withholding for federal, state and local taxes.  If an Eligible Employee is indebted to the Company at his or her termination date, the Company reserves the right to offset any severance payments under the Plan by the amount of such indebtedness.  In no event shall payment of any Plan benefit be made prior to the Eligible Employee’s separation from service or prior to the effective date of the release described in Section 2(a)(2).


(b)     Best After Tax.  If any payment or benefit (including payments and benefits pursuant to this Agreement) that an Eligible Employee would receive in connection with a Change of Control from the Company or otherwise (“Payment”) would (i) constitute a “parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and (ii) but for this sentence, be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the Code (the “Excise Tax”), then the Company shall cause to be determined, before any amounts of the Payment are paid to the Eligible Employee, which of the following two alternative forms of payment would maximize the Eligible Employee’s after-tax proceeds: (i) payment in full of the entire amount of the Payment (a “Full Payment”), or (ii) payment of only a part of the Payment so that the Eligible Employee receives the largest payment possible without the imposition of the Excise Tax (a “Reduced Payment”), whichever amount results in the Participant’s receipt, on an after-tax basis, of the greater amount of the Payment notwithstanding that all or some portion of the Payment may be subject to the Excise Tax.  For purposes of determining whether to make a Full Payment or a Reduced Payment, the Company shall cause to be taken into account all applicable federal, state and local income and employment taxes and the Excise Tax (all computed at the highest applicable marginal rate, net of the maximum reduction in federal income taxes which could be obtained from a deduction of such state and local taxes).  If a Reduced Payment is made, (i) the Payment shall be paid only to the extent permitted under the Reduced Payment alternative, and the Eligible Employee shall have no rights to any additional payments and/or benefits constituting the Payment, and (ii) reduction in payments and/or benefits shall occur in the following order: (1) reduction of cash payments; (2) cancellation of accelerated vesting of equity awards other than stock options; (3) cancellation of accelerated vesting of stock options; and (4) reduction of other benefits paid to the Eligible Employee.  In the event that acceleration of compensation from the Eligible Employee’s equity awards is to be reduced, such acceleration of vesting shall be canceled in the reverse order of the date of grant.





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The independent professional firm engaged by the Company for general tax audit purposes as of the day prior to the effective date of the Change of Control shall make all determinations required to be made under this Section 4(b).  If the firm so engaged by the Company is serving as accountant or auditor for the individual, entity or group effecting the Change of Control, the Company shall appoint a nationally recognized independent professional firm to make the determinations required hereunder.  The Company shall bear all expenses with respect to the determinations by such firm required to be made hereunder.


The firm engaged to make the determinations hereunder shall provide its calculations, together with detailed supporting documentation, to the Company and the Eligible Employee within fifteen (15) calendar days after the date on which the Eligible Employee’s right to a Payment is triggered (if requested at that time by the Company or the Eligible Employee) or such other time as requested by the Company or the Eligible Employee.  If the firm determines that no Excise Tax is payable with respect to a Payment, either before or after the application of the Reduced Amount, it shall furnish the Company and the Eligible Employee with an opinion reasonably acceptable to the Eligible Employee that no Excise Tax will be imposed with respect to such Payment.  Any good faith determinations of the firm made hereunder shall be final, binding and conclusive upon the Company and the Eligible Employee.


(c)     Code Section 409A.  If the Company (or, if applicable, the successor entity thereto) determines that the severance payments and benefits provided under the Plan (the “Plan Payments”) constitute “deferred compensation” under Code Section 409A (together, with any state law of similar effect, “Section 409A”) and an Eligible Employee is a “specified employee” of the Company or any successor entity thereto, as such term is defined in Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) (a “Specified Employee”) on his or her separation from service, then, solely to the extent necessary to avoid the incurrence of the adverse personal tax consequences under Section 409A, the timing of the Plan Payments shall be delayed as follows:  on the earlier to occur of (i) the date that is six months and one day after the date of his or her separation from service or (ii) the date of the Eligible Employee’s death (such earlier date, the “Delayed Initial Payment Date”), the Company (or the successor entity thereto, as applicable) shall (A) pay to the Eligible Employee a lump sum amount equal to the sum of the Plan Payments that the Eligible Employee would otherwise have received through the Delayed Initial Payment Date (including reimbursement for any premiums paid by the Eligible Employee for health insurance coverage under COBRA) if the commencement of the payment of the Plan Payments had not been delayed pursuant to this Section 4(c) and (B) commence paying the balance of the Plan Payments in accordance with the applicable payment schedules set forth in Section 3 above.  It is intended that (i) each installment of the Plan Payments provided under this Plan is a separate “payment” for purposes of Section 409A, (ii) all of the Plan Payments satisfy, to the greatest extent possible, the exemptions from the application of Section 409A provided under of Treasury Regulation 1.409A-1(b)(4), 1.409A-1(b)(5) and 1.409A-1(b)(9), and this Plan will be construed to the greatest extent possible as consistent with those provisions.





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Section 5.     REEMPLOYMENT.


In the event of an Eligible Employee’s reemployment by the Company during the period of time in respect of which Plan Payments have been paid, the Company, in its sole discretion, may require such Eligible Employee to repay to the Company all or a portion of such Plan Payments as a condition of reemployment.


Section 6.     RIGHT TO INTERPRET PLAN; AMENDMENT AND TERMINATION.


(a)     Exclusive Discretion.  The Plan Administrator (set forth in Section 11(d)) shall have the exclusive discretion and authority to establish rules, forms, and procedures for the administration of the Plan and to construe and interpret the Plan and to decide any and all questions of fact, interpretation, definition, computation or administration arising in connection with the operation of the Plan, including, but not limited to, the eligibility to participate in the Plan and amount of benefits paid under the Plan.  The rules, interpretations, computations and other actions of the Plan Administrator shall be binding and conclusive on all persons.


(b)     Amendment or Termination.  The Company reserves the right to amend or terminate this Plan (including Appendix A) or the benefits provided hereunder at any time prior to a Change of Control; provided, however, that no such amendment or termination shall affect the right to any unpaid benefit of any Eligible Employee whose termination date has occurred prior to amendment or termination of the Plan.  Any purported amendment or termination of this Plan (and the exhibits and appendices hereto) upon or following a Change of Control will not be effective as to any Eligible Employee who has not consented, in writing, to such amendment or termination.  Any action amending or terminating the Plan shall be in writing and executed by the Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer of the Company.





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Section 7.     NO IMPLIED EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT.


The Plan shall not be deemed to (i) give any employee or other person any right to be retained in the employ of the Company or (ii) interfere with the right of the Company to discharge any employee or other person at any time, with or without cause, which right is hereby reserved.


Section 8.     LEGAL CONSTRUCTION.


This Plan is intended to be governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and, to the extent not preempted by ERISA, the laws of the State of Florida.


Section 9.     CLAIMS, INQUIRIES AND APPEALS.


(a)     Applications for Benefits and Inquiries.  Any application for benefits, inquiries about the Plan or inquiries about present or future rights under the Plan must be submitted to the Plan Administrator in writing by an applicant (or his or her authorized representative).


(b)     Denial of Claims.  In the event that any application for benefits is denied in whole or in part, the Plan Administrator must provide the applicant with written or electronic notice of the denial of the application, and of the applicant’s right to review the denial.  Any electronic notice will comply with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Labor.  The notice of denial will be set forth in a manner designed to be understood by the applicant and will include the following:


(1)     the specific reason or reasons for the denial;


(2)     references to the specific Plan provisions upon which the denial is based;


(3)     a description of any additional information or material that the Plan Administrator needs to complete the review and an explanation of why such information or material is necessary; and


(4)     an explanation of the Plan’s review procedures and the time limits applicable to such procedures, including a statement of the applicant’s right to bring a civil action under section 502(a) of ERISA following a denial on review of the claim, as described in Section 9(d) below.


This notice of denial will be given to the applicant within ninety (90) days after the Plan Administrator receives the application, unless special circumstances require an extension of time, in which case, the Plan Administrator has up to an additional ninety (90) days for processing the application.  If an extension of time for processing is required, written notice of the extension will be furnished to the applicant before the end of the initial ninety (90) day period.





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This notice of extension will describe the special circumstances necessitating the additional time and the date by which the Plan Administrator is to render its decision on the application.


(c)     Request for a Review.  Any person (or that person’s authorized representative) for whom an application for benefits is denied, in whole or in part, may appeal the denial by submitting a request for a review to the Plan Administrator within sixty (60) days after the application is denied.  A request for a review shall be in writing and shall be addressed to the Plan Administrator.


A request for review must set forth all of the grounds on which it is based, all facts in support of the request and any other matters that the applicant feels are pertinent.  The applicant (or his or her representative) shall have the opportunity to submit (or the Plan Administrator may require the applicant to submit) written comments, documents, records, and other information relating to his or her claim.  The applicant (or his or her representative) shall be provided, upon request and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of, all documents, records and other information relevant to his or her claim.  The review shall take into account all comments, documents, records and other information submitted by the applicant (or his or her representative) relating to the claim, without regard to whether such information was submitted or considered in the initial benefit determination.


(d)     Decision on Review.  The Plan Administrator will act on each request for review within sixty (60) days after receipt of the request, unless special circumstances require an extension of time (not to exceed an additional sixty (60) days), for processing the request for a review.  If an extension for review is required, written notice of the extension will be furnished to the applicant within the initial sixty (60) day period.  This notice of extension will describe the special circumstances necessitating the additional time and the date by which the Plan Administrator is to render its decision on the review.  The Plan Administrator will give prompt, written or electronic notice of its decision to the applicant. Any electronic notice will comply with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Labor.  In the event that the Plan Administrator confirms the denial of the application for benefits in whole or in part, the notice will set forth, in a manner calculated to be understood by the applicant, the following:


(1)     the specific reason or reasons for the denial;


(2)     references to the specific Plan provisions upon which the denial is based;


(3)     a statement that the applicant is entitled to receive, upon request and free of charge, reasonable access to, and copies of, all documents, records and other information relevant to his or her claim; and


(4)     a statement of the applicant’s right to bring a civil action under section 502(a) of ERISA.


(e)     Rules and Procedures.  The Plan Administrator will establish rules and procedures, consistent with the Plan and with ERISA, as necessary and appropriate in carrying out its responsibilities in reviewing benefit claims.  The Plan Administrator may require an applicant who wishes to submit additional information in connection with an appeal from the denial of benefits to do so at the applicant’s own expense.





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(f)     Exhaustion of Remedies.  No legal action for benefits under the Plan may be brought until the applicant (i) has submitted a written application for benefits in accordance with the procedures described by Section 9(a) above, (ii) has been notified by the Plan Administrator that the application is denied, (iii) has filed a written request for a review of the application in accordance with the appeal procedure described in Section 9(c) above, and (iv) has been notified that the Plan Administrator has denied the appeal.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Plan Administrator does not respond to a Participant’s claim or appeal within the relevant time limits specified in this Section 9, the Participant may bring legal action for benefits under the Plan pursuant to Section 502(a) of ERISA.


Section 10.   BASIS OF PAYMENTS TO AND FROM PLAN.


The Plan shall be unfunded, and all cash payments under the Plan shall be paid only from the general assets of the Company.


Section 11.   OTHER PLAN INFORMATION.


(a)     Employer and Plan Identification Numbers.  The Employer Identification Number assigned to the Company (which is the “Plan Sponsor” as that term is used in ERISA) by the Internal Revenue Service is 94-3327894.  The Plan Number assigned to the Plan by the Plan Sponsor pursuant to the instructions of the Internal Revenue Service is 510.


(b)     Ending Date for Plan’s Fiscal Year.  The date of the end of the fiscal year for the purpose of maintaining the Plan’s records is December 31.


(c)     Agent for the Service of Legal Process.  The agent for the service of legal process with respect to the Plan is the Plan Administrator.


(d)     Plan Sponsor and Administrator.  The “Plan Sponsor” and the “Plan Administrator” of the Plan is:


Web.com Group, Inc.

12808 Gran Bay Parkway West

Jacksonville, FL  32258


The Plan Sponsor’s and Plan Administrator’s telephone number is (904) 680-6600.  The Plan Administrator is the named fiduciary charged with the responsibility for administering the Plan.


Section 12.   STATEMENT OF ERISA RIGHTS.


Participants in this Plan (which is a welfare benefit plan sponsored by Web.com Group, Inc.) are entitled to certain rights and protections under ERISA.  If you are an Eligible Employee, you are considered a participant in the Plan and, under ERISA, you are entitled to:





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(a)     Receive Information About Your Plan and Benefits


(1)     Examine, without charge, at the Plan Administrator’s office and at other specified locations, such as worksites, all documents governing the Plan and a copy of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series), if applicable, filed by the Plan with the U.S. Department of Labor and available at the Public Disclosure Room of the Employee Benefits Security Administration;


(2)     Obtain, upon written request to the Plan Administrator, copies of documents governing the operation of the Plan and copies of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series), if applicable, and an updated (as necessary) Summary Plan Description.  The Administrator may make a reasonable charge for the copies; and


(3)     Receive a summary of the Plan’s annual financial report, if applicable.  The Plan Administrator is required by law to furnish each participant with a copy of this summary annual report.


(b)     Prudent Actions by Plan Fiduciaries.  In addition to creating rights for Plan participants, ERISA imposes duties upon the people who are responsible for the operation of the employee benefit plan.  The people who operate the Plan, called “fiduciaries” of the Plan, have a duty to do so prudently and in the interest of you and other Plan participants and beneficiaries.  No one, including your employer, your union or any other person, may fire you or otherwise discriminate against you in any way to prevent you from obtaining a Plan benefit or exercising your rights under ERISA.


(c)     Enforce Your Rights.  If your claim for a Plan benefit is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you have a right to know why this was done, to obtain copies of documents relating to the decision without charge, and to appeal any denial, all within certain time schedules.


Under ERISA, there are steps you can take to enforce the above rights.  For instance, if you request a copy of Plan documents or the latest annual report from the Plan, if applicable, and do not receive them within 30 days, you may file suit in a Federal court.  In such a case, the court may require the Plan Administrator to provide the materials and pay you up to $110 a day until you receive the materials, unless the materials were not sent because of reasons beyond the control of the Plan Administrator.


If you have a claim for benefits which is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you may file suit in a state or Federal court.


If you are discriminated against for asserting your rights, you may seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor, or you may file suit in a Federal court.  The court will decide who should pay court costs and legal fees.  If you are successful, the court may order the person you have sued to pay these costs and fees.  If you lose, the court may order you to pay these costs and fees, for example, if it finds your claim is frivolous.


(d)     Assistance with Your Questions.  If you have any questions about the Plan, you should contact the Plan Administrator.  If you have any questions about this statement or about your rights under ERISA, or if you need assistance in obtaining documents from the Plan Administrator, you should contact the nearest office of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, listed in your telephone directory or the Division of Technical Assistance and Inquiries, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.  You may also obtain certain publications about your rights and responsibilities under ERISA by calling the publications hotline of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.





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Section 13.   GENERAL PROVISIONS.


(a)     Notices.  Any notice, demand or request required or permitted to be given by either the Company or an Eligible Employee pursuant to the terms of this Plan shall be in writing and shall be deemed given when delivered personally or deposited in the U.S. mail with postage prepaid, and addressed to the parties, in the case of the Company, at the address set forth in Section 11(d) and, in the case of an Eligible Employee, at the address as set forth in the Company’s employment file maintained for the Participant as previously furnished by the Participant or such other address as a party may request by notifying the other in writing.


(b)     Transfer and Assignment.  The rights and obligations of an Eligible Employee under this Plan may not be transferred or assigned without the prior written consent of the Company.  This Plan shall be binding upon any person who is a successor by merger, acquisition, consolidation or otherwise to the business formerly carried on by the Company without regard to whether or not such person or entity actively assumes the obligations hereunder.


(c)     Waiver. Any party’s failure to enforce any provision or provisions of this Plan shall not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision or provisions, nor prevent any party from thereafter enforcing each and every other provision of this Plan.  The rights granted the parties herein are cumulative and shall not constitute a waiver of any party’s right to assert all other legal remedies available to it under the circumstances.


(d)     Severability. Should any provision of this Plan (including any appendices hereto) be declared or determined to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired.


(e)     Section Headings.  Section headings in this Plan are included for convenience of reference only and shall not be considered part of this Plan for any other purpose.


Section 14.   CIRCULAR 230 DISCLAIMER.


THE FOLLOWING DISCLAIMER IS PROVIDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE’S CIRCULAR 230 (21 CFR PART 10).  ANY ADVICE IN THIS PLAN IS NOT INTENDED OR WRITTEN TO BE USED, AND IT CANNOT BE USED BY YOU FOR THE PURPOSE OF AVOIDING ANY PENALTIES THAT MAY BE IMPOSED ON YOU.  ANY ADVICE IN THIS PLAN WAS WRITTEN TO SUPPORT THE PROMOTION OR MARKETING OF PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPANY’S SEVERANCE BENEFIT PLAN.  YOU SHOULD SEEK ADVICE BASED ON YOUR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES FROM AN INDEPENDENT TAX ADVISOR.





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Section 15.    EXECUTION.


To record the adoption of the Plan as amended and restated and as set forth herein, effective as of December 11, 2008, the Company has caused its duly authorized officer to execute the same as of December 11, 2008.


 

WEB.COM GROUP, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ David L. Brown

 

 

 

David L. Brown

 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

 


 




13.




For Employees Age 40 or Older
Individual Termination


 

EXHIBIT A


RELEASE AGREEMENT



I understand and agree completely to the terms set forth in the Web.com Group, Inc. Executive Severance Benefit Plan (the “Plan”).


I understand that this Release, together with the Plan, constitutes the complete, final and exclusive embodiment of the entire agreement between Web.com Group, Inc. (the “Company”) and me with regard to the subject matter hereof.  I am not relying on any promise or representation by the Company that is not expressly stated therein.  Certain capitalized terms used in this Release are defined in the Plan.


I hereby confirm my obligations under the Company’s proprietary information and inventions agreement.


While employed by the Company and for two (2) years immediately following the date on which I cease to be employed by the Company for any reason, I agree not to (whether directly or indirectly, personally or through others): (a) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any employee of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to leave his or her employment with the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries, (b) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any customer of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to reduce or terminate its customer relationship with the Company, or (c) be or become an officer, director, stockholder, owner, co-owner, affiliate, partner, promoter, employee, agent, representative, designer, consultant, advisor, manager, licensor, sublicensor, licensee or sublicensee of, for or to, or otherwise be or become associated with or acquire or hold (of record, beneficially or otherwise) any direct or indirect interest in, any entity that engages directly or indirectly in competition with the Company; provided, however, that I may, without violating this paragraph, provide services to a business division of a competing entity if such business division does not compete with the Company and my services to the competing entity are limited to such business division, and provided further, that I may own, as a passive investor, an equity interest of any competing entity, so long as my holdings in such entity do not in the aggregate constitute more than 1% of the voting stock of such entity.  I acknowledge that, due to the nature of the Company ‘s business and the products and services provided by the Company, it is possible to compete with the Company from any location within the world, and I acknowledge and agree that it is thus impossible to identify or otherwise limit the geographic scope of this agreement and that it is reasonable for the restrictions contained herein to apply on a worldwide basis.


Except as otherwise set forth in this Release, I hereby generally and completely release the Company and its parents, subsidiaries, successors, predecessors and affiliates, and its and their partners, members, directors, officers, employees, stockholders, shareholders, agents, attorneys, predecessors, insurers, affiliates and assigns, from any and all claims, liabilities and obligations, both known and unknown, that arise out of or are in any way related to events, acts, conduct, or omissions occurring at any time prior to and including the date I sign this Release.  This general release includes, but is not limited to: (a) all claims arising out of or in any way related to my employment with the Company or the termination of that employment; (b) all claims related to my compensation or benefits, including salary, bonuses, commissions, vacation pay, expense reimbursements, severance pay, fringe benefits, stock, stock options, or any other ownership interests in the Company; (c) all claims for breach of contract, wrongful termination, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; (d) all tort claims, including claims for fraud, defamation, emotional distress, and discharge in violation of public policy; and (e) all federal, state, and local statutory claims, including claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, attorneys’ fees, or other claims arising under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (as amended) (“ADEA”), the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (as amended), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the California Labor Code (as amended), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended); provided, however, that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed in any way to release the Company from its obligation to indemnify me pursuant to agreement or applicable law or to prohibit me for contesting a claim for indemnification made by the Company or any of the other persons released hereunder.





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For Employees Age 40 or Older
Individual Termination

 

 

I acknowledge that I am knowingly and voluntarily waiving and releasing any rights I may have under the ADEA, and that the consideration given under the Plan for the waiver and release in the preceding paragraph hereof is in addition to anything of value to which I was already entitled.  I further acknowledge that I have been advised by this writing, as required by the ADEA, that:  (a) my waiver and release do not apply to any rights or claims that may arise after the date I sign this Release; (b) I should consult with an attorney prior to signing this Release (although I may choose voluntarily not do so); (c) I have twenty-one (21) days to consider this Release (although I may choose voluntarily to sign this Release earlier); (d) I have seven (7) days following the date I sign this Release to revoke the Release by providing written notice to an officer of the Company; and (e) this Release shall not be effective until the date upon which the revocation period has expired, which shall be the eighth day after I sign this Release.


I acknowledge that I have read and understand Section 1542 of the California Civil Code which reads as follows: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”  I hereby expressly waive and relinquish all rights and benefits under that section and any law of any jurisdiction of similar effect with respect to my release of any claims hereunder.


I hereby represent that I have been paid all compensation owed and for all hours worked, I have received all the leave and leave benefits and protections for which I am eligible, pursuant to FMLA, CFRA, or otherwise, and I have not suffered any on-the-job injury for which I have not already filed a workers’ compensation claim.


I acknowledge that to become effective, I must sign and return this Release to the Company so that it is received not later than twenty-one (21) days following the later of the date of the termination of my employment and the date it is provided to me.

 

 

 

 

 

EMPLOYEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 




2.




For Employees Age 40 or Older
Group Termination


 


EXHIBIT B


RELEASE AGREEMENT



I understand and agree completely to the terms set forth in the Web.com Group, Inc. Executive Severance Benefit Plan (the “Plan”).


I understand that this Release, together with the Plan, constitutes the complete, final and exclusive embodiment of the entire agreement between Web.com Group, Inc. (the “Company”) and me with regard to the subject matter hereof.  I am not relying on any promise or representation by the Company that is not expressly stated therein.  Certain capitalized terms used in this Release are defined in the Plan.


I hereby confirm my obligations under the Company’s proprietary information and inventions agreement.


While employed by the Company and for two (2) years immediately following the date on which I cease to be employed by the Company for any reason, I agree not to (whether directly or indirectly, personally or through others): (a) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any employee of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to leave his or her employment with the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries, (b) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any customer of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to reduce or terminate its customer relationship with the Company, or (c) be or become an officer, director, stockholder, owner, co-owner, affiliate, partner, promoter, employee, agent, representative, designer, consultant, advisor, manager, licensor, sublicensor, licensee or sublicensee of, for or to, or otherwise be or become associated with or acquire or hold (of record, beneficially or otherwise) any direct or indirect interest in, any entity that engages directly or indirectly in competition with the Company; provided, however, that I may, without violating this paragraph, provide services to a business division of a competing entity if such business division does not compete with the Company and my services to the competing entity are limited to such business division, and provided further, that I may own, as a passive investor, an equity interest of any competing entity, so long as my holdings in such entity do not in the aggregate constitute more than 1% of the voting stock of such entity.  I acknowledge that, due to the nature of the Company ‘s business and the products and services provided by the Company, it is possible to compete with the Company from any location within the world, and I acknowledge and agree that it is thus impossible to identify or otherwise limit the geographic scope of this agreement and that it is reasonable for the restrictions contained herein to apply on a worldwide basis.


Except as otherwise set forth in this Release, I hereby generally and completely release the Company and its parents, subsidiaries, successors, predecessors and affiliates, and its and their partners, members, directors, officers, employees, stockholders, shareholders, agents, attorneys, predecessors, insurers, affiliates and assigns, from any and all claims, liabilities and obligations, both known and unknown, that arise out of or are in any way related to events, acts, conduct, or omissions occurring at any time prior to and including the date I sign this Release.  This general release includes, but is not limited to: (a) all claims arising out of or in any way related to my employment with the Company or the termination of that employment; (b) all claims related to my compensation or benefits, including salary, bonuses, commissions, vacation pay, expense reimbursements, severance pay, fringe benefits, stock, stock options, or any other ownership interests in the Company; (c) all claims for breach of contract, wrongful termination, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; (d) all tort claims, including claims for fraud, defamation, emotional distress, and discharge in violation of public policy; and (e) all federal, state, and local statutory claims, including claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, attorneys’ fees, or other claims arising under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (as amended) (“ADEA”), the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (as amended), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the California Labor Code (as amended), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended); provided, however, that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed in any way to release the Company from its obligation to indemnify me pursuant to agreement or applicable law or to prohibit me for contesting a claim for indemnification made by the Company or any of the other persons released hereunder.





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For Employees Age 40 or Older
Group Termination

 

 

 

I acknowledge that I am knowingly and voluntarily waiving and releasing any rights I may have under the ADEA, and that the consideration given under the Plan for the waiver and release in the preceding paragraph hereof is in addition to anything of value to which I was already entitled.  I further acknowledge that I have been advised by this writing, as required by the ADEA, that:  (a) my waiver and release do not apply to any rights or claims that may arise after the date I sign this Release; (b) I should consult with an attorney prior to signing this Release (although I may choose voluntarily not to do so); (c) I have forty-five (45) days to consider this Release (although I may choose voluntarily to sign this Release earlier); (d) I have seven (7) days following the date I sign this Release to revoke the Release by providing written notice to an office of the Company; (e) this Release shall not be effective until the date upon which the revocation period has expired, which shall be the eighth day after I sign this Release; and (f) I have received with this Release a detailed list of the job titles and ages of all employees who were terminated in this group termination and the ages of all employees of the Company in the same job classification or organizational unit who were not terminated.


I acknowledge that I have read and understand Section 1542 of the California Civil Code which reads as follows: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”  I hereby expressly waive and relinquish all rights and benefits under that section and any law of any jurisdiction of similar effect with respect to my release of any claims hereunder.


I hereby represent that I have been paid all compensation owed and for all hours worked, I have received all the leave and leave benefits and protections for which I am eligible, pursuant to FMLA, CFRA, or otherwise, and I have not suffered any on-the-job injury for which I have not already filed a workers’ compensation claim.


I acknowledge that to become effective, I must sign and return this Release to the Company so that it is received not later than forty-five (45) days following the later of the date of the termination of my employment and the date it is provided to me.

 

 

 

 

 

EMPLOYEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





2.




For Employees Under Age 40
Individual and Group Termination


 


 

EXHIBIT C


RELEASE AGREEMENT



I understand and agree completely to the terms set forth in the Web.com Group, Inc. Executive Severance Benefit Plan (the “Plan”).


I understand that this Release, together with the Plan, constitutes the complete, final and exclusive embodiment of the entire agreement between Web.com Group, Inc. (the “Company”) and me with regard to the subject matter hereof.  I am not relying on any promise or representation by the Company that is not expressly stated therein.  Certain capitalized terms used in this Release are defined in the Plan.


I hereby confirm my obligations under the Company’s proprietary information and inventions agreement.


While employed by the Company and for two (2) years immediately following the date on which I cease to be employed by the Company for any reason, I agree not to (whether directly or indirectly, personally or through others): (a) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any employee of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to leave his or her employment with the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries, (b) encourage, induce, attempt to induce, solicit or attempt to solicit any customer of the Company or any of the Company’s subsidiaries to reduce or terminate its customer relationship with the Company, or (c) be or become an officer, director, stockholder, owner, co-owner, affiliate, partner, promoter, employee, agent, representative, designer, consultant, advisor, manager, licensor, sublicensor, licensee or sublicensee of, for or to, or otherwise be or become associated with or acquire or hold (of record, beneficially or otherwise) any direct or indirect interest in, any entity that engages directly or indirectly in competition with the Company; provided, however, that I may, without violating this paragraph, provide services to a business division of a competing entity if such business division does not compete with the Company and my services to the competing entity are limited to such business division, and provided further, that I may own, as a passive investor, an equity interest of any competing entity, so long as my holdings in such entity do not in the aggregate constitute more than 1% of the voting stock of such entity.  I acknowledge that, due to the nature of the Company ‘s business and the products and services provided by the Company, it is possible to compete with the Company from any location within the world, and I acknowledge and agree that it is thus impossible to identify or otherwise limit the geographic scope of this agreement and that it is reasonable for the restrictions contained herein to apply on a worldwide basis.


Except as otherwise set forth in this Release, I hereby generally and completely release the Company and its parents, subsidiaries, successors, predecessors and affiliates, and its and their partners, members, directors, officers, employees, stockholders, shareholders, agents, attorneys, predecessors, insurers, affiliates and assigns, from any and all claims, liabilities and obligations, both known and unknown, that arise out of or are in any way related to events, acts, conduct, or omissions occurring at any time prior to and including the date I sign this Release.  This general release includes, but is not limited to: (a) all claims arising out of or in any way related to my employment with the Company or the termination of that employment; (b) all claims related to my compensation or benefits, including salary, bonuses, commissions, vacation pay, expense reimbursements, severance pay, fringe benefits, stock, stock options, or any other ownership interests in the Company; (c) all claims for breach of contract, wrongful termination, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; (d) all tort claims, including claims for fraud, defamation, emotional distress, and discharge in violation of public policy; and (e) all federal, state, and local statutory claims, including claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, attorneys’ fees, or other claims arising under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (as amended) (“ADEA”), the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (as amended), the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the California Labor Code (as amended), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended); provided, however, that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed in any way to release the Company from its obligation to indemnify me pursuant to agreement or applicable law or to prohibit me for contesting a claim for indemnification made by the Company or any of the other persons released hereunder.





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For Employees Under Age 40
Individual and Group Termination

 

 

 

I acknowledge that I have read and understand Section 1542 of the California Civil Code which reads as follows: “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.”  I hereby expressly waive and relinquish all rights and benefits under that section and any law of any jurisdiction of similar effect with respect to my release of any claims hereunder.


I hereby represent that I have been paid all compensation owed and for all hours worked, I have received all the leave and leave benefits and protections for which I am eligible, pursuant to FMLA, CFRA, or otherwise, and I have not suffered any on-the-job injury for which I have not already filed a workers’ compensation claim.


I acknowledge that to become effective, I must sign and return this Release to the Company so that it is received not later than fourteen (14) days following the later of the date of the termination of my employment and the date it is provided to me.


 

 

 

 

EMPLOYEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





2.




WEB.COM GROUP, INC.

EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE BENEFIT PLAN


APPENDIX A


The Company’s Board of Directors has deemed the following executive employees to be eligible for severance benefits under the Web.com Group, Inc. Executive Severance Benefit Plan (“Eligible Employees”):


William Borzage

Tobias Dengel *

Peter Delgrosso

Roseann Duran

Chris Nowlin

Matthew McClure

Vikas Rijsinghani

Joel Williamson

Greg Wong



Employee is eligible to participate in the acceleration of vesting provisions, but shall not be entitled to any other benefit.





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