HERO » Topics » Section 4.11 Employee Benefit Plans.

This excerpt taken from the HERO 8-K filed Mar 22, 2007.

Section 4.11 Employee Benefit Plans.

(a) Section 4.11 of the Parent Disclosure Letter contains a list of all the Parent Benefit Plans. Parent will provide the Company, within 30 days after the date hereof, with true and complete copies of the Parent Benefit Plans and, if applicable, all amendments thereto, the most recent trust agreements, Forms 5500, summary plan descriptions, any summaries of material modification provided to participants since the most recent summary plan descriptions, material notices to participants, funding statements, annual reports and actuarial reports, if applicable, for each Parent Benefit Plan.

(b) There has been no “reportable event,” as that term is defined in Section 4043 of ERISA, with respect to the Parent Benefit Plans subject to Title IV of ERISA for which the 30-day reporting requirement has not been waived that could have a Parent Material Adverse Effect; to the extent applicable, the Parent Benefit Plans comply in all material respects with the requirements of ERISA and the Code or with the Laws and regulations of any applicable jurisdiction, and except as set forth in Section 4.11 of the Parent Disclosure Letter, any Parent Benefit Plan intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code has received a favorable determination letter from the IRS and such letter has not been revoked; all required amendments since the issuance of such favorable determination letter from the IRS have been made and no amendments have been made which could reasonably be expected to result in the disqualification of any of such Parent Benefit Plans; the Parent Benefit Plans have been maintained and operated in material compliance with their terms; to Parent’s knowledge, there are no breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with the Parent Benefit Plans for which the Parent could be liable; there are no pending or, to Parent’s knowledge, threatened claims against or otherwise involving any Parent Benefit Plan that could have a Parent Material Adverse Effect, and no suit, action or other litigation (excluding claims for benefits incurred in the ordinary course of the Parent Benefit Plan activities) has been brought against or with respect to any such Parent Benefit Plan for which the Parent could be liable; all material contributions required to be made as of the date hereof to the Parent Benefit Plans have been made or have been properly accrued and are reflected in the Parent Financial Statements as of the date thereof; neither Parent nor any of its Subsidiaries or ERISA Affiliates has any direct or indirect liability, contingent or otherwise, under Title IV of ERISA; and with respect to the Parent Benefit Plans or any “employee pension benefit plans,” as defined in Section 3(2) of ERISA, that are subject to Title IV of ERISA, there does not exist any accumulated funding deficiency within the meaning of Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, whether or not waived.

(c) Neither Parent nor any of its Subsidiaries nor any of its ERISA Affiliates contributes to, or has an obligation to contribute to, and has not within six years prior to the Effective Time contributed to, or had an obligation to contribute to, a “multiemployer plan” within the meaning of Section 3(37) of ERISA.

 

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(d) Except as disclosed in Section 4.11 of the Parent Disclosure Letter, no Parent Benefit Plan provides medical, surgical, hospitalization, death or similar benefits (whether or not insured) for employees or former employees of Parent or any Subsidiary of Parent for periods extending beyond their retirement or other termination of service other than (i) coverage mandated by applicable Law, (ii) death benefits under any “pension plan” or benefits the full cost of which is borne by the current or former employee (or his beneficiary).

(e) All accrued material obligations of Parent and its Subsidiaries, whether arising by operation of Law, Contract, or past custom, for compensation and benefits, including, but not limited to, bonuses and accrued vacation, and benefits under Parent Benefit Plans, have been paid or adequate accruals for such obligations are reflected on the Parent Financial Statements as of the date thereof.

(f) Section 4.11 of the Parent Disclosure Letter sets forth an accurate and complete list of each Parent Benefit Plan (and the particular circumstances described herein relating to such Parent Benefit Plan) under which the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby could (either alone or in conjunction with any other event, such as termination of employment), result in, cause the accelerated vesting, funding or delivery of, or increase the amount or value of, any payment or benefit to any employee, officer or director of Parent or any of its Subsidiaries. As to each Parent Benefit Plan maintained by Parent and/or its Subsidiaries, Parent or applicable Subsidiary as the case may be, has reserved the right to amend or terminate such plan without material liability to any Person except with respect to benefits accrued in the ordinary course prior to the date of such amendment or termination.

(g) Parent will provide within 30 days of the date hereof a description of the amount paid or payable (whether in cash, in property, or in the form of benefits, accelerated cash, property, or benefits, or otherwise) in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby (either solely as a result thereof or as a result of such transactions in conjunction with any other event) will be an “excess parachute payment” within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code.

(h) Each Parent Benefit Plan which is or reasonably could be determined to be an arrangement subject to Section 409A of the Code has been operated in good faith compliance with Section 409A of the Code since January 1, 2005 and has been, or prior to January 1, 2008 may be timely amended with the consent of the participant, if necessary, to comply in good faith with Section 409A of the Code and any applicable guidance, whether proposed or final, issued by the IRS with respect thereto.

(i) No Parent Benefit Plan is a multiple employer plan as defined in Section 413(c) of the Code.

(j) During the period from the date of this Agreement to the Closing Date, except as otherwise permitted under this Agreement, Parent will not enter into any additional Contracts or agreements with employees, directors or consultants of Parent that will create any obligation to Parent or Parent after the Closing Date, or make or agree to make any material changes to any existing Contracts or agreements with employees, directors or consultants of Parent without the Company’s prior written consent; provided, however, that Parent may in its sole discretion and without Company’s prior written consent amend or adopt any arrangement to cause an arrangement existing on the date hereof to comply with, or be exempt from, Section 409A of the Code if such amendment or arrangement does not cause or entail any cost or expense to the Parent (other than reasonable and necessary fees and expenses of advisors in connection therewith).

 

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(k) No Parent Benefit Plan that is not subject to ERISA has any material liabilities thereunder which are not otherwise fully funded, if applicable, or properly accrued and reflected under the Company Financial Statements as of the date thereof.

(l) Nothing in the foregoing shall be interpreted to apply or require compliance with Laws of the United States to a Parent Benefit Plan that is subject to the Laws of a foreign jurisdiction.

(m) No Parent Benefit Plan holds any “qualifying employer securities” or “qualifying employer real estate”.

(n) With respect to all Parent International Plans, (i) to the Parent’s knowledge, the International Plans have been maintained in all material respects in accordance with all Applicable Laws, (ii) if intended to qualify for special Tax treatment, the International Plans meet the requirements for such treatment in all material respects, (iii) if intended to be funded and/or book-reserved, the International Plans are fully funded and/or book-reserved based upon reasonably actuarial assumptions, and (iv) no liability which could be material to the Parent and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, exists or reasonably could be imposed upon the assets of the Parent or any of its Subsidiaries by reason of such International Plans, other than to the extent reflected on the Company’s balance sheet as contained in the Parent’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.

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