without reasonable belief that your action or omission was in the best interests of HRG. An act, or failure to act, based on specific authority given pursuant to a resolution duly adopted by the Board or based upon the written advice of outside counsel for HRG shall be presumed to be done, or omitted to be done, by you in good faith and in the best interests of HRG.
“COBRA Reimbursement” shall mean reimbursement for the cost of health insurance continuation coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (“COBRA”), in excess of the cost of such benefits that active employees of HRG are required to pay, for a period of 12 months (or until you obtain individual or family coverage through another employer, if earlier) (the “COBRA Period”), provided that you timely elect COBRA coverage and subject to the conditions that: (A) you are responsible for immediately notifying HRG if you obtain alternative insurance coverage, (B) you will be responsible for the entire COBRA premium amount after the end of the COBRA Period; (C) if you decline COBRA coverage, then HRG will not make any alternative payment to you in lieu of paying for COBRA premiums, and (D) such COBRA reimbursement payments shall be paid on an after tax basis as additional taxable compensation to you.
“Disability” shall mean your failure, because of illness, accident or any other physical or mental incapacity, to perform the essential functions of your position for 40 business days (consecutive or non-consecutive), subject to reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable laws.
“Good Reason” means the occurrence, without your express written consent, of any of the following events: (A) a material diminution in your authority, duties or responsibilities (provided that it shall not constitute Good Reason if you are required to report to another designee of the CEO); (B) a diminution of base salary; (C) a change in the geographic location of your principal place of performance of his services hereunder to a location more than thirty (30) miles outside of New York City that is also more than thirty (30) miles from your primary residence at the time of such change, except for travel consistent with the terms of your employment agreement (for the avoidance of doubt the requirement that you relocate to the New York City area shall not constitute Good Reason); or (D) a material breach by HRG of this Agreement or your employment agreement. You shall give HRG a written notice (specifying in detail the event or circumstances claimed to give rise to Good Reason) within 25 days after you have knowledge that an event or circumstances constituting Good Reason has occurred, and if you fail to provide such timely notice, then such event or circumstances will no longer constitute Good Reason. HRG shall have 30 days to cure the event or circumstances described in such notice, and if such event or circumstances are not timely cured, then you must actually terminate employment within 120 days following the specified event or circumstances constituting Good Reason; otherwise, such event or circumstances will no longer constitute Good Reason.
“Retention End Date” shall mean the earlier of (x) November 30, 2017, (y) such date HRG files with the Securities and Exchange Commission its Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 and (z) such earlier date as HRG may select at its sole discretion.
Amendment of Employment Agreement. Your employment agreement with HRG shall remain in full force and effect following execution of this Agreement, provided that you and HRG hereby acknowledge and agree that (i) you will not be entitled to any severance or separation pay pursuant to any other plan or arrangement of HRG, whether pursuant to an employment agreement, severance plan, policy or otherwise (even if your employment continues past the Retention End Date), (ii) you will not be eligible for or entitled to receive any other bonus for fiscal 2017 or thereafter, in each case notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any other agreement with HRG. Effective as of the date of this Agreement, you shall be employed as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of HRG. Except as expressly modified by this Section 7, the employment agreement shall remain in full force and effect. The parties recognize that some terms as used in the employment agreement have definitions that differ from those terms in this Agreement, and those definitions are intended to and should be construed independently of each other.
Employment Status. Nothing in this Agreement shall require you to remain employed for any particular period of time, or guarantee your employment by HRG for any particular period of time, except as specifically provided in the employment agreement.
Section 409A. It is the intention of HRG and Employee that this Agreement comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, and this Agreement will be interpreted in a manner intended to comply with or be exempt from Section 409A. HRG and Employee agree to negotiate in good faith to make amendments to this Agreement as the parties mutually agree are necessary or desirable to avoid the imposition of taxes or penalties under Section 409A. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Employee shall be solely responsible and liable for the satisfaction of all taxes and penalties that may be imposed on or for the account of Employee in connection with this Agreement (including any taxes and penalties under Section 409A), and neither HRG nor any affiliate shall have any obligation to indemnify or otherwise hold Employee (or any beneficiary) harmless from any or all of such taxes or penalties. Notwithstanding anything in this agreement to the contrary, in the event that Employee is deemed to be a “specified employee” within the meaning of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i), no payments hereunder that are “deferred compensation”