Certificate of Incorporation - Occidental Petroleum Corp.
RESTATED CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
Occidental Petroleum Corporation (the 'Corporation'), a corporation
organized and existing under and by virtue of the General Corporation Law of the
State of Delaware (the DGCL'), does hereby certify:
1. The name of the Corporation is Occidental Petroleum Corporation, which
is the name under which the Corporation was originally incorporated.
2. The original Certificate of Incorporation was filed in the Office of
the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on April 9, 1986. A Restated
Certificate of Incorporation was filed in the Office of the Secretary of State
of the State of Delaware on May 20, 1986.
3. This Restated Certificate of Incorporation was duly adopted by the
Board of Directors of the Corporation without a vote of the stockholders in
accordance with Section 245 of the DGCL.
4. This Restated Certificate of Incorporation only restates and
integrates and does not further amend the provisions of the Corporation's
Certificate of Incorporation, as heretofore amended and supplemented, and there
is no discrepancy between the provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation, as
heretofore amended and supplemented, and the provisions of this Restated
Certificate of Incorporation.
5. The text of the Certificate of Incorporation of the Corporation is
restated to read in its entirety as follows:
The name of the Corporation is OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION.
The address of the registered office of the Corporation in the State of
Delaware is The Prentice-Hall Corporation System, Inc., 1013 Centre Road,
Wilmington, Delaware 19805, in the City of Wilmington, County of New Castle. The
name of the registered agent at that address is The Prentice-Hall Corporation
The purpose of the Corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity
for which a corporation may be organized under the General Corporation Law of
the State of Delaware as set forth in Title 8 of the Delaware Code.
The Corporation is authorized to issue two classes of capital stock,
designated Common Stock and Preferred Stock. The amount of total authorized
capital stock of the Corporation is 550,000,000 shares, divided into 500,000,000
shares of Common Stock, par value $.20 per share, and 50,000,000 shares of
Preferred Stock, par value $1.00 per share.
The Preferred Stock may be issued in one or more series. The Board of
Directors is hereby authorized to issue the shares of Preferred Stock in such
series and to fix from time to time before issuance the number of shares to be
included in any series and the designation, relative powers, preferences and
rights and qualifications, limitations or restrictions of all shares of such
series. The authority of the Board of Directors with respect to each series
shall include, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the
determination of any or all of the following:
(a) the number of shares of any series and the designation to
distinguish the shares of such series from the shares of all other series;
(b) the voting powers, if any, and whether such voting powers are
full or limited, in any such series;
(c) the redemption provisions, if any, applicable to such series,
including the redemption price or prices to be paid;
(d) whether dividends, if any, shall be cumulative or noncumulative,
the dividend rate, or method of determining the dividend rate, of such
series, and the dates and preferences of dividends on such series;
(e) the rights of such series upon the voluntary or involuntary
dissolution of, or upon any distribution of the assets of, the Corporation;
(f) the provisions, if any, pursuant to which the shares of such
series are convertible into, or exchangeable for, shares of any other class
or classes or of any other series of the same or any other class or classes
of stock, or any other security, of the Corporation or any other
corporation, and the price or prices or the rates of exchange applicable
(g) the right, if any, to subscribe for or to purchase any securities
of the Corporation or any other corporation;
(h) the provisions, if any, of a sinking fund applicable to such
(i) any other relative, participating, optional or other special
powers, preferences, rights, qualifications, limitations or restrictions
all as shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors and shall
be stated in a resolution or resolutions providing for the issuance of such
Preferred Stock (a 'Preferred Stock Designation').
The number of authorized shares of Preferred Stock may be increased or
decreased (but not below the number of shares then outstanding) by the
affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the stock of the Corporation
entitled to vote, with all such holders voting as a single class.
Each holder of Common Stock of the Corporation entitled to vote shall have
one vote for each share thereof held.
Except as may be provided by the Board of Directors in a Preferred Stock
Designation or by law, the Common Stock shall have the exclusive right to vote
for the election of directors and for all other purposes, and holders of
Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to receive notice of any meeting of
stockholders at which they are not entitled to vote or consent.
The Corporation shall be entitled to treat the person in whose name any
share of its stock is registered as the owner thereof, for all purposes, and
shall not be bound to recognize any equitable or other claim to, or interest in,
such share on the part of any other person, whether or not the Corporation shall
have notice thereof, except as expressly provided by applicable law.
A. Subject to any rights granted in a Preferred Stock Designation to any
series of Preferred Stock, any action required or permitted to be taken by the
stockholders of the Corporation must be effected at an annual or special meeting
of stockholders of the Corporation and may not be effected by any consent in
writing of such stockholders.
B. No vote at any meeting of stockholders need be by written ballot unless
the Board of Directors, in its discretion, or the officer of the Corporation
presiding at the meeting, in his discretion, specifically directs the use of a
C. Special meetings of the stockholders of the Corporation for any purpose
or purposes may be called at any time by the Board of Directors or the Chairman
of the Board of Directors. Special meetings of stockholders of the Corporation
may not be called by any other person or persons.
A. The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or
under the direction of a Board of Directors. The number of directors which shall
constitute the whole Board of Directors shall be fixed by, or in such manner as
may be provided in, the By-laws of the Corporation. All directors shall be of
one class and serve for a term ending at the annual meeting following the annual
meeting at which the director was elected. In no case will a decrease in the
number of directors shorten the term of any incumbent director. Each director
shall hold office after the annual meeting at which his term is scheduled to end
until his successor shall be elected and shall qualify, subject, however, to
prior death, resignation, disqualification or removal from office. Any newly
created directorship resulting from an increase in the number of directors or
any other vacancy on the Board of Directors may be filled
by a majority of the Board of Directors then in office, even if less than a
quorum, or by a sole remaining director.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, whenever the holders of any one or more
classes or series of preferred stock issued by the Corporation shall have the
right, voting separately by class or series, to elect directors at an annual or
special meeting of stockholders, the election, term of office, filling of
vacancies and other features of such directorships shall be governed by the
terms of the Certificate of Incorporation applicable thereto, and such directors
so elected shall be in addition to the number of directors provided for in the
By-laws of the Corporation.
B. The directors shall have the power to adopt, amend or repeal the
By-laws of the Corporation.
C. No director shall be personally liable to the Corporation or its
stockholders for monetary damages for any breach of fiduciary duty by such
director as a director. Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, a director shall
be liable to the extent provided by applicable law (i) for breach of the
director's duty of loyalty to the Corporation or its stockholders, (ii) for acts
or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a
knowing violation of law, (iii) pursuant to Section 174 of the Delaware General
Corporation Law, or (iv) for any transaction from which the director derived an
improper personal benefit. No amendment to or repeal of this Section C of
Article VI shall apply to or have any effect on the liability or alleged
liability of any director of the Corporation for or with respect to any acts or
omissions of such director occurring prior to such amendment or repeal.
Meetings of stockholders may be held within or without the State of
Delaware, as the By-laws of the Corporation may provide. The books of the
Corporation may be kept (subject to any provision contained in applicable law)
outside the State of Delaware at such place as may be designated from time to
time by the Board of Directors or the By-laws of the Corporation.
The Corporation reserves the right to amend, alter, change or repeal any
provision contained in the Certificate of Incorporation, in the manner now or
hereafter prescribed by statute, and all rights conferred upon stockholders
herein are granted subject to this reservation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation has caused this Restated Certificate of
Incorporation to be signed by Donald P. de Brier, its Executive Vice President
and Secretary, and attested by Elizabeth H. Bellamy, one of its Assistant
Secretaries, this 12th day of November, 1999.
By: /s/ DONALD P. DE BRIER
Name: Donald P. de Brier
Title: Executive Vice President and
By: /s/ ELIZABETH H. BELLAMY
Name: Elizabeth H. Bellamy
Title: Assistant Secretary
DESCRIPTION: EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS
This Employment Agreement is made as of the 3rd day of April, 1998 by and
between Occidental Petroleum Corporation, a Delaware corporation (hereinafter
referred to as 'Employer'), and Donald P. de Brier (hereinafter referred to as
WHEREAS, Employee has been rendering services to Employer pursuant to a
written agreement which will expire on May 31, 1998, and
WHEREAS, the parties now desire to provide for a continuation of Employee's
employment by Employer beyond that date, and to specify the rights and
obligations of the parties during such continued employment;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements
herein, Employer and Employee hereby agree to continue such employment upon the
following terms and conditions:
1. Duties. Employee shall continue to perform the duties of Executive
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, or shall serve in such other
capacity and with such other duties for Employer or any of the subsidiaries of
Employer or any corporation affiliated with Employer (any such subsidiary or
affiliated corporation hereafter to be deemed Employer under this Agreement) as
Employer may direct. In performing such duties, Employee will comply with
Employer's Code of Business Conduct and Corporate Policies, as the same may be
amended from time to time.
2. Term of Employment. The term of employment hereunder shall be for a
period of five (5) years, commencing on June 1, 1998, and ending midnight May
31, 2003, unless terminated prior thereto in accordance with the provisions of
this Agreement, or unless extended by mutual agreement in accordance with
Paragraph 9 hereof.
3. Compensation. For the services to be performed hereunder, Employee
shall be compensated by Employer at the rate of not less than five hundred
thousand dollars ($500,000) per annum, payable semi-monthly. The minimum salary
hereunder shall be automatically adjusted to the level of any increase in annual
compensation as the Employer may determine during the term of this Agreement.
4. Participation in Benefit Programs. Employee shall be eligible to
participate in all benefit programs and under the same terms and conditions as
are generally applicable to salaried employees and senior executives of Employer
during the term of this Agreement. These benefits include life insurance in the
event of death equivalent to three (3) times base pay while employed. Employee
will be entitled to one country club membership paid for by Employer provided
that the Chief Executive Officer of Employer has prior approval on the selection
of the specific club. Employee shall also be eligible to participate in (i)
Employer's Incentive Compensation Plan and (ii) Employer's 1995 Incentive Stock
Plan, as long as Employer continues such plans during the term of this
Agreement, and to receive awards or grants under such Plans at Employer's sole
5. Exclusivity of Services. Employee shall not render paid or unpaid
services on a self-employed basis or to any other employer.
6. Vacation. Employee shall be entitled to a total of five (5) weeks
vacation in each contract year. Employee agrees to follow Employer's relevant
policies and procedures for scheduling and taking such vacations.
a. Cause. Notwithstanding the term of this Agreement, Employer may
discharge Employee and terminate this Agreement without severance or other pay
for cause, including without limitation, (i) failure to satisfactorily perform
his duties or responsibilities hereunder or negligence in complying with
Employer's legal obligations, (ii) refusal to carry out any lawful order of
Employer, (iii) breach of any legal duty to Employer, (iv) breach of Paragraph 5
of the Agreement, or (v) conduct constituting moral turpitude or conviction of a
crime which may diminish Employee's ability to effectively act on the Employer's
behalf or with or on behalf of others, or (vi) death. In the case of events (i)
through (v) above, Employer shall give Employee notice of such cause and
Employee shall have thirty (30) days to cure such breach.
b. Incapacity. If, during the term of this Agreement, Employee is
incapacitated from performing the essential functions of his job pursuant to
this Agreement by reason of illness, injury, or disability, Employer may
terminate this Agreement by at least one week's written notice to Employee, but
only in the event that such conditions shall aggregate not less than one-hundred
eighty (180) days during any twelve (12) month period. In the event Employee
shall (i) continue to be incapacitated subsequent to termination for incapacity
pursuant to this Paragraph 7(b), and (ii) be a participant in and shall qualify
for benefits under Employer's Long Term Disability Plan ('LTD'), then Employer
will continue to compensate Employee, for so long as Employee remains eligible
to receive LTD benefits, in an amount equal to the
difference between sixty percent (60%) of Employer's annual compensation as set
forth in Paragraph 3 hereof and the maximum annual benefit under the LTD,
payable monthly on a pro rated basis.
c. Without Cause. Employer may at any time terminate the employment
of Employee without cause or designate a termination for cause as a termination
without cause, and in such event Employer shall, in lieu of continued
employment, compensate Employee at the rate and in the manner provided in
Paragraph 3 hereof for a period after termination equivalent to (i) twenty-four
(24) months, or (ii) until the expiration of this Agreement, whichever of (i) or
(ii) is shorter in time (the 'Compensation Period'). In the event Employee dies
during the 'Compensation Period' any remaining payment due will be made to the
During the Compensation Period, Employee shall continue to be
eligible to (i) participate in all employee benefit plans of Employer, in which
he is participating at the time of the notice and so long as such plans are
available to salaried employees and senior executives, and (ii) exercise all
stock options previously granted to Employee under Employer's 1987 Stock Option
Plan and 1995 Incentive Stock Plan, which options are or become exercisable
under the provisions of such Plans, and (iii) continue to vest in any restricted
stock or performance stock awards previously granted to Employee under
Employer's 1977 Executive Long-Term Incentive Stock Purchase Plan and 1995
Incentive Stock Plan.
During the Compensation Period, Employee shall not accept
employment with, or act as a consultant for, or perform services for any person,
firm or corporation directly or indirectly engaged in any business competitive
with Employer without the prior written consent of Employer.
8. Confidential Information. Employee agrees that he will not divulge to
any person, nor use to the detriment of Employer or any of its affiliates or
subsidiaries, nor use in any business or process of manufacture competitive with
or similar to any business or process of manufacture of Employer or any of its
affiliates or subsidiaries, at any time during employment by Employer or
thereafter, any trade secrets or confidential information obtained during the
course of his employment with Employer, without first obtaining the written
permission of Employer.
Employee agrees that, at the time of leaving the employ of Employer,
he will deliver to Employer, and not keep or deliver to anyone else, any and all
credit cards, notes, notebooks, memoranda, documents and, in general, any and
all material relating to Employer's business, including copies therefor, whether
in paper or electronic format.
9. Modification. This Agreement contains all the terms and conditions
agreed upon by the parties hereto, and no other agreements, oral or otherwise,
regarding the subject matter of this Agreement shall be deemed to exist or bind
either of the parties hereto. This Agreement cannot be modified except by a
subsequent writing signed by both parties.
10. Prior Agreement. This Agreement supersedes and replaces any and all
previous agreements between the parties.
11. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is illegal and
unenforceable in whole or in part, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain
enforceable to the extent permitted by law.
12. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be construed and enforced in
accordance with the laws of the State of California. In the event that any
ambiguity or questions of intent or interpretation arise, no presumption or
binder of proof shall arise favoring or disfavoring the Employer by virtue of
authorship of this Agreement and the terms and provisions of this Agreement
shall be given their meaning under law.
13. Assignment. This Agreement shall be binding upon Employee, his heirs,
executors and assigns and upon Employer, its successors and assigns.
14. Arbitration. In consideration for entering into this Agreement and for
the position, compensation, benefits and other promises provided hereunder, the
Employee and Employer agree to be bound by the arbitration provisions attached
hereto as Attachment 1 and incorporated herein by this reference.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement the day
and year first above written.
OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION
By: /s/ RAY R. IRANI
By: /s/ DONALD P. DE BRIER
Donald P. de Brier
ARBITRATION PROVISIONS ('Provisions')
Incorporated by Reference into and Made a Part of the
Agreement, dated April 3, 1998 (the 'Agreement'), between
Occidental Petroleum Corporation (the 'Employer')
and Donald P. de Brier (the 'Employee')
In recognition of the fact that differences may arise between the Employer
and the Employee arising out of or relating to certain aspects of the Employee's
employment with the Employer or the termination of that employment, and in
recognition of the fact that resolution of any differences in the courts is
rarely timely or cost-effective for either party, the Employer and Employee have
agreed to the incorporation of the Provisions into the Agreement in order to
establish and gain the benefits of a speedy, impartial and cost-effective
dispute resolution procedure. By so doing, the Employer and the Employee
mutually agree to arbitrate Claims (as defined below) and each knowingly and
voluntarily waive their rights before a jury. Each party's promise to resolve
Claims (as defined below) by arbitration in accordance with these Provisions is
consideration for the other party's like promise, in addition to any other
1.1 Except as provided in paragraph 1.2 below, 'Claims' (collectively
called 'Claim' or 'Claims' in these Provisions) means all claims or
controversies between the Employer and Employee or between the Employee and
others arising out of, or relating to or concerning the Employee's employment
with the Employer or termination thereof for which a state or federal court
otherwise would be authorized to grant relief, including, but not limited to,
claims based on any purported breach of contract, tort, state or federal statute
or ordinance, common law, constitution or public policy, claims for wages or
other compensation, or of discrimination, or violation of public policy of any
type. Claims expressly include the Employee's Claims against the Employer, and
any subsidiary and related or affiliated entity, successor or assign, and any of
their officers, directors, employees, managers, representatives, attorneys or
agents, and Claims against others arising out of, relating to or concerning the
Employee's employment with the Employer or termination thereof.
1.2 These Provisions do not apply to or cover: claims for workers'
compensation benefits, claims for unemployment compensation benefits, or claims
for which the National Labor Relations Board has exclusive jurisdiction; claims
by the Employer for injunctive and/or other equitable relief for intellectual
property, unfair competition and/or the use and/or unauthorized disclosure of
trade secrets or confidential information; and claims based upon an employee
pension or benefit plan the terms of which contain an arbitration or other
non-judicial resolution procedure, in which case the provisions of such plan
shall apply. Employee shall further retain the right to seek injunctive and/or
other equitable relief expressly made available by a statute which forms the
basis of a Claim which is subject to arbitration under these Provisions. Where
one or more of the included Claims in a dispute are covered under these
Provisions and one or
more of the included Claims in the dispute are not covered under these
Provisions, such covered and non-covered claims shall be separated and shall be
heard separately in the appropriate forum for each claim.
2. Agreement to Arbitrate All Claims
2.1 Except for claims excluded from these Provisions by paragraph 1.2
above and as otherwise provided in paragraph 1.2 and 4.1, the Employer and the
Employee hereby agree to the resolution by exclusive, final and binding
arbitration of all Claims.
2.2 The parties further agree that any issue or dispute concerning the
formation, applicability, interpretation, or enforceability of these Provisions,
including any claim or contention that all or any part of these Provisions is
void or voidable, shall be subject to arbitration as provided herein. The
arbitrator, and not any federal, state or local court or agency, shall have
authority to decide any such issue or dispute.
3. Governing Law
3.1 Except as modified by these Provisions, the arbitration shall be
conducted pursuant to the rules set forth in the California Arbitration Act,
California Civil Code or Procedure Section 1281, et. seq.
3.2 The Arbitrator shall apply the substantive law (and the law of
remedies, if applicable) of the State of California, or federal law, or both, as
applicable to the Claims asserted.
4. Binding Effect
4.1 The arbitration Award (see Section 10, herein) shall be final and
binding on the parties except that both parties shall have the right to appeal
to the appropriate court any errors of law in the decision rendered by the
4.2 The Award may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent
jurisdiction and shall serve as a bar to any court action for any Claim or
allegation which was, or could have been, raised in Arbitration.
4.3 For Claims covered by these Provisions, Arbitration is the exclusive
remedy, except as provided by paragraph 1.2. The parties shall be precluded from
bringing or raising in court or before any other forum any dispute which could
have been brought or raised pursuant to Arbitration.
4.4 Nothing in these Provisions shall prevent a party from pursuing any
legal right to bring an action to vacate or enforce an Award or to compel
arbitration pursuant to applicable California law.
5. Initiating Arbitration
To initiate the arbitration process, the aggrieved party must provide the
other party or parties with: a written request to arbitrate any covered Claims
which states the Claim or Claims for which arbitration is sought. The written
request to arbitrate must be received within the limitations periods applicable
under the law to such Claims.
6. Selection of the Arbitrator
6.1 All Claims shall be decided by a single neutral decision-maker, called
6.2 To be qualified to serve, the Arbitrator must be an attorney in good
standing with at least seven years experience in employment law or a retired
judge and be available to hear the matter within sixty (60) days of selection
and on consecutive days.
6.3 Within fifteen calendar days after receipt of the written request to
arbitrate, the parties will attempt to agree on the selection of a qualified
Arbitrator pursuant to paragraph 6.2 above. If the parties fail to agree on the
selection of an Arbitrator within that fifteen calendar day period, the Employer
will designate an alternate dispute resolution service (by way of example,
American Arbitration Association, National Arbitration Forum, Judicial
Arbitration and Mediation Services/Endispute) which has the capacity of
providing the parties with a list of potential qualified arbitrators. The
parties shall request that designated alternate dispute resolution service to
provide them with a list of nine persons who meet the requirements of paragraph
6.2 above. Each party shall rate the nine names by giving the most preferred
arbitrator the number nine and using descending successive numbers to rate the
remaining choices in descending order of that party's preference and returning
the list to the alternate dispute resolution service for calculation. The
arbitrator candidate with the highest combined rating will be the Arbitrator.
The functions of the alternate dispute resolution service shall be strictly
limited to providing the list of arbitrator candidates and tallying the
respective parties' ratings of the candidates in accordance with this Section 6
and no rules of that service shall otherwise apply.
7. Arbitration Procedures:
7.1 All parties may be represented by counsel throughout the arbitration
process, including without limitation, at the arbitration hearing.
7.2 The Arbitrator shall afford each party a full and fair opportunity to
present relevant and material proof, to call and cross-examine witnesses, and to
present its argument.
7.3 The Arbitrator shall not be bound by any formal rules of evidence with
the exception of applicable law regarding the attorney-client privilege and work
doctrine, and any applicable state or federal law regarding confidentiality of
documents and other information (including, without limitation, pursuant to
rights of privacy).
7.4 The Arbitrator shall decide the relevance of any evidence offered, and
the Arbitrator's decision on any question of evidence or argument shall be final
7.5 The Arbitrator may receive and consider the evidence of witnesses by
affidavit and shall give it such weight as the Arbitrator deems appropriate
after consideration of any objection made to its admission.
7.6 Either party, at its expense, may arrange and pay for the cost of a
court reporter to provide a stenographic record of the proceedings. The other
party may obtain a copy of the recording by paying the reporter's normal fee for
such copy. If both parties agree to utilize the services of a court reporter,
the parties shall share the expense equally and shall be billed and responsible
for payment individually.
7.7 Either party shall have the right to file an pre- or post-hearing
brief. The time for filing such briefs shall be set by the Arbitrator.
7.8 The Arbitrator has authority to entertain a written or oral motion to
dismiss and motion for summary judgment, dispositive of all or part of any
Claim, to which the Arbitrator shall apply the standards governing such motions
under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
8.1 Discovery shall be governed by this paragraph 8, notwithstanding Code
of Civil Procedure Section 1283.05 to the contrary.
8.2 Discovery shall be conducted in the most expeditious and cost-
effective manner possible, and shall be limited to that which is relevant and
for which the party seeking it has substantial, demonstrable need.
8.3 All parties shall be entitled to receive, reasonably prior to the
hearing, copies of relevant documents which are requested in writing, clearly
described and governed by paragraph 8.2 above, and sought with reasonable
advance notice given the nature of the requests. Upon request, Employee shall
also be entitled to a true copy of his or her personnel file kept in the
ordinary course of business and pursuant to the Employer policy. Any other
requests for documents shall be made by subpoena as provided for in Section 9
8.4 Except as mutually agreed by the parties, all parties shall be
entitled to submit no more than twenty interrogatories (including subparts) and
twenty requests for admission (including subparts), on each of the other
parties, which are requested in
writing, clearly described and governed by paragraph 8.2 above, and sought with
reasonable advance notice given the nature of the requests.
8.5 Upon reasonable request and scheduling, each party shall be entitled
to take three depositions in total of relevant parties, representative of the
opposing party, or third parties, of up to two days duration each.
8.6 Physical and/or mental examinations may be conducted in accordance
with the standards established by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
8.7 At a mutually agreeable date, the parties will exchange lists of
experts who will testify at the arbitration. Each party may depose the other
party's experts and obtain documents they reviewed and relied upon and these
depositions will not be charged against the party's limit of three depositions.
8.8 Any disputes relative to discovery or requests for discovery other
than specifically provided for herein, shall be presented to the Arbitrator who
shall make final and binding decisions in accordance with paragraphs 8.1 and 8.2
9.1 Subject to formal request and a determination of both need and
relevance by the Arbitrator in accordance with paragraphs 8.1 and 8.2 above,
each party may issue a subpoena for production of documents or persons (other
than those provided for in Sections 8.3, 8.5 and 8.7) relevant to the procedure.
The Arbitrator's decision regarding relevance and the need for subpoenas shall
be final and binding.
9.2 The Arbitrator is empowered to subpoena witnesses or documents to the
extent permitted in a judicial proceeding, upon his or her own initiative or at
the request of a party.
9.3 The party requesting the production of any witness or proof shall bear
the costs of such production.
10. The Award
10.1 The Arbitrator shall render his or her decision and award
(collectively the 'Award') based solely on the evidence and authorities
presented, the applicable policies of the Employer, any applicable written
employment agreement, the applicable law argued by the parties, and these
Provisions as interpreted by the Arbitrator.
10.2 The Award shall be made promptly by the Arbitrator, and unless
otherwise agreed by the parties, not later than sixty (60) days from the closing
of the hearing, or the date post-hearing briefs are filed, whichever is later.
10.3 The Award shall be in writing and signed and dated by the Arbitrator.
The Award shall decide all issues submitted, shall contain express findings of
fact and law (including findings on each issue of fact and law raised by a
party), and provide the reasons supporting the decision including applicable
law. The Arbitrator shall give signed and duplicate original copies of the Award
to all parties at the same time.
11. Damages and Relief
11.1 The Arbitrator shall have the same authority to award remedies and
damages as provided to a judge and/or jury under applicable state or federal
laws, where the aggrieved party has met his or her burden of proof.
11.2 Both parties have a duty to mitigate their damages by all reasonable
means. The Arbitrator shall take a party's failure to mitigate into account in
granting relief in accordance with applicable state and federal law.
11.3 Arbitration of damages or other remedies may be conducted in a
12. Fees and Expenses
12.1 All parties shall share equally the fees of the Arbitrator. Each party
will deposit funds or post other appropriate security for its share of the
Arbitrator's fee, in an amount and manner determined by the Arbitrator, at least
ten (10) days before the first day of hearing. Additionally, each party shall
pay for its own expenses associated with the arbitration process and attorneys'
fees, if any. If any party prevails on a statutory claim which entitles the
prevailing party to attorneys' fees, or if there is a written agreement
providing for fees, the Arbitrator may award reasonable fees to the prevailing
party in accordance with such statute or agreement.
12.2 The Arbitrator may additionally award either party its reasonable
attorneys' fees and costs, including reasonable expenses associated with
production of witnesses or proof, upon a finding that the other party (a)
engaged in unreasonable delay, or (b) failed to comply with the Arbitrator's