Sample Business Contracts

Employment Agreement - Inc. and Mark Searle

Employment Forms

  • Employment Agreement. Employers can customize an employment agreement that states the salary, benefits, working hours and other important provisions for their new or existing employee.
  • Consulting Agreement. Answer simple questions to build a contract with a consultant. Specify the services rendered, when payment is due, as well as IP rights.
  • Commission Agreement. Employers who compensate their sales employees based on commissions can prepare an agreement to reduce misunderstandings by specifying the base salary and how commissions are calculated.
  • Executive Employment Agreement. Companies may offer their business executives a contract that is different from the one provided to their regular employees. Executive employment agreements may be more complex because the compensation structure may include a combination of salary and commissions, provide for bonuses based on sales, stock or other financial targets, and include non-compete, confidentiality and severance provisions.
  • Sales Representative Contract. Independent sales representatives offer companies the potential to increase the sale of products or services without the burden of increasing headcount. Both parties should understand how commissions are calculated, when commissions will be paid, as well as how the representative will treat confidential information from the company and whether the representative may also sell a competing line of products or services.
  • More Employment Agreements

Sponsored Links


                                                                    June 1, 1999

Mark Searle, Inc.
124 University Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94301

                 Re: Amended and Restated Employment Agreement

Dear Mark:

     This letter agreement (the "Letter Agreement") is entered into as of
January 25, 1999 (the "Effective Date"), by and between, Inc., a
Delaware corporation (the "Company"), and Mark Searle, an individual

     1.   Employment and Duties. Commencing on January 25, 1999 Employee will
serve as Chief Operating Officer of the Company.

     2.   At-Will Employment. Employee's employment with the Company is for no
specified period and constitutes at-will employment. As a result, Employee is
free to resign at any time, for any reason or for no reason. Similarly, the
Company is free to conclude its employment relationship with Employee at any
time, with or without cause.

     3.   Salary. For all services to be rendered by Employee pursuant to this
Letter Agreement, the Company agrees to pay Employee during Employee's period of
employment a salary at an annual rate of $120,000 (the "Salary"). The Salary
shall be paid in periodic installments in accordance with the Company's regular
payroll practices. The Company agrees to review the Salary annually and to make
increases, if any, as the Company may approve in its sole discretion.

     4.   Stock Options.

          (a)  Option. The Company shall grant Employee an option to purchase
40,000 shares of the Company's common stock, and a second option to purchase
20,000 shares of the Company's common stock, each with an exercise price equal
to the fair market value of the Company's common stock per share (collectively,
the "Option").

          (b)  Option Provisions. The Option shall be granted under the Stock
Option Plan and shall be subject to the terms and conditions (including vesting)
of the Stock Option Plan and


Mark Searle
June 1, 1999
Page 2

Employee's option agreement. The Stock Option Plan may be modified from time to
time by the Company's Board of Directors. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the
Company's Board of Directors may, in its discretion, grant the Option outside of
the Stock Option Plan, and any such Options shall include such other terms as
the Board of Directors may specify.

     5.  Other Benefits. During the Employment Period, Employee shall be
entitled to participate in all other employee benefit plans, programs,
insurances, and perquisites of the Company accorded to other employees of the
Company at Employee's same or similar level of seniority. The Company may modify
the benefits it offers to its employees from time to time as it deems necessary.

     6.  Vacations and Holidays. Employee shall be entitled to the amount of
paid vacation and Company holidays accorded to employees of the Company at
Employee's same or similar level of seniority in accordance with the Company's
policies in effect from time to time; provided, however, that such amount of
paid vacation shall in no event be less than two (2) weeks annually.

     7.  Termination Benefits. In the event Employee's employment terminates,
then Employee shall be entitled to receive severance and other benefits, if any,
in accordance with Employee's option agreements and the Company's written
policies, if any, in effect from time to time for employees of the Company at
Employee's same or similar level of seniority. In addition, upon termination
without "Cause", as that term is defined in Employee's option agreements,
Employee will receive "severance" pay equal to 20% of Employee's annual salary.

     8.  Confidential Information. Employee will be expected to sign and comply
with the Company's Employment, Confidential Information, Invention Assignment
and Arbitration Agreement, which requires, among other provisions, the
assignment of patent rights to any invention made during Employee's employment
at the Company and nondisclosure of proprietary information.

     9.  Miscellaneous. This Letter Agreement, and any written plan or agreement
referred to herein, represent the entire agreement and understanding between the
parties as to the subject matter hereof and supersede all prior or
contemporaneous agreements, whether written or oral. No waiver, alteration, or
modification of any of the provisions of this Letter Agreement shall be binding
unless in writing and signed by duly authorized representatives of the parties
hereto. Failure or delay on the part of either party hereto to enforce any
right, power, or privilege hereunder shall not be deemed to constitute a waiver
thereof. Additionally, a waiver by either party or a breach of any promise
hereof by the other party shall not operate as or be construed to constitute a
waiver of any subsequent waiver by such other party. Whenever possible, each
provision of this Letter Agreement will be interpreted in such manner as to be
effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Letter
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,
but this Letter Agreement will be reformed, construed and enforced in such
jursdiction as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision had never

Mark Searle
June 1, 1999
Page 3

and enforced in such jurisdiction as if such invalid, illegal or unenforceable
provision had never been contained herein. This Letter Agreement shall be
governed by and construed in accordance with the internal substantive laws, and
not the choice of law rules, of the State of California.

     Kindly confirmed your agreement with, and acceptance of, all of the
foregoing by signing this Letter Agreement where indicated below.

                                    Very truly yours,

                                    BAMBOO.COM, INC.

                                    By: /s/ Leonard McCurdy
                                    Name:   Leonard McCurdy
                                    Title:  Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

                                          REVIEWED BY LEGAL
Mark Searle
                                          AHF        6/2/99
                                          --------  ---------
/s/ Mark Searle