Separation and Consulting Agreement, dated November 6, 2019, among Ceridian HCM Holding Inc., Ceridian Canada Ltd. and Arthur Gitajn

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THIS AGREEMENT made as of the 6th day of November, 2019 (the “Effective Date”).


CERIDIAN CANADA LTD. (“Ceridian Canada”)
and CERIDIAN HCM HOLDING INC. (“Ceridian Holding”)

and -

(hereinafter “Gitajn”)


A.Ceridian Canada is a corporation incorporated pursuant to the federal laws of Canada, carrying on business in Canada of providing human capital management software and services;

B.Ceridian Holding is a Delaware corporation and the indirect parent company of Ceridian Canada;

C.Gitajn is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Ceridian Canada, Ceridian Holding and certain other affiliates of Ceridian Holding (Ceridian Canada, Ceridian Holding and their respective affiliates are collectively referred to as “Ceridian”);

D.Ceridian and Gitajn have mutually agreed that Gitajn’s employment with Ceridian will change as




effective as of the date that a new CFO is appointed (the “CFO Replacement Date”), Gitajn will no longer be the CFO, but will remain as an employee of Ceridian in the role of Senior Advisor to the President until the Employment Separation Date (as defined below); and



from and after the Employment Separation Date, Gitajn will cease to be an employee of Ceridian, but will continue, without interruption, to provide Consulting Services (as defined below) during the Consulting Term (as defined below).


THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter contained to be performed, the parties agree as follows:

Section 1.Definitions

1.01As used in this Agreement:



Agreement” means this Agreement and any schedules hereto, as may be amended in writing by both parties;



Confidential Information” means any information identified by Ceridian or a Customer as “Confidential” and/or “Proprietary”, or which, under the circumstances, ought to be treated as confidential or proprietary including, without limitation, non-public information related to Ceridian or the Customer’s business (as the case may be), employees, service methods, software, documentation, financial information, prices and product plans, whether in written, verbal, or electronic form, but does not include information which Gitajn can establish: (i) has become generally available to the public other than as a result of a breach of the Agreement by Gitajn or any third party to whom Gitajn has disclosed same; (ii) was disclosed to Gitajn on a non-confidential basis by a third party who did not owe an obligation of confidence to Ceridian or a Customer (as the case may be) with respect to the


disclosed information; or (iii) was known by Gitajn prior to its receipt from Ceridian or a Customer (as the case may be), as evidenced by written document;



Consulting Services” means general business consultation services to be provided by Gitajn hereunder as may be requested from time to time by Ceridian during the Consulting Term, and in particular (but without limitation) with respect to budgeting, reporting and other financial matters with respect to the business;



Consulting Term” means period of time from the Employment Separation Date to and including June 30, 2022;



Customer(s)” means any party who has entered into an agreement with Ceridian for the supply by Ceridian of products or services, or any party with whom Ceridian is actively engaged in an effort to enter into such agreement;



Employment Agreement” means the written employment agreement entered into between Gitajn and Ceridian Canada dated September 14, 2016;



Employment Laws” means the Income Tax Act (Canada), the Canada Pension Plan Act, the Employment Insurance Act (Canada) and any other federal, provincial or municipal legislation now or hereafter in existence applicable to the relationship between employees and employers;



Employment Separation Date” means the day on which Gitajn’s employment with Ceridian ceases, as contemplated in Section 2.01 below;



Personal Information” means information about an identifiable individual or allowing an individual to be identified, including any information relating to the employees of Ceridian or a Customer;



Restrictive Covenants” means collectively the following:



the Non-Competition, Non-Recruitment, and Non-Disparagement provisions stated at Sections 7.02, 7.03, and 7.04 of the Employment Agreement; and



the Non-Competition, No-Hire and Non- Solicitation Restrictions as stated in the Stock Incentive Plans (as defined below) and / or the corresponding written Notice(s) of Option Grant under which any Stock Options were granted to Gitajn;



Stock Incentive Plans” means collectively, the 2013 Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. Stock Incentive Plan, as may have been amended from time to time, and the Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. 2018 Equity Incentive Plan, as may be amended;



Stock Options” means those outstanding stock option awards granted to Gitajn as identified in written option grant notice(s), issued under the Stock Incentive Plans; and



Work Product" means models, devices, reports, computer programs, tooling, schematics and other diagrams, instructional materials, and anything else Gitajn produces in the course of providing the Consulting Services.

Section 2.Change in Roles and Responsibilities; Separation from Ceridian

2.01The parties agree that:



as of the CFO Replacement Date, Gitajn shall no longer be the CFO of Ceridian, and shall thereafter be employed as, and only have responsibility for performing his roles and responsibilities as, Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Ceridian; and



as of December 31, 2020 (“Employment Separation Date”), Gitajn’s employment with Ceridian will cease, and thereafter Gitajn shall continue performing services for Ceridian solely as consultant and independent contractor, on and subject to the terms set forth in Section 3 below.

Gitajn hereby confirms that he has had adequate opportunity to ask Ceridian any questions regarding this Agreement and to discuss this Agreement with his financial and legal advisors, and any other persons he wished to consult (subject to the confidentiality obligations contained herein).  Gitajn further agrees that he has voluntarily decided to become a party to this Agreement, and understands it will be effective when it is executed by him.  In order to receive all of the benefits of this Agreement, Gitajn must execute the Release of Claims attached hereto as Schedule A on or after the Employment Separation Date, which covers the period from the date of his execution of this Agreement until the Employment Separation Date (“Additional Release”).  Regardless of whether or not this Agreement is executed, Gitajn will be paid all salary or wages, vested and unused paid days off, and all other amounts to which he is entitled to by law accrued and owing as at the Employment Separation Date, less all legally required or authorized withholding.  

2.02If and to the extent the Ceridian Holding Board of Directors approves a bonus payout to employees under Ceridian’s Management Incentive Plan in respect of the calendar year 2020, Gitajn will be entitled to receive a prorated portion of such bonus compensation to which he would have otherwise become entitled for the 2020 fiscal year, calculated by multiplying such bonus compensation by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days from January 1, 2020 through to and including the Employment Separation Date, and the denominator of which is 365.  For the avoidance of doubt, assuming Gitajn’s Employment Separation Date remains December 31, 2020 and not changed by agreement of Gitajn and Ceridian, Gitajn will be entitled to 100% of any such bonus payment.  Any such bonus amount will be paid to Gitajn at the same rate as the bonus achievement and payout percentage, and will be paid at the same time as, payments under the plan are made to other Ceridian employees.

2.03All issued and outstanding Stock Options granted to Gitajn will be handled in accordance with the terms of the Stock Incentive Plans, as applicable, and the option agreements governing such Stock Options and underlying shares.

2.04All health, dental and other benefit plans in which Gitajn and any of his dependents are currently enrolled will terminate at midnight on his Employment Separation Date.  Thereafter, Ceridian will provide continuation of medical, dental, and prescription healthcare coverage only, through to and including the earlier of:



the first anniversary of his Employment Separation Date; or



the date Gitajn becomes eligible to participate in any other group health insurance program. In this regard, Gitajn agrees to provide notice to Ceridian as soon as reasonably possible of his eligibility to participate in any other group health insurance program.

2.05All business travel accident, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and other insurance coverage to which Gitajn has been entitled as a Ceridian employee, will terminate at midnight on the Employment Separation Date.

2.06Other than as explicitly set forth in this Agreement, the consideration and other benefits as set forth in this Section 2 will constitute the full amount of monies and other consideration to be paid to Gitajn by Ceridian with respect to and in connection with the termination of his employment, including but not limited to (i) any amounts under Ceridian’s incentive or bonus programs for periods completed prior to or following the Separation Date, (ii) any amounts under the Employment Agreement, and (iii) any amounts owing or claimed to be owing to Gitajn pursuant to the terms of any other compensation arrangement to which he was subject during the term of his employment with Ceridian.

Section 3.Engagement of Gitajn as a Consultant

3.01Ceridian agrees to engage Gitajn as an independent contractor to perform the Consulting Services, and Gitajn agrees to make himself reasonably accessible and available to Ceridian throughout the Consulting Term,

on an independent contractor/consulting basis to provide the Consulting Services as may be requested from time to time by Ceridian.

3.02As Gitajn will continue to be providing services to Ceridian without interruption following the Employment Separation Date, as consideration for the Consulting Services to be provided, Gitajn will be permitted to keep his existing Stock Options, which Stock Options shall continue under the same terms and conditions as provided under the Stock Incentive Plans, as applicable, and the option agreements governing such Stock Options and underlying shares.  Gitajn’s Stock Options shall continue to vest until the earlier of:



the expiration of the Consulting Term; or



the earlier termination of this Agreement in accordance with the written terms hereof.

However, and for the avoidance of doubt, in the event Gitajn breaches any term of this Agreement (including without limitation, his obligations as set forth in Section 3.06 or Section 5,  then in addition to any other rights or remedies Ceridian may have at law or in equity, the Consulting Services shall automatically terminate, this Section 3 shall become null and void, all Stock Options will be handled solely in accordance with the original terms of the Stock Incentive Plans, as applicable,  and the option agreements governing such Stock Options and underlying shares, and any Stock Options which may have vested during the Consulting Term shall immediately be forfeited.

3.03The only consideration to which Gitajn will be entitled for providing the Consulting Services is his ongoing rights to the Stock Options as set forth in Section 3.02 above.  However, and for the avoidance of doubt, Ceridian shall reimburse Gitajn for reasonable and demonstrable expenses directly incurred in carrying out his responsibilities under this Agreement, which may include, by way of example only, reasonable travel expenses.  Gitajn shall not have the authority to charge any expenses to Ceridian without its prior approval, nor to execute any contracts or other documents on Ceridian’s behalf.

3.04During the Consulting Term, Gitajn will be subject to the Restrictive Covenants.

3.05In addition to the obligations set forth herein, Gitajn shall comply at all times with Ceridian’s security procedures in effect from time to time, as well as the terms and conditions of all Ceridian written policies, including without limitation, the following if and/or as applicable (copies of which Gitajn acknowledges having been provided to him or made available to him):

Ceridian Code of Conduct
Privacy Policy
Security Standards / Requirements
Travel Policy

3.06Gitajn shall not, either during the course of the Consulting Term or thereafter, for any reason whatsoever, directly or indirectly:



disclose any Confidential Information to any person, firm or corporation other than for the purposes of providing the Consulting Services, and as authorized by Ceridian or the Customer (as the case may be) in advance; or



use for Gitajn’s own purpose, or for any purpose other than that of providing the Consulting Services, any Confidential Information which he acquires through his involvement with Ceridian or a Customer and through his contact which any person, firm or corporation affiliated with Ceridian or a Customer.

At all times Gitajn shall act bona fide and in the best interests of Ceridian and the Customers.

3.07Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, the Consulting Services may be terminated:



by Ceridian Canada for Cause (as that term is defined in the Employment Agreement), at any time during the Consulting Term without notice or pay in lieu thereof;



by Gitajn, without Cause, by giving Ceridian Canada thirty (30) days advance written notice.

For the avoidance of doubt, to the extent Ceridian Canada is able to show Cause, Gitajn shall be considered to have breached the Agreement for the purposes of Section 3.02.  The Consulting Services shall also terminate without notice or pay in lieu thereof in case of the death of Gitajn, or by reason of illness or accident whereby Gitajn is incapable of carrying out the terms and conditions of this Agreement for one (1) month, or upon the bankruptcy of either party.

3.08On termination of this Consulting Services, Gitajn shall:



forthwith deliver up all documents, papers, plans, materials and other property of or relating to the affairs of Ceridian and any Customers which may then be in his possession or under his control; and



immediately cease making any representation that he is associated with Ceridian or any Customers.

3.09Gitajn represents that he is and will at all times throughout the Consulting Term comply with all applicable legislation relating to privacy and the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information.

3.10During the Consulting Term, Gitajn will not be an employee of Ceridian Canada or any other Ceridian entity, and will be considered an independent contractor, and accordingly Employment Laws will not apply to Gitajn at any point during the term of the Consulting Services.  Ceridian is interested only in the results obtained by Gitajn who retains sole control of the manner and means of performing the Consulting Services, subject to its specific terms and conditions, and provided that he maintains standards generally accepted in the industry for such services.  

3.11All Work Product will belong to Ceridian, and Gitajn will deliver all Work Product to Ceridian upon the earlier of the expiration/termination of the Consulting Services or Ceridian's request. Gitajn will promptly disclose to Ceridian any works of authorship, including drawings, designs, plans, specifications, notebooks, tape recordings, computer programs, computer output, models, tracings, schematics, photographs, reports, findings, recommendations, educational materials, data and memoranda of every description and anything else Gitajn produces in connection with the Consulting Services, and Gitajn hereby assigns to Ceridian all copyrights in such works.  To the extent permitted by law, Gitajn waives any moral rights, such as the right to be named as author, the right to modify, the right to prevent mutilation and the right to prevent commercial exploitation, whether arising under the Berne Convention or otherwise.  Gitajn will sign any necessary documents and will otherwise assist Ceridian, at Ceridian’s expense, in registering Ceridian’s copyrights and otherwise protecting Ceridian’s rights in such works in any country.  Ceridian will own all patents, copyrights or trade secrets covering such materials and will have full rights to use the materials without claim on the part of Gitajn for additional compensation. Gitajn will not use any pre-existing intellectual property including any trade secret, invention, work of authorship, mask work or protectable design that has already been conceived or developed by anyone other than Ceridian in connection with the Consulting Services unless Gitajn has the right to use it for Ceridian’s benefit.

Section 4.Release of Claims Against Ceridian; Waivers

4.01In consideration of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Gitajn hereby fully and completely releases and discharges Ceridian, and all present and former subsidiaries, parents and affiliated corporations, and all of their respective directors, officers, agents, employees, trustees, insurers, attorneys, employee benefit plans and their fiduciaries, and each of their successors and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from any and all claims, complaints, agreements, obligations, demands and causes of action which he has or may have and which are known or unknown, arising out of any actions, conduct, decisions, behavior or events occurring up to the date of execution of this Agreement or in any way connected with his employment relationship with Ceridian, his separation from employment from Ceridian, or his entering into this Agreement. Gitajn further understands that he must execute the Additional Release upon or after the Employment Separation Date in order to receive all of the benefits of this Agreement, including without limitation, being engaged as a consultant for the Consulting Term (and accordingly the benefit of further Stock Options potentially vesting).  This Agreement, and the release of claims it contains, specifically covers, but is not

limited to, any and all claims, complaints, causes of action or demands that Gitajn has or may have against the Released Parties relating in any way to the terms, conditions and circumstances of his employment up to and including the date of his signature below, whether based on statutory or common law, for employment discrimination or other violations of law, or any state’s human rights act, including but not limited to claims under the Employment Standards Act or the Human Rights Act.

Section 5.

Re-Affirmation and Acknowledgement of Prior Restrictive Covenants

5.01As partial consideration for Ceridian entering into the Employment Agreement, and in consideration of Ceridian granting Gitajn the Stock Options, Gitajn voluntarily signed and agreed to the Restrictive Covenants.  In this regard, Gitajn hereby re-affirms the validity and enforceability of the Restrictive Covenants, and agrees that such terms remain in full force and effect following execution of this Agreement.  Gitajn further agrees never to seek to argue or assert that the Restrictive Covenants are not enforceable against him.

5.02In addition to the Restrictive Covenants, Gitajn further agrees as follows:



not to intentionally make, cause or attempt to cause any other person to make, any statements, either written or oral, or convey any information about Ceridian that is disparaging or reflects negatively upon Ceridian; and



to provide, at Ceridian’s reasonable request, and for no additional consideration, reasonable assistance and cooperation with respect to any legal matter involving Ceridian, including without limitation, any litigation and/or any business matter related to his position, function or responsibilities during his employment with Ceridian or while providing Consulting Services to Ceridian; provided however that in the event the assistance and cooperation requested by Ceridian requires him to incur costs or expend monies, or otherwise results in a material financial cost, Ceridian will reimburse or otherwise compensate Gitajn for the reasonable amount of such costs or expended monies.

Section 6.Miscellaneous Provisions

6.01Except to the extent the Employment Agreement is amended by this Agreement and continues in force until the Employment Separation Date:



any and all previous agreements, written or oral, between the parties or on their behalf relating to the employment (or cessation of employment) by Ceridian of Gitajn, are hereby terminated and cancelled; and



this Agreement will constitute the whole agreement between the parties with respect to Ceridian’s engagement of Gitajn as an independent contractor to provide the Consulting Services from and after the Employment Separation Date, and any and all previous agreements, written or oral, between the parties or on their behalf relating to the Consulting Services are hereby terminated and cancelled,

and each of the parties releases and forever discharges the other of and from all manner of actions, causes of action, claims and demands whatsoever under or in respect of any such prior agreements. No modifications, amendments or variations of the Agreement shall be effective or binding unless agreed to in writing and properly executed by the parties.

6.02This Agreement shall not be assignable by Gitajn except by the written consent of Ceridian, and Gitajn covenants and agrees that the Consulting Services shall be performed by him personally throughout the term of this Agreement.

6.03It is understood and agreed that either party may waive any provision of this Agreement intended for such party’s sole benefit, but it is further agreed that any waiver of the performance of any condition by the other party shall not constitute a continuing waiver of any other or subsequent default, but shall include only the particular breach or default so waived.

6.04If any covenant or agreement herein is determined to be void or unenforceable in whole or in part, it shall not be deemed to affect or impair the enforceability or validity of any other covenant or agreement of this Agreement or any part thereof, and any such covenant or agreement may be severed from this Agreement without affecting the remainder of the Agreement.

6.05This Agreement shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and all federal laws applicable therein.

6.06This Agreement was prepared by the solicitors for Ceridian.  Gitajn represents by signing this Agreement that he has been given the full opportunity to obtain such independent legal and other advice as required to allow him to enter this Agreement, and accordingly the Agreement shall not be construed in favor of or against either party by reason of or to the extent to which any party or its legal counsel participated in its preparation.

6.07This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, all of which together shall be considered one and the same original document, and shall become effective when one or more such counterparts have been signed by each of the parties and delivered to the other party. Counterparts may be delivered via facsimile transmission, electronic mail (including pdf or any electronic signature complying with applicable laws) or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes with the same effect as if both parties hereto had signed the same document.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF this Agreement has been duly executed by the parties as of the date written above.






Per:/s/ Scott A. Kitching_____________

Name:Scott A. Kitching

Title:Executive Vice President, General Counsel

I have the authority to bind the company








Per:/s/ Scott A. Kitching_____________

Name:Scott A. Kitching

Title:Executive Vice President, General Counsel

I have the authority to bind the company







/s/ Susan Gitajn_____________

Witness Signature

Print Name: Susan Gitajn





/s/ Arthur Gitajn______________________






I, Arthur Gitajn, for the consideration of the amounts set out in the written agreement titled “Separation Agreement, Release and Consulting Agreement” made amongst the undersigned, Ceridian Canada Ltd. (“Ceridian Canada”) and Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (“Ceridian Holding”), with an effective date of November 6, 2019, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby expressly acknowledged, do hereby remise, release and forever discharge Ceridian Holding, Ceridian Canada, and all of their respective affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Releasees”) of and from all actions, causes of action, debts, demands, dues, bonds, accounts, covenants, contracts and claims whatsoever which I ever had, now have or which I can, shall or may hereafter have for or by reason of any cause, matter or thing whatsoever existing up to the present time, including without limiting the generality of the foregoing any actions, causes of action, suits, debts, demands, or claims relating to my employment or the termination of my employment with any of the Releasees.  I also agree not to make any claim or take any proceedings in respect of the claims released against any person, corporation or other entity who or which might claim contribution or indemnity from the Releasees.

I hereby specifically covenant, represent and warrant to the Releasees that I have no further claim against the Releasees for or arising out of my employment or cessation of employment which specifically includes any claims for notice of termination, pay instead of notice, severance pay, incentive compensation, interest and/or vacation pay or claims under The Employment Standards Act or The Human Rights Code, or the equivalent statutes applicable in my province of employment.  I also acknowledge that the monies paid to me include any severance pay and notice pay to which I am entitled under The Employment Standards Act or the equivalent statute in my province of employment.  In the event that I should hereafter make any claim or demand or commence or threaten to commence any action, claim or proceeding against the Releasees for or by reason of any cause, matter or thing, this document may be raised as a complete bar to any such claim, demand or action.

I will not disclose the terms of the settlement or its existence to any person or corporation except for the purposes of dealing with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), with a professional legal or financial advisor who agrees to be and is, professionally bound by confidentiality, or otherwise as required by law.

I agree to indemnify the Releasees and save them harmless from any and all income tax, employment insurance or Canada Pension Plan charges or payment that may be claimed by either the Receiver General of Canada or CRA in respect of any failure on your part to withhold such charges or payments after said, and in the event that any proceedings are commenced against the Releasees, I agreed to indemnify them and save them harmless from any money that might be required to be paid by either CRA or the Receiver General of Canada or by any Court.  However, and for the avoidance of doubt, I will not be required to indemnity the Releasees for any fines or penalties assessed by the Receiver General of Canada or CRA to the extent arising as a result of any negligent error or omission on the part of Ceridian Canada or any Releasee, and in such case shall only be required to indemnify for the actual principal amount of income tax, employment insurance or Canada Pension payable to such agencies.

I have read the above Release and have had the opportunity to obtain independent legal advice.  I understand that it contains a full and final release of all claims that I have or may have against the Releasees and that there is no admission of liability on the part of the Releasees and that any such liability is denied.

All of the foregoing shall ensure to the benefit of the Releasees, their successors and assigns, and be binding upon me and my respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have duly executed this Release this                day of                                , 20       .





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