Exhibit 10.1
SEPARATION AGREEMENT AND RELEASE
THIS SEPARATION AGREEMENT AND RELEASE (this “Agreement”) is entered into on October 18, 2019, by and between Armstrong Flooring, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) and Dominic C. Rice (“Executive”). The Company and Executive may be referred to herein individually as a “Party” and collectively as the “Parties.”
WITNESSETH:
WHEREAS, the Company notified the Executive of its intent to eliminate (the “Position Elimination”) Executive’s position as Chief Product Officer, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, effective, and resulting in Executive’s separation from the Company, on October 18, 2019 (the “Separation Date”); and
WHEREAS, the Executive is a Participant in the Company’s Severance Pay Plan for Executive Employees (the “Severance Plan”); and
WHEREAS, the Position Elimination qualifies the Executive, pursuant to Section 2.01(a) of the Severance Plan, to receive the benefits applicable to Executive under Section 3(c) of the Severance Plan, subject to the conditions set forth in the Severance Plan, including without limitation those set forth in Section 3.02 and 3.03; and
WHEREAS, the Parties wish to enter into the arrangement set forth exclusively in this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the releases, representations, covenants and obligations herein contained, the Company and Executive, intending to be legally bound, hereby agree as follows:
1.Resignation. In connection with the Position Elimination, Executive hereby irrevocably resigns from all positions he holds with the Company and its subsidiaries, effective as of the Separation Date, and agrees to execute any additional documents required by the Company to effectuate such resignations.
2.    Payments and Benefits. Provided that this Agreement becomes effective pursuant to its terms and Executive remains in compliance with this Agreement at all times and executes the Supplemental Release of Claims attached hereto as Appendix A (the “Supplemental Release”) on or within twenty-one (21) days following the Separation Date and does not timely revoke his consent to the Supplemental Release, the Company shall pay Executive the benefits applicable to Executive under the Severance Plan (see Exhibit A), in the manner and time provided for in the Severance Plan. Executive shall also be entitled to any pro rata vesting of his outstanding






performance- and time-based restricted stock units (see Exhibit B) pursuant to and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable underlying grant agreement.
3.    No Other Payments or Benefits. Executive acknowledges and agrees that he has received all payments and benefits to which he is entitled from the Company and is not entitled to any other compensation, benefits, or payments from the Company or any other Company Parties (as defined in Section 7(a) below).
4.    Return of Property. Executive agrees that within five (5) business days of the Separation Date, he will deliver, without retaining any copies, all documents and other material in Executive’s possession relating, directly or indirectly, to any Confidential Information (as defined in Section 5 below) or other information of the Company, or confidential or other information regarding third parties, learned as an employee of the Company including, but not limited to, any and all documents, contracts, agreements, plans, books, notes, passwords, including electronically stored data and any copies of the foregoing, as well as all materials or equipment supplied by the Company, such as credit cards, laptop or other computer equipment. Executive represents that the Company has returned to him all personal effects which were located at the Company’s premises.
5.    Confidentiality and Confidential Information.
(a)    Executive represents that he has held, and Executive agrees that he will at all times hold, in the strictest confidence and has not and will not make any unauthorized disclosure, directly or indirectly, of any Confidential Information, or confidential information regarding third parties, or make any use thereof, directly or indirectly, except in working for the Company. Executive assigns to the Company any rights he may have or have acquired in such Confidential Information and recognizes that all such information shall be the sole property of the Company and its successors or assigns.
(b)    Confidential Information” means and includes any and all information regarding the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates that is not generally known or available to the public, including but not limited to: information regarding past, current and prospective customers and investors and business affiliates, employees, contractors, and the industry not generally known to the public; strategies, methods, books, records, and documents; technical information concerning products, equipment, services and processes; procurement procedures, pricing, and pricing techniques; including contact names, services provided, pricing, type and amount of services used, financial and sales data; trading methodologies and terms; communications information; evaluations, opinions and interpretations of information and data; marketing and merchandising techniques; electronic databases; models; specifications; computer programs; contracts; bids or proposals; technologies and methods; training methods and processes; organizational structure; personnel information; payments or rates paid to consultants or other






service providers; and other such confidential or proprietary information. Executive acknowledges that the Company’s business is highly competitive, that this Confidential Information constitutes a valuable, special and unique asset used by the Company in its business, and that protection of such Confidential Information against unauthorized disclosure and use is of critical importance to the Company. Confidential Information shall not include information that (i) was already in Executive’s possession prior to disclosure by the Company but not developed by Executive; (ii) was independently developed by Executive without reference to the Company’s Confidential Information; (iii) is obtained from a third party who is not prohibited from transmitting the information to Executive by a contractual, legal or fiduciary obligation to the Company; or (iv) is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of disclosure by Executive.
6.    Permitted Disclosures. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b), Executive will not be held criminally or civilly liable under any Federal or State trade secret law for the disclosure of a trade secret of the Company that (i) is made (A) in confidence to a Federal, State, or local government official, either directly or indirectly, or to his attorney and (B) solely for the purpose of reporting or investigating a suspected violation of law; or (ii) is made in a complaint or other document that is filed under seal in a lawsuit or other proceeding.  If Executive files a lawsuit for retaliation by the Company for reporting a suspected violation of law, Executive may disclose the trade secret to his attorney and use the trade secret information in the court proceeding, if Executive (i) files any document containing the trade secret under seal, and (ii) does not disclose the trade secret, except pursuant to court order.  Nothing in this Agreement is intended to conflict with 18 U.S.C. § 1833(b) or create liability for disclosures of trade secrets that are expressly allowed by such section. Further, nothing in this Agreement or any other agreement that Executive has with the Company shall prohibit or restrict Executive from making any voluntary disclosure of information or documents concerning possible violations of law to, or seek a whistleblower award from, any governmental agency or legislative body, or any self-regulatory organization, in each case, without advance notice to the Company.
7.    Release.
(a)    Executive hereby releases, discharges and forever acquits the Company, and its affiliates and subsidiaries and the past, present and future stockholders, members, partners, directors, managers, employees, agents, attorneys, heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns of the foregoing, in their personal and representative capacities (individually, “Company Party,” and collectively, the “Company Parties”), from liability for, and hereby waives, any and all claims, charges, liabilities, causes of action, rights, complaints, sums of money, suits, debts, covenants, contracts, agreements, promises, benefits, obligations, damages, demands or liabilities of every nature, kind and description, in law, equity or otherwise, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected (collectively, “Claims”) which Executive or Executive’s heirs, executors, administrators, spouse, relatives, successors or assigns ever had, now has or may hereafter claim






to have by reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever: (i) arising from the beginning of time through the date upon which Executive signs this Agreement including, but not limited to (A) any such Claims relating in any way to Executive’s employment relationship with the Company or any other Company Parties, and (B) any such Claims arising under any federal, state, local or foreign statute or regulation, including, without limitation, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and any other federal, state, local or foreign law (statutory, regulatory or otherwise) that may be legally waived and released; (ii) relating to wrongful employment termination; or (iii) arising under or relating to any policy, agreement, understanding or promise, written or oral, formal or informal, between the Company or any of the other Company Parties and Executive, including, without limitation, the Amended and Restated Change in Control Severance Agreement between Executive and the Company, effective December 1, 2017 (“Change in Control Agreement”), the Company’s Severance Pay Plan for Executive Employees and any incentive compensation plan or stock option plan with any Company Party; provided, however, that nothing in this Release shall release or impair any rights that cannot be waived under applicable law, rights under Section 2 of this Agreement, rights to vested benefits under the Company’s 401(k) plan and group health plan, or any rights to indemnification under the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, By-laws, Director & Officer liability insurance coverage or the Indemnification Agreement by and between the Company and Executive, effective March 30, 2016 (the “Excluded Claims”).
(b)    Executive further acknowledges and agrees that, except with respect to Excluded Claims, the Company Parties have fully satisfied any and all obligations whatsoever owed to him arising out of his employment with the Company or any other Company Party, and that no further payments or benefits are owed to him by the Company or any other Company Party.
8.    Restrictive Covenants. Executive acknowledges and agrees that the restrictive covenants and agreements set forth in Section 8 of the Change in Control Agreement and any other written restrictive covenant agreements in effect with the Company are incorporated herein by reference and fully made a part hereof for all purposes and remain in full force and effect.
9.    No Admission. Nothing herein shall be deemed to constitute an admission of wrongdoing by Executive or any of the Company Parties. Neither this Agreement nor any of its terms may be used as an admission or introduced as evidence as to any issue of law or fact in any proceeding, suit or action, other than an action to enforce this Agreement.
10.    Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, and each counterpart, when so executed and delivered, shall be deemed to be an original and both counterparts, taken together, shall constitute one and the same Agreement. A faxed or .pdf-ed signature shall operate the same as an original signature.






11.    Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company and any successor organization which shall succeed to the Company by acquisition, merger, consolidation or operation of law, or by acquisition of assets of the Company and any assigns. Executive may not assign this Agreement, except with respect to the rights provided under Section 2 of this Agreement, which shall inure to the benefit of Executive’ heirs, executors and administrators.
12.    Severability; Blue-Penciling. The provisions of this Agreement are severable and the invalidity of any one or more provisions shall not affect the validity of any other provision. In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction shall determine that any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof is unenforceable in whole or in part because of the scope thereof, the Parties hereto agree that said court in making such determination shall have the power to reduce the scope of such provision to the extent necessary to make it enforceable, and that this Agreement in its reduced form shall be valid and enforceable to the full extent permitted by law.
13.    Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to any conflict of law principles thereof that would give rise to the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction.
14.    Entire Agreement/No Oral Modifications. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Executive and any of the Company Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior negotiations, representations, arrangements or agreements relating thereto, whether written or oral, including but not limited to the Change in Control Agreement, provided, however, that Section 8 of the Change in Control Agreement shall remain in effect. Executive represents that in executing this Agreement, Executive has not relied on any representation or statement not set forth herein. No amendment or modification of this Agreement shall be valid or binding on the Parties unless in writing and signed by both Parties.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have signed this Agreement as of the date first above written.

Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
Dominic C. Rice
 
 
By: /s/ John C. Bassett 
     John C. Bassett
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
/s/ Dominic C. Rice 
Dominic C. Rice







APPENDIX A
SUPPLEMENTAL RELEASE OF CLAIMS
1.     Release.
(a)    For good and valuable consideration, including the Company’s provision of a certain payment to Executive in accordance with Section 2(c) of the Separation Agreement and Release, dated October __, 2019 (the “Separation Agreement”), Executive releases, discharges and forever acquits the Company, and its affiliates and subsidiaries and the past, present and future stockholders, members, partners, directors, managers, employees, agents, attorneys, heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns of the foregoing, in their personal and representative capacities (individually, “Company Party,” and collectively, the “Company Parties”), from liability for, and hereby waives, any and all claims, charges, liabilities, causes of action, rights, complaints, sums of money, suits, debts, covenants, contracts, agreements, promises, benefits, obligations, damages, demands or liabilities of every nature, kind and description, in law, equity or otherwise, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected (collectively, “Claims”) which Executive or Executive’s heirs, executors, administrators, spouse, relatives, successors or assigns ever had, now has or may hereafter claim to have by reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever: (i) arising from the beginning of time through the date upon which Executive signs this Agreement including, but not limited to (A) any such Claims relating in any way to Executive’s employment relationship with the Company or any other Company Parties, and (B) any such Claims arising under any federal, state, local or foreign statute or regulation, including, without limitation, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended by the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (the “ADEA”), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and any other federal, state, local or foreign law (statutory, regulatory or otherwise) that may be legally waived and released; (ii) relating to wrongful employment termination; or (iii) arising under or relating to any policy, agreement, understanding or promise, written or oral, formal or informal, between the Company or any of the other Company Parties and Executive, including, without limitation, the Amended and Restated Change in Control Severance Agreement between Executive and the Company, effective December 1, 2017, the Company’s Severance Pay Plan for Executive Employees and any incentive compensation plan or stock option plan with any Company Party; provided, however, that nothing in this Supplemental Release shall release or impair any rights that cannot be waived under applicable law, rights under Section 2 of the Separation Agreement, rights to vested benefits under the Company’s 401(k) plan and group health plan, or any rights to indemnification under the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation, By-laws, Director & Officer liability insurance coverage or the Indemnification Agreement by and between the Company and Executive, effective March 30, 2016 (the “Excluded Claims”).






(b)    Executive further acknowledges and agrees that, except with respect to Excluded Claims, the Company Parties have fully satisfied any and all obligations whatsoever owed to him arising out of his employment with the Company or any other Company Party, and that no further payments or benefits are owed to him by the Company or any other Company Party.

2.    Review and Revocation Period.
(a)    Executive acknowledges that (i) the Company and/or its successor has advised Executive to consult with an attorney of Executive’s own choosing before signing this Supplemental Release, (ii) Executive has been given the opportunity to seek the advice of counsel, (iii) Executive has carefully read and fully understands all of the provisions of this Supplemental Release, (iv) the release provided herein specifically applies to any rights or claims Executive may have against the Company Parties pursuant to the ADEA, (v) Executive is entering into this Supplemental Release knowingly, freely and voluntarily in exchange for good and valuable consideration to which Executive is not otherwise entitled, including the payment set forth in Section 2(c) of the Separation Agreement, and (vi) Employee has the full power, capacity and authority to enter into this Supplemental Release.
(b)    Executive understands and agrees that Executive has twenty-one (21) days following Executive’s receipt of this Supplemental Release to review this Supplemental Release and its terms and to reflect upon them and consider whether Executive wants to sign it, although Executive may sign it sooner. Executive understands and agrees that Executive may accept this Supplemental Release by signing and returning it within the applicable time frame to Christopher Parisi, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Armstrong Flooring, Inc. at 2500 Columbia Avenue, P.O. Box 3025, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17604 or by e-mail at csparisi@armstrongflooring.com.
(c)    Notwithstanding the initial effectiveness of this Supplemental Release, Executive may revoke the execution and delivery (and therefore the effectiveness) of this Supplemental Release within the seven day period beginning on the date Executive delivers the re-execution to the Company (such seven day period being referred to herein as the “Release Revocation Period”). To be effective, such revocation must be in writing signed by Executive and must be delivered to Company before 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard time, on the last day of the Release Revocation Period.
(d)    In the event of such revocation by Executive, this Supplemental Release shall be of no force or effect, and Executive shall not have any rights and the Company shall not have any obligations under Section 2(c) of the Separation Agreement. Provided that Executive does not revoke his consent to this Supplemental Release within the Release Revocation






Period, this Supplemental Release shall become effective on the eighth (8th) calendar day after the date upon which he executes this Supplemental Release (the “Supplemental Release Effective Date”).

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Dominic C. Rice
Date: _________________________________