Agreement for LeGrande Affaire Chauffeurs

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

RECITALS

 

Chauffeur and LeGrande enter this Agreement based upon the following facts:

(a) Chauffeur has represented to LeGrande that Chauffeur possesses the required California’s driver’s license and the necessary knowledge, skill, and experience to operate LeGrande’s assigned limousines in a safe, competent, and efficient manner; and

(b) LeGrande is in the business of providing limousine transportation services to the public; and

(c) Chauffeur has requested employment with LeGrande as a driver of LeGrande’s limousines; and

(d) LeGrande is willing to employ Chauffeur on the terms and conditions stated in this Agreement.

 

AGREEMENTS

The parties agree that, the facts contained in the above Recitals are true and agree further as follows:

 

  1. Employment Relationship

LeGrande hereby employs Chauffeur, and Chauffeur agrees to provide services to LeGrande under an at-will employment for no definite term and on the other terms and conditions stated in this Employment Agreement.

 

  1. Scope of Employment

(a)        Chauffeur shall operate the limousines owned by LeGrande in a manner complying with the Chauffeur’s Handbook on company Policy (“Handbook”).  A copy of which is attached to this Agreement, and any amendments to such Handbook as LeGrande may, from time to time, put into effect, and shall perform such other duties as authorized and directed by the management of LeGrande.  The Handbook, as amended from time to time, forms part of this Agreement, whether or not attached hereto.

(b)        In addition, whether or not specified in this Agreement or the Handbook, Chauffeur shall comply with all applicable provisions of the California Streets and Highways Code and of the Public Utilities Code concerning the operation  of limousines, including without limitation section 5384.1 concerning consumption of alcohol by passengers until 21 years of age.

 

  1. Term

(a)        This employment is for no definite term.  Either LeGrande or Chauffeur may terminate the employment at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice, provided that, if Chauffeur elects to terminate, Chauffeur shall provide not less than fourteen (14) days prior written notice of termination.  In the event of termination by either party, LeGrande shall owe nothing to Chauffeur other than compensation for services already performed by Chauffeur prior to the effective date of termination plus any accrued, unpaid vacation pay.  This “at-will” term of employment cannot be modified except by a writing signed by an authorized representative of LeGrande.

(b)        The first ninety (90) days of employment shall be considered a period during which Chauffeur and LeGrande can evaluate Chauffeur’s suitability for employment with LeGrande.  Completion of this period does not guarantee continued employment for any further definite term.

 

  1. Hours of Work

(a)        For purposes of federal and state wage and hour laws, LeGrande ‘s work week begins at 12:00 A.M. (midnight) on Tuesday and ends on Monday at 11:59 P.M.  Each work-day begins at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and ends at 11:59 P.M.

(b)        Chauffeur shall designate in writing to LeGrande, according to the Handbook, those hours when Chauffeur is available to work.  If Chauffeur designates hours not suitable for LeGrande’s clients, LeGrande shall have no obligation to consider Chauffeur available for work.  LeGrande shall have sole discretion in scheduling Chauffeur for work.  LeGrande will attempt to schedule work within a single, continuous 12-hour time span, but cannot guarantee a fixed or regular schedule.  Chauffeur agrees that LeGrande does not guarantee the scheduling of any work for Chauffeur.

(c)        Once scheduled for work, Chauffeur agrees to perform the scheduled work for LeGrande pursuant to LeGrande’s schedule.

(d)       Chauffeur shall respond to LeGrande‘s calls to scheduled work in the manner provided in the Handbook, but shall not be required to remain on standby or otherwise to restrict Chauffeur’s personal activity.

(e)        Chauffeur shall keep accurate written time logs, which reflect all hours worked, and which must be approved and signed by a manager, and submitted no later than noon on the first (1st) and the sixteenth (16th) day of each month.  For this purpose, the phrase “hours worked” means hours driving LeGrande’s limousines, not more than one half hour of preparation time (per assignment), not more than one half hour of clean-up time (per assignment), and time spent on LeGrande‘s premises after a call for scheduled work but before LeGrande makes a limousine available to Chauffeur.  “Hours worked” shall not include any hours during which Chauffeur voluntarily remains on standby at LeGrande’s premises without any requirement by LeGrande that Chauffeur be present.  Upon arriving at the premises for voluntary standby,  Chauffeur shall sign onto the voluntary standby list and, when assigned to work shall sign out on the list; and, upon sign out, Chauffeur’s subsequent time shall be included in “hours worked”.

 

 

  1. Compensation.

(a)        LeGrande utilizes a semi-monthly pay period, ending on the 15th and last day of each month.  Paychecks are issued on the 7th and 22nd day of each month for the previous pay period.

(b)        For each pay period in which Chauffeur performs services for LeGrande under this Agreement, LeGrande shall pay Chauffeur the greater of: (a) Wages on a Base Hourly Rate (as defined below); or (b)  Compensation on a flat rate basis (as defined below in paragraphs 5(b), 5(c) or 5(d).

(c)        Wages on a Base  Hourly Rate.  Chauffeur’s base rate of pay shall be the greater the then prevailing minimum hourly wage in effect under applicable federal  or California law for all purposes, including calculation of overtime compensation (the “Base Rate”).  Wages on a Base Hourly Rate shall be calculated based upon the Base Rate multiplied by all hours worked by Chauffeur for LeGrande (as shown on Chauffeur’s time logs) plus overtime compensation at 150% of the Base Rate, as required by such law for hours worked in excess of eight (8) hours in a single work-day or forty (40) hours in the work-week and overtime compensation at 200% of the Base Rate for hours worked in excess of twelve (12) hours in a single work-day or any hours in excess of eight (8) hours on the seventh (7th) day of the work-week..

(1)        Additional Wages When Paid On an Hourly Basis (Charters).  In addition to the basic wage of the statutory minimum wage  per chartered hour, Chauffeur shall receive, if paid by the client, the following extra  compensation: LeGrande requests from its clients payment of an additional 15% of the charter fee (based upon the dollar amount that the limousine is “chartered” at multiplied by the number of hours for which it is contracted by the client), as compensation for the Chauffeur’s services, but the client may refuse the payment or adjust the amount (“Chauffeur’s Fee”).  If paid, the chauffeur’s Fee becomes part  of the Chauffeur’s Compensation.  If a client refuses to pay the Chauffeur’s Fee, Chauffeur shall put a line through the Chauffeur’s Compensation and Specify “Refused” in the Chauffeur’s Totaling Chauffeur’s Fee Area.  For purposes of determining LeGrande’s overtime compensation obligations, all Wages paid on a Base Hourly Rate and all Chauffeur’s Fee paid to Chauffeur during each pay period shall be added together to determine Chauffeur’s regular rate of pay.

(d)       Wages Paid Where LeGrande is Paid on a Flat Rate Basis,  Where LeGrande is paid on a flat rate basis, Chauffeur will receive the following basic wages:

(1)        $15.00 for local point-to-point pick up/drop off service and all San Jose Area Airport Service (i.e., within Santa Clara County), and for special contract arrangements with specific clients in Santa Cruz County; and

  • $15.00 for San Francisco and Oakland Airport Service; and
  • $5.00 for parking expenses at the San Francisco and Oakland Airports or for transfer service provided the pick up/drop off is outside Santa Clara County; and
  • $5.00 for an inbound International fee charged to the client; and
  • $5.00 for each additional stop charged to the client.

(6)        If a client changes the destination on flat rate service, Chauffeur must call LeGrande‘s office to change the service to accommodate the client’s needs.  The Compensation to chauffeur will be adjusted to reflect the change.

(7)        In addition. Chauffeur shall receive, if paid by the client, the “Chauffeur’s Fee” as defined, and according to, subparagraph (c)(1) above.

(8)        Trade Accounts.  For Trade Accounts of LeGrande, Chauffeur will receive the following Chauffeur’s Compensation:

(a)        $15.00 per chartered hour on limousines up to                                                        9 passengers;

(b)        $20.00 per chartered hour on 10 or larger                                           passenger limousines,

(e)        Client “No Shows” or “Refused Service.”  In the event that the client does not meet Chauffeur as scheduled (“no show”) or the client refuses the services (“refused service”), Chauffeur will receive $13.00 as Chauffeur’s Compensation.  Chauffeur must contact a manager of LeGrande to determine that the service has resulted in a “no show” or “refused service”.  If the service is a pick-up at an airport, Chauffeur must supply a copy of the airport parking ticket to reflect the time at which Chauffeur arrived to provide the service.  The Chauffeur is required to complete an incident report.

(f)        Time  of  Paying Chauffeur’s Compensation.  All Chauffeur’s Compensation will be paid to Chauffeur during the pay period following the pay period in which the services are performed.

(g)        Supplemental Wage.  In the event that Chauffeur’s Compensation does not equal, or is less than state or federal minimum wage during a single work-week, then LeGrande shall pay Chauffeur, upon written notice from the Chauffeur, the difference as a supplemental wage; provided that, if Chauffeur’s Compensation exceeds state or federal minimum wage during the other work-week within the same semi-monthly pay period, such excess Chauffeur’s Compensation shall be reduced by the amount of such supplemental wage, but in no event below the minimum for such other work-week.  It is the intent of the parties that in each such work-week Chauffeur shall receive not less than a Base Hourly Wage as required by applicable federal or California wage-hour laws.

 

  1. Benefits.

(a)        Upon completion of the first three (3) months of employment, Chauffeur, 32 hours a week, shall (subject to any eligibility standards imposed by the Insurance company) become eligible to enroll in the group medical insurance plan then provided by LeGrande for its employees (as more fully described in the plan description).  One-hundred percent (100%) of the premium cost for the coverage of Chauffeur under the group medical plan will be paid by LeGrande.  Chauffeur may also, at Chauffeur’s own expense, enroll Chauffeur’s dependents in the LeGrande group medical insurance plan (subject to any eligibility standards imposed by the insurance company).  The cost of dependent coverage shall be paid by Chauffeur through payroll deduction. Chauffeur hereby authorizes LeGrande to deduct such payments from his or her paycheck.

(b)        LeGrande shall provide paid sick leave and personal time off as described in the employee handbook to benefit for Chauffeur.

(c)        Full time Chauffeurs shall begin to accrue paid vacation time at the rate of one week  (five days) per year for the first year following promotion, and two weeks (ten days) per year thereafter.  Vacation pay in lieu of time off will be calculated based on the Base Rate applicable to the Chauffeur at the time the vacation is taken and a 40-hour work week.  Chauffeur may not accrue any more than two weeks (ten days) of unused paid vacation at any time.  In order to accrue any further vacation time, Chauffeur must use any vacation time already accrued.  Vacation time does not accrue until the one year anniversary date of employment.

 

  1. Deductions from Paycheck.

(a)        In addition to payroll tax deductions and withholding required by law, by signing this Agreement, Chauffeur hereby authorizes LeGrande to take the following deductions from his/her payroll check:

(1)        LeGrande shall provide Chauffeur a pager/radio.  If Chauffeur fails to return the pager/radio, then Chauffeur authorizes LeGrande to deduct from Chauffeur’s final check the replacement cost of the pager/radio.

(2)        If Chauffeur should decide, for his or her own convenience, to have the cellular phone activated, Chauffeur authorizes LeGrande to deduct the monthly fee (see attached cellular phone agreement for specific rate plan) from Chauffeur’s paycheck on a monthly basis.  If Chauffeur should go over the allocated talk time usage, Chauffeur authorizes LeGrande to deduct any additional charges from Chauffeur’s paycheck.

(3)        The retail cost of supplies given to Chauffeur for maintenance and cleaning of LeGrande’s limousines but taken by Chauffeur for personal use.

(4)      If Chauffeur fails to return any other items signed out from LeGrande, then Chauffeur authorizes LeGrande to deduct from Chauffeur’s final check the replacement costs of such items.

 

  1. Outside Activities.

Chauffeur agrees that, during the term of this Employment Agreement, Chauffeur shall not engage in any activities, make any statements, or knowingly permit any activities or statements to be attributed to Chauffeur, which activities or statements would injure or devalue LeGrande‘s goodwill, tradename, or public image.  Chauffeur may represent, perform services for, and be employed by other limousine services in Chauffeur’s discretion; provided that such employment does not interfere with Chauffeur’s obligations under this Agreement and does not compete in any manner with LeGrande.  Chauffeur agrees to inform a manager of LeGrande in writing, of any and all other employment and/or business activities conducted by Chauffeur before undertaking such activities.

 

  1. Non-Assignability of Duties.

Chauffeur may not, without the prior written consent of a manager of LeGrande, assign any duties to any other chauffeur or other person.  Any attempt to assign, without consent of LeGrande, may result in the immediate termination of Chauffeur, in the sole discretion of LeGrande.

 

  1. Expenses.

Chauffeur shall also be responsible for maintaining a valid driver’s license and providing Chauffeur’s own sunglasses, gloves and other personal driving accessories.

 

  1. Confidential and Proprietary Information.

(a)        Chauffeur acknowledges that the client list, trip tickets, bridal/prom listings,  computer data base of LeGrande, reservation, sales training and Chauffeur Handbooks, training manuals and techniques, and other similar documents and information (hereafter “Proprietary Information”), are confidential and proprietary to LeGrande and considered by LeGrande to constitute trade secrets.  In addition, while employed you will learn from client about their upcoming needs, their peculiar likes and dislikes, the degree of difficulty in meeting their requirements, their peculiar whims and fancies and other characteristics while developing friendly business and personal contacts with LeGrande’s customers.  Our customer lists, including the names, addresses and identity of all customers constitute a trade secret and confidential information of LeGrande.   LeGrande will place its trust and confidence in you as will our client customers. These good, close, personal ties are developed through the acquisition of the trade secrets of LeGrande.

(b)        Covenants not to Disclose Trade Secrets or to Compete During Employment.   While you are in the employ of LeGrande, you agree not to directly or indirectly divulge LeGrande’s method of doing business including the names of clients or any of the private details of clients.  Proprietary Information may not be used by Chauffeur for the benefit of Chauffeur or any third-party without the prior written consent of the president of LeGrande.  Because Chauffeur has access to such Proprietary Information through Chauffeur’s employment with LeGrande, Chauffeur agrees that for a period of one year from and after the termination of employment with LeGrande, Chauffeur will not use such Proprietary Information for any purpose, including without limitation soliciting the business of any client of LeGrande for the benefit of Chauffeur or any other limousine service.

(c)        Nondisclosure and Nonsolicitation of Customers Following Employment.   During the period of one year immediately after the termination of your employment with LeGrande, you will not, either directly or indirectly, make known or divulge to any person, firm, or corporation, the names or addresses of any of the client customers of LeGrande with whom you became acquainted after entering the employment of LeGrande.  Furthermore, you will not, during the period of one year immediately after termination of your employment with LeGrande, directly of indirectly, either for yourself or for any other person, firm, company, or corporation, call upon, solicit, divert, or take away or attempt to solicit, divert, or take away any of the client customers of LeGrande whether you are solicited or someone else solicits you.  You further agree not to contact LeGrande customers for one year from the time of your separation from LeGrande.  I have read this paragraph and agree I will neither disclose LeGrande trade secretes nor solicit LeGrande accounts nor applicants for a period of one year after my separation fromLeGrande.

(d)       Personal Property.  You further agree, upon separation from LeGrande, that you will not remove from LeGrande’s offices any documentation, notes, or paperwork relating to LeGrande business matters (including photocopies).

(e)        Agreement Not to Solicit Employees of LeGrande.  You agree that you will not attempt in any way, shape or form to entice existing LeGrande employees to leave LeGrande’s employ to join another competitor(s) or to have them enter your own employ up to and including one year from the time of your separation from LeGrande.

(f)        Chauffeur represents that in accepting employment with LeGrande, Chauffeur is not violating any obligation owed to any former employer or hiring party.

(g)        LeGrande may enforce this paragraph by a suit for injunctive relief and/or an action for damages in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and Chauffeur submits to proper venue in that Court.

 

  1. Mandatory Drug Testing.

Chauffeur agrees to submit to testing for use of any controlled substance (“drugs”) and/or alcohol consumption as required by the California Public Utilities Commission or by LeGrande in its discretion.  Chauffeur understands that such testing shall occur periodically throughout Chauffeur’s employment; and Chauffeur waives all rights to privacy concerning the testing procedure and the results of the test and agrees to submit to random testing.  Should Chauffeur refuse to submit to testing or willfully fail to appear for testing, then employer may terminate this agreement at once.

 

  1. Termination.

This Employment Agreement may be terminated at any time at will with or without cause and with or without notice, except that if quitting Chauffeur shall provide at least two weeks notice.  No prior verbal, written warnings or probation are required before termination of this at-will employment.  A manager of LeGrande may, however, suspend or reschedule Chauffeur without pay to determine if termination is appropriate under certain circumstances.

 

  1. Arbitration.

Should any dispute arise between the parties to this Agreement, whether it be a dispute based upon termination, or for damages, specific performance of any term or declaratory relief, which dispute concerns the interpretation of this Agreement, including whether the dispute is even arbitrable, or the performance of the obligations of Chauffeur or LeGrande, but not including a dispute concerning Proprietary Information, the parties agree to submit such dispute to arbitration under the Employment Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association.  The parties further agree that any such controversy shall be submitted to one arbitrator, that they will adhere to the Arbitration Rules, and that any award or determination of the arbitrator shall be binding upon the parties and that a judgment of the court having jurisdiction may be entered upon the award.  This agreement applies to all claims.  Such claims specifically include but are not limited to claims for wrongful termination or any claim for discrimination in employment under federal or state law including, but not limited to, discrimination based on age, sex, race, national origin, physical handicap or any claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimintion in Employment Act (the “ADEA:), or the Fair Employment and Housing Act of California.  However, if the dispute arises from the breach by Chauffeur of the Confidential and Proprietary Information provisions of this Agreement, both parties reserve the right to seek all remedies available through a court of law or of equity, including an action for temporary restraining order or injunction.  The prevailing party in any such arbitration or court action or suit shall recover reasonable attorney’s fees, costs of the proceeding, and expert witness fees from the losing party in accordance with any applicable federal or state common law or statutory provision for the recovery of such fees and costs..

 

  1. Entire Agreement; Modification Only in Writing.

This Employment Agreement sets forth the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and fully supersedes any and all prior agreements or understandings between the parties pertaining to any subject matter contained in this Employment Agreement, including any agreements express or implied relating to the employment of Chauffeur by LeGrande.  Any amendments or modifications to this Agreement must be made in writing and signed by both parties.

 

 

  1. Severability.

In case any provision of this Agreement shall in any respect be declared invalid, illegal or unenforceable, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any other term or condition of this Agreement, and this Agreement shall be interpreted as though such illegal, unenforceable or invalid term or condition was not a part hereof.

 

  1. Applicable Law.

This Agreement shall be interpreted, enforced, and governed under the

laws of the State of California.