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|CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. /MO/ filed this Form 8-K on 05/29/2015|
(d) To the extent that Continuing Employees, other than Represented Employees, become eligible to participate in any employee benefit plan, as defined in Section 3(3) of ERISA, maintained by New Charter or any of its Subsidiaries (collectively, the New Charter Plans), then, for purposes of determining (i) eligibility to participate and vesting and, (ii) solely with respect to any New Charter Plan that provides for severance, vacation or paid-time off benefits, for purposes of benefit accrual, service with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries prior to the Effective Time shall be treated as service with New Charter or any of its Subsidiaries to the extent recognized by the Company and its Subsidiaries prior to the Effective Time; provided, however, that such service shall not be recognized to the extent that such recognition would result in any duplication of benefits and the New Charter shall not be required to provide credit for such service for eligibility, vesting or benefit accrual purposes under any New Charter Plan that is an equity compensation plan, defined benefit pension plan or postretirement medical plan. In addition, subject to the terms of the applicable New Charter Plan and legal requirements applicable to such New Charter Plan, New Charter shall use commercially reasonable efforts to (x) waive all limitations as to preexisting conditions, exclusions and waiting periods with respect to participation and coverage requirements applicable to Continuing Employees under any New Charter Plan that is a welfare benefit plan in which such Continuing Employees may be eligible to participate after the Effective Time and (y) provide each Continuing Employee with credit for any co-payments and deductibles paid during the plan year in which the Effective Time occurs in satisfying any applicable deductible or out-of-pocket requirements under any New Charter Plans that are welfare plans in which such Continuing Employee is eligible to participate after the Effective Time.
(e) For the avoidance of doubt and to the extent required by any Company Plan or Applicable Law, New Charter shall, or shall cause one of its Subsidiaries to, expressly assume such Company Plan and all obligations thereunder.
(f) Upon the request of Parent prior to the Effective Time but after the date the conditions set forth in Article 9 (other than conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied at the Closing, but subject to the satisfaction or, to the extent permissible, waiver of those conditions at the Closing) have been satisfied or, to the extent permissible, waived by the party or parties entitled to the benefits of such conditions, effective as of immediately prior to the Effective Time, the Company shall terminate or shall cause the termination of any or all U.S. tax-qualified defined contribution plans provided to current and former employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries, as directed by the Parent and in compliance with Applicable Law.
(g) Parent and the Company shall coordinate in good faith to develop a mutually agreed communications strategy with respect to employees of the Company and its Subsidiaries (the Employee Communication Strategy). Except for communications that are substantially in accordance with the Employee Communication Strategy, (i) without the prior written consent of the Company (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), Parent shall not, and shall cause its Affiliates not to, contact, meet or otherwise communicate with any director, officer or employee of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, either on an individual or group basis and (ii) Parent shall provide the Company with a reasonable right to comment on and approve (such approval not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed) any written communications by the Parent intended for distribution (whether individual or broad-based) to current or former directors, officers or employees of the Company or its Affiliates prior to the Closing regarding the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.