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Alere logoBass, Berry & Sims routinely assists our clients in obtaining the Certificates of Need (CON) that are required to initiate healthcare services in Tennessee and other states. Recently, the firm assisted a leading homecare provider – Alere Women's and Children's Health LLC – obtain three CONs to significantly expand its services. Each of these CON applications was unanimously approved by Tennessee regulators. The expansion of Alere's services into all 95 Tennessee counties will greatly improve access to critical maternal and fetal medicine services in the state.

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Alere CON Approved for Middle Tennessee Region

Alere CON Approved for East Tennessee Region

Alere CON Approved for West Tennessee Region

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Handling Employee Requests to Vote During Work Hours

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October 26, 2012

With Election Day around the corner, many employees will be asking whether they can be excused from work to go vote. In Tennessee, the answer depends on when the particular employee is scheduled to work. However, this is a matter of state law such that different rules can apply depending on the location of the workforce.

Yes – Employer must excuse to vote

In Tennessee, if an employee's work schedule prohibits them from voting before or after regular work hours, the employee must be excused (with pay) for a reasonable period of time to vote while the polls are open. A reasonable time period should not exceed three hours. The employee requesting time off to vote must do so before noon on November 5. Employers can determine when to excuse employees to vote so as to cause the least disruption to their business operations.

No – Employer is not required to excuse to vote

In Tennessee, if the employee's shift begins three hours or more after the polls open, or ends three hours or more before the polls close, there is no requirement to excuse the employee to vote.

Although most states have laws similar to the Tennessee statute, there are variations. If you have a question about a specific state or any other employee-related problem, please call one of the attorneys in our Labor and Employment Practice.


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