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In June 2017, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) closed a $1.9 billion merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN) pursuant to which BNC merged with and into Pinnacle. With the completion of the transaction, Pinnacle becomes a Top 50 U.S. Bank. The merger will create a four state footprint concentrated in 12 of the largest urban markets in the Southeast. 

Bass, Berry & Sims has served Pinnacle as primary corporate and securities counsel for more than 15 years and served as counsel on the transaction. Our attorneys were involved in all aspects related to the agreement, including tax, employee benefits and litigation. 

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Regulation A+

It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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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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