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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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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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Labor Talk Blog: EEOC Approves Strategic Plan, Focus Includes Equal Pay and Systemic Enforcement


January 2, 2013

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has approved its strategic plan for fiscal years 2013 to 2016 to set the agency's national enforcement priorities. The Plan identifies the following six national priorities: eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring; protecting immigrant, migrant, and other vulnerable workers; addressing emerging and developing employment discrimination issues; enforcing equal pay laws; preserving access to the legal system; and preventing harassment through systemic enforcement and outreach.

So what does this mean for employers? A few observations:

  • Look for the focus on "emerging and developing" issues to include continued emphasis by the EEOC on employers' leave of absence policies. See companion blog entry on these developments here; employers would be wise to re-evaluate their leave policies in light of these developments, especially in eliminating any "automatic termination" language upon expiration of available leave;
  • Look for the focus on "equal pay" – which was an added enforcement strategy from the draft plan – to develop into an EEOC enforcement response to the Supreme Court's decision in decertifying class claims in the Wal-Mart pay and promotion case;
  • Look for the EEOC to continue its strategy of attempting to convert individual charges into larger scale investigations of possible systemic violations.

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