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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: NLRB Regional Director Finds that Scholarship Football Players at Northwestern are Employees, not "Primarily Students" and Orders Union Election


March 26, 2014

Readers of this blog will recall our post on January 30 of this year, found here, regarding the effort by certain Northwestern University football players to unionize scholarship players on the team. Many pundits (including this one) predicted that even this National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would not find that the players were employees. Wrong (at least so far)!

After a recent hearing, the Regional Director of the NLRB found that the scholarship players are, in fact, employees. The Regional Director found that the scholarship players are not "primarily students" of the university. One prediction this writer still believes will hold true — this issue will continue a reflective analysis of the primary role of major college athletics in this country. As mentioned, the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), the union affiliated with the Steelworkers and attempting to organize the players, is targeting primarily the Division I football and basketball players. That is where the largest commercialization in college sports has occurred.

Stay tuned – more analysis (and a likely appeal of the Regional Director's decision) to come.

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