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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: FMLA Leave for Same-Sex Spouses


June 20, 2014

The Labor Department announced today its plans to propose new regulations on the definition of "spouse" under the FMLA. The new definition of "spouse" will include a legally married same-sex spouse, regardless of the employee's state of residence. This rule, though not unexpected, is a change from an August 2013 "Fact Sheet" issued by the Labor Department that relied upon the definition of marriage in the employee's state of residence.

By this rule, if adopted, employers in all states would be required to provide leave to legally married same-sex spouses even if the state of the employee's residence or the state of the employer's business does not recognize same-sex marriage. It is worthy to note, however, given the Supreme Court's highly publicized decision in Windsor, that the various federal challenges to the laws of those states not recognizing same-sex marriages will be successful to erode, and ultimately to eliminate, all of the state laws and regulations that do not recognize same-sex marriages.

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