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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: Proper Tone In Performance Management – Be an Andy, Not a Barney

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June 9, 2014

To Andy Griffith Show aficionados, Andy was a true leader. Barney? Well, not so much. Why? Barney thought his job was to enforce rules, that any infraction had to be punished, that only then could appropriate respect for the rules and for authority be engendered. These sound like good things. So why did Barney seem to get it so wrong?

Barney did not recognize that his job was not to serve the rules but rather to serve the principle behind the rules – to serve the policies that the rules were designed to promote. Andy got it. Andy understood that at times, relationships meant more than enforcement (think Otis). Andy also knew that at times, proper use of authority meant strict enforcement (think the bullies Barney had to face at the risk of being beaten up).

As professionals in the HR world, the lessons are apparent. We must be thoughtful and intentional to understand the policy behind the rules. Our actions should not be to serve the rules or "catch" people in an enforcement mindset. Rather, our actions should serve the underlying policies the rules are designed to promote. Sometimes that may mean strict enforcement to ensure efficient operations, but sometimes it may mean a more relaxed approach. When to invoke these different approaches requires the use of sound judgment; it means striving to be more like Andy and less like Barney.

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