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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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Tim Garrett Analyzes Consequences of U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Obergefell


October 20, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Tim Garrett analyzes the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges and its effect on workplace issues. In June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry is a fundamental right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of the gender of the intended spouse. This right has implications for benefits coverage to employees and spouses. In the article, Tim suggests that one of unintended consequences of the Obergefell ruling is how employers deal with benefits coverage in situations involving employees with domestic partners. As Tim points out in the article, "there is an unintended consequence unfolding after Obergefell. Given that same-sex marriage is now a fundamental right, there is a less compelling argument (some might argue no compelling argument) for employers to provide benefits for relationships that are less formal than marriage."

This second article is part of a three-part series on the topic of how the culture war in America is playing out in the workplace. The full article, "Recent Developments Create Unexpected -- and Perhaps Unintended – Consequences," was published by InsideCounsel on October 19, 2015 and is available online.

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