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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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Labor Talk Blog: New OSHA Rules Raise Penalties and Could Affect Post-Injury Drug Testing Requirements

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July 20, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim final rule on July 1, 2016, that increases the maximum penalties for citations significantly. This is the first increase in OSHA penalties since 1990. Under a statue passed by Congress in 2015, federal agencies must adjust penalties based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Since the CPI has increased 78% since 1990, OSHA’s new penalties will increase by that amount. The new penalties take effect August 1, 2016. The following chart compares the existing and new penalties:

Type of Violation Current Maximum Penalty
New Maximum Penalty 
Serious
Other-Than-Serious
Posting Requirements
$7,000 per violation
$12,471 per violation
Failure to Abate
$7,000 per day beyond abatement date
$12,471 per day beyond abatement date
Willful or Repeated
$70,000 per violation
$124,709 per violation

The new penalties will apply to any citation issued on or after August 1, 2016, for any violation that occurred after November 2, 2015.

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