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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: Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

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October 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its final rule requiring federal contractors to provide at least seven days or 56 hours of paid sick leave each year to employees who perform work on covered federal contracts. This rule is the final implementation of Executive Order 13706, which President Obama issued in September 2015. The new rule becomes effective on November 29, 2016, though in most instances, as discussed below, it will only be applicable to new contracts awarded on or after January 1, 2017. Contractors should, however, take steps now to ensure compliance.

Under the new rule, federal contractors must provide covered employees with the accrual of at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked on a covered contract and at least 56 hours each year. In the alternative, a contractor may choose to provide an employee with at least 56 hours of paid sick leave at the beginning of each year rather than having the employee accrue leave over time. In either case, any unused paid sick leave must carry over from one year to the next (though it need not be paid out upon termination absent an employer's contractual obligation to do so). A contractor's existing paid time off policy may satisfy the new rule's requirements but only where the policy is at least as favorable to employees as the new rule requires (including accrual, carryover and usage obligations). image


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