The SEC’s Enforcement Actions on Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements Explored


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In August 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought charges against BlueLinx Holding, Inc. and Health Net Inc. for allegedly violating the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protection provision (Rule 21F-17) by using severance agreements that discouraged employees to cooperate with government investigations and waive their rights to receive any awards or compensation under the whistleblower program. These enforcement actions only signal SEC's increased scrutiny on employment agreements and severance packages. Thus, it is imperative for companies to review and ensure that their existing agreements are well-crafted and compliant with all federal rules to avoid costly repercussions.

In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an overview of the critical issues and best practices with respect to SEC's Enforcement Actions on Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements. Speakers will also help them understand the important aspects of this significant topic and will offer them helpful insights on how to ensure compliance with applicable laws.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Rule 21F-17) – An Overview
  • SEC's Recent Enforcement Actions
    • Health Net Inc.
    • BlueLinx Holding, Inc.
  • Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements
  • Common Violations and Consequences
  • Best Compliance Practices