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Dealing with Whistleblowers: What Employers Need to Know in 2018 and Beyond

Dealing with Whistleblowers: What Employers Need to Know in 2018 and Beyond

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (ET)
White Collar Crime
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DLA Piper
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Alston & Bird LLP

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers worldwide. It provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognized for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients - whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients worldwide. The firm’s record of success and unparalleled client service has set it apart for more than 130 years and made the firm a model for the modern practice of law. Today, S&C is a leader in each of its core practice areas and geographic markets. The firm advises a diverse range of clients on major domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions, high-stakes litigation and corporate investigations and complex regulatory, tax and estate planning matters. S&C comprises approximately 875 lawyers who conduct a seamless, global practice through a network of 13 offices located in key financial centers in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.

Website: http://www.sullcrom.com/

Alston & Bird LLP

Alston & Bird LLP has grown to become a leading national and international firm while remaining steeped in a culture with client service and teamwork as the cornerstones of all that we do. We develop, assemble and nurture the strongest and broadest array of legal talent and expertise necessary to meet our clients’ needs in an ever-changing and fast-paced environment. Alston & Bird has built a reputation as one of the country’s best employers, appearing on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 18 consecutive years, an unprecedented accomplishment among law firms in the United States.  We have offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Research Triangle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.

Website: https://www.alston.com/

Speakers
Deborah Meshulam

Deborah MeshulamPartnerDLA Piper

Deborah Meshulam has more than two decades of securities enforcement defense experience trying the full range of cases arising from allegations of securities law violations and...

Deborah Meshulam has more than two decades of securities enforcement defense experience trying the full range of cases arising from allegations of securities law violations and related breaches of fiduciary duty.

Deborah represents clients in SEC and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, securities class actions and derivative lawsuits relating to claims of securities law and FCPA violations and accounting issues.  She  counsels clients on compliance, regulatory and corporate governance matters, including issues relating to the Dodd Frank whistle blower program. She also represents clients in Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) investigations, FINRA and Exchange proceedings and in Exchange delisting hearings.

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Julia M. Jordan

Julia M. JordanPartnerSullivan & Cromwell LLP

Julia Jordan is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Litigation Group. Ms. Jordan has a broad litigation practice that includes whistleblower litigation and workplace...

Julia Jordan is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Litigation Group. Ms. Jordan has a broad litigation practice that includes whistleblower litigation and workplace investigations, labor and employment, complex civil litigation and regulatory enforcement matters. She has represented prominent corporations and financial institutions in a wide variety of business litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Ms. Jordan serves as co-head of S&C’s Labor and Employment Group and as co-head of the Whistleblower Litigation and Workplace Investigations Group and is a member of the Women’s Initiative

Committee and the Pro Bono Committee. She also serves as co-hiring partner for the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Prior to joining S&C, Ms. Jordan served as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted a wide variety of cases and tried numerous jury and bench trials.

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Lisa H. Cassilly

Lisa H. CassillyPartnerAlston & Bird LLP

Lisa Cassilly concentrates on the representation of management interests with a special emphasis on litigated matters. She has defended against all types of employment claims in...

Lisa Cassilly concentrates on the representation of management interests with a special emphasis on litigated matters. She has defended against all types of employment claims in administrative proceedings, arbitrations and in trial and appellate courts throughout the country. Lisa has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and audits, handling SOX and other whistleblower claims and prosecuting and defending actions involving claims for breach of restrictive covenants, employee piracy, breach of fiduciary duties and trade secret misappropriation.

Lisa is the immediate past leader of the Labor & Employment Group at Alston & Bird and has been repeatedly recognized as a leading employment lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA, which reports that, “she is one of the top performers in her field" whose clients describe her as “brilliant, strategic and extremely effective.” 

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Whistleblowing in the workplace poses a host of issues for employers. Those who make a ‘qualifying and protected disclosure’ are legally protected from employer retaliation which arises from such disclosure. Managers and employers who violate this protection could be subject to claims that are uncapped in value. Furthermore, since claims are aired in a public forum, erring employers may incur reputational damage.

To protect themselves from potential legal actions, businesses must develop effective strategies in handling whistleblowing complaints. Employees should be encouraged to raise genuine concerns in good faith to promote transparency and open relationship in the workplace. This will also help employers to deal with wrongdoing internally and take appropriate action against those responsible for it as soon as possible.

In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders brought together by The Knowledge Group will help employers and their counsel understand the important aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of the latest and significant whistleblowing issues. Speakers will also offer best practices in developing and implementing effective whistleblowing policies and procedures.

Key topics include:

  • Recent Whistleblowing Developments
  • Notable Case Laws
  • Risks and Pitfalls for Employers
  • Effective Whistleblowing Policies and Procedures
  • Best Practices in Dealing with Whistleblowers
SEGMENT 1:
Deborah Meshulam, Partner
DLA Piper
  • Whistleblower activity in 2017:  What do 2017 developments signal for 2018.
  • Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers:  How might the Supreme Court’s anticipated decision on the scope of whistleblower protections impact employers?
  • The Regulatory Environment:  Which Government Agencies are Active and How can Employers Protect Themselves.
  • Key components of an effective whistleblower policy:  dos and don’ts

SEGMENT 2:
Julia M. Jordan, Partner
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Rising tide of in-house counsel and compliance professionals as a whistleblower – citing trial of Bio-Rad General Counsel.
  • Whether whistleblowers can take confidential information from employer

SEGMENT 3:
Lisa H. Cassilly, Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
  • There are special considerations pertaining to the settlement of whistleblower claims, including limitations on the rights an employee can be asked to waive as part of a settlement.
  • Several government agencies have indicated their disapproval of terms in contracts with employees which are deemed by the agencies to improperly interfere with reports of suspected violations of law to the government. One particularly notable example is the SEC’s Rule 21F-17(a) which has been the basis of a number of enforcement actions brought against employers on grounds that the employers included impermissible language in settlement agreements with their employees. 
  • Prudent employers need to be aware of the limits of what claims or rights can be effectively waived by way of a settlement agreement, and terms such as confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements which are increasingly scrutinized by government agencies.  

This is a must attend event for employers, employment law attorneys, and anyone interested in understanding the significant issues when dealing with Whistleblowers.

During this LIVE Webcast, you will hear:

  • Detailed guidance explained by the most qualified key leaders & practitioners.
  • Hear directly from key thought leaders
  • Interact directly with panel during Q&A

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