How to Effectively Deal with Whistleblowers: An Employers Guide in 2019
Over the years, whistleblowers have been known for divulging corporate and organizational crimes. While some documented cases of whistleblowing had adverse effect, not only on the company but also on the employees who came forth, there are also cases when the reported wrongdoing had been used to drive some positive changes in the company’s corporate governance.
If not properly handled, whistleblowing can cause a company huge reputational damages as well as legal and corporate liabilities. It is, therefore, of a company's best interest to make their employees feel comfortable about speaking up about their concerns internally.
In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders will help employers understand the important aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion on how to deal with whistleblowers in the workplace. Speakers will also offer best strategies in developing and implementing an effective compliance program and an internal complaint reporting scheme to deter any significant damages that whistleblowing might incur.
Key issues that will be covered in this course are:
- Best Practices in Dealing with Whistleblowers
- Notable Cases
- Effective Whistleblowing Policies and Procedures
- Risks and Pitfalls for Employers
- Practical Tips for Employers
C. Scott Jones, Partner
Locke Lord LLP
- Who can be a potential whistleblower? Do they have a legal obligation to report perceived fraud or graft; perhaps a separate and affirmative duty to report to a contact person or liaison with the government? Goes to voluntariness of the reporting, which can provide a defense to future FCA claims. See Solomon v. Lockheed Martin (5th Cir.)
- Protections afforded whistleblowers under statute (e.g., SOX, Dodd-Frank, PIDA)
- Exit interviews and blunting whistleblower’s standing to bring FCA claims. – Do’s and Don’ts as far as identifying potential whistleblowers and having them disclaim any potential claims or certify/represent that they’re not aware of any potential claims.
- Ascertaining whether and/or the extent to which the purported whistleblower caused, contributed or otherwise took part in the alleged misconduct that is the underpinnings of a potential FCA claim.
Lisa H. Cassilly, Partner
Alston & Bird LLP
- Beyond the FCA: Update on Whistleblower Claims and Litigation under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd Frank to include whistleblower program statistics from 2018 and significant rulings.
- Whistleblowers in the #MeToo Era: Rethinking former presumptions regarding your company’s response to whistleblower allegations involving claims of harassment.
- Settlements with Whistleblowers: Limitations on waivers, confidentiality and terms prohibiting disparagement.
Who Should Attend:
- Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Whistleblower Lawyers
- White Collar Lawyers
- Labor and Employment Counsel
- Employers and Employees
- Corporate Executives
- In-house Counsel
- Civil Litigators
- Compliance and Risk Officers
- Top Level Management
- Public and Private Companies
- Other Interested Professionals and Organizations
Chair of the Firm’s Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Scott Jones has tried and defended cases in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration. His nearly twenty years of trial experience covers a range of issues with a particular focus on representing and defending clients in federal and state False Claims Act / qui tam lawsuits and related government investigations. Mr. Jones also regularly represents various clients in the healthcare industry in products liability and mass tort cases (e.g., the ongoing Opioid MDL).
Chair of the Firm’s Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Scott Jones has tried and defended cases in state …
Lisa Cassilly is a partner and former leader of Alston & Bird’s Labor & Employment Group. Lisa 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 has been repeatedly recognized as a leading employment lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA. She has been a featured guest on CNN, Fox News, Business Report, Forbes and Sky Radio Network and regularly provides comment to online and print publications.
Lisa Cassilly is a partner and former leader of Alston & Bird’s Labor & Employment Group. Lisa concentrates on the …
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Method of Presentation:
On-demand Webcast (CLE)
General knowledge in employment and labor laws
NY Category of CLE Credit:
Areas of Professional Practice
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About Alston & Bird LLP
Founded in 1893, Alston & Bird is a leading national law firm and has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. The firm's attorneys provide a full range of services to domestic and international clients conducting business around the world. Counseling clients from what was initially a local context quickly expanded to regional, then national levels, and now spans a global economic environment. Alston & Bird has overlaid its broad range of legal skills and business knowledge with a commitment to innovation and technology.