Whistle-Blower Complaints and COVID-19: How to Deal With the Increase of Liability Live Webinar Online

On Demand Webinar - Credits CPE, HR Certification Institute, NASBA, ASA, SHRM, CLE ( In Partnership With Lorman Business Center, LLC)

August 18 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Learn how to properly handle a whistle-blower investigation and the potential remedies for whistle-blower violations and settlement options.

COVID-19 pandemic has caused a tremendous impact on employment in the United States. As a result, there has been a significant number of employees laid off while employees who remain on the job have and are facing many novel safety and health issues. This has resulted in OSHA receiving an increase in a number of whistle-blower complaints. History involving past major catastrophic events such as 9/11, resulted in a significant increase in whistle-blower claims. Employers must prepare for more complaints and resulting whistle-blower investigations by OSHA. This topic will examine what is protected activity and adverse employment action. It will discuss both the employee’s and employer’s burden of proof. The information will discuss how to properly handle a whistle-blower investigation. Finally, the information will examine the potential remedies for whistle-blower violations and settlement options.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to discuss how employers’ response to COVID-19 employment actions and/or terminations of employees was proper and neither discriminatory or retaliatory.
  • You will be able to explain why actions taken by your company are not covered under federal whistle-blower laws.
  • You will be able to identify how to handle an OSHA whistle-blower inspection and properly respond to OSHA investigators.
  • You will be able to recognize protective activity especially COVID-19 activity covered under various whistle-blower statutes.

Agenda

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Impacted OSHA Whistle-Blower Claims
  • OSHA's Whistle-Blower Protection Program
  • Protected Activity
  • District Court Statutes
Overview of Investigative Process
  • Filing a Complaint
  • OSHA's Investigation
  • Witness Interviews
OSHA's Settlement Policy
  • Penalties
  • Best Practices
Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for human resource managers, workers' compensation administrators, benefits and payroll professionals, business owners and managers, CFOs, controllers, claims and risk managers, safety managers, accountants, and attorneys.


Your Instructor


Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
  • Partner in the office of Fisher & Phillips LLP
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of labor and employment, focusing on OSHA issues, workplace violence risk assessment and prevention, whistle-blower protection, and accident and fatality prevention
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous safety compliance, construction safety, prevention and compliance programs, whistle-blower actions, compliance audits and counseling and government relations
  • Author of several publications related to the areas of labor and employment and OSHA matters

Credits

  • ASA 1.5
  • This program qualifies for 1.5 continuing education hour(s) towards maintaining your ASA credential. Please contact ASA for more information at [email protected]
  • AL CLE 1.5
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.5 hours credit.
  • AR CLE 1.5
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
  • The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
  • CA MCLE 1.5
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
  • CT CLE 1.5
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
  • HI CLE 1.5
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
  • IL CLE 1.5
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
  • ME CLE 1.5
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit under M. Bar R. 12.
  • NH MCLE 1.5
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 90 Minutes.
  • NJ CLE 1.8
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.8 hours of total CLE credit.
  • NV CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
  • PA CLE 1.5
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
  • RI CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
  • VT CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
  • WA CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 hours of Law & Legal Procedure credit.
  • WI CLE 1.5
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.5 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
  • WV MCLE 1.8
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.8 MCLE hours.
  • HR Certification Institute 1.5
  • This program has been approved for 1.5 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR(TM), aPHRi(TM), PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi(TM) and SPHRi(TM)recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
  • SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preferred ProviderSHRM 1.5
  • Lorman Education Services is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
  • National Registry of CPE SponsorsCPE 1.8 including Business Law 1.8
  • Lorman Education Services is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: https://www.nasbaregistry.org/cpas/complaints. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 866-352-9539. CPE Credit: Maximum Credit Hours: 1.8 each session (based on a 50 minute credit hour). You must attend at least 50 minutes to obtain credit. Field of Study: Business Law for 1.8 hours. Prerequisite: . Level of Knowledge: Intermediate. Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture. Advance Preparation: None. Delivery Method: Group Internet Based. Please refer to the information in this brochure for outline, course content and objectives. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Final approval of a course for CPE credit belongs with each state's regulatory board. Please note: In order to receive CPE credit for this course you MUST use the streaming audio option, as well as enable and complete the required progress checks.
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a registered provider for CPA CPE through the State Education Department of New York, Sponsor number: 000640. The following course will carry the subject area of Advisory Services for 1.5 hours.

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