Whistle-Blower Complaints and COVID-19: How to Deal With the Increase of Liability
1 hour 30 minutes
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.
• 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.