Strategies for Responding to Whistleblower Complaints

Christopher R DeVany

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Over the past few years, employers have seen a significant uptick in retaliation claims filed by employees and investigated by federal agencies.  For example, in 2010, only approx. 30% of all charges filed with the EEOC included a retaliation claim, but that number shot past 50% as of 2018.  Employers have likewise seen a similar increase in the number of whistleblower claims filed with OSHA – a 74% increase in the number of complaints filed with OSHA from 2012 to 2018, the vast majority of which were filed under Sec. 11 (c) of the OSH Act (retaliation based on protected safety acts)

When a whistleblower complaint is received, employers have a chance to explain why the complaints lacks merit.  The response is an opportunity for the employer to provide information so the agency investigating the complaint can close its file, whether that means OSHA decides an onsite inspection is unnecessary or the EEOC dismisses the charge of discrimination.  These responses can, however, create a written record of admissions that OSHA or the EEOC could use against the employer.  Employers should thus be strategic about the information shared at that early stage and should ensure there is a procedure in place for managing and developing these responses.

Participants in this webinar will learn about:

·Applicable federal whistleblower and anti-retaliation laws

·How the EEOC and OSHA evaluate whistleblower and retaliation claims

·Strategies employers can use to effectively respond to retaliation complaints

·Proactive measures employers can take to avoid employee complaints

Areas Covered in the Session :

·Applicable federal whistleblower and anti-retaliation laws

·How the EEOC and OSHA evaluate whistleblower and retaliation claims

·Strategies employers can use to effectively respond to retaliation complaints

·Proactive measures employers can take to avoid employee complaints

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Speaker: Christopher R DeVany, President and CEO, Pinnacle Performance Improvement Wor

Chris DeVany is the founder and president of Pinnacle Performance Improvement Worldwide, a firm which focuses on management and organization development. Pinnacle’s clients include global organizations such as Visa International, Cadence Design Systems, Coca Cola, Sprint, Microsoft, Aviva Insurance, Schlumberger and over 500 other organizations in 22 countries. He also has consulted to government agencies from the United States, the Royal Government of Saudi Arabia, Canada, Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom.

He has published numerous articles in the fields of surviving mergers and acquisitions, surviving change, project management, management, sales, team-building, leadership, ethics, customer service, diversity and work-life balance, in publications ranging from ASTD/Performance In Practice to Customer Service Management. His book, “90 Days to a High-Performance Team”, published by McGraw Hill has helped help executives, managers and team leaders improve performance. Mr DeVany has also been interviewed for various radio and television programs.

He has appeared hundreds of times on radio and television interview programs to discuss mergers and acquisitions (how to manage and survive them), project management, sales, customer service, effective workplace communication, management, handling rapid personal and organizational change and other topical business issues. He has served or is currently serving as a board member of the International Association of Facilitators, Sales and Marketing Executives International, American Management Association, American Society of Training and Development, Institute of Management Consultants, American Society of Association Executives, Meeting Professionals International and National Speakers Association. Chris is an award-winning Toastmaster’s International Competition speaker. He recently participated in the Fortune 500 Annual Management Forum as a speaker, panelist and seminar leader.

Chris has distinguished himself professionally by serving multiple corporations as manager and trainer of sales, operations, project management, IT, customer service and marketing professionals. Included among those business leaders are Prudential Insurance, Sprint, BayBank (now part of Bank of America), US Health Care and Marriott Corporation. He has assisted these organizations in mergers and acquisitions, facilitating post-merger and acquisition integration, developing project management, sales, customer service and marketing strategies, organizing inbound and outbound call center programs, training and development of management and new hires, and fostering corporate growth through creative change and innovation initiatives.

Chris holds degrees in management studies and organizational behavior from Boston University. He has traveled to 22 countries and 47 states in the course of his career.

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