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CLE - Whistleblowers and Retaliation Claims

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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In the post-Enron era, judicial and legislative protections for whistleblower employees have significantly increased and more employees are seeking redress for the retaliation they suffer after blowing the whistle on their employers. In addition, there are significant potential financial benefits for employee whistleblowers under federal statutes such as the False Claims Act.

After this seminar, attendees will know what protections are available to employees who suffer retaliation after blowing the whistle on their employers, and the potential financial benefits under the federal statutes.  The panel will also discuss what employers can do to insulate themselves from being tagged with whistleblower and retaliation claims, including recommended steps on how to revise existing protocols and internal compliance procedures. 

A panel of experts will analyze a variety of hot topics dividing the courts and posing challenges for employees and employers across the country.  Topics will include:  What type of conduct establishes “protected activity?”; What constitutes an “adverse action?”; How do complainants establish “causation?”; and How can employers negate an inference of causation?

Specific Topics:

I. Massachusetts common law whistleblower protection – wrongful termination in violation of public policy 

II. Massachusetts whistleblower statutes for public employees and for healthcare workers

III. Federal whistleblower statutes, including Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and the False Claims Act

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