The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (“FY2013 NDAA”) made several key changes to whistleblower protections applicable to government contractors. These expansions will have immediate and significant effects on the way that contractors must operate, both before and after a whistleblower’s complaint is lodged. It is essential that contractors understand the scope of these changes and the broader compliance landscape that includes several other laws and regulations focused on establishing protections for whistleblowers.
The FY2013 NDAA’s provisions give rise to legal issues pertaining to government contracting and employment law. In this 90-minute webinar, attorneys from each of these groups will provide you with the key takeaways of these new whistleblower protections and how they will affect your business.
- Understand the purpose and background of the new whistleblower protections against the background of the current political climate and compliance landscape.
- Identify the scope and effect of the new whistleblower protections: who is considered a “whistleblower”? What sort of disclosures entitle an employee to these protections? New burdens of proof and statues of limitations for whistleblower complaints; Increased damages available, including attorney’s fees.
- Understand the employment law implications of the new whistleblower protections: what is a “retaliation” under the law? Can an employee or contractor’s rights be waived or altered by agreement?
- Determine how to handle a whistleblower complaint once filed: how to conduct an investigation; how to deal with the whistleblower.
- Appreciate the benefit of compliance program best practices: internal reporting, supervision and establishing a culture of compliance; effective training programs.
- And much, much more!
Meet Your Presenter
Peter J. Eyre is a partner in Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group. His practice focuses on a wide range of government counseling and litigation, including corporate compliance reviews, dispute resolution, bid protests, complex investigations of potential civil and criminal matters, GSA Schedule contracting, suspension and debarment proceedings, and mandatory disclosures. Peter also serves as the coordinator of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative.
Rebecca Springer is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Labor and Employment Group. Her practice focuses on labor and employment litigation and counseling, particularly with respect to the intersection between employment law and government contracting. Rebecca has significant experience conducting internal investigations and has worked extensively on single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action labor and employment litigation involving allegations of retaliation, discrimination and harassment.
Chris Calsyn is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Labor and Employment Group. Chris regularly provides clients with litigation and counseling services in all facets of labor and employment law including a number of whistleblower protections, including the False Claims Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank reforms, and state whistleblower statutes. Chris also frequently assists clients in conducting internal investigations of whistleblower complaints and other sensitive matters. He is an active member of the firm’s Trade Secrets and False Claims Act working groups.
Jason C. Lynch is an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of both the Government Contracts and White Collar practice groups. Jason has helped government contractor clients respond to criminal investigations, navigate bid protests, and defend themselves against False Claims Act allegations. He is a member of the firm’s False Claims Act and Suspension & Debarment working groups.
Who Will Benefit
Government contractors and subcontractors will be impacted by these enhanced whistleblower protections. In-house counsel and those responsible for compliance, ethics, and internal investigations will benefit from this interactive webinar. Get ahead of the curve – register your team today!
This Course is Eligible for Continuing Professional Education Credit (CPE)
CPE Credit: 1.5 hours
Advance Preparation: None
Course level: Basic
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