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

 

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.

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Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.

Fisher & Phillips LLP

  • Partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP and also serves as President of Fisher Phillips Safety Solutions LLC
  • Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, he was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health; named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served in that capacity from April 2006 to November 2008
  • During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injury, illness, and fatality rates dropped to their lowest levels in recorded history
  • For more than 30 years, he has worked in the labor and employment area, focusing on occupational safety and health issues
  • He also served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, D.C., chairing the Commission from March 1990 to February 1994
  • Has been named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine for several years and named one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine
  • He is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues
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