New York, NY, June 01, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Andrew S. Nix, Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Dealing with Whistleblowers: What Employers Need to Know Live Webcast.” This event is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET).
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About Andrew S. Nix
As a partner at Bradley, Andrew Nix practices in the areas of corporate and securities law. Andrew represents public companies in registered public securities offerings and counsels public companies regarding SEC reporting obligations, corporate governance matters, equity compensation arrangements and other issues related to their public company status, including compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards. Andrew also represents clients in private securities offerings and advises closely held institutions regarding various corporate and securities law issues. He has significant experience representing both private and publicly held companies in mergers and acquisitions, as well as advising businesses in connection with a broad range of general corporate matters, including corporate structure and reorganization. Andrew earned his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law and has a B.S. from Auburn University.
About Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Bradley is a regional law firm with a global perspective. Our firm has more than 500 attorneys serving established regional, national and international companies, emerging businesses and individuals. Our offices—strategically located in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and the District of Columbia—provide an extensive geographic base from which to best accommodate our clients. Recognized across the country, our attorneys serve as national, regional, and statewide counsel for clients across many industries. Clients rely on us for innovative legal services that reflect a deep understanding of their business objectives.
The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 increased whistleblowing by providing for the establishment of whistleblower bounty programs for both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Under these programs, whistleblowers who provide unique and useful information will be entitled to up to 30 percent of the recovery obtained through actions brought by the government, when it exceeds $1 million. With the emergence of increasing federal and state whistleblowing regulations – and stepped up enforcement of those regulations – employers need to be sensitive to whether their interactions with current and former employees are consistent with those regulations. In particular, employer-employee severance and separation agreements have been the focus of several recent SEC enforcement actions, and these agreements are increasingly regulated by courts and other agencies.
In particular, in some of its recent enforcement actions, the SEC has fined several companies for entering into severance and separation agreements that require employees to waive any monetary awards they could receive from serving as government whistleblowers. The SEC takes the position that such agreements violate its rules that prohibit any conduct that could “impede” a person from “blowing the whistle” to the SEC. The SEC has also increased its investigation of conduct it views as retaliatory against whistleblowers – whether the whistleblower went to the SEC, or only blew the whistle internally at the company.
Other federal statutes and agency regulations and court rulings have also increasingly regulated such severance and separation agreements.
In a two-hour live webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will discuss the significant and latest issues surrounding severance and separation agreements, and how those agreements are viewed in light of the Dodd-Frank Act and its whistleblower programs. They will also offer best practices in helping employers avoid the risks brought by such agreements.
This 2-hour webcast will discuss the following key provisions:
· Whistleblower Programs Under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and other laws
· SEC Rule 21F-17
· The Nature of Separation and Severance and Release Agreements
o Why employers continue to create and why employees can't help but sign?
o Why courts and agencies continue to increase review of such separation and release agreements?
· Typical Claims Restricted by Separation and Severance and Release Agreements
· The Most Recent Fines and Penalties Issued by the SEC and Other Agencies
About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/