New York, NY, June 09, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Joseph Z. Fleming, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A. 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 Joseph Z. Fleming
Mr. Fleming represents management in labor, employment, safety, whistleblowing matters, and related complex litigation. He is listed in current and all prior editions of the Best Lawyers in America and all prior and current editions of Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers. He is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and also serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a member of its Employment Panel and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Mr. Fleming has spoken at numerous ABA, Practicing Law Institute programs and other continuing legal education programs. He chairs the ALI-CLE Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law course, next scheduled in D.C. in Fall 2018.
About Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100.
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
-- Why employers continue to create and why employees can't help but sign?
-- 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/