2022 Employment Law Webinar - Employee Complaints & Whistleblowing: How Employers Should Respond

  • June 2, 2022
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Employee complaints are nothing new, but employers must be sure to document and investigate complaints and take appropriate action when necessary. The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), also known as the “Whistleblower Law," makes it unlawful for an employer to take an adverse employment action against an employee who discloses, objects to or refuses to participate in the illegal or unethical actions of his or her employer. Under New Jersey State law, an employee is protected from retaliation if he or she complains or objects to an activity, practice or policy of their employer that the employee reasonably believes is illegal or against “public policy.” If, as a result of a complaint, an employer terminates, demotes, harasses or retaliates against an employee, that employee could be eligible to pursue a claim for the damages caused as a result.

Therefore, employers must have appropriate policies, and disseminate and train on those policies. Employee complaints must be properly handled - requiring supervisors who understand what to do - and investigations may be required in many instances.The issues to be reviewed at this seminar include:
  • Employee complaints, policies and procedures;
  • What constitutes whistleblowing and how does the law protect it;
  • Whistleblower rights and protections;
  • Best practices to ensure that the employer is identifying and responding appropriately to employee concerns;
  • Effective internal investigations; and
  • Avoiding retaliation claims.

Please join us for this HRCI-accredited event.