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The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Is a Moderator for Webcast on New Whistleblower Protections

Jason Zuckerman, a Principal at The Employment Law Group® law firm will speak at March 17, 2009 webcast CLE titled, “New Whistleblower Protection:  The McCaskill Amendment to the Economic Stimulus Bill.”  The webcast will provide an overview of the recently-passed whistleblower protection provision in the Economic Stimulus Bill and its effect on whistleblower law and litigation.  In particular, the program will address the following questions:

  • Will the whistleblower protections for employees of government contractors receiving stimulus funds apply to internal disclosures?
  • Will contractor employees be able to recover compensatory damages in a jury trial?
  • What is the scope of protected disclosures?
  • Is the burden of proof favorable to employees?
  • What defenses are available to employers to avoid liability?
  • Will prevailing plaintiffs be entitled to attorney fees and litigation costs?
  • Will the McCaskill Amendment preempt other statutory and common law remedies available to employees of government contractors?
  • Will the new law result in an upsurge in whistleblower litigation?
  • How will the McCaskill Amendment affect the interpretation of similar whistleblower protection laws?
  • Does the new law completely eviscerate the “duty speech” defense and does the “duty speech” defense apply to other statutory whistleblower claims?
  • What changes to other whistleblower laws are likely to be enacted by this Congress?
  • What steps can employers take to avoid whistleblower retaliation claims?

For more information about this event click here.

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