This course explores the vast array of federal and state laws that protect employees who report misconduct by their employers. Topics covered include common-law whistleblower protections, state and federal whistleblower statutes, strategies for managing whistleblowers and whistleblowing, and the role of the human resources professional in the whistleblower management process. Although the focus is not limited to the healthcare industry, examples of healthcare-related whistleblower cases are examined throughout the course.
Upon completion of this certificate course, you will be able to:
- Describe the rationale behind public policy tort law
- Summarize key sources of law relevant to wrongful discharge and distinguish between common law and statutory bases
- Identify the kinds of conduct protected from retaliation
- Explain what actions can and cannot be taken toward a whistleblowing employee
- Apply risk management strategies to help deal with potential whistleblower claims
- Articulate the unique role of human resources professionals in dealing with whistleblower situations
- Recognize situations in which professional legal advice is necessary and communicate effectively with professional legal counsel
The Managing Whistleblower Risks certificate course can be completed in just 8 weeks. Coursework must be completed in the sequence in which it is offered. You should plan to spend about 6-8 hours per week on online coursework, including reading assignments, research and writing projects, and online discussions.