(Recorded Webinar) Whistleblower Policies During COVID-19

This webinar is closed to new enrollments. 

Duration: 60 minutes
Webinar recorded on: 6/16/2020

Whistleblowers have been a prominent feature of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Employers are facing multiple challenges in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – including an increased risk of whistleblower and retaliation claims. For example, employees may allege they were disciplined or discharged for complaining about misuse of grants or other concerns relating to the use of funds in response to the coronavirus.

In this webinar we will explain how valuable a whistleblower policy and procedure can be for your organization to protect your Federal funds and the relationship you maintain with your funders.

We will review:

  • Whistleblower laws
  • Policies and procedures to encourage employees to report concerns
  • Implications of COVID-19 Crisis for False Claims Act and Civil Monetary Penalty Law Compliance

Please note: This webinar is offered as a complimentary product to all Health Center Compliance 2020 Premium Plan Subscribers. For more information on our Premium Plan, click here or Contact Us.

Target Audience

The training is suited to recipients managing grants in any federal grant program as well as personnel from nonprofits, local governments, institutions of higher education, and state governments.

  • Executive Leadership including CEO's, CFO's and COO's
  • Grant Specialists and Administrators
  • Personnel involved in internal complaint processes

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand and update procedures for referring or escalating complaints to the appropriate department or individual, and for investigating and addressing concerns.
  • Review and revise your organization’s policies and procedures that prohibit retaliation.
  • Discuss the benefits of encouraging internal reporting of concerns and whistleblower protection policies.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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As Partner and Compliance Counsel with the firm’s health law practice group, Dianne advises health centers on implementing effective compliance programs and on addressing top compliance risk areas. Dianne counsels health centers and other organizations on developing compliance programs that include the OIG’s seven elements, respond to identified compliance risk areas, and reflect the organization’s culture.  Dianne also advises health centers and other organizations on patient privacy and confidentiality, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2.  She has experience responding to privacy and security incidents, including determining whether there has been a breach, notifying patients and the government, and creating corrective action plans. [Full Bio]


As of August 2021, Kristen is no longer with the firm.

Serving as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants, Health Law, and Litigation & Government Investigations practice groups, Kristen represents universities, non-profit and for-profit organizations facing legal actions under Federal health care and grant regulations in addition to the False Claims Act and Civil Monetary Penalties Laws. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Schwendinger served for nearly eight years as an attorney and senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


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