March 24, 2021

Ethics, Antitrust, and Whistleblowing

In October 2016, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published, “Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals.” It warned HR Pros or any person acting on the employer’s behalf from engaging in certain activities. This included the reminder, “agreements among employers not to recruit certain employees or not to compete on terms of compensation are illegal.”

Now, fast forward and on January 7th, 2021, the DOJ announced it filed a lawsuit against a health care company and its related entity for “agreeing with competitors not to solicit senior-level employees.” Then, on February 19th, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that OSHA will investigate complaints of whistleblower retaliation under new antitrust, money laundering laws.

Often the question for HR professionals and managers is not, “Can we do this?” The real question is, “Should we?”

Join this interactive program as we review some key laws that address employers’ rights and responsibilities to operate their business within legally defined ethical boundaries, protect employees’  concurrent rights, and consider when the “right” answer may require doing something more than just what the law requires. Topics will include and are not limited to:

  • Antitrust
  • Competition
  • Pay and other workplace privacy issues
  • Retaliation
  • Solicitation
  • Whistleblowing

This event and the recording are now closed.