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The tactics of whistle blower hotlines are simple - provide professionals a confidential manner to report complaints. Sarbanes-Oxley provided the impetus for organizations to take a closer look at their complaint reporting process. Now, 12 years after the original Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, hotlines are considered one of the essential tools for organizations to appropriately manage compliance programs.

The effectiveness of hotlines can vary depending on how it is managed and administered. In addition, management's attention and response to hotline calls is an important aspect of maintaining an effective and positive control environment. The Audit Committee of public companies is responsible for ensuring a confidential and effective complaint reporting process and should fully understand processes as well as information that come through the hotlines.

In the advent of new regulation which allows whistleblowers to go outside internal lines of defense to report misdoings, companies should be strategically aware of their programs and the effectiveness and perceptions of their programs. Audit Committees, senior management and all professionals should understand the important implications of hotlines.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the impetus of whistleblower hotlines.
  • Explore the definition and history of whistleblowing.
  • Identify famous whistleblowers.
  • Recognze regulations supporting the process.
  • Explore the False Claims Act
  • Explore the Whistleblower Protection Act
  • Explore Dodd-Frank Exclusions
  • Identify risk management opportunities related to hotlines
Last updated/reviewed: June 18, 2021

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

15 CoursesEthical Leadership Certification

  1. History of Ethics
  2. Ethics and Psychology: Part 1
  3. Ethics and Psychology: Part 2
  4. COSO 2013 Control Environment
  5. Today’s Corporate Ethical Culture - An updated course
  6. Managing Through Corporate Politics
  7. Real World Business Ethics Scenarios
  8. Relationship between Ethics, Morality, and the Law
  9. Impact of Ethics on Leadership
  10. Traits and Skills of the Ethical Leader
  11. Framework for Ethical Decision Making
  12. Keys to an Effective Code of Conduct
  13. Keys to Understanding Conflicts of Interest
  14. Whistleblower Hotlines - History and Regulations
  15. Whistleblower Hotlines - Effective Management

10 Reviews (33 ratings)Reviews

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Lynn presents material in a very clear and understandable manner. I like having the presenter video included in the webinar, it makes it much easier for me to follow along.
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Course was informative. I was quite surprised by the subsequent poor treatment of whistle blowers. Any person within an organization can benefit from this course.
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Well-organized course! I learned a lot I didn't know about Dodd-Frank. This would be a helpful course for anyone teaching ethics.
Anonymous Author
This. Course. Was. Pretty. Decent.
Anonymous Author
Very interesting course with a lot of good information on the history.
Anonymous Author
Very engaging course. Please write more like this.
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Informative and interesting.
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Great information
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Very insightful.
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Course Complexity: Foundational

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. 

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Course Syllabus
  7:57Introduction to When The Whistle Blows Part 1: History, Regulations, and Concepts
  8:50History of Whistle Blowing
  8:52History of Whistle Blowing (Continued)
Famous Whistle Blowers
  9:12Famous Whistle Blowers
  7:06Famous Whistle Blowers (Continued)
  11:33Dodd - Frank
Continuous Play
  1:07:26When The Whistle Blows Part 1: History, Regulations, and Concepts
  PDFSlides: When The Whistle Blows Part 1
  PDFWhen The Whistle Blows Part 1 Glossary/Index