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Certified Employee Concerns Professional
Training and Certification Program

Registration Rates: $1500 Full Course or $750 Each Course

Get ready to knock your ECP training needs out of the park!

2019 Program Instructor Biographies

Each of these courses is 2.5 days long. Enrollees can take both courses, or just one. The instructors are highly experienced members of the NAECP Board and they are donating their time. A certificate of completion will be provided. Registration fees go directly to support conference funding.


Program Objectives and Speaker Information

ECP BASICS: Certificate Program Part One
Monday, April 29th – Wednesday May 1st, 2019

Section 1: History of ECP
Instructor: Billie Garde, Clifford & Garde, LLP
Understand the history and evolution of Employee Concerns/Whistleblower Protection programs.

Section 2: Legal/Regulatory
Instructor: Paul Zaffuts. The Zaffuts Group
Become familiar with applicable language for labor, privacy, and employment laws that may come into play when dealing with employee issues.

Section 3A: Program Basics
Instructor: Carey Foy, Day & Zimmerman
Gain an overview of the key elements of an Employee Concerns Program, to include essential documents and recommended organization structure, reporting chain, budget, etc.

Section 3B: Functional Responsibilities
Instructor: James March, Southern Company
Functional Responsibilities: what is it that ECP does – and does not do.

Section 3C: ECP Deconstructed
Instructor: Andy Vomastek, Dominion Energy
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities – overview of what skills and abilities are needed to process day-to-day tasks: concern intake, confidentiality, classification, interviewing, investigating, reporting, and interface with other organizations and regulatory groups. May provide insight into additional focused training needed.

Section 4: Communications
Instructor: Devon Jackson, Idaho National Laboratory and Diane Sieracki, NRC
Providing and Effective Voice for Your Program: “ECP Communication” is about so much more than how you talk to people. In this session we will discuss your communication style and explore strategies for effective ECP dialogue, leadership engagement, communicating and marketing your program, communication challenges, and listening skills.

Section 5: Managing Data and Display
Instructor: Lori Hayes, Duke Energy
Data collection, analysis, and display of internal (process) and external (performance) metrics.

ECP INVESTIGATOR: Certificate Program Part Two
Wednesday, May 1st – Friday, May 3, 2019
Instructors: Paul Zaffuts, The Zaffuts Group and Tim Walsh, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

We will train on basic investigation skills using a “real life” approach. The class will work through a number of factual scenarios that encompass the types of concerns of particular interest to ECP investigators: retaliation, hostile work environment, chilling effect, and technical issues. The participants will use these scenarios to work through and learn about each step of an investigation, including intake interviews, screening, preparing concern statements and investigation plans, interviews, credibility determinations, assessing documents and physical evidence, analyzing the information, outlining the investigation report and developing ultimate findings. Each step will be introduced with a discussion of best practices, and each exercise will be followed by a class discussion.

Investigator Training Objectives

Understand the goals and process of an ECP investigation.

Understand ECP investigation best practices. 

Understand the elements forming the basis of typical ECP investigations (retaliation, hostile work environment, chilled work environment, and technical issues). 

Obtain basic skills for each step of an ECP investigation. 

Obtain basic skills for issue spotting and responding to unusual or sensitive circumstances.




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