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Promoting Strong Safety Conscious Work Environments
NAECPNewsletter

May 25, 2015

Spring Issue 2015

In This Issue

1. President's Blog
2. Regulatory News
3. ECP Tips Tools




 

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NAECP Fall 2015
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The Reid Technique of Interviewing
Date: 9/28/2015

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Date: 10/1-2/2015
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President’s Blog


Teach Me
Written by Mike Wilson, NAECP President Director - Employee Concerns, BP America

I recently had the “talk” with my fourteen year old daughter. My overall plan was to have one discussion that covered every possible topic. I tried to keep it fairly high level hoping to teach her every important life’s lesson in 45 minutes. I included sections on dating, driving, peer pressure, prom night and the bad intentions of teenaged boys. She listened with a horrified look on her face just occasionally shaking her head in disbelief.

Throughout the whole conversation, I used myself as an example of past bad behavior. I carefully talked about her 32 year old brother being born when Mom and I were just teens, about driving my brand new souped-up 1979 Camaro too fast and narrowly missing a park bench and about my “mission” in life when I was 16.

My intent, of course, was to hopefully prevent her from making the same mistakes that I made at her age. I urged her to learn from my experiences and to trust me when I give advice that may seem weird now, but will make more sense when she is having the same discussion with her kids someday. “Trust your Dad. He was really lucky. You be smarter.” Read More ...



Regulatory / Legal Bulletin

Protected Activity “Inextricably Intertwined” with an Adverse Action
Written By: Paul J. Zaffuts Esq., The Zaffuts Group


For those of you who investigate and analyze allegations of retaliation, you may have encountered situations where a “protected” concern did not prompt a decision maker to take an adverse personnel action, but the concern and the action were nonetheless interrelated or intertwined. The Department of Labor (DOL) Administrative Review Board (ARB) has recently addressed such situations. Although their decisions can tend toward “analysis paralysis,” they do provide some practical guidance.


Under the provisions of numerous laws impacting highly regulated, safety significant industries, employers are prohibited from retaliating against personnel for engaging in activities deemed protected under these laws. In simplest terms, unlawful retaliation occurs when an individual’s protected activity is a “contributing factor” in the employer’s decision to subject the individual to an adverse personnel action. Read More ....

 


 2015 Winter Conference: A First Time Attendee's Perspective
Written by: Shilo Terek, Employee Concerns Investigator, Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Diablo Canyon Power Plant and NAECP Communications Committee Member

As a new member of the Employee Concerns (EC) profession, I was anxiously awaiting the NAECP Winter Conference as a means to connect with other EC investigators and coordinators in the industry to learn best practices, share scenarios and get a general feel for what others are doing. This conference provided that opportunity and more.

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ECP Tips , Tools and Advice

The NRC Improperly Limits Individuals’ Right to Counsel in Agency Investigative Interviews

Written By:
Timothy J. V. Walsh, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

When the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (“NRC’s”) Office of Investigation (“OI”) conducts an investigation into alleged wrongdoing or misconduct, an OI investigator typically interviews multiple NRC licensee and licensee contractor employees (sometimes including Employee Concern Program professionals who investigated the same or related issue being investigated by OI). The interviews are conducted under oath, and the employee’s sworn testimony becomes part of the investigation record. Once OI finds the facts and determines a violation, their findings are turned over to the appropriate NRC staff for a decision on enforcement action, and may be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for potential criminal prosecution. These enforcement actions and prosecutions are often directed at individuals as well as NRC licensees and their contractors. 

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The Reid Technique of Interviewing
Date: 9/28/2015
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Retaliation in the Workplace:
Methods to Detect, Investigate and Prevent HIRD

Date: 10/1-2/2015
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Technical Writing Skills Workshop

Date: 10/1-2/2015
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