Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
FEI Behavioral Health, a national EAP, wellness and crisis management company based in Milwaukee, announces the addition of its new Compliance and Ethics Hotline product, an anonymous and confidential external employee whistleblower system.
FEI’s Compliance and Ethics Hotline (CEH) product underscores an organization’s commitment to supporting the highest standards of ethical behavior. The CEH provides employees and stakeholders a means to anonymously report health and safety concerns, theft and illegal behavior, register complaints, and report unethical behavior to an impartial and objective third party.
How it works
FEI works with an organization’s designated Compliance and Ethics staff to customize and develop secure reporting protocols, and provide a toll-free telephone number for employees and stakeholders. After contacting FEI, a trained professional conducts a confidential interview to document the facts and conjectures regarding the issue/concern.
FEI provides an organization’s designated compliance and ethics officer with a formal call report within one business day. Should the informant request to track the investigation progress, FEI will serve as a conduit for that purpose. FEI’s professional staff reports concerns and does not interpret company policy, nor do they make commitments about an organization’s actions.
Benefits to employers
According to a recent Ernst & Young survey, 40% of employees indicated that they would be more willing to report unethical or illegal conduct if they could remain anonymous. FEI’s Compliance and Ethics Hotline assures employee confidentially and inhibits the fear of retaliation. The CEH fully supports compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act, the Whistleblower Act and the Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act.
In addition, employee whistleblower systems are often encouraged by the IRS for non-profit agencies in order to avoid facing an audit. Sister Linda Yankoski, president and CEO of Holy Family Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, sees the value of FEI’s CEH program.
“The compliance and ethics hotline offers our agency a credible means for handling sensitive issues,” Yankoski explains. “We are confident that our staff and community are provided a place to speak freely in a non-threatening and confidential environment.”
FEI President & CEO Ted Uczen explains, “The CEH substantially limits potential loss, liabilities and risks to an organization because it provides early detection and proper response to employee concerns.”
“Early problem identification can save an organization’s reputation,” says Uczen. “We feel it’s important to offer a product that builds stakeholder trust and reflects positively upon an organization’s integrity.”
For more information, visit http://www.feinet.com.