WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc Whistle Blower Policy

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc is committed to operating in furtherance of its tax-exempt purposes and in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including those concerning accounting and auditing, and prohibits fraudulent practices by any of its board members, officers, employees, or volunteers.  This policy outlines a procedure for employees to report actions that an employee reasonably believes violates a law, or regulation or that constitutes fraudulent accounting or other practices.  This policy applies to any matter which is related to Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue’s Inc business and does not relate to private acts of an individual not connected to the business of Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc.

If an employee has a reasonable belief that an employee or Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc has engaged in any action that violates any applicable law, or regulation, including those concerning accounting and auditing, or constitutes a fraudulent practice, the employee is expected to immediately report such information to [the Executive Director].  If the employee does not feel comfortable reporting the information to the Executive Director, he or she is expected to report the information to the [appropriate position]..

All reports will be followed up promptly, and an investigation conducted.  In conducting its investigations, Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc will strive to keep the identity of the complaining individual as confidential as possible, while conducting an adequate review and investigation.

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc will not retaliate against an employee in the terms and conditions of employment because that employee:  (a) reports to a supervisor, to the executive director, the Board of Directors or to a federal, state or local agency what the employee believes in good faith to be a violation of the law; or (b) participates in good faith in any resulting investigation or proceeding, or (c) exercises his or her rights under any state or federal law(s) or regulation(s) to pursue a claim or take legal action to protect the employee’s rights.

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc may take disciplinary action (up to and including termination) against an employee who in management’s assessment has engaged in retaliatory conduct in violation of this policy.

[In addition, Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc will not, with the intent to retaliate, take any action harmful to any employee who has provided to law enforcement personnel or a court truthful information relating to the commission or possible commission by Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc or any of its employees of a violation of any applicable law or regulation.]

Supervisors will be trained on this policy and Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc. prohibition against retaliation in accordance with this policy.
Board of Directors

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc.                                             October 10th, 2015

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