Whistleblower Protections

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    Going back to basics with whistleblowers


    On a fundamental level, people want to know that they are being taken seriously, which is why it is so important that whistleblower policies work in practice, and not just on paper.

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    Supreme Court may resolve divide over whistleblower protections


    What does a corporate whistleblower need to do to secure anti-retaliation protections? The Supreme Court will tackle the longstanding argument.

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    SEC crackdown on whistleblower ‘pretaliation’ adds a new twist


    A recent enforcement action and settlement by the Securities and Exchange Commission makes it clear that companies shouldn’t try to subvert their successful bounty programs for whistleblowers. Joe Mont reports.

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    A global glimpse at whistleblower protections in OECD countries


    More OECD countries have put in place dedicated whistleblower protection laws in the past five years than in the previous quarter century, according to analysis by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But what’s a compliance officer to do when whistleblower protection laws in foreign countries directly contradict whistleblower ...

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    SEC Confirms Expansive View on Whistleblower Protections


    The SEC has published fresh guidance on who qualifies for whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act, essentially confirming the view that a person is not required to report misconduct to the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower to qualify for the expanded anti-retaliation protections under the law. Compliance officers should welcome ...

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    $600,000 to Man in Whistleblower Retaliation Case


    The SEC has awarded $600,000 to the first person ever at the center of a whistleblower retaliation case, giving him the maximum award possible for information he provided to the SEC in an investigation against a financial firm in Albany, N.Y. The firm itself was charged in 2014 with retaliating ...

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    OSHA Gives Whistleblowers More Time to Report Retaliation


    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule that clarifies its procedures for handling whistleblower retaliation complaints. It gives aggrieved employees an extra 90 days to file allegations and allows those complaints to be made orally, not just in writing.

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    New York AG Proposes Whistleblower Reward Program


    Image: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will soon propose legislation to protect and reward employees who report fraud in the banking, insurance, and financial services industries. The bill will also provide whistleblowers protection from retaliation. “This law will be the strongest, most comprehensive in the nation and is long ...

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    SEC Fights 'Pre-taliation' Against Dodd-Frank Whistleblowers


    According to whistleblower lawyer Erika Kelton, companies that fear Dodd-Frank whistleblower programs are aggressively trying to squash potential tips to the SEC through a practice the agency has dubbed "pre-taliation." Kelton, a partner at law firm Phillips & Cohen LLP who recently helped one of her clients obtain the ...