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New York Introduces Bills to Expand Whistleblower Protections

Posted  06/21/19
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Under current law, whistleblowers who reported fraudulent activity in the government or other settings in the State of New York are typically barred from bringing other legal actions. Maybe not anymore. Last week, both the New York State Senate and Assembly signed off on a series of amendments aimed at providing greater protection for employees who notice and report illegal activity, and expanding the definition of a...

New EU Rules Give Protection to Whistleblowers

Posted  04/26/19
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On April 16, 2019, a new directive was adopted by the European Parliament aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing and protecting whistleblowers from retaliation. The new rules guarantee greater levels of protection for whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law in several sectors, including financial services, money laundering, product safety, data protection, environmental protection and nuclear safety. EU...

Survival Guide for Whistleblowers

Posted  04/16/19
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Last week, three of the most prominent organizations dedicated to protecting and educating whistleblowers announced the launch of a whistleblower survival guide. Actually, it is an update to a guide these groups – Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Government Accountability Project (GAP) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) – published roughly 20 years ago as a resource for...

Question of the Week — Is Omarosa Manigault Newman a Whistleblower?

Posted  08/15/18
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Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman released her new tell-all book "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House" this week. A TIME magazine article discusses Ms. Manigault Newman’s revelations that she secretly recorded conversations with White House personnel including President Trump and his Chief of Staff John Kelly. In a recent interview on NBC’s "Today", Ms. Manigault Newman...

Whistleblowers at the SEC Office of the Inspector General Allege Retaliation

Posted  11/13/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The Wall Street Journal reports on employees within the SEC inspector general’s office alleging retaliation for pointing out misconduct within the office. At least two employees who work for Carl Hoecker, the current Inspector General at the SEC, filed complaints with different federal whistleblower agencies. The complaints allege that the whistleblower employees brought forth...

SEC Supreme Court Amicus Brief Filed in Support of Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provisions Under Dodd-Frank

Posted  10/26/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team An article from Law360 discusses the SEC’s position on the anti-retaliation provisions in Dodd-Frank based on an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court. The case involves whistleblower Paul Somers, a former employee of Digital Realty Trust Inc., who sought to take advantage of Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provisions even though he did not report the alleged securities...

House of Representatives to Takes Up Whistleblower Protection Act This Week

Posted  10/9/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 moves to the House of Representatives after being passed by the Senate in May. The House Committee on Rules will meet on Tuesday October 10th to discuss the bill. The bill creates further protections for certain federal government whistleblowers. President Trump first took action in this area in with an...

House of Representatives to Take Up Whistleblower Protection Act This Week

Posted  10/9/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 moves to the House of Representatives after being passed by the Senate in May. The House Committee on Rules will meet on Tuesday October 10th to discuss the bill. The bill creates further protections for certain federal government whistleblowers. President Trump first took action in this area in with an...

Grassley, Leahy press Justice Department on 'Whistleblower' Protections

Posted  09/22/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Patrick Leahy on Wednesday pressed the Justice Department on its progress implementing whistleblower protections at the FBI. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Grassley and Leahy outline a series of concerns about whistleblower protections that have gone unaddressed despite government reports drawing...

Wells Fargo to Fight OSHA Order to Pay and Reinstate Whistleblower

Posted  04/6/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Wells Fargo will appeal an OSHA order issued earlier this week in which the agency ordered Wells Fargo to pay a former manager-turned-whistleblower a $5.4 million reward and reinstate him at the company. Wells Fargo terminated the whistleblower in 2010 after he reported problems to both his superiors and a banking ethics hotline, was given 90 days to find a new job in the...
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