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Whistleblower Protection Laws

This archive displays posts tagged as relevant to laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation, but do not include whistleblower reward provisions. You may also be interested in the following pages:

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Following Whistleblower Testimony, FAA Administrator Vows to Investigate Boeing

Posted  12/11/19
Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington
Ed Pierson, a former Boeing manager turned whistleblower, testified before Congress on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, that the Boeing plant where the company's 737 Max was produced was a "factory in chaos," with production issues that may have played a role in two crashes that killed a total of 346 people.  Pierson, who worked for Boeing from 2008 until his retirement in 2018, is represented by the whistleblower...

EU, UK, and Canadian Whistleblowers Receive New or Enhanced Protections

Posted  12/5/19
By Ginger Buck
Silver Whistle Hanging
Three recent international developments have occurred that will further enable and encourage whistleblowers to report alleged wrongdoing, and provide guidance for employers and organizations to respond to such complaints. The European Union formally adopted a whistleblower protection directive on September 25, 2019, requiring organizations with 50 or more workers to establish internal reporting channels over the...

In Second-Ever Enforcement Action of Its Kind, SEC Stands with Whistleblower Against Company’s Attempt to Muzzle Reporting

Posted  11/8/19
tape over mans mouth
Imagine that, after you invest in a company, you start to smell a rat. After you try to alert other investors or report what you believe is a fraudulent scheme, the company you invested in draws up an agreement that conditions your shareholding on a prohibition on speaking with regulatory agencies. If it seems illegal, that’s because it is. Yet that’s exactly what online auction and memorabilia company Collectors...

“Whistleblowers don’t come forward because it polls well; they come forward because, having done their own moral calculus, they simply don’t have a choice.”

Posted  11/6/19
By Leah Judge, Hallie Noecker
Headshots of Attorney Hallie Noecker and Leah Judge
Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys Leah Judge and Hallie Noecker discuss why President Trump's attempt to intimidate whistleblowers is failing--and will continue to fail – in Law360 (paywall).  Judge and Noecker posit that whistleblowers are cut from a different cloth. They value fairness over loyalty, and their consciences drive them to speak truth to power, even when doing so carries great personal...

New York Poised to Become One of Most Whistleblower-Friendly Places

Posted  10/17/19
Child Looking Through Telescope of New York Building
As anonymous whistleblowers make national headlines daily, so do the attacks on their integrity and calls to reveal their identity. In order to combat the chilling effect on the courageous individuals who report fraud or misconduct, New Yorkers—both at the state and city level—are doubling down on whistleblower protections and encouraging observers of corruption to come forward. Lat week, New York Attorney...

How to Be a Whistleblower

Posted  07/19/19
By Jessica T. Moore
How to be a whistleblower
You know about fraud, waste, abuse, or corruption by an individual or a company. Someone is getting by with cheating -- taking money from the government, taxpayers, or investors, or even harming others, such as patients. You are deeply troubled about it and want the proper authorities to stop it. You are worried whether you will be heard, taken seriously, and protected. You wonder if your information fits within a...

New York Introduces Bills to Expand Whistleblower Protections

Posted  06/21/19
statute of liberty New York symbol
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
European Union flags in front of EU Headquarters building
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
graffiti letters saying protect whistleblower
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
Silhouette of People Around a Whistle
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...
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