Category Archives: Employee Rights

OSHA Strengthens Local Emphasis on Hazardous Chemical Compliance

Omaha Area Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a brand-new local emphasis program that will introduce regular health inspections at funeral homes, product and chemical manufacturing facilities, printing facilities and various outpatient care centers. According to Bonita Winingham, the local OSHA director, this new program will allow the agency to… Read More »

Supreme Court Makes Necessary Expansions to Whistleblower Law

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Lawson v. FMR, LLC that people employed by a private company that is either a contractor or subcontractor or a public company are to be extended the same protections afforded to whistleblowers under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This 6-3 decision marked a reversal of a… Read More »

Department of Justice Continues to Ignore Wall Street Whistleblowers

Attorney General Eric Holder has spoken a lot about the need for help from whistleblowers who can provide evidence to the Department of Justice about the crimes committed on Wall Street from September 2008 and onward. However, this message appears to fall flat when you consider that over the past few years, the Department of… Read More »

Whistleblowers Now Have More Time to File Whistleblower Claims through NLRB

Under the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), employees typically only have 30 days to file a complaint about employer retaliation. However, OSHA has now reached an agreement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that will allow OSHA to refer untimely claims to the NLRB’s whistleblower division for its own… Read More »

Texas Supreme Court to Weigh In on Shell Defamation Suit

The Texas Supreme Court recently agreed to hear Shell Oil Co.’s pending defamation case. Robert Writt, a former Shell employee, sued the company for defamation after Shell submitted a report to the Department of Justice about his alleged involvement in committing numerous violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA).  It’s an interesting case —… Read More »

SEC Whistleblower Office Reaches Three-Year Anniversary

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower has only been open since August 2011, yet it has already made a pretty big name for itself in protecting the rights of whistleblowers and awarding them for their contributions. Within those three years, many whistleblowers have come away with large monetary awards, which… Read More »

Agencies Still Falling Short of Federal Whistleblower Protection Standards

While there are more laws in place than ever before regarding the fair treatment and protection of whistleblowers in the United States, there are still some government agencies that are falling short of complying with the rules outlined in the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. The most common compliance issues still at issue include the… Read More »

Costs for FCPA Investigations Can Be Huge, Making Insurance Coverage Important

Investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) can quickly become extremely costly. In fact, Walmart recently spent more than $439 million within a two-year span on these types of investigations alone. While this is a rather extreme example, companies that have any sort of internal operations should at least be familiar with how they… Read More »

NLRB Rules that Facebook “Likes” are Protected By Labor Law

One provision of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) states that employees are protected from any form of employer retaliation when they commit “concerted protected activity,” which essentially means any form of activity that involves workers airing their concerns or opinions about their treatment or pay at work. A recent decision from the National Labor… Read More »

Sixth Circuit Rules FedEx Failed to Properly Explain FMLA to Employee

The Sixth Circuit Court recently affirmed a jury verdict in favor of an employee in a major Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference claim. According to the decision, FedEx was liable for failing to provide the claimant employee with proper written notice of all of the consequences of not returning a completed medical certification… Read More »