Category Archives: Employee Rights

OSHA Requests $39 Million in New Funding for 2016 Fiscal Year

The 2016 Fiscal Year budget proposals set forth by the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has requested an additional $49 million for its 2016 budget. That money would go toward hiring 90 new full-time employees, 60 of whom would specifically be dedicated to federal enforcement tasks. Of… Read More »

Quick Facts You Should Know About Workplace Retaliation

Whether you think that you have a workplace retaliation case or you simply want to arm yourself with information before you decide to blow the whistle on shady company practices, there are a few facts that you should know about retaliation in the work environment. The following are a few facts for you to keep… Read More »

Court Makes Important Decision in Privileged Document Case

In many circumstances, courts say that corporations might relinquish privilege protection through internal privileged communications even beyond employees who have a “need to know.” This policy is often criticized because it gives corporations’ competition a chance to access internal corporate communications that would typically only be disclosed to employees that have a contractual duty to… Read More »

SEC Launches Investigation into Employment Contracts that Prevent Whistleblowing

A February 25 article in the Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will begin investigating the kinds of agreements that certain companies make with their employees. The article states that the agency has already sent out several requests to different companies for years’ worth of employment contracts, nondisclosure agreements… Read More »

U.S. Department of Labor Hands Down Final Ruling on SOX Whistleblower Processes

On March 5, the U.S. Department of Labor gave its Final Rule in a case dealing with the types of procedures that govern the handling of retaliation complaints under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The Final Rule indicates that all employees are allowed to submit both written and oral complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health… Read More »

OSHA Requests $39 Million in Additional Funding for 2016

According to the 2016 Fiscal Year budget proposals in the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has requested an additional $39 million of funding for next year. The funding would help the agency to hire 90 additional members to its full-time staff, including 60 that would be dedicated to federal enforcement…. Read More »

Recent NLRB Decision Focuses on Business Email Use

A recent decision made by the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the board will presume that any employees that have access to their employer’s email system during their work also have a right to use that email to engage in certain protected communications while they are not working. The decision came about after an… Read More »

Court Rules That Outing a Whistleblower Constitutes Retaliation

When whistleblowers intend to remain in their company after alerting authorities to wrongdoing, it is imperative that they are able to maintain their privacy so that they would not be the victims of retaliation by other employees. In a case involving a whistleblower for Halliburton Co., a court ruled that a company that reveals the… Read More »

Former California State Bar Director Files Wrongful Termination Suit

Former senator Joe Dunn has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the State Bar of California, claiming that the organization fired him from his position as Executive Director after he reported various ethical breaches and illegal activities by some of the agency’s high-ranking officials. The lawsuit came just days after Dunn received notice of his… Read More »

Citigroup Whistleblower Continues to Make an Impact

Richard Bowen has been the subject of a lot of attention in recent years. He’s been featured in the New York Times and was a subject of a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes. While today he is a senior lecturer of accounting for the University of Texas at Dallas, he performs this role with a… Read More »