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Paid Leave Under the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan

One of the very first steps President Joe Biden took upon assuming the presidency was to attack the COVID-19 pandemic and lay out plans for relief for Americans who have suffered financially and medically as a result of the widespread pandemic. The administration’s American Rescue Plan covered a broad spectrum of aid, including paid leave Read More

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Washington, D.C. Passes Tax Fraud Qui Tam Statute

On January 13, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C. signed into law the False Claims Amendment Act of 2020. It will become effective as soon as the 30-day congressional review period passes, as it is expected to do. The amendment passed 12-1, and featured four major changes to the district’s existing false claims statute: The new law Read More

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New Legislation Requires Shell Companies to Disclose Their Owners

A new law passed in Congress in December that will, for the very first time, require shell companies to provide the names of owners, or face jail time and/or stiff financial penalties. This information will be stored in confidential databases for federal law enforcement officials, and will be shared with banks to prevent them from Read More

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LA County Board of Supervisors Enhances COVID-19 Whistleblower Protections

This fall, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance protecting employees against retaliation for reporting violations of COVID-19 health protocols in workplaces. The county had seen a significant increase in complaints about workplace health violations over the course of the pandemic. New protections implemented in the ordinance prevent employers from taking any Read More

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Long Island City Council Creates New Law for Greater Whistleblower Protections During Pandemic

Members of the City Council for Long Island City developed new legislation to offer greater protections for whistleblowers who speak out about workplace safety issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to keep all essential workers safer and to hold employers liable for the working conditions they maintain. About the legislation Under the new Read More

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New Special Counsel Will Increase Efficiency of Whistleblower Retaliation Cases

Under federal law, it is illegal for agencies or offices to take any sort of action against an employee who reports wrongdoing or safety concerns. Of course, retaliation still unfortunately happens with some regularity, and it is the responsibility of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) to investigate these cases and punish the offenders. The Read More

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Whistleblower Protection Act Sponsored by Wisconsin Senator Signed into Law

A bill named after a whistleblower who worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin, was signed into law in October. The legislation, entitled the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act, was authored by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and co-sponsored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). Dr. Kirkpatrick was a 39-year-old psychologist who Read More

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Rule Changes Allow CFTC to File Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

Recently implemented rule changes allow the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to file whistleblower retaliation claims against employers. These changes, adopted in May, also prevent employers from preemptively forbidding employees from communicating with the CFTC. The new rules, which were adopted unanimously, also establish a new claims review process. This will help establish initial determinations Read More

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New York’s Whistleblower Law Encourages Reports of Possible Tax Fraud

The Corporate Whistleblower Center, a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group, reports that New York remains the only state in the country that provides meaningful awards to whistleblowers who offer proof of sales tax or income tax fraud to regulatory officials. This gives employees a great incentive to come forward with information if they become aware of Read More

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Court Decision Indicates Privilege Claim Exists in an Internal Investigation Case

A recent court decision in Canada provided an interesting case study for whistleblower issues and post-accident investigations within businesses and organizations. Workplace accidents may result in work stop orders, prosecution, civil suits, workers’ compensation claims and administrative penalties. Because of this, employers have been increasingly likely to carry out “privileged” investigations to obtain legal advice Read More

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