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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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Federal Judge Says No to Preliminary Injunction on OSHA Anti-Retaliation Regulations

On November 28, a federal judge in Texas ruled against an injunction that would have prevented a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) anti-retaliation regulation from going into effect. This new regulation requires all employers to provide proper notice to their employees of their right to report any injuries suffered in the scope of Read More

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New Whistleblower Protection Bill Heads to Oval Office

Back in June 2016, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would provide greater protections to whistleblowers across the country. The bill is now on its way to desk of President Barack Obama, who’s expected to sign it into law before his time is office ends January 20. If approved, the new law would make Read More

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National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Promotes an Important Issue

This year, the National Whistleblower Center declared July 30 to be National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The organization received a great deal of support on its Facebook page when it made the announcement, although some did note that whistleblowers continue to face challenges across the country. Overall, the past several years have seen some big wins Read More

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What Affect Does the Yates Memo Have on Internal Investigations?

In September 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates released a memo that served as a guidance to U.S. Department of Justice attorneys related to the emphasis they should place on individuals’ accountability when it comes to corporate investigations. In the memo, Yates directs U.S. attorneys to place equal or greater focus on the individual as Read More

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