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House Passes PCAOB Whistleblower Protection Act

On September 24, the House of Representatives passed the PCAOB Whistleblower Protection Act of 2019. If the Act were to go into law, it would establish a new whistleblower reward program at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board modeled after the highly successful SEC whistleblower program. It would also enact new protections for whistleblowers against Read More

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New Whistleblower Protection Bill Introduced in Congress

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) recently introduced a bill that would provide greater protections to whistleblowers against suspension, denial or revocation of security clearances as a form of retaliation for blowing the whistle on fraud, abuse and waste. It has been an all-too-common practice in Washington to use denial of security clearances as a punishment Read More

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Newly Amended Regulations Expand Available Whistleblower Protections

Once enacted, the new Treasury Laws Amendment will extend protections afforded to whistleblowers in the financial, credit and corporate sectors. This legislation will apply to any reports made by whistleblowers on or after July 1, 2018. Under the current rules, a person only qualifies for whistleblower protection if he or she meets criteria such as: Read More

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Whistleblower Receives $1.1 Million Award in Case Involving Sonoma Valley Boys Home

A jury in Sonoma County awarded $1.1 million to a whistleblower in a case against the Hanna Boys Center, ruling the whistleblower had been wrongfully terminated for raising his concerns about drug use, bullying and other issues at the boys’ home. The whistleblower was Tim Norman, who had worked as head of clinical care at Read More

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Fortune: Women More Effective Whistleblowers

A recent article in Fortune magazine explored the issue of whistleblowing and how it appears that women are more likely than men to call out illegal or unethical activities within their organizations.  The article features the story of Carmen Segarra, a New York Federal Reserve examiner who recognized a problematic relationship between her agency and Read More

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Mediating with Whistleblowers Who Have Suffered Retaliation

Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Whistleblowers take it upon themselves to stand up and speak when they believe something is wrong. Unfortunately, they are rewarded all too frequently by aggressive retaliation from their superiors. Remember, Read More

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Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?

The Federation of German Scientists (VDW), the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and Transparency International bestowed the German Whistleblower Prize upon Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who leaked information about the NSA’s surveillance of internet and phone activity.   A Quinnipiac University national poll, conducted shortly after Snowden obtained Read More

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Will the Whistleblowing Last in Benghazi?

On September 11, 2012, a heavily armed group blitzed the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.  An additional armed assault targeted a nearby CIA annex, killing four people, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. U.S. government employees are blowing the whistle on how the government responded the night of the attack and in the weeks Read More

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