Whistleblower Law Blog

House Considers Enhanced Protections for Federal Government Whistleblowers

September 9, 2021
The Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits most employers in the federal executive branch from retaliating against employees and job applicants who lawfully report what they reasonably believe to be a legal violation or “gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to...

FAA Implements Voluntary Safety Reporting Program to Address Concerns About Industry Influence

September 3, 2021
On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA” or “the Agency”) announced a new Voluntary Safety Reporting Program (“the Program”) to enable the more than 7,000 professionals in its Aviation Safety office to report safety-related concerns confidentially and without fear of...

Whistleblowers Accessing Company Documents Likely Will Not Be Prosecuted Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

August 16, 2021
Until recently, logging onto Facebook a few too many times on a work computer could not only get workers fired but also theoretically land them in prison for up to 10 years if they were prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). Workers who push the envelope on conducting personal business on company property...

Update on CFTC Whistleblower Program and Recent Award

July 30, 2021
In April 2021, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “the Commission”) awarded approximately $3 million to a whistleblower whose tip ultimately led to a successful enforcement action. This award came after over six months during which the CFTC issued no whistleblower awards. Despite this relatively quiet period,...

Miami Condo Collapse: What Role Can Whistleblowers Play to Prevent Such Tragedies?

June 27, 2021
In the early morning hours of June 24, 2021, a 13-story condominium building in the town of Surfside on Miami Beach, Florida, collapsed. Tragically, four people have been confirmed dead, and search and rescue crews continue their efforts to find other survivors, with at least 156 people still unaccounted for. According to...

As Vaccine Rollout Continues, What Whistleblower Protections Exist in Big Pharma?

April 14, 2021
The nationwide rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has continued to gain momentum some five months after the shot first became available to limited populations. In all 50 states, everyone above the age of 16 is either already eligible to receive the shot, or will become eligible shortly. On April 3rd, more than 4 million people in...

The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act: An Excellent – but Flawed – Step Forward

March 24, 2021
In the wake of “fake news” and the renewed focus on the incredible power of American technology giants, monopolistic and anticompetitive behavior across industries has been thrust into the spotlight once more. Many companies have seized upon the radical transformation of the American economy brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic...

​​​​​​​Strengthened Whistleblower Provisions in the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020

January 21, 2021
On January 1, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2021. The NDAA, which authorizes FY2021 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense programs and activities, contains the Anti-Money...

COVID-19 Whistleblower Protections: Few Options for Workers Reporting Unsafe Working Conditions

July 24, 2020
The United States has been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic in innumerable ways and it has had profound and ongoing impacts on workers. One of the most vexing problems arising from COVID-19 has been protecting workers who object to employers that are failing to implement meaningful safety precautions to protect their workers...

The Federal Government Is Taking Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

June 9, 2020
The federal government has responded to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic with legislation to aid individuals and struggling businesses. One of the many laws created was the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), a $2 trillion federal appropriation addressing the economic fallout caused by...

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