Whistleblower Law Blog

Lawmakers Propose Additional Financial Whistleblower Protections

February 26, 2016
Financial whistleblowers found some support on Capitol Hill yesterday, when Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Elijah Cummings introduced the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016 (WARN Act), which would create significant new protections and rewards for financial whistleblowers. The Act would...

OSHA Will Fight For OSH Act Whistleblowers

February 26, 2016
It is critical that workers who report workplace injuries or dangerous conditions know that they can do so without fear of reprisal. Workers’ confidence in that knowledge was bolstered on February 22, 2016, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued press...

IRS Doubles Whistleblower Awards, Proposes Program Improvements

February 25, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program (the “IRS Whistleblower Program”) is becoming more efficient and employee friendly, according to the IRS 2015 Annual Report to Congress (the “2015 Annual Report”), which was released on Feb. 16 of this year. The earliest incarnation of the IRS Whistleblower Program dates back...

Aviation Whistleblower Nets Big OSHA Victory

February 24, 2016
Aviation whistleblowers continue to be able to count on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor (DOL) to have their back when employers retaliate against them for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing. On February 23, 2016, OSHA announced that it had ordered Alaska-based Bald Mountain Air...

Eight Whistleblower Law Terms You Need to Know

February 19, 2016
Here at Katz, Marshall & Banks, we often talk to prospective clients who aren’t sure whether the facts of their case constitute an actionable claim of whistleblower retaliation. The question often boils down to this: I know what occurred to me was wrong, but was it illegal? An understanding of the essential terms...

Compliance Firm Finds Increase in Reports of Employment Retaliation

April 20, 2015
NAVEX Global, the compliance software firm, issued a report last month regarding the status of workplace retaliation in 2014.  According to NAVEX, the five-year trend in rising volume of reports of employee retaliation continued in 2014, finding an increase in reporting of over 44% between 2010 and 2014.  Companies in...

Fraud Reporting and Whistleblower Retaliation on the Rise, Report Finds

October 3, 2014
Fraud complaints rose in 2013, as did instances of whistleblower retaliation, according to the 2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report prepared by The Network, a provider of risk and compliance solutions for companies.   The report found that between 2012 and 2013,...

NWLC Files Lawsuits Alleging Discriminatory Insurance Practices Violate ACA

June 10, 2013
The first lawsuits filed under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) were filed last week alleging that an employer’s insurance policies were in violation of the ACA. According to a press release issued by the National Women’s Law Center (“NWLC”), the preeminent women’s advocacy group in the United States, the group lodged formal...

SCOTUS to Address SOX Whistleblower Protections for Contractors

May 22, 2013
On May 20, 2013, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to plaintiffs Jackie Lawson and Jonathan Zang in their whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against their former employer, Fidelity Investments. The Court agreed to consider the following issue: “whether an employee of a privately held contractor or subcontractor...

New York Court Adopts Inclusive Definition of Protected Whistleblower Activity

May 21, 2013
On May 1, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (“SDNY”) joined a growing number of courts across the country in liberalizing the requirements for a whistleblower’s communications to constitute “protected activity” under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”). In Leshinsky v. Telvent GIT, S.A., et...

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