Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board – January & February 2017

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board

The Administrative Review Board issues final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection.  Click “Continue Reading” below  for  decisions of the Administrative Review Board from January to February 2017 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter: Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List – January 2017

Sec Protects Access to Whistleblower Rewards

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action listed below are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award. Once a Notice of Covered Action is posted by the SEC, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award.  Click “Continue Reading” to view the list.

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Whistleblower Disclosure Leads to Largest-ever Criminal Penalty for Vessel Pollution

Princess Cruise Lines fined $40 million criminal penalty

A whistleblower disclosure triggered a federal investigation into Princess Cruise Lines resulting in a $40 million criminal penalty, which is the largest-ever fine for deliberate vessel pollution. Continue Reading

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower Law

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower Law

Washington, D.C. January 26, 2017. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), issued a press release yesterday reminding federal agencies and the federal work force of the rights afforded to whistleblowers under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). OSC is an independent watchdog agency that protects federal employees from unauthorized personnel practices in government. Continue Reading

SEC Pays Whistleblowers $7 Million for Assisting in Prosecution of Investment Scheme

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported yesterday that it awarded three whistleblowers a total of $7 million for their assistance in bringing down an investment scheme that was targeting investors. Continue Reading

President Obama’s Whistleblower Legacy (Part Three)

President Obama’s Whistleblower Legacy

Now that Donald Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States and a new administration has commenced, wouldn’t it be nice if all federal employees (including intelligence agency employees) had the right to a jury trial in federal court on their whistleblower retaliation cases? Continue Reading

SEC Protects Access to Whistleblower Rewards

Sec Protects Access to Whistleblower Rewards

On January 17, 2017, the SEC issued its latest sanction, a $340,000 penalty against BlackRock Inc., (NYSE: BLK —  the world’s largest investment management firm) for interfering with the right of its employees to obtain whistleblower rewards under the SEC’s Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower reward program.  SEC Rule 21F-17 was adopted in response to the whistleblower reward provisions found in the Dodd-Frank Act.  Rule 21F-17 forbids a covered employer from taking “any action to impede an individual from communicating directly with the Commission staff about a possible securities law violation.” Continue Reading

President Obama’s Whistleblower Legacy (Part One)

President Obama’s Whistleblower Legacy

Donald Trump is about to be sworn in as President of the United States and a new administration will commence on January 20th.  So it’s an appropriate time to review the progress and setbacks for whistleblower rights that took place under President Barack Obama. It isn’t feasible to cover everything that went on during the last eight years in one blog post, or even several posts.  However, we will do our best in this multi-part blog series to summarize the high points and low points of whistleblower rights in the Obama era. Continue Reading

Senator Sessions Questioned on Whistleblowers


AG Nominee Voices Support for Major Anti-Fraud Program

Washington, D.C. January 12, 2017.  During his confirmation hearing President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, was questioned on his position on whistleblowers.  The Justice Department manages many of America’s most important whistleblower programs, including the False Claims Act (“FCA”) anti-fraud law. Continue Reading