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SEC Announces Record Year Standing Up for Whistleblowers

SEC: Most Ever Whistleblower Money Distributed in a Single YearWashington, D.C.  October 12, 2016. The Securities and Commodities Exchange(SEC) announced yesterday that fiscal year 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, was a record year for SEC enforcement. The agency reached new highs in enforcement in all areas, especially for whistleblowers.… Continue Reading

SEC Settles Charges Against Anheuser-Busch InBev for Illegally Gagging Employee & FCPA Violations

SEC Settles Charges Against Anheuser-Busch InBev for Illegally Gagging Employee & FCPA ViolationsWashington, D.C. September 28, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today that Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and chilled a whistleblower who reported the misconduct.… Continue Reading

New OSHA Guidance Clarifies Impermissible Restrictions On Whistleblowing

OSHAThe OSHA Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs issued new policy guidance on the criteria it uses to ensure settlement agreements do not impermissibly restrict or discourage whistleblowing. The new policy guidelines, issued August 23, 2016, state that OSHA will not approve settlements that contain “gag” clauses that restrict or discourage whistleblowing. Such clauses are often … Continue Reading

SEC Fines Company for Whistleblower Protection Violations

President Obama’s Whistleblower LegacyWashington D.C., Aug. 10, 2016 —The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that an Atlanta-based building products distributor is settling charges that it violated securities laws by using severance agreements that required outgoing employees to waive their rights to monetary recovery should they file a charge or complaint with the SEC or other federal agencies.… Continue Reading