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

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review BoardThe 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

Senate Passes Three Important Whistleblower Bills

Capitol_winterLast week the Senate passed important legislation that increases protections for whistleblowers. The three bills protect whistleblowers who report information to inspector generals’ offices, extends whistleblower protections to employees of government subcontractors, and allows FBI employees to now report wrongdoing to their direct supervisors.… Continue Reading

Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight Hearing

Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight HearingWashington, D.C. December 1, 2016.   The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Government Operations and Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules is holding a hearing today on proposed changes to the appropriations process that would have a major impact existing whistleblower reward laws. … Continue Reading

SEC: Incentives for Whistleblowers Best Way to Uncover Securities Law Violations

SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal WhistleblowingWashington, DC, November 16, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Program had its most successful year to date in 2016. The agency, which issued its annual report to Congress today, reports it issued awards totaling over $57 million in 2016—higher than all award amounts issued in previous years combined. The Office of the … Continue Reading

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board September-October 2016

OSHAThe 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.  The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from September – October 2016 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter:… Continue Reading

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

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect DOE Whistleblowers

Senators Introduce Bill to Protect DOE WhistleblowersIn July 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported the the Department of Energy (DOE) has done little to stop retaliation and intimidation against whistleblowers by its contractors. On Monday, in response to the GAO Report, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced legislation to expand protections for whistleblowers at … Continue Reading

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board August 2016

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review BoardThe 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.  The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from August 2016 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter:… Continue Reading

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board July 2016

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review BoardThe 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.  The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from July 2016 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter:… Continue Reading

Senator Johnson Calls for OIG Investigation of Tomah VA Medical Center

TomahVAOn Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to the VA Office of Inspector General requesting an independent investigation of  the mental health clinic at the Tomah VAMC. This request was in response to whistleblower allegations of staffing shortages followed by the death of a 29-year-old … 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
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