Tag Archives: Whistleblower Protection

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement and $5.4 Million in Damages

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Wins Reinstatement and $5.4 Million in DamagesOn April 3, 2017, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Wells Fargo to reinstate a former bank manager who blew the whistle on fraudulent behavior at the bank.  The whistleblower, who’s name was not released, reported the fraud to both supervisors and the company’s ethics hotline.… Continue Reading

Proposed IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act Gives Trump Administration Opportunity to Strengthen Program

Proposed IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act Gives Trump Administration Opportunity to Strengthen ProgramYesterday Bloomberg BNA published an article discussing the future of the IRS Whistleblower Office under the Trump administration. “IRS Whistleblower Office Faces Test With Trump Administration,” reviews the current state of the program and new legislation that aims to improve legal protections for IRS whistleblowers who expose tax fraud and evasion. … Continue Reading

IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act Introduced in Senate

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, are two of 10 bipartisan members of the new caucus that aims to protect and encourage federal whistleblowers.Washington, D.C. March 29, 2017. Today Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Ron Wyden introduced the IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation is aimed at improving IRS communication with tax fraud whistleblowers and protect those whistleblowers from workplace retaliation. “This is urgently needed legislation to fix a major gap in whistleblower protections. Today … Continue Reading

GAO Finds That Pilot Government Contractor Whistleblower Program A “Complete Failure”

GAO Finds That Pilot Government Contractor Whistleblower Program A “Complete Failure” Agency Inspector Generals Failed to Rule In Favor of Whistleblowers In Any CasesAgency Inspector Generals Failed to Rule In Favor of Whistleblowers In Any Cases Washington, D.C.  March 3, 2017. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report to Congressional Committees yesterday on the Government Contractor Whistleblower Protections Pilot Program (pilot program). The pilot program was established under the National Defense Authorization Act 2013 (the Act). … Continue Reading

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

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower Law

OSC Issues Reminder of Anti-Gag Provisions in Whistleblower LawWashington, 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 Protects Access to Whistleblower Rewards

Sec Protects Access to Whistleblower RewardsOn 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 … Continue Reading

Senator Sessions Questioned on Whistleblowers

sessionsconfirmationAG 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

Decisions of the DOL Administrative Review Board November-December 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 November – December 2016 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

Huge Win for Whistleblowers with Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

US Supreme Court BuildingWashington, D.C. December 6, 2016. An attempt by large government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine the False Claims Act (FCA) was beaten back by whistleblower advocates. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision today in the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby ruling … 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

New Edition of Highly Acclaimed Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

New Edition of “Top Ten” Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017Internationally recognized whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn is planning to release a fully updated version of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself in early 2017.  First published in 2011, The Whistleblower’s Handbook is the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing. It sets forth twenty-one basic rules every potential whistleblower needs … Continue Reading

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife TradeOn Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision … 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

KKC Partner Is Panelist at Belgrade Anti-Corruption Conference

Stephen Kohn is panelist at Belgrade Anti-Corruption Conference.This week KKC Partner Stephen Kohn is participating in an anti-corruption conference in Belgrade, Serbia as a featured panelist.  The conference entitled “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources,” is hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information and runs from today through … Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblowers Ask Federal Circuit to Uphold Whistleblower Protections for FBI Employees

FBI WhistleblowersOctober 6, 2016. Washington, D.C. Monday, the National Whistleblower Center and FBI whistleblowers Fred Whitehurst, Jane Turner, Mike German and Robert Kobus (Amici) filed an amicus curiae brief in a case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The brief was filed in Parkinson v. Department of Justice in support of John C. … Continue Reading
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