This Monday, April 16, 2012, NWC Director of Advocacy & Development Lindsey Williams will testify before the New York City Council in support of strengthening whistleblower protections included in proposed legislation, including the local False Claims Act. The hearing will commence at 10:00am in the 16th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY.

The City Council will broadcast a live webcast of the hearing.

New York is one of the few cities that has passed its own local False Claims Act in addition to state and federal versions of the law.  The local law is up now up for reauthorization, with proposed amendments that would update the definition of an “original source” and also increase the whistleblower’s share of the recovery.

In addition, Council Member Dan Garodnick has sponsored two bills that expand whistleblower rights. His first bill extends whistleblower protection to employees of city contractors, and his second bill requires city contractors to post information about whistleblower protections included in the local, state, and federal False Claims Acts.

Council Member Gardodnick will discuss the bills and the hearing in more detail during an interview on Honesty Without Fear, live this Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 1:00pm.

We’ll post a round-up of the hearing here on on the Whistleblower Protection Blog, so stay tuned.