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Senator Grassley: “Whistleblowers are Heroes and Patriots”

Posted in Events
Senator Chuck Grassley

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been a stalwart champion for whistleblowers since he joined the Senate in the early 1980s. Grassley initiated and supported many of the incredible advances we have seen in whistleblower law over the past three decades and, along with cosponsors from both parties, introduced important resolutions celebrating National Whistleblower Day for the past four years.

On July 27th, 2017, Senator Grassley gave a stirring speech on the heroism of whistleblowers as a Keynote Speaker at the National Whistleblower Center’s National Whistleblower Day celebration on Capitol Hill. The Senator thanked whistleblowers for their service to the American people, emphasizing, “… Whistleblowers are patriots and heroes … We owe a great debt to you—the whistleblowers.  We have a responsibility to follow your example and keep fighting for responsible business and accountable government.”

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Strong Bipartisan Support for Whistleblowers at National Whistleblower Day Celebration

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Strong Bipartisan Support for Whistleblowers at National Whistleblower Day Celebration

Washington, D.C. July 28, 2017. Members of Congress and agency leaders honored whistleblowers at yesterday’s National Whistleblower Day Celebration. The event was hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group.  Strong bipartisan support for whistleblowers was apparent from both Members of Congress and the agency leader in attendance.   Continue Reading

The Final Rule: Remember July 30th 1778

Posted in Events, Uncategorized, Whistleblowing Works
The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.   

Whistleblowing is the foundation of democracy. “The roots of whistleblowing can be found deep in the American dream,” declares Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. One might think this a bold assertion, but the first recorded instance of whistleblowing happened even before our nation had written a constitution. Even without explicit first amendment protections in the newly independent United States, whistleblowers were backed and protected by members of Congress, viewed as patriots serving their country.

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Whistleblower Groups to Celebrate in a United National Summit for Whistleblowers!

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This week, a wide range of whistleblower advocacy groups will be participating in the annual Whistleblower Summit for Human and Civil Rights, in honor of National Whistleblower Day on July 30th. The annual Summit provides an opportunity for whistleblowers, whistleblower advocates, and whistleblower supporting organizations to discuss the state of whistleblower protection in the United States and plan the future fight for whistleblower rights.

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Rule 30 – Never Forget: Whistleblowing Works

Posted in Handbook, Whistleblowing Works
The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.

One mental hurdle that prevents employees who want to blow the whistle from doing so “is a nagging doubt that they are powerless. Why blow the whistle if nothing will get better?” To many, it seems that the downside, including potentially losing one’s careers, outweighs an unclear benefit.  National Whistleblower Center Executive Director addresses this issue in the latest edition of his book, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook (Lyon’s Press, 2017).

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Updated Version of the Premier Consumer’s Guide to Whistleblower Protection Released

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The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Today the National Whistleblower Center (NWC)  announced the release of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press 2017). This updated resource, authored by leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn, brings the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing up-to-date with new information on wildlife whistleblowing, auto safety whistleblowing, national security whistleblowing, and ocean pollution whistleblowing. Continue Reading

Rule 12: Get a Reward! End Wildlife Trafficking.

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Handbook
The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.

Whistleblowers are the key to ending wildlife trafficking and Stephen Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, knows it. There are over forty U.S. wildlife protection laws with Whistleblower rewards built into them. Unfortunately, for over 30 years no one has used reward provisions to activate whistleblowers to report wildlife crime (the first such provision was added the Lacey Act in 1981). Continue Reading

Rule 2: Navigating the Maze

Posted in Handbook, Whistleblower FAQ
The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.        

Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center and author of the Whistleblower’s Handbook, asserts that the history of whistleblower laws stems from an attempt to answer the question: “What to do if the boss is a crook?” Many employees see corrupt practices in the workplace but don’t report them because they fear retaliation. But thanks to the fifty-five federal laws protecting whistleblowers from that exact fate, employees are free to report illegal activity without the fear of being fired or other forms of workplace retaliation.

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U.S. Supreme Court to Review Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provisions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News

Corporate whistleblower protection “undermined” if internal complaints not protected.

Washington, D.C. June 26, 2017.  The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari today in the case of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, Paul.  The Court will decide the issue of whether internal reports to managers are covered under the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation law. Continue Reading

NWC Statement Clarifies History Behind Dodd-Frank Anti-Retaliation Provisions

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Internal whistleblowers protected by Dodd-Frank Act

Corporate Attack on Internal Whistleblowers Rebutted

In an article published on June 22, 2017,  by Law360, Stephen M. Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and partner in the whistleblower rights law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, revealed previously unknown information regarding the legislative history of the anti-retaliation language in the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank).  A controversy exists regarding these provisions which has resulted in a split in the U.S. Courts of Appeal interpreting the scope of protected activity.  Continue Reading