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Thousands of Whistleblower Cases in Jeopardy

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
This term the U.S. Supreme Court will decide Digital Realty Trust v. Somers (Digital), one of the most important whistleblower cases to come before the Court in 20-years.   The Chamber of Commerce and its Wall Street allies want to strip all employees who report securities frauds internally to their compliance departments or managers from protection under the Dodd-Frank Act’s (DFA)… Continue Reading

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 ActCorporate 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… Continue Reading

The National Whistleblower Center Draws on Grassroots Support to Defend the False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Today, the National Whistleblower Center rallied support from its network of supporters across the country to defend the False Claims Act from proposals made before the House Judiciary Committee to cripple the law’s protections for whistleblowers. The False Claims Act is considered the most effective tool to prevent fraud on government contractors and protect taxpayer dollars. Over 42 billion dollars… Continue Reading

3 Accidental Whistleblowers (Fired for Doing their Jobs Well)

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
3 Accidental WhistleblowersOriginally published at Corporate Compliance Insights on June 3, 2014 by Guest Columnist Donna Boehme.   Recently I’ve had a few epiphanies about corporate whistleblowers (are we ever going to find a better term for this?), and the most striking is this: Many are accidental. My month of whistleblower observations includes (i) a striking column by a former JPMorgan executive, “5 Terrible… Continue Reading

3 Nails in the Coffin of ‘Compliance 1.0′

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
2014 was a milestone year for the compliance and ethics fieldOriginally published at Corporate Counsel on March 17, 2015. The bulk of 2014 was a milestone year for the compliance and ethics field, marking the demise of the failed “Compliance 1.0” model (compliance as a captive arm of the legal function) and the rise of “Compliance 2.0” (compliance freed from the legal department and positioned for success). Some big developments—such… Continue Reading

NWC’s Stephen Kohn Honored on Most Influential in Business Ethics List

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn was named to Ethisphere Magazines 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in its 2014 third quarter issue. Each year, Ethisphere recognizes 100 individuals that have made a material impact in the world of business ethics and compliance through the annual 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics list.  Kohn came in at #… Continue Reading

Chamber-Endorsed Compliance Programs Can Use Information Obtained by the Whistleblower to Investigate and Fire the Whistleblower

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

The Chamber’s True Position is that Corporate Compliance Programs are a Tool for Corporate Attorneys to Collect Information in Order to Protect the Company – Not the Public

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

Corporations Have Undermined Compliance Programs by Arguing That They Can Fire Employees Who Report Violations inside the Company

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the… Continue Reading

GM’s DIY Compliance: #WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong?

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Photo: BriYYZ, via Wikimedia CommonsOriginally published at Corporate Counsel on October 16, 2014. What would it look like if the human resources team woke up one day and suddenly decided it was going to take over the job of the internal audit function? Would managers somehow be asked to incorporate audit activities into their performance reviews? Would audit become 90 percent training? And more importantly, would… Continue Reading

Recent SEC Whistleblower Awards

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Compliance Professional Awarded $300,000 by SEC Whistleblower Came to SEC After Reporting Fraud Internally and Company Failed to Take Action On August 29, 2014, The Securities and Exchange Commission announced a whistleblower award of more than $300,000 to a company employee who performed audit and compliance functions and reported wrongdoing to the SEC after the company failed to take action… Continue Reading

2012’s 10 Big Moments for Chief Compliance Officers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
As companies head into 2013 facing yet another year of increasing and complex compliance and ethics challenges, here's a threshold question for the Board of Directors: Does your chief compliance officer have the empowerment, independence, seat at the table, line of sight, and resources to do the job? Following is a "boardworthy" sample of big developments from 2012 that should give some boards and C-suites (and you know who you are) pause:… Continue Reading

“Looking for whistleblowers in all the wrong places”

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Honesty Without Fear Radio
I had the pleasure today of interviewing Donna Boehme about the impact Dodd-Frank has had on corporate compliance programs. Our discussion about creating a corporate culture open to employee reports led to an interesting case detailed in her recently published column in Compliance and Ethics Professional. In the article, she talks about a group of employees at two national banks… Continue Reading