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NWC Releases New Video: “Whistleblowers Change the World”

Posted in Campaigns, End of Year, News
New Video Whistleblowers change the world

The National Whistleblower Center released a new video featuring four prominent whistleblowers who share their personal stories of blowing the whistle and the backlash they faced for doing the right thing. Whistleblowers Change the World,  highlights the crucial role whistleblowers serve in exposing corruption at all levels of society and why we need a sustained grassroots movement to ensure the legal protections they require are upheld.

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CFTC Expanding Whistleblower Program

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
CFTC Expanding Whistleblower Program

The return from Thanksgiving holiday has been tough for advocates of whistleblower protections and common sense financial regulation. Last week, the Supreme Court heard Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, which concerned whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act. The Court appears poised to eviscerate internal whistleblower protections, as the justices seemed sympathetic to Digital’s argument that whistleblowers must report alleged misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to avail themselves of anti-retaliation protections. As the National Whistleblower Center explained in its highly-praised brief, both foundational rules of statutory construction and pragmatic policy concerns should push the Court to rule in favor of the whistleblower. Unfortunately,  Supreme Court watchers are currently predicting the opposite: a unanimous decision against whistleblower protections. Continue Reading

Support Whistleblowers on GivingTuesday

Posted in End of Year
Support Whistleblowers on GivingTuesday

Today is GivingTuesday– a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations worldwide to encourage people to donate to the causes close to their heart. With your support NWC has made some incredible progress in advocating for whistleblower rights! We’re looking forward to celebrating them all in the NWC end-of-year report, but in the meantime, here are just a few highlights from 2017.

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Supreme Court Poised to Eviscerate Internal Reporting

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
U.S. Supreme Court

Washington, D.C. November 28, 2017. Rejecting arguments by Senator Charles Grassley, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and numerous representatives from the whistleblower community, during today’s oral argument in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers (No. 16-1276), the U.S. Supreme Court Justices expressed support for stripping internal whistleblowers of protection under the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”).

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Supreme Court Hears Major Whistleblower Case Today

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, News
Supreme Court Hears Major Whistleblower Case Today

Thousands of Whistleblowers At-Risk of Losing Protection

WASHINGTON, DC – DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, November 28, 2017 — The United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument today in a major precedent setting whistleblower case, Digital Realty Trust v. Somers. the first whistleblower case under the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) to reach the Supreme Court.

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Thousands of Whistleblowers at Risk

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
Supreme Court Will Hear Major Whistleblower Case on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Washington, D.C., November 27, 2017.  On Tuesday, Nov. 28th  the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers, the first whistleblower case under the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) to reach the Supreme Court. Continue Reading

Federal Employee Whistleblowers Denied Due Process

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
Army Corp of Engineers whistleblower Dr. Toni Savage.

Washington Post reports: Trump’s lack of appointments creating intolerable backlog of cases.

Washington, D.C. November 22, 2017. For years, whistleblowers have complained about the political nature of the Merit System Protections Board.  Federal employees cannot have their whistleblower cases heard in federal district court, but instead must go before the MSPB, which is appointed by the President. Continue Reading

Chemical Safety Board Reneges on Recommended Whistleblower Protections

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News
A ship pulling a boom, surrounded by oil from the Deepwater Horizon. Image: Flickr/kris krug, Creative Commons

At a meeting last week, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that it would reverse its recommendation to institute whistleblower protections to workers on offshore oil rigs. This unfortunate turn will be bad for workers, destructive to the environment, and quite possibly even harmful to the energy industry. Continue Reading

SEC’s Annual Report Confirms $50 Million Paid to Whistleblowers

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SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal Whistleblowing

SEC anticipates paying an additional $221 million to whistleblowers in FY2018.

Washington, DC, November 16, 2017.  The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower issued its annual report today. The Commission confirmed that “whistleblowers have provided tremendous value to its enforcement efforts and significantly helped investors.” It also confirmed that whistleblower disclosures have “directly” contributed to “hundreds of millions of dollars returned to investors.” Continue Reading