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Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Immigrant whistleblowers don’t have to answer questions about status

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
One of the most pernicious forms of exploitation today is the abuse of undocumented immigrant workers. It has been a long time since our immigration laws matched the aspiration of the Statue of Liberty, and millions of immigrant workers are forced into an undocumented status that leaves them vulnerable to all manner of violations. This week, the Superior Court for… Continue Reading

DOL issues new final rules for environmental whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers
The U.S. Department of Labor has finally issued its responses to comments submitted in 2007 about its interim regulations for nuclear and environmental whistleblowers. Codified at 29 CFR Part 24, these regulations have been trendsetters for regulations affecting other whistleblower statutes. The Department had issued interim regulations in 2007, and received a variety of comments, including comments made by the… Continue Reading

Supreme Court protects whistleblower’s family from retaliation

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
Today the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that prohibits employers from retaliating against a whistleblower’s family members or other associates. The decision in Thompson v. North American Stainless LP is unanimous, and reverses an en banc decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio. The decision makes clear that victims of retaliation do not have to… Continue Reading

NELA to host webinar on new whistleblower remedies

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Events, False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation, Whistleblower FAQ
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) has scheduled a webinar called Using New Developments In Whistleblower Laws To Your Client’s Advantage.  It will be on March 10, 2011, 11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern. This 90-minute webinar will address new developments in whistleblower law, including recent decisions strengthening the rights of federal employee whistleblowers. Speakers will include Tom Devine of… Continue Reading

ARB holds first oral argument in a SOX case

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Healthcare, Legislation, Pharmaceuticals
Today the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) held its first oral argument in a case under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Last November, the ARB gave notice of today’s oral argument, and invited interested groups to submit friend-of-the-court (or "amicus") briefs. The ARB asked the parties to address issues of how specific OSHA complaints have to be, whether Administrative… Continue Reading

CFTC invites comments on whistleblower regs

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation
The Commodities Future Trading Commission (CFTC) has proposed a series of regulations to implement the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Members of the public are invited to comment on the proposed whistleblower regulations until February 4, 2011. We can expect a replay of the conflict generated by the rulemaking of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Industry… Continue Reading

Obama Signs Landmark Whistleblower Protections in Food Safety Act

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Healthcare, Legislation, Pharmaceuticals, Whistleblower FAQ
Today, President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (H.R. 2571), which contains landmark whistleblower protections for food safety employees. Highlights of the Food Safety Whistleblower Provision:   Covers all employers "engaged in the manufacture, processing, packing, transportation, distribution, reception, holding or importation of food;" Allows workers have their case heard before a jury in federal court; Provides for… Continue Reading

Amicus briefs address OSHA complaints and protected activity

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Department of Labor, Environmental Whistleblowers, Trucker whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
My colleague, Stephen M. Kohn (Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center) and I spent New Year’s Eve racing the clock to file two friend-of-the-court "amicus" briefs with the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB). Last November, the ARB issued an invitation to file amicus briefs to address a series of questions about the requirements for valid whistleblower complaints.… Continue Reading