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Wall Street’s War on Corporate Whistleblowers Reaches Supreme Court

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
U.S. Supreme CourtThe fate of corporate whistleblowers and compliance programs is on the line as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the case of Digital Realty Trust V. Somers. At issue in this case is whether whistleblowers who report potential violations within their organizations, as opposed to reporting directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA).… Continue Reading

Have We Learned Anything From the Extinction of the Vaquita?

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Vaquitas caught in gillnetsToday, on Endangered Species Day, we bid farewell to yet another beautiful species decimated by human activity: the vaquita.  With less than a handful of these small porpoises left in the world, experts have concluded there is no option but to pursue a risky, last-ditch attempt at preserving vaquitas by removing them from the wild and placing them in captivity.… Continue Reading

Tackling Wildlife Trafficking: Legal Tools and Tactics

Posted in Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
ELI Seminar Part Two PanelThe National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) hosted the second part of its seminar series on wildlife crime whistleblowers on March 28th, 2017.  “Representing Wildlife Whistleblowers: Technical Skills for Lawyers” focused on wildlife crime prosecutions and the powerful U.S. laws that attorneys can use when helping whistleblowers report wildlife crime.  These laws include not only wildlife… Continue Reading

House Committee to Hold Hearing on Appropriations Reforms that Could Severely Impact Current Whistleblower Programs

Posted in Legislation
Washington, D.C. December 1, 2016.   The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Government Operations and Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules will hold a hearing today on proposed changes to the appropriations process that would have a major impact on existing whistleblower laws. The hearing, “Restoring the Power of the Purse: Legislative Options,” will review H.R. 5499—The… Continue Reading

Encouraging Whistleblower Legislation in West African States

Posted in International, Legislation
The Economic Community of West African States’, or ECOWAS, recently held a weeklong anti-corruption meeting in Monrovia, Liberia. Attendees included 13 West African countries, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Arms, and international partners. As Tunde Ajisomo, ECOWAS ambassador to Liberia noted, “Fighting corruption is everybody’s business, but we need to put in place appropriate legislation.” Ajisomo also underscored… Continue Reading

Senate Proclaims July 30th, 2016 A Day to Celebrate Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Resolution Passes by Unanimous Consent Washington, D.C. July 8, 2016. Yesterday, U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.Res.522, designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The resolution encourages all federal agencies to inform “employees, contractors working on behalf of United States taxpayers, and members of the public about the legal rights of citizens of the United… Continue Reading

Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus Designates National Whistleblower Appreciation Day: July 30, 2016

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
Washington, D.C. June 30, 2016. The bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus cosponsored a resolution on Thursday designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This resolution was introduced in order to recognize the crucial role whistleblowers play in exposing fraud and wrongdoing, and to encourage federal agencies to acknowledge the legal rights of whistleblowers.… Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Blasts Efforts to Undermine the False Claims Act

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Legislation, News
In a statement before the House Judiciary Committee, Senator Charles Grassley strongly opposed efforts by high-powered corporate lobbyists to undermine the False Claims Act.  This Act has proven to be the most effective whistleblower law in the United States, providing protection and compensation to more whistleblowers then any other law, and triggering civil and criminal investigations.  These investigations have recovered… Continue Reading

Sen. Grassley Urges Senate to Pass IG Empowerment Act

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) delivered a floor statement before the Senate in support of the Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015 (S. 579). Grassley is a co-sponsor of this bi-partisan bill that aims to expand the independence of Inspector General (IG) offices and reiterates that in order to conduct oversight the IG should have access to all agency records.… Continue Reading

Crucial Reforms Introduced to Protect Whistleblowers on Wall Street

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation
Crucial Reforms Introduced to Protect Whistleblowers on Wall StreetToday, Congressman Elijah Cummings and Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Nonretaliation Act (WARN Act). The WARN Act provides vital reforms enabling whistleblowers to attain rewards and be protected for reporting violations of banking laws under the Financial Institutions Anti-Fraud Enforcement Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.… Continue Reading

Grassroots Coalition Pushes to Establish July 30th as National Whistleblower Day

Posted in Legislation, News
Washington, D.C.  July 27, 2015. Today, over fifty grassroots advocacy groups and individual whistleblowers joined together to support the creation of a National Whistleblower Day. In a letter to President Obama and Congressional leaders, they stated the importance of the establishment of July 30th as a day to recognize the critical role whistleblowers play in maintaining the integrity of our… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Advocacy Group Campaigns For National Whistleblower Day

Posted in Legislation, News
The National Whistleblower Center issued an alert today asking its Action Alert Network to push Congress to enact a National Whistleblower Day. The action alert is below: Demand Congress Pass National Whistleblower Appreciation Day! Take Action! Urge Congress To Make Whistleblower Protection A High Priority Through Enacting National Whistleblower Appreciation Day… Continue Reading

Senators Introduce Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Legislation
Tell your Senator to pass the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation ActWashington, D.C. June 18, 2015.  Yesterday Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy introduced legislation to extend whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the Department of Justice related to criminal antitrust violations.   The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2015 will create for the first time whistleblower protections for employees who report antitrust violations.   Senator Patrick… Continue Reading

Legislation Introduced to Strengthen Protections for Military Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) today introduced the Legal Justice for Servicemembers Act. This legislation would strengthen the protections for military whistleblowers and ensure that servicemembers receive the justice they deserve. The legislation would ensure that claims of retaliation are fairly and thoroughly investigated by allowing servicemembers… Continue Reading

VA Whistleblower Protection Legislation Unnecessary Says Agency

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation
VA WhistleblowersOn March 19, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a legislative hearing on H.R. 571, the Veterans Affairs Retaliation Prevention Act of 2015. H.R. 571 would provide Veterans’ Affairs (VA) employees who seek to report potential government waste, criminal behavior, or compromised healthcare services within the VA a set process to fix problems at the lowest level… Continue Reading

British MP Julian Smith visits NWC

Posted in Images, International, Legislation
British Member of Parliament Julian Smith (left in photo) today visited Stephen Kohn (right in photo) the Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center. Mr. Smith asked for the meeting to discuss how the United Kingdom might benefit from improved laws for whistleblowers and from an advocacy organization like NWC. Mr. Kohn explained how the United States has benefited from… Continue Reading

“The Garcetti Virus” and an erosion of whistleblower’s rights

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, Whistleblower FAQ
In Nancy M. Modesitt’s recent research article “The Garcetti Virus,” she explains how a doctrine known as the job duties exclusion has come to erode protections once afforded to whistleblowers. She explains that this doctrine allows the discharge of an individual who discovers illegal activities while performing his or her job and then reports those issues to a supervisor. Although… Continue Reading