This week KKC Partner Stephen Kohn is participating in an anti-corruption conference in Belgrade, Serbia as a featured panelist. The conference entitled “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources,” is hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information and runs from today through Friday. Continue Reading KKC Partner Is Panelist at Belgrade Anti-Corruption Conference

Ship failed to make entries in oil record book and had a “magic hose” on deck.

Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the Motor Vessel (M/V) Nils B, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges the vessel violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). The case was held in a federal court in San Diego before the Honorable Jan M. Adler. Continue Reading German Shipping Companies Convicted of Violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships

On August 30, 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program. The IRS Whistleblower Program plays an important role providing an avenue for reporting tax evasion. Between 2011 and 2016, the IRS collected more than $2 billion because of information provided by whistleblowers. However, whistleblowers and Members of Congress continue to express concerns with the operation of this program. Continue Reading Inspector General Recommends Improvements for IRS Whistleblower Program

On September 14, 2016, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney spoke at the Sixteenth Annual Taxpayers Against Fraud Conference about the SEC’s whistleblower program. His remarks covered issues from the impact of the whistleblower program on the Agency to the role of whistleblower attorneys as they help their clients navigate the investigative and claims process. Continue Reading SEC Enforcement Director Speaks on The Impact of the Whistleblower Program

The OSHA Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs issued new policy guidance on the criteria it uses to ensure settlement agreements do not impermissibly restrict or discourage whistleblowing.

The new policy guidelines, issued August 23, 2016, state that OSHA will not approve settlements that contain “gag” clauses that restrict or discourage whistleblowing. Such clauses are often found in broad confidentiality or non-disparagement provisions and prevent individuals from filing a complaint with a government agency, participating in an investigation, testifying in proceedings, or otherwise providing information to the government. Continue Reading New OSHA Guidance Clarifies Impermissible Restrictions On Whistleblowing