Washington, D.C. October 12, 2016. The Securities and Commodities Exchange(SEC) announced yesterday that fiscal year 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, was a record year for SEC enforcement. The agency reached new highs in enforcement in all areas, especially for whistleblowers.
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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.
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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.
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The IRS Whistleblower Program Works

August 4, 2016. Washington, D.C. Good news for tax whistleblowers – the Tax Court, in a landmark precedent setting ruling, made it clear that whistleblowers can receive award payments for criminal penalties and civil forfeitures – not just tax payments made under Title 26. The Tax Court opinion, 147 T.C. No. 4 – Whistleblower 21276-13W v. CIR (Aug. 3, 2016) held that for the purposes of the IRS whistleblower award program – “collected proceeds” includes criminal fines and civil forfeitures.
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July 27, 2016. Washington, D.C. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced yesterday that it had made its fourth award to a whistleblower as part of the Commission’s Whistleblower Program created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
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