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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Last week, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto Partner and Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center Stephen Kohn visited the World Bank to discuss the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program with members of the Bank’s environmental protection program. Mr. Kohn’s presentation covered the background and specifics of the Program, which aims to educate potential wildlife whistleblowers around the world about their rights to protection and rewards under U.S. law, thereby encouraging those whistleblowers to come forward safely and effectively.
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April 18, 2016. Today is “Tax Day,” when millions of Americans honestly pay their fair share of taxes. Today is also a day we all owe thanks to the whistleblowers who forced over 54,000 American tax cheats who held illegal accounts in Switzerland to plead guilty to their crimes and pay their back taxes and penalties.

These prosecutions, both civil and criminal, have also resulted in major Swiss banks going bankrupt, others pleading guilty to crimes and paying billions in penalties. All told, as of today over $13.769 billion has been collected from the Swiss banking cheats, and billions more will be recovered as the prosecutions continue.

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SEC Investigation into overly restrictive non-disclosure agreements was triggered by complaint filed by former KBR Contractor Harry Barko

Washington, D.C. , 2015. April 1, 2015. Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned defense contractor KBR for requiring its employees to sign restrictive non-disclosure agreements that prohibited employees from properly reporting fraud and misconduct to

Washington, D.C., September 25, 2015. The National Law Journal selected Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto to its second annual list of America’s Elite Trial Lawyers as a finalist in the Employment category.

The firms chosen for this list “represent those law firms that are on the cutting edge of plaintiffs-side work in the United States and that have achieved exemplary results for their clients” stated yesterday’s announcement.
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