The 90th Academy Awards yesterday featured a diverse set of films nominated for Best Picture, including a whistleblower film called The Post. Based on a true story, the movie centers on the fight to publish top-secret U.S. government information on the Vietnam War leaked by whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. The star-studded cast includes Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

In the spirit of The Posts’ Oscar recognition, here are some other riveting whistleblower films that you can enjoy on the big screen.

Continue Reading 5 Whistleblower Films to Watch If You Liked ‘The Post’

Picture this: while at work you become aware of conduct that you believe is unethical, illegal, or qualifies as government waste, fraud, or abuse. You decide you want to blow the whistle. But before you act, be careful! Most corporate and government networks log traffic. Your work computer and phone are not private. When you use a company or department computer, assume everything you do is monitored. These computers are an easy way for your employer to determine you are the whistleblower.

Continue Reading Whistleblowers Beware: Your Work Computer Is Probably Monitored

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.   

Whistleblowing is the foundation of democracy. “The roots of whistleblowing can be found deep in the American dream,” declares Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. One might think this a bold assertion, but the first recorded instance of whistleblowing happened even before our nation had written a constitution. Even without explicit first amendment protections in the newly independent United States, whistleblowers were backed and protected by members of Congress, viewed as patriots serving their country.

Continue Reading The Final Rule: Remember July 30th 1778

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.

One mental hurdle that prevents employees who want to blow the whistle from doing so “is a nagging doubt that they are powerless. Why blow the whistle if nothing will get better?” To many, it seems that the downside, including potentially losing one’s careers, outweighs an unclear benefit.  National Whistleblower Center Executive Director addresses this issue in the latest edition of his book, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook (Lyon’s Press, 2017).

Continue Reading Rule 30 – Never Forget: Whistleblowing Works

Today the National Whistleblower Center (NWC)  announced the release of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press 2017). This updated resource, authored by leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn, brings the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing up-to-date with new information on wildlife whistleblowing, auto safety whistleblowing, national security whistleblowing, and ocean pollution whistleblowing. Continue Reading Updated Version of the Premier Consumer’s Guide to Whistleblower Protection Released

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.        

Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center and author of the Whistleblower’s Handbook, asserts that the history of whistleblower laws stems from an attempt to answer the question: “What to do if the boss is a crook?” Many employees see corrupt practices in the workplace but don’t report them because they fear retaliation. But thanks to the fifty-five federal laws protecting whistleblowers from that exact fate, employees are free to report illegal activity without the fear of being fired or other forms of workplace retaliation.

Continue Reading Rule 2: Navigating the Maze

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.

Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), underscores that “the single most important rule for whistleblowers is very simple: Follow the money.” Whistleblowing can be a long and difficult road, so before embarking on the journey potential whistleblowers should make sure they know the risk to reward scale is tipping to their favor. Nine federal laws require whistleblower compensation, and over $6.7 billion in rewards has been paid to whistleblowers between 1987 and 2016. Continue Reading Rule 3: Follow the Money

Whistleblower's HandbookThis year, as you are deciding what to give your loved ones, friends, and colleagues for the holidays, why not choose to give something interesting and useful? One of the most powerful gifts you can give is knowledge. The third edition of the The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself is the best gift you can give an employee.

The Handbook is revised and updated through 2013. Included are new sections and updates on:

·      The historic Birkenfeld $104 million dollar reward

·      The newly enacted Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

·      Reward under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

·      Rewards under SEC updated rules

The Whistleblower’s Handbook includes a 20-page Q&A on the Dodd-Frank Act rewards provisions. This section explains the SEC’s regulations that went into effect on August 11, 2011, and provides insights on how to maximize potential rewards.

The Whistleblower’s Handbook also explains how whistleblowers can use the Dodd-Frank Act to blow the whistle on violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Readers learn how whistleblowers anywhere in the world can now submit anonymous reward claims for reporting corruption of local officials.

Special Offer: When you make a donation of $25 or more to support the National Whistleblower Center between now and December 31, 2013 you will receive a copy of The Whistleblower’s Handbook.

The Whistleblower’s Handbook is the authoritative reference for anyone who has ever wondered how they might blow the whistle – and, once they’ve done so, how to prevail.

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The Whistleblower’s Handbook is a “vastly shrewd and practical” tool that “offers an astute long view of American whistle-blowing.”–The Boston Globe 

"If you’re among the 34% of Americans who have seen wrongdoing at their job, you may want to add this book to your Christmas wish list.

Just don’t let your boss catch you reading it." —The Wall Street Journal

"In a mix of anecdote, legal history, compendium of relevant laws and practical handbook, Stephen Kohn tries to steer both would-be whistleblowers and corporate compliance officers through what he calls a ‘labyrinth’." —Financial Times

Stephen KohnIn an September 20 article entitled Opting to Blow the Whistle or Choosing to Walk Away, New York Times reporter Alina Tugend examines "The question of when to remain quiet and when to speak out." Tugend interviewed National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen Kohn for the article. Kohn discusses what makes a whistleblower and what motivates them to come forward and break their silence.  Kohn stated "the quality of complaints [that come into the NWC] — with more documentation and from higher-level employees — had increased." He surmises legislation that includes reward provisions and protection from retaliation for whistleblowers is partially the cause of the increase. 

Read the full article here: Opting to Blow the Whistle or Choosing to Walk Away

Mr. Kohn is also the author of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself  (Lyons Press, 2011).