Whistleblower Law Blog

What to Do If You're a Whistleblower Facing Workplace Retaliation

March 8, 2016
You’ve had a great track record for years. You’ve been in the fast lane, earning great reviews and promotions, and, most importantly, getting the job done. But recently something wasn’t right, and you spoke up. Perhaps you spoke up to your supervisor or even went to a government agency to report discrimination, fraud, a danger...

An Introduction to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Whistleblower Program

March 4, 2016
For the time being, it might be helpful to think of the Commodity Future Trading Commission’s whistleblower reward program as the younger sibling of the more well-known SEC Whistleblower Program.  Like the SEC program, the CFTC Whistleblower Program aims at ferreting out abuses and violations regarding the financial system...

Why Every Whistleblower Needs to Understand the 'Reasonable Belief' Standard

March 3, 2016
Whistleblower retaliation provisions in federal and state law are essential protections for employees who observe and want to bring to light wrongdoing on the part of their employers. Many of these whistleblower laws, including the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21) and the Sarbanes-...

DOL and DOJ Team Up to Crack Down on Violations of Health and Safety

March 1, 2016
When whistleblowers report unlawful conduct in the workplace to management or regulators, they often face serious negative consequences to their careers and reputations. Employees who take these risks by refusing to ignore or participate in wrongdoing usually do so to prevent serious harm to their company, coworkers or fellow...

Lawmakers Propose Additional Financial Whistleblower Protections

February 26, 2016
Financial whistleblowers found some support on Capitol Hill yesterday, when Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Elijah Cummings introduced the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016 (WARN Act), which would create significant new protections and rewards for financial whistleblowers. The Act would...

OSHA Will Fight For OSH Act Whistleblowers

February 26, 2016
It is critical that workers who report workplace injuries or dangerous conditions know that they can do so without fear of reprisal. Workers’ confidence in that knowledge was bolstered on February 22, 2016, when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) and the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued press...

IRS Doubles Whistleblower Awards, Proposes Program Improvements

February 25, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service Whistleblower Program (the “IRS Whistleblower Program”) is becoming more efficient and employee friendly, according to the IRS 2015 Annual Report to Congress (the “2015 Annual Report”), which was released on Feb. 16 of this year. The earliest incarnation of the IRS Whistleblower Program dates back...

Aviation Whistleblower Nets Big OSHA Victory

February 24, 2016
Aviation whistleblowers continue to be able to count on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor (DOL) to have their back when employers retaliate against them for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing. On February 23, 2016, OSHA announced that it had ordered Alaska-based Bald Mountain Air...

Eight Whistleblower Law Terms You Need to Know

February 19, 2016
Here at Katz, Marshall & Banks, we often talk to prospective clients who aren’t sure whether the facts of their case constitute an actionable claim of whistleblower retaliation. The question often boils down to this: I know what occurred to me was wrong, but was it illegal? An understanding of the essential terms...

Compliance Firm Finds Increase in Reports of Employment Retaliation

April 20, 2015
NAVEX Global, the compliance software firm, issued a report last month regarding the status of workplace retaliation in 2014.  According to NAVEX, the five-year trend in rising volume of reports of employee retaliation continued in 2014, finding an increase in reporting of over 44% between 2010 and 2014.  Companies in 2014 saw...

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