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Apple the Subject of a Class Action Lawsuit About Break Periods

A California state court granted class action status to a case with claims alleging that Apple failed to give its employees sufficient breaks for meals and rests, occasionally disallowing breaks completely. Nearly 21,000...more

9/2/2014 - Apple Class Action Class Certification Employer Liability Issues Rest and Meal Break Wage and Hour

LinkedIn Pays Nearly $6 Million After US Labor Department Investigation

After being investigated by the US Labor Department for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, LinkedIn has been forced to pay out nearly $6 million in damages and unpaid overtime to 359 employees....more

8/29/2014 - Damages DOL Employer Liability Issues FLSA LinkedIn Popular Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Are More SEC Protections on the Way for Whistleblowers?

A pro-whistleblower coalition comprising organizations including the Government Accountability Project, the Project on Government Oversight and more is in the news for pressuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

8/26/2014 - Compliance SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Whistleblower Receives More Than $17 Million in Omnicare Case

A decision has been made in the case against Omnicare, Inc. that will net a former Omnicare pharmacist more than $17.2 million in the ensuing settlement. The settlement with the Department of Justice orders Omnicare,...more

8/22/2014 - Anti-Kickback Statute DOJ False Claims Act Medicaid Medicare Omnicare Popular Settlement Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

SCOTUS Affirms Right to Blow Your Whistle in Public Sector

There has long been tension in the public sector regarding an employee’s duties as an agent of the state and his or her right as an individual to freedom of speech. In a decision handed down in June of 2014, the United States...more

8/19/2014 - First Amendment Lane v Franks et.al Protected Activity Public Employees SCOTUS Testimony Trials Whistleblowers

A Brief History of the False Claims Act

The False Claims Act (FCA) is one of many federal enactments that could be characterized as a whistleblower law. In fact, it is also one of the oldest and most well-known. The False Claims Act has existed statutorily...more

8/15/2014 - False Claims Act Legal History Whistleblowers

Supreme Court to Take Up Kellogg Brown & Root Whistleblower Case

It’s impossible to understate the importance of strict adherence to procedure when initiating a qui tam action under the False Claims Act. Unfortunately under our legal system, otherwise meritorious claims can often be...more

8/12/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Compliance False Claims Act Federal Contractors Halliburton Internal Investigations Kellogg Brown & Root Qui Tam SCOTUS Statute of Limitations Work-Product Doctrine WSLA

Illinois Municipality Concludes Probe on Hostile Work Environment

Blowing the whistle does not always need to involve fraud and malfeasance. Sometimes a culture of apathy allows a hostile work environment to develop that can only be addressed with outside intervention. Employees and...more

8/8/2014 - Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Harassment Hostile Environment Internal Investigations Municipalities Whistleblowers

Public Sector Secrecy Rules Could Violate Federal Whistleblower Laws

Whistleblower laws are intended to discourage corruption by granting legal protection and sometimes even financial incentives to employees who report corruption and other violations. However, these laws can sometimes be at...more

8/5/2014 - Conflicts of Laws Contractors Employer Liability Issues False Claims Act Federal Contractors Security Subcontractors Trade Secrets Whistleblowers

SEC Rulings Remind Whistleblowers of the Importance of Procedure

Proper procedures are of the utmost importance for whistleblowers seeking to gain legal protections and financial rewards for their disclosures. The mere fact that you provided information that saved the government millions...more

8/1/2014 - Compliance SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

DC Circuit Maintains Protections for Internal Investigations

Many of the privileges the law recognizes against the compelled disclosure of information exist in order to promote candor. For instance, attorney-client privilege exists because people must be able to remain open and honest...more

7/29/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege False Claims Act Internal Investigations Kellogg Brown & Root Work-Product Doctrine

Supreme Court Poised to Hear TSA Whistleblower Case

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) plays a crucial role in our national safety infrastructure. Yet the agency has been subjected to significant criticism — and even been the butt of jokes — for the last several...more

7/25/2014 - DHS SCOTUS Transportation Security Administration Whistleblowers

Food Safety Whistleblower Regulations on the Way

Otto von Bismarck once said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Fortunately, the government that makes the laws does want to see the sausage being made and, as such, has instituted new...more

7/22/2014 - DOL Employer Liability Issues FDCA Food Manufacturers Food Safety FSMA Manufacturers New Regulations OSHA Retaliation Whistleblowers

Texas Medicaid Fraud Recovery Passes $400 Million Thanks to Whistleblowers

Operated jointly by federal and state agencies, Medicaid is one of the largest and most complex governmental undertakings in the United States. Not surprisingly, it also provides a breeding ground for fraud, primarily from...more

7/18/2014 - Fraud Health Care Providers Healthcare Healthcare Fraud Medicaid Whistleblowers

Shady Record Keeping Not Just in the VA

The nation was recently stunned by the revelation that Department of Veterans Affairs administrators were manipulating dates on records to conceal the unreasonable wait times veterans seeking medical care were forced to...more

7/15/2014 - Department of Veterans Affairs Recordkeeping Requirements Veterans Veterans' Benefits

Internal Revenue Service Reveals 2013 Whistleblower Figures

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In the more than two centuries since Benjamin Franklin expressed those words, taxes have become perhaps even more of a certainty. The Internal Revenue...more

7/14/2014 - IRS Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

New Whistleblower Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act

A great deal of controversy and media attention has certainly surrounded the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both before and after its passage. However, little if any of that attention concerned the whistleblower provisions...more

7/8/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Liability Issues Healthcare Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower Protection to Contractors

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” Following a rash of financial calamities largely caused by risky and illegal conduct within publicly traded...more

7/7/2014 - Contractors Lawson Lawson v FMR Publicly-Traded Companies Retaliation Sarbanes-Oxley Subcontractors Whistleblowers

Mediating with Whistleblowers Who Have Suffered Retaliation

Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” Whistleblowers take it upon themselves to stand up and speak when they believe something is...more

7/1/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Chief Compliance Officers Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Mediation Retaliation Whistleblowers

Whistleblower Retaliation at the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been assaulted from all sides in light of recent revelations regarding the quality of care and administration cover-ups. With the alleged misconduct so pervasive, it may seem surprising...more

6/27/2014 - Department of Veterans Affairs Retaliation Veterans Administration Whistleblowers

Ethical Challenges Lawyers Face Under Sarbanes-Oxley

Deciding to report internal misconduct can be difficult for any employee or officer of an organization. For members of the legal profession, however, the decision can easily conflict with their ethical obligations. Lawyers...more

6/24/2014 - Ethics Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowers

What Happens When You Blow the Whistle and Everyone Ignores You?

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear, does it make a sound? The answer to this quantum theory question depends on the interpretation of perception and reality. Whistleblower Harry Markopolos must have...more

6/20/2014 - SEC Whistleblowers

CFTC Starts Flexing Muscle in New Whistleblower Program

Although it has been nearly four years since the passage of the massive Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, changes to the Act and the myriad of regulations that support it are common. New programs...more

6/17/2014 - CFTC Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Popular Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

OSHA Supports Drivers Who Refuse to Violate the Law

Hours of service (HOS) regulations are intended to prevent truck drivers from driving while they are dangerously tired. Other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules require sick leave for ill drivers and...more

6/16/2014 - Commercial Truck Drivers Duty Hours Employer Liability Issues FMCSA OSHA Trucking Accident Trucking Industry

For Wall Street Fraudsters, Business As Usual

John F. Kennedy once quoted Dante: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” Unfortunately, on Wall Street, maintaining neutrality — or feigned...more

6/10/2014 - Audits Banks Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Dodd-Frank DOJ Financial Companies Investigations Retaliation SEC Wall Street Whistleblowers

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