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UPS Changes Pregnant Worker Policy with Case Pending in Supreme Court

According to a memo recently sent out to all UPS employees, as of January 1, 2015 the company will offer its temporary light duty positions to pregnant workers as well as workers that have suffered injuries on the job. This...more

12/12/2014 - Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation UPS

11th Circuit Brings Back Part of Whistleblower Suit

According to the ruling of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a former health care executive that exposed a kickback and illegal referral scheme by his employer will be allowed to proceed with certain allegations listed...more

12/9/2014 - Appeals False Claims Act Healthcare Facilities Kickbacks Qui Tam Stark Law Whistleblowers

SEC Will Pay Largest Whistleblower Award Yet

The SEC’s whistleblower office has been in place since 2011, and in that time has handed out nine monetary awards to whistleblowers. It is about to hand out its largest award yet: a minimum $30 million reward to an...more

12/1/2014 - SEC Securities Fraud Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Army Attempted to Fire Whistleblower in Unearned Pay Scandal

Kenneth Delano, an Army civilian police officer, recently became aware of a situation in which he claims that other officers on the force were receiving more pay than they had earned. After he alerted his superiors to these...more

11/26/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Army Employer Liability Issues Retaliation Whistleblowers Wrongful Termination

Department of Justice Continues to Ignore Wall Street Whistleblowers

Attorney General Eric Holder has spoken a lot about the need for help from whistleblowers who can provide evidence to the Department of Justice about the crimes committed on Wall Street from September 2008 and onward....more

11/18/2014 - Banks BNP Paribas Credit Suisse DOJ Wall Street Whistleblowers

Texas Supreme Court to Weigh In on Shell Defamation Suit

The Texas Supreme Court recently agreed to hear Shell Oil Co.’s pending defamation case. Robert Writt, a former Shell employee, sued the company for defamation after Shell submitted a report to the Department of Justice about...more

11/11/2014 - Compliance Defamation DOJ Employer Liability Issues FCPA Popular Shell Oil

SEC Whistleblower Office Reaches Three-Year Anniversary

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower has only been open since August 2011, yet it has already made a pretty big name for itself in protecting the rights of whistleblowers and...more

11/7/2014 - Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Agencies Still Falling Short of Federal Whistleblower Protection Standards

While there are more laws in place than ever before regarding the fair treatment and protection of whistleblowers in the United States, there are still some government agencies that are falling short of complying with the...more

11/4/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Costs for FCPA Investigations Can Be Huge, Making Insurance Coverage Important

Investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) can quickly become extremely costly. In fact, Walmart recently spent more than $439 million within a two-year span on these types of investigations alone. While...more

10/31/2014 - D&O Insurance FCPA Internal Investigations Wal-Mart

NLRB Rules that Facebook “Likes” are Protected By Labor Law

One provision of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) states that employees are protected from any form of employer retaliation when they commit “concerted protected activity,” which essentially means any form of activity...more

10/28/2014 - DOL Employee Rights Facebook NLRA NLRB Social Media

Walgreens CFO Jettisoned After $1 Billion Forecasting Error

Walgreen Co. CFO Wade Miquelon and another high-ranking executive in the company were let go from their positions after the revelation of a $1 billion projection error affecting the corporation’s Medicare-related business....more

10/21/2014 - Walgreens

13 Fired After Department of Watershed Management Internal Investigation

The Atlanta Department of Watershed Management recently conducted an internal investigation after reports of theft and mismanagement arose from within the organization. Soon afterward, the department fired 13 unnamed...more

10/14/2014 - Internal Investigations Investigations Watershed

Important Considerations for Cohesive Internal Investigations

After potentially illegal or unethical wrongdoing is exposed within an organization, the most important step to take is to launch a comprehensive internal investigation. This can be a major challenge, and there are a number...more

10/10/2014 - Compliance Internal Investigations Investigations

Product Safety Groups Seek Transparency in Whistleblower Suit

A pair of organizations that advocate for safe consumer products have asked for the unsealing of court documents related to a major whistleblower case. ...more

10/7/2014 - Sealed Records Transparency Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

DynCorp Targeted with $150 Million Fraud Claim for Northrop Subcontract

Two employees have filed a lawsuit against DynCorp International Inc., a private military contractor that specializes in aviation facilities, training and equipment. According to the complaint, the employees allege that the...more

10/3/2014 - Army Defense Sector Employer Liability Issues False Claims Act Federal Contractors Fraud Northrup Grumman Subcontractors

Fortune: Women More Effective Whistleblowers

A recent article in Fortune magazine explored the issue of whistleblowing and how it appears that women are more likely than men to call out illegal or unethical activities within their organizations....more

10/3/2014 - Goldman Sachs Whistleblowers

Second Circuit: No Dodd-Frank Protections for Whistleblowers Overseas

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals made an important ruling in August, deciding that the whistleblower protections in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act do not cover individuals who work for companies located outside the United...more

10/1/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Appeals Dodd-Frank Foreign Corporations Foreign Nationals Jurisdiction Popular Siemens Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Debate Rages On About Edward Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor?

The case of Edward Snowden has been highly debated for much of the past year. To give an idea of just how complicated the situation is, there are 21 different federal laws in existence that protect workers that act as...more

9/23/2014 - Edward Snowden Employer Liability Issues National Security Whistleblowers

D.C. Circuit Court Expands Privilege in Internal Corporate Investigations

There are numerous federal regulations requiring investigations into possible fraud, related to both mandatory disclosure and simply performing some fact gathering while seeking legal advice. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

9/23/2014 - Appeals Attorney-Client Privilege Disclosure Requirements False Claims Act Internal Investigations Kellogg Brown & Root

Sixth Circuit Rules FedEx Failed to Properly Explain FMLA to Employee

The Sixth Circuit Court recently affirmed a jury verdict in favor of an employee in a major Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) interference claim. According to the decision, FedEx was liable for failing to provide the...more

9/23/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FedEx FMLA Medical Certification Requests Popular

Two Whistleblower Cases Show Major Contrast of How Cases Can Result

A couple of recent whistleblower cases that have received national attention show the large divide that still exists in the way that these cases can progress. The first case saw the SEC award a whistleblower $400,000 for...more

9/19/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

What Does Delaware’s Wal-Mart Decision Mean for Attorney-Client Privilege and Internal Investigations?

The Delaware Supreme Court recently came to a decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW to uphold the order given by the Delaware Court of Chancery to require Wal-Mart to give the...more

9/18/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Internal Investigations Investigations Shareholders Wal-Mart

Religious Exemptions for Employees

President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order that bans federal contractors from discriminating against the sexual orientation or gender identity of its employees. This order does not include a religious...more

9/16/2014 - Barack Obama Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors Hobby Lobby Religious Discrimination

Lessons from Recent NLRB Actions

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel recently investigated allegations against various McDonald’s franchises and its franchisor, McDonald’s, USA, LLC. The charges were that the company...more

9/12/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Franchises Franchisors McDonalds NLRB

About the Proposed “Retail Workers Bill of Rights”

A San Francisco proposal passed by the Board of Supervisors could implement a “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” aimed at changing labor standards and pay practices for hourly employees. This piece of legislation would force...more

9/9/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Retailers San Francisco Wage and Hour

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