DOL Confirms SOX Whistleblower Protections Do Not Apply Extraterritorially

more+
less-

At a time when the extraterritorial reach of U.S. regulations seems to grow at a rate faster than the economy, U.S. employers breathed a sigh of relief when the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) confirmed by a 3-2 vote that the whistleblower provision of Title VIII of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) has no extraterritorial application.

In Villanueva v. Core Labs. NV, Saybolt de Colombia Limitada, ARB Case No. 09 108 (ARB Dec. 22, 2011), the ARB affirmed a decision dismissing a whistleblower complaint, despite the fact that the alleged retaliatory decision occurred in the U.S., because the complaint involved a foreign citizen who alleged violations of foreign law by his foreign employer.

The difficulty in future cases will be determining the extent to which the essential claims at issue trigger extraterritorial application of SOX.

Please see full alert below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Littler | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.
×
Loading...
×
×