“It’s A Poor Dog That Is Not Worth The Whistling.”

I expect that a decade ago, whistleblower issues were considered primarily to be the province of employment law attorneys.  Then there was Sherron Watkins, Enron and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  Suddenly, issues involving whistleblowers had the attention of corporate governance professionals.  Recently, I began to think about just how many whistleblower laws are on the books and I started a list.  Below is the list, which I’m sure is not complete.  If you know of others, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.


Labor Code Chapt. 5 (§ 1101 et seq.) See California’s Whistleblower Hotline” and “Dropping a Dime in California“.


Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Dodd-Frank Act

Federal environmental laws

Clean Air Act

Comprehensive Environmental Response,Compensation and Liability Act

Water Pollution Control Act

Safe Drinking Water Act

Solid Waste Disposal Act

Toxic Substances Control Act

Other federal laws

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Section 11(C) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

International Safe Container Act

Surface Transportation Assistance Act

Energy Reorganization Act

Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century

Pipeline Safety Improvement Act

Railroad Safety Act

National Transit Systems Security Act

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Affordable Care Act

Seaman’s Protection Act, as amended

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act


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