Proskauer - Whistleblowing & Retaliation

WSJ Report On Delayed SEC Whistleblower Bounty Awards

A Wall Street Journal article (subscription required) dated May 4, 2015 reports that a backlog of tips received by the SEC Office of the Whistleblower as part of its bounty program has resulted in a delay in paying awards to…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

No “Pleasure” for Florida Whistleblower

Despite 14 pages of vigorous dissent, a majority of a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit has done the right thing and joined the Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits in holding that the National Bank Act (“NBA”) preempts…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Senate Approves Auto Industry Whistleblower Bill

Under the “Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act” (the Bill), which the U.S. Senate approved on April 28, 2015, whistleblower protections and bounties would be available to individuals who report motor vehicle defects. In…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

OSHA’s Recent Guidance on Whistleblower Retaliation Investigations

The Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs recently issued a guidance memorandum titled “Clarification of the Investigative Standard for OSHA Whistleblower Investigations,” for the apparent purpose of clarifying the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

ARB Issues Impactful Decision On Whistleblower Retaliation Causation Standard

The ARB recently addressed the standard for proving that protected activity was a “contributing factor” in adverse employment actions. It concluded that evidence showing that an employer would have made the same adverse action…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Closely Watched Weist SOX Whistleblower Case Dismissed

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently ruled that an employee’s SOX whistleblower retaliation claim failed as a matter of law because no causal connection existed between his complaints and termination and the employer…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Proskauer Participates With Head of SEC Whistleblower Program in 4/22/15 Webinar

Proskauer Partner Connie N. Bertram, co-head of the Whistleblowing & Retaliation Practice, participated in a webinar last week with Sean McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. The webinar, sponsored by the…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Second Circuit Expands The Scope Of FLSA Protected Activity To Include Oral Complaints To Employer

In a 2-1 decision issued on April 20, 2015, the Second Circuit expanded the scope of protected activity under the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) anti-retaliation provision. The FLSA prohibits retaliation against an employee…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Washington Jury Awards “Perceived” Whistleblower $1 Million

In a jury verdict issued on March 26, 2015, a supervisor for the nation’s largest ferry system was awarded $1 million because the jury concluded that his employer demoted him as an act of retaliation in violation of the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

SEC Announces Enforcement Action Regarding Employee Confidentiality Agreement

On April 1, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first settlement of an enforcement action under the SEC’s Rule 21F-17, which prohibits any person from taking “any action to impede an individual from…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Department of State Inspector General Issues Report on Contractor Confidentiality Provisions with Employees

Monday, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State (OIG) issued a report on its review of the use of confidentiality agreements and policies by Department of State contractors. In preparing the report,…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

SEC’s Limit on Retroactivity of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Bounty Awards Is Reasonable, Second Circuit Holds

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently deferred to the SEC’s determination that a tipster who provided information to the Commission before July 21, 2010, the effective date of the Dodd-Frank Act, is not eligible to…more
| Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

OSHA Issues Long-Awaited SOX Whistleblower Rule

On March 5, 2015, OSHA issued a long-awaited Final Rule regarding SOX whistleblower procedures and related matters. The new Final Rule will replace the Interim Final Rule enacted in 2011, after Dodd-Frank amended SOX. The Final…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

NY Whistleblower Bounty Program On The Horizon?

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced his plans to propose legislation that would create a whistleblower incentive program at the state level. The proposal, titled the Financial Frauds Whistleblower Act, would…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance

SEC Continues to Investigate Contractual Impediments to Whistleblower Complaints

As Rachel Louise Ensign reported earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continues to probe obstacles to corporate employees blowing the whistle. This…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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