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Whistleblowing Procedure under French Law

France’s new Law on Transparency and Anti-Corruption aims to bring cohesion to the fractured system for whistleblowing rules and procedures in the country. Until the 8 November vote on the Law on Transparency and...more

SEC Takes Issue with Employee Confidentiality Obligations and Waivers of Monetary Awards

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or "Commission") Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a risk alert on October 24, 2016, announcing that it will be reviewing registrants'...more

New Compliance Regulations for France and Italy Demonstrate the Growing Convergence of Anti-Corruption and Whistleblowing...

A piece of major compliance legislation has just been passed in Europe: the long-awaited French anti-corruption and whistleblower protection law, Sapin II, which brings French anti-corruption standards in line with those of...more

Whistleblower Rule Compliance: SEC’s OCIE Issues Risk Alert in Wake of Illustrative Enforcement Actions

On October 24, staff of the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a Risk Alert titled “Examining Whistleblower Rule Compliance” (the “Risk Alert”). The Risk...more

[Webinar] MSHA Hazard Complaints and Whistleblower Protections: Working Through Complaint Investigation - Dec. 15th, 1:00pm EST

Regular MSHA inspections (aka E01 inspections) are commonplace for mines – an average of two to four inspections per year for surface and underground operations respectively. Yet, MSHA has in its arsenal a host of other...more

The SEC’s Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Shows Increased Activity

On November 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. The Whistleblower Program was established by Section 21F of the Dodd-Frank Act, which...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects False Claims Act and Retaliation Claims Premised on Purported Breach of Contract

On October 11, 2016, the Seventh Circuit confirmed that there is no violation of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) where the defendant allegedly violated a self-imposed requirement that was not mandated by its contract with the...more

Additional Clarifying Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act Signed Into Law

On November 28, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 466 of the Laws of New York of 2016 (Assemb. Bill 10365B) (the “2016 Amendment”). The 2016 Amendment is intended to “improve and make clarifying amendments to the...more

Another Year, Another Set of Laws: What California Employers Should Know

In keeping with California’s reputation of being an employee-friendly state, Governor Brown has enacted a number of laws, most of which go into effect on January 1, 2017 (unless specified otherwise below), that place...more

Whistleblower Retaliation Article Published in BLR’s HR Daily Advisor and Upcoming Webinar

BLR recently published a two piece article in the HR Daily Advisor by Kara Maciel and Daniel Deacon, of Conn Maciel Carey’s national Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, regarding government agencies increased focus on...more

Employers Beware: SEC Continues Offensive on Employment Agreements That Inhibit Whistleblowers

Risk Alert (literally)! Standard provisions in employment agreements, severance agreements and policies may run afoul of the SEC’s whistleblower regulations. In the wake of several highly publicized enforcement actions by the...more

NY Law Journal Report: Trump And The Future Of The SEC Whistleblower Program

As reported by Ryan Barber of the National Law Journal, the Trump administration could change the trajectory of the SEC whistleblower office, potentially halting the SEC’s recent strict scrutiny of potential impediments for...more

Money talks: should the UK introduce financial incentives for whistleblowers?

In the years since the financial crisis, the topic of whistleblowing has been high on the public agenda. At the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit earlier this year, the UK government committed to “providing effective protections...more

White House Issues Call to Action Urging States to Curb Employers' Use of Non-Compete Agreements

The White House has entered the fray regarding employer use of non-compete agreements. While the Obama administration's recently issued "State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements" does not change current law applicable...more

Revitalization Act Held to Grant Whistleblower Implied Private Right of Action

On October 24, 2016 the New York Supreme Court, Kings County entered a decision allowing a former employee to proceed with a lawsuit against a not-for-profit, private college preparatory school and its headmaster alleging...more

Whistleblowing as a Private Right of Action in New York?

The venerable New York Whistleblower Protection Act has long allowed employees to report misconduct by their employer, at which point the public interest could be vindicated by the state Attorney General. But does an employee...more

OCIE Staff to Examine Registered Advisers' Policies and Agreements for Whistleblower Rule Compliance

On October 24, 2016, OCIE published a risk alert noting that the SEC exam staff intends to examine registrants' compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act's whistleblower provisions. The alert noted recent enforcement actions...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 20 - October 2016

With the general election now less than two weeks away, it is more apparent than ever that Americans often are sharply divided about how best to achieve certain goals, even if we agree on the goals we are trying to achieve....more

Bridging the Week - October 2016 #4

Non-Member Tipper and Tippee Fined by CME Group for Insider-Trading Type Offenses; Two Member Firms Fined for Algo System Gone Wild - Two apparently related non-members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange agreed to be...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Protected Activity Under SOX

In Westawski v. Merck & Co., No. 14-cv-3239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 18, 2016), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Defendant Merck & Co. (Company) summary judgment on Plaintiff Joni Westawski’s (Plaintiff) SOX whistleblower...more

Five Propositions Concerning The SEC Whistleblower Program

Congress, not the Securities and Exchange Commission, established the whistleblower program six years ago as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As the program has awarded over $100 million...more

"Employment Flash - October 2016"

Spotlight on Whistleblower Protections - On October 24, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a “risk alert” regarding SEC registrants’ compliance with Rule 21 F-17, which implements Section 21F of...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Examinations of Compliance with SEC Whistleblower Rule by Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on October 24, 2016 (Risk Alert) regarding examinations of...more

Another Party Enters ACA Enforcement and HIPAA Privacy and Security Enforcement Expands

OSHA Joins the ACA Enforcement Regime - Effective on and after October 13, 2016, employers need to watch their mail from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) for notices related to ACA retaliation...more

Spuds MacKenzie Runs into FCPA/Whistleblower Buzzsaw

Ha. I’m just kidding. I don’t think Spuds MacKenzie has been a thing for years. But his former patron, Anheuser-Busch InBev, ran into some FCPA problems last month, and tacked on a whistleblower charge for good measure....more

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