Whistleblowers Anti-Retaliation Provisions

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Lessons from the SEC’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Cases

Originally published in NSCP Currents - February 2017. While announcements of large cash awards grab most of the spotlight for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC or the Commission) whistleblower program, SEC...more

SEC Whistleblower Program May Be Facing Congressional Cutback

According to a memo circulating amongst Republican-party leaders as of February 13th, Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to propose a significant curtailment of the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Florida Whistleblower Act Requires Showing of Actual Violation, Federal Court Rules

Florida’s private-sector Whistleblower Act (“FWA”) protects only those employees who can show an actual violation of a law, rule, or regulation, a federal district court has held. Graddy v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, No....more

German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) Releases Online Whistleblowing System

On January 1 2017, the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (“BaFin”) set up an online whistleblowing system allowing anyone to anonymously report alleged violations of supervisory law. BaFin is the national...more

First Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Defendant, Rejecting the Use of Aggregate Data to Prove False Claims and Clarifying the...

The First Circuit has issued an opinion affirming a complete grant of summary judgment for Pfizer, Inc. in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer Inc., No. 16-1805 (1st Cir. Jan. 30, 2017), a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit...more

First Circuit affirms Pfizer victory in False Claims Act case

The First Circuit has rejected an appeal in United States ex rel. Booker v. Pfizer, a False Claims Act (FCA) case alleging that Pfizer engaged in off-label promotion of the antipsychotic drug Geodon. In its ruling on...more

Modern Whistleblower Retaliation Risk Require a Modern Framework

If compliance officers ever needed one more sign about the importance of anti-retaliation programs, it arrived on September 29, 2016. On that day, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ) fined a company that makes...more

OSHA Releases “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs”

Last week OSHA announced the release of its “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliations Programs.” The publication is “intended to assist employers in creating workplaces that are free of retaliation … This document is...more

OSHA’s Advisory Guidance on Anti-Retaliation Programs

On January 13, 2017, OSHA published the Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs. OSHA’s guidance provides examples and suggestions of steps companies can take to implement an effective anti-retaliation program. ...more

Sixth Circuit Declines to Address the Definition of Dodd Frank “Whistleblower”

On January 13, 2017, the Sixth Circuit in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, declined an opportunity to be the third federal appellate court to address the definition of “whistleblower” under Dodd Frank’s...more

OSHA Procedures for Retaliation Complaints Under the Affordable Care Act Await New Administration

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Affordable Care Act faces an uncertain future under the Trump administration, which will affect whistleblower provisions enforced by OSHA. In October 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health...more

OSHA’s New Guidelines for Employer Anti-Retaliation Policies

Most employers and employees know that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency charged with overseeing safety and health in U.S. workplaces. Many are surprised, however, to learn OSHA...more

OSHA Publishes Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers that are regulated under any of the 22 federal whistleblower protection laws are encouraged to review company policies, procedures, and training systems to examine conformity with this guidance....more

2016/2017 Labor & Employment Observer

Activist NLRB Created More Problems For All Employers in 2016 - What Happens Under President Trump? During 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) maintained its generally pro-union, anti-employer...more

Despite Privilege, GC May Pursue Whistleblower Retaliation Suit under SOX and Dodd–Frank

California’s USDC–ND ruled that Bio-Rad Laboratories’ former General Counsel may use privileged communications to prove his retaliatory-discharge case prosecuted under Sarbanes–Oxley and Dodd–Frank’s whistleblower...more

5 Trends in Whistleblower Hotlines and Protections to Be Aware of in 2017

Every year it’s safe to assume that our list of Top 10 trends will include the latest developments pertaining to helplines, whistleblower reporting and retaliation, and this year is no exception. We begin by examining some...more

The Chemistry of Compliance: Finding the Perfect Blend of Incident Reporting, Training and Case Management

Just about any compliance officer knows that reporting, training, and case management are three indispensable elements of an effective compliance program....more

Auto Industry Faced With New OSHA Retaliation Rule

On December 14, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling automotive industry employees’ whistleblower retaliation complaints...more

Highlights of SEC’s 2016 Annual Whistleblower Report

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower recently released its sixth Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program to Congress, which details information on the SEC’s activities and bounty...more

Automobile Dealerships and Part Suppliers: Unintended Consequences in Whistleblower Rules?

OSHA enforces laws that protect whistleblowers under 22 whistleblower statutes ranging from the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act to the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century. This article...more

Whistle While You Work: SEC Whistleblower Office Releases Its 2016 Annual Report

The SEC released its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report (the “Report”) to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program on November 15, 2016. The Report analyzes the tips received over the last twelve months by the SEC’s...more

Twelve Things to Know About the SEC’s Whistleblower Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program, like the whistleblower programs of other government agencies, provides bounties to persons who provide information that leads to successful enforcement actions....more

Did These 10 OSHA Rules and Initiatives Die With the Election of Donald Trump?

The election of Donald Trump surprised some Americans. In the days since his victory, our firm’s lawyers have fielded numerous questions from employers regarding what changes to workplace law they can expect under the Trump...more

DOL Finalizes ACA Retaliation Protections for Employees

Final regulations were issued by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) on October 12, 2016 (“Final Rules”) governing employee retaliation protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended (the...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

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