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Third Circuit Tightens “Original Source” Requirement for Whistleblowers

Back in 2003 Karl Schumann filed a whistleblower suit alleging that as an executive with benefits company Medco, he learned that Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca paid kickbacks to Medco to buy and recommend brand name...more

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice To Warn Against Settlements Barring Whistleblower Tips

This month, FINRA issued guidance notice 14-40 to reminds firms that “it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

Psst, a 3rd party ethics reporting system benefits any organization

"... even popular social media platforms, but, sh, don't tell" - Kind of like confessions in a personal diary, Whisper is an app that lets users anonymously share their secrets with millions of others in acts of...more

FINRA Again Cautions Against Confidentiality Provisions Silencing Whistleblowers

As reported this week by Law360 (subscription required), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a reminder (Regulatory Notice 14-40) warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in...more

Global fraud and corruption, and how you can prevent it

Global Corruption Survey - Transparency International carried out a Global Corruption Survey for 2013 to just under 100 countries. The results from this survey indicate that one in four people had paid a bribe to a...more

Whistleblowing is a crucial source of intelligence... no robots needed

I've often wondered why well known, large, and "everybody knows the brand" organizations feel the need to cover up instances of when employees come forward to report wrongdoing. We've seen the General Motors debacle over an...more

Preventing healthcare fraud requires constant vigilance

Millionaire whistleblower stays on the lookout - You'd think that after a $6 million reward for a job well done, you might just call it a day and kick back on the beach. Not so for Jacqueline Nash Bloink. ...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

On July 31, 2014, the SEC awarded $400,000 to a whistleblower who had reported internally before providing information to the SEC. The award was unique because the SEC’s Claims Review Staff had denied the whistleblower’s...more

SEC gives first whistleblower award to audit and compliance employee

The Securities and Exchange Commission has underscored the importance of a timely response to internal reports of wrongdoing by awarding $300,000 to a whistleblower who was an audit and compliance employee....more

2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report Preview: Benchmarking the Health of Your Whistleblower...

It’s that time again! Last week we released the 2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report. This is our 9th year releasing the Benchmarking Report. The full report covers best practices across all...more

Five easy steps to implement a whistleblower hotline

In 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... The ACFEs 2014 Report to the Nations states that the most effective method for reducing workplace fraud is to implement an ethics hotline to allow and encourage employees, customers, and...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

SEC Puts Their Money Where Their Mouth Is: $30 Million Awarded to Whistleblower

On September 22, 2014, the SEC announced its largest whistleblower award to date under its Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounty program. It awarded $30-$35 million to an anonymous whistleblower who the Commission said provided...more

Think High Stakes Whistleblowing is Just a U.S. Phenomenon? Think Again.

Today the SEC announced that it will pay $30 million to a whistleblower in the largest award ever doled out by the agency. This news is monumental and will send shock waves around the financial world—along with gut...more

Two Whistleblower Cases Show Major Contrast of How Cases Can Result

A couple of recent whistleblower cases that have received national attention show the large divide that still exists in the way that these cases can progress. The first case saw the SEC award a whistleblower $400,000 for...more

Larger Rewards For Wall Street Whistleblowers May Be On The Horizon

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration will seek to remove the $1.6 million cap on rewards to whistleblowers who provide evidence of criminal conduct by financial executives under the 1989 Financial...more

Here's why Whistleblowing should be on your priority list

The G20 Say... "Priority number one: whistleblowing" - Whistleblower protection laws have been in place for over two decades in some countries. But it's only recently that affective laws and procedures have begun to be...more

Four steps to manage your whistleblower complaints

How do you manage your whistleblower complaints? Getting employees to speak up when they see signs of wrongdoing is hard. Many employees struggle with initially "taking the plunge" (because that's how it may feel) for...more

SEC Awards $300,000 to an Audit & Compliance Professional for Whistleblowing: Key Implications & Lessons Learned

Last week, the SEC announced its first whistleblower award to an audit and compliance professional. The $300,000 award announcement noted that the recipient had “reported concerns to appropriate personnel within the company,...more

Federal Court in District of Columbia Dismisses Whistleblower Claims of Former Fannie Mae Employee

On August 25, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a claim brought by a former employee of Fannie Mae alleging violations of the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the...more

Court of Appeals asked to clarify scope of Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower protections

A federal court of appeals has been asked to clarify the scope of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010’s (“Dodd-Frank” or “Act”) whistleblower protections. Specifically, the court has been...more

Are More SEC Protections on the Way for Whistleblowers?

A pro-whistleblower coalition comprising organizations including the Government Accountability Project, the Project on Government Oversight and more is in the news for pressuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

Happy Birthday Dodd-Frank: The Whistleblower Program Milestones and How They’ve Impacted Business Ethics Training

Did you have some cake? Break out the balloons? While it’s hard to believe, it is true. Our little Dodd-Frank, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is already four years old and about ready for pre-school. Although we...more

What’s Happening with Whistleblowing?

This summer the SEC and the Wall Street Journal have reported several noteworthy items concerning the SEC’s whistleblower program, one of the most controversial components of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010....more

What’s Scarier than a Compliance Officer Turned Whistleblower? A Whole Association of Them

In U.S. ex rel. Corporate Compliance Assocs. v. N.Y. Society for the Relief of the Ruptured & Crippled the court ruled that the whistleblower failed to meet the False Claims Act’s requirement that allegations be described...more

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