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Proskauer Joins Heads of SEC & OSHA Whistleblower Programs in Webinar

On September 27, 2016, Proskauer Partner Steven J. Pearlman, co-head of the Whistleblowing & Retaliation Practice Group, participated in a Bloomberg webinar with Jane Norberg, Acting Chief of the SEC Office of the...more

OSHA Provides New Guidance on Unacceptable Whistleblower Settlements, Ensures Whistleblowers Cannot Waive Right to Receive Awards

In a memorandum dated September 15, OSHA has made explicit that it will not approve any settlement agreements between employers and employees that discourage the employee from acting as a whistleblower....more

Recent Developments that Prohibit Common Separation and Settlement Agreement Provisions

Two federal agencies recently challenged the validity of what many would consider standard release agreement provisions. On August 10, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined a company for including...more

OSHA Increases Scrutiny of Whistleblower Settlement Agreements

Following the SEC’s lead, OSHA recently announced new guidelines that it will consider when deciding whether to approve settlement agreements reached during OSHA investigations of whistleblower claims....more

OSHA Addresses Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Releases

We have written about SEC enforcement actions related to severance and confidentiality agreements that restrict reporting matters to the SEC. OSHA has also issued guidance regarding settlement agreements with whistleblowers...more

OSHA Joins the SEC in Attacking Confidentiality and Other Provisions in Private Settlement Agreements

On September 15, 2016, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new policy guidelines for its review of private settlement agreements presented to the agency for approval in whistleblowing...more

OSHA Issues New Guidance Regarding Whistleblower Settlements

OSHA has issued new guidance on approving settlement agreements in whistleblower cases, revising portions of its Whistleblower Investigations Manual. The guidance, dated August 23 but not released until September 15, states...more

OSHA Tests New Program to Expedite Whistleblower Claims

In an effort to speed up claims under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Program, the Labor Department’s San Francisco region has launched a new process, called the “Expedited Case...more

OSHA Pilots New Expedited Whistleblower Process – Will Allow Complainants to Request Judicial Review

Seyfarth Synopsis: The DOL announced this week its new Whistleblower expedited Case review pilot process, to be conducted in its Region 9. Employers in this region may now anticipate even more cases going to the ALJ’s, and...more

OSHA Launches “Expedited Case Processing Pilot” For Whistleblower Claims

On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched a new pilot program, titled “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” in its Western region. The program enables a complainant filing claims under whistleblower...more

Emerging Labor & Employment Law Trends (Part 1)

With summer 2016 almost behind us, employers should begin to plan for the major labor and employment law trends expected to emerge in the final quarter of the year and into 2017. In the first part of this two-part series, we...more

Life in the Fast Lane: New OSHA Pilot Program Offers Expedited Review of Whistleblower Complaints

OSHA’s San Francisco region, which includes California, Nevada, and Arizona, launched a new pilot program on August 1, 2016 that would allow complainants, under certain circumstances, to ask OSHA to cease its investigation...more

Tenth Circuit Orders Truck Driver Who Abandoned Trailer on Interstate Highway to be Reinstated with Backpay

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Tenth Circuit held that a trucking company unlawfully retaliated against a truck driver after he abandoned a trailer on a public highway, finding that his actions constituted a protected refusal to...more

SEC Whistleblower Enforcement Settlement Reminds Private Fund Sponsors to Review Organizational Policies and Procedures for...

A recent SEC settlement of whistleblower charges should serve as a useful reminder for private fund sponsors to conduct a comprehensive review of their policies and procedures. On August 10, 2016, the SEC announced that...more

OSHA Announces New Enforcement Program for Whistleblower Cases

The “pilot” Severe Violator Enforcement Program will impose more stringent inspection procedures, enhanced settlement provisions, and “public scrutiny” for employers that OSHA deems to have engaged in “egregious behavior and...more

Five Issues Employers Should Consider with OSHA’s New Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Reporting Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently released its final rule revising the Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulations. Employers should not be taken in by the benign...more

New OSHA Whistleblower ‘Shaming’ Program Draws Fire

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a pilot program in the Midwest region to shame employers who allegedly violate their employees’ whistleblower rights egregiously, but a critic contends the...more

OSHA's Final Rule – Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its final rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illness data. The new rule, which generally takes effect on January 1, 2017, changes prior...more

Final Blacklisting and Contractor Paid Sick Leave Rules Slated for Late Summer Publication, According to Spring Regulatory Agenda

Although this election season may feel endless, there are only six more months until voters decide the next president and members of Congress. Within this window, federal agencies are scrambling to finalize rules before the...more

OSHA's Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

In keeping with Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels’ promise to “shame” employers into compliance, on May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on electronic...more

New Food Safety Whistleblower Regulations: OSHA Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

Seyfarth Synopis: Employers may face liability for retaliation charges from employees who report food safety issues under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Employers in the food industry have a new headache to...more

Labor & Employment Issues Facing the Healthcare Industry

Public discourse on "healthcare" has focused primarily on health insurance and the significant changes made by the Affordable Care Act. But what about the providers of healthcare—the doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmaceutical...more

[Webinar] Whistleblower Investigations - OSHA's 11(c), Title VII and other Statutes - April 19th, 1:00pm ET

Federal and state laws prohibit employers from retaliating against whistleblowers who engage in protected activities. The OSH Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and several other laws that regulate the relationship...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Advisory: The ACA: New Concerns for Employer Plan Sponsors Under the Fair Labor...

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) anti-retaliation provisions have been in effect for several years, but have so far largely gone unnoticed. Now that employees can get financial assistance through the Health Insurance...more

OSHA Continues to Turn Up the Volume on Whistleblowing

Rushing to put final rules in place before the current Administration’s term ends, on March 17, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule for implementing the whistleblower...more

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