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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

SEC Takes Aim at Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements

On August 15, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its second fine in six days to a health insurer for allegedly creating severance agreements that illegally restrict former employees from collecting...more

Does New Jersey's Conscientious "Everyone" Protection Act Trump the NLRB's Exclusive Jurisdiction? State Supreme Court says "Yes"...

Executive Summary: Just when employers thought New Jersey's Supreme Court could not expand the state's whistleblower law further (as we reported last summer), the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) once again has...more

SEC Fines Company for Agreements Restricting Whistleblowers

The SEC has fined an Atlanta company $265,000 for using various severance agreements restricting whistleblower activities. The Dodd-Frank Act added ’34 Act § 21F encouraging whistleblower programs....more

Review Severance Agreements For Unlawful Anti-Whistleblower Provisions

On Wednesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled with Atlanta-based BlueLinx Holdings over claims that the publicly traded building products distributor’s severance agreements stifle protected...more

SEC Bounty Hunters Take Heart: SEC Fines Company $265,000 for Using Severance Agreements That Provided a Waiver of any Monetary...

Wednesday, the SEC announced that an Atlanta-based company, BlueLinx Holdings, is settling charges that its severance agreements contained provisions that in its view might impede employees from communicating directly with...more

SEC Issues Cease-and-Desist Order Against Severance Agreement Clause Limiting Whistleblowers' Rights to Recover Bounty Awards

On August 10, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease-and-desist Order and imposed remedial sanctions against a publicly traded company for including language in its severance agreements requiring...more

Blog: SEC Whistleblower Office charges that prospective waiver of whistleblower award in severance agreements violated securities...

In a new whistleblower protection case, the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower settled charges against BlueLinx Holdings, Inc. that the company’s severance agreements violated the securities laws. The agreements included...more

Did You Know Whistleblowers Can Divulge Trade Secrets?

The prevalence of employees identifying themselves as “whistleblowers” has expanded in recent years due to expansion of federal and state whistleblower rights. Recently, a recently enacted federal law, the Defend Trade...more

Relief in Sight for New York Nonprofits with Prospect of Additional Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013

On June 16, 2016, the New York Legislature passed A10365-B approving further changes to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (the “Revitalization Act” or “Act”), including major changes to the rules on independent directors and...more

OSC Whistleblower Program Launched

On July 16, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced the launch of its Office of the Whistleblower. This is the first paid whistleblower program by a securities regulator in Canada. Subject to eligibility...more

Six Best Practices to Go Beyond Dutch Whistleblower Compliance

In March 2016 the Dutch Senate passed the “House for Whistleblowers” Act (Huis voor Klokkenluiders) to protect the interests of whistleblowers. This Act came into effect on 1st July. Whilst the rules currently only apply...more

Protecting Whistleblowers in the UK – Is the Law Sufficient?

With instances of whistleblowing hitting the press on an ever-increasing basis, does UK law do enough to protect employees who blow the whistle on their employer’s wrongdoing? According to a new report published by the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Just prior to the July 4th holiday a legend of the federal securities bar passed away. Irving Pollock, or Irv as he was known, was the father of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. A New Mexico jury handed the Commission a...more

After the Report: 4 Critical Best Practices for Protecting & Respecting Internal Whistleblowers

One essential element of a strong whistleblower reporting system is often overlooked: communications with reporters—whether reporting anonymously or not—after they have logged their issue or concern. Reporters who feel that...more

SEC Issues $17 Million Whistleblower Award

On June 9, 2016, the SEC issued a stunning $17 million award to a former employee, whose “detailed tip” provided original information to SEC enforcement staff that “substantially advanced their investigation” into the...more

Federal Reserve Bank Ruled a Federal Supervisory Agency Under the BSA

In a case of first impression, a district court held that a regional Federal Reserve Bank was a supervisory agent as defined by the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”). The BSA requires the reporting of any suspicious activity that may...more

Citadel, a $24-Billion Hedge Fund, Seeks Whistleblower Status

Just a few months after announcing the first-ever award to an outside whistleblower, federal authorities may be on the verge of expanding the reach of whistleblower incentives even further. Last week, Citadel, the...more

It's Not Over Until the Last Whistle Blows: Beware of the Mid-Investigation Tip

On May 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) caught many off guard when it issued an award to a whistleblower whose mid-investigation tip “significantly contributed” to the success of the resulting...more

Concerns on the New UK Whistleblower Rules

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) recently began rolling out new whistleblower rules, with which financial organisations will be required to comply. These rules have not...more

Yes, Attorneys Too Can Blow the Whistle: But When and How Hard?

According to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Agency”), an attorney – or any individual, for that matter – should not have to first report misconduct to the SEC to fall under the protections...more

Are Concerns About the UK’s New Whistleblower Rules Misplaced?

In early April, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) began rolling out new whistleblower rules, with which financial organisations will be required to comply. These rules have...more

SOX Whistleblower Receives $250,000 Award Related to State Wage Act Complaints

The ARB recently concluded that a former program manager was entitled to recover more than $250,000 in back pay and benefits under Section 806 of SOX based on his discipline and constructive discharge. The ARB clarified that...more

CFTC Announces $10 Million Whistleblower Award, Its Largest Award Yet

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) recently announced the largest ever award under its Whistleblower Program created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The whistleblower...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

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