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DoD Bill Continues Focus on Whistleblower Protections

November 15, 2017

The annual DoD authorization bill (HR-2810) that is up for final voting in Congress would continue an emphasis on protections for federal employee whistleblowers that has been a theme of Congress this year. The bill incorporates a separate measure that had previously advanced in Congress reauthorizing the Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency that […]

Florida Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses Hospital Software of Billing Fraud

November 10, 2017

A newly unsealed Florida whistleblower lawsuit alleges software used at more than 300 hospitals is leading them to overbill Medicare and Medicaid. Epic Systems Corp.’s software does not comply with 2012 guidelines for counting the number of minutes a patient is under anesthesia, claims the Tampa federal lawsuit unsealed Nov. 2. Instead, the software bills for the number of […]

Am I Protected as a Whistleblower?

November 9, 2017

To this day, Congress has not passed a comprehensive whistleblower protection law. Unlike other areas of employment law, such as federal laws prohibiting race, sex, or age discrimination, there is no uniform national law to provide understandable rules and procedures for blowing the whistle on your employer. Instead, there are over fifty separate federal whistleblower […]

Senate Panel OKs Antitrust Whistleblower Protections

November 2, 2017

Law360, Washington (November 2, 2017, 12:26 PM EDT) — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that would heighten protections for whistleblowers who report antitrust violations, allowing them to sue in court if they are fired, demoted or otherwise retaliated against. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2017, which passed by a voice vote […]

New law targets managers who retaliate against federal whistleblowers

October 31, 2017

Stories from federal employees bold enough to expose wrongdoing in government agencies are strikingly similar. They are often “humiliated, marginalized, ostracized, given additional bogus assignments,” said Valerie Riviello, a whistleblower retired from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., as she described her ordeal. At the same time, discipline is “almost unheard of” for […]

Whistleblower Protections Here To Stay, Expert Says

October 27, 2017

Law360, New York (October 27, 2017, 10:17 PM EDT) — No matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a closely watched case challenging the Dodd-Frank Act’s ban on retaliation against whistleblowers, reprisals against employees who report internal violations of securities regulations will remain illegal, a white-collar attorney and former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official said Thursday. David L. Kornblau, […]

Police Whistleblowers Could Help Curb Unethical Practices within the Force

October 25, 2017

A jury in Idaho recently awarded an Idaho State Police (ISP) whistleblower a verdict of $1.53 million on his charges of unlawful retaliation in violation of the Idaho Protection of Public Employees Act. Detective Brandon Eller had been marginalized, denied a pay increase, and transferred into less attractive night and weekend shifts after he refused to destroy […]

Whistleblowers: Who is Protected Against Retaliation?

October 23, 2017

It is illegal to retaliate against a whistleblower, but who is considered a whistleblower? In Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the question of whether internal whistleblowers, not just those who report alleged misconduct to the SEC, are protected against retaliation under the Dodd-Frank Act. The Digital Realty Trust case, scheduled for […]

Vermont employee gets $31k in whistleblower lawsuit

October 20, 2017

A former employee who sued the state of Vermont, claiming that she had been fired in retaliation for whistleblower activity, has settled her case. Jacqui Carlomagno, of Montpelier, was a grants administrator for the Agency of Education who raised concerns with her supervisors about checks and balances in federally-funded early childhood contracts. She was fired […]

Wall Street’s War on Corporate Whistleblowers Reaches Supreme Court

October 16, 2017

The fate of corporate whistleblowers and compliance programs is on the line as the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the case of Digital Realty Trust V. Somers. At issue in this case is whether whistleblowers who report potential violations within their organizations, as opposed to reporting directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA). […]

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