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The First Hundred Days: Whistleblowing in the New Administration

With the new administration comes a new era for whistleblowing. High-risk whistleblower complaints implicating Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley and similar state whistleblower retaliation statutes continue to rise. These complaints often rise to the highest levels of a company’s legal and compliance functions, as they present significant financial and reputational risks. Proskauer’s Lloyd Chinn and Harris Mufson recently … Continue Reading

The Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) recently introduced the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Non-Retaliation Act of 2016 (“WARN Act”), which aims to bolster whistleblower protections under both SOX and Dodd-Frank, increase bounty awards available under certain federal whistleblower statutes, and create whistleblower protections for a new category of employees.… Continue Reading

Senate Approves Auto Industry Whistleblower Bill

Under the “Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act” (the Bill), which the U.S. Senate approved on April 28, 2015, whistleblower protections and bounties would be available to individuals who report motor vehicle defects.  In particular, the Bill would allow employees and contractors of automakers, parts suppliers, and dealerships to receive a monetary award for providing new … Continue Reading

Senator Grassley Seeks to Form Whistleblower Caucus

On the 25th anniversary of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, co-author Senator Grassley announced that he would be seeking to form a new whistleblower caucus among colleagues in the Senate.  In an address on the Senate floor the same day, Senator Grassley explained that “[w]histleblower protections are only worth anything if they’re enforced.  Just … Continue Reading

New Jersey Pay Equity Measure Says No Reprisals Against Employees Requesting Information About Co-Workers

On August 28, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed A-2648 to add a new non-retaliation pay equity measure to the Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) (hereinafter, the “amendment” or “law”). The amendment prohibits an employer from retaliating against any employee who requests information concerning the job title, occupational category, rate of compensation (including benefits), gender, … Continue Reading

Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law Provides New Whistleblower Protections

On March 13, 2013, the New York City Council overrode Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a new Local Law that amends the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to prohibit discrimination against job applicants based on their unemployment status.  The new Local Law provides expansive whistleblower/retaliation protections to employees and is set to take effect … Continue Reading

National Defense Authorization Act: Generous Whistleblower Protections for Employees of Government Contractors On The Horizon

Awaiting President Obama’s signature, Sections 827 and 828 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (NDAA) would enhance the whistleblower protections of contractor and subcontractor employees for the Department of Defense (DOD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and establish a 4-year “pilot program” to strengthen whistleblower protections for all other … Continue Reading
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