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The European Parliament Approves EU-Wide Standard for Whistleblower Protection

Per our previous post, the European Parliament and the Member States agreed to adopt new rules that would set the standard for protecting whistleblowers across the EU from dismissal, demotion, and other forms of retaliation when they report breaches of various areas of EU law. According to a press release issued by the European Parliament on … Continue Reading

EU Agrees to Set the Floor for Whistleblower Protection Across All Member States

According to a press release issued by the European Commission today, the European Parliament and the Member States have agreed to adopt new rules that set the standard for protecting individuals who blow the whistle on breaches of EU law from dismissal, demotion, and other forms of retaliation. This reform, which was first proposed by … Continue Reading

New UK Regulations to Govern Whistleblowing in Financial Institutions

This month, the FCA and PRA announced a new regime for whistleblowing that will start to be phased in from March 2016. This is part of the broader desire on the part of the UK regulators to encourage individuals to raise concerns and challenge poor practice and behaviors within the financial institutions. The regulations build-on … Continue Reading

UK Whistleblowing Protection Extended to Partners

In the UK, whistleblowing law is based on a statute prohibiting a “worker” being dismissed or subjected to any other detriment because of having made a “protected disclosure”.  Until this week, the general view was that the definition of “worker”, and therefore whistleblowing protection, did not extend to partners. There were many reasons for this … Continue Reading

UK Whistleblowing – tips on the rise and the possibility of bounty

Whistleblowing tips reported to the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”), one of the UK bodies with responsibility for regulating the financial services industry, have increased 35 per cent in the past 12 months according to information received by Kroll.  Kroll found that between November 2012 and October 2013, the FCA received 5,150 whistleblowing reports to … Continue Reading

Whistleblowing in the UK – the latest developments and a review of the law

In recent months, the UK has seen  a growing focus on the protection afforded to  whistleblowers.  This attention has emerged because of recurring question linking diverse scandals, such as phone hacking and those that have hit the health service and the banking sector: namely, would a different system to encourage and protect whistleblowers have mitigated … Continue Reading

ALJ Applies Villanueva Factors, Finds Overseas Employee’s Whistleblower Claim “Territorial”

In Dos Santos v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 2012-AIR-20 (ALJ Jan. 11, 2013), an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) examined whether the facts alleged by the complainant required a territorial or extraterritorial application of one of the whistleblowing statutes enforced by the DOL.  This blog posting summarizes the ALJ’s decision … Continue Reading
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