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Internal Corporate Whistleblowers Swayed by Protections, Not Pay: Study

Offering monetary incentives does not necessarily influence whistleblowing behavior and might even discourage internal reporting, according to new research. Researchers at North Carolina State University and Bucknell University found that while strong anti-retaliation policies can encourage employees to notify internal …

Report Lists Indiana’s Workplace Safety Problems

Federal investigators say Indiana’s workplace safety agency mishandled complaints, put its inspectors under strict time constraints and didn’t help whistleblowers. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report released Wednesday made 22 recommendations for improvement at the Indiana …

Supreme Court to Hear Mutual Fund Whistleblower Case

In a case involving whistleblowers at Fidelity Investments, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider whether mutual fund employees are subject to the same whistleblower protections as workers at publicly traded companies. Two Fidelity whistleblowers asked the court …

Federal Aviation Safety Regulators Ignore Whistleblowers: Watchdog

The Federal Aviation Administration has repeatedly dragged its feet in responding to whistleblower complaints about safety problems and stronger oversight of air safety is needed, a government watchdog said. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner, whose job is to protect from retaliation …

Businesses Oppose Proposed Ohio Fraud Legislation

Some Ohio businesses are opposing a bill backed by the attorney general that would create tougher penalties on fraud and give whistle-blowers a slice of the damages or repayments. The proposed legislation, known as the Ohio “false claims act” in …

Whistleblowers Earn a Record $532 Million in 2011

Whistleblowers earned more than $532 million in 2011 through lawsuits alleging fraud against the U.S. government, a record for such payouts, according to a law firm study published on Friday. Private parties suing on the behalf of the government collected …

SEC Approves Whistleblower Rule

Corporate whistleblowers could score multi-million-dollar payouts for reporting financial wrongdoing under a new program approved by U.S. securities regulators on Wednesday. A divided U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 to finalize the measure that has grown into one of …

Supreme Court Hands Corporate Whistleblowers a Setback

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed corporate whistleblowers a setback with a 5-3 ruling that they cannot bring lawsuits on the basis of information they get from a Freedom of Information Act request. The court reversed a federal appeals court …

Has Time Come to Cap Whistleblower Awards?

Corporate whistleblowers are getting bigger and bigger payouts for reporting fraud, sparking a fresh debate about whether the rewards are justified. Whistleblowers have collected billions of dollars since the late 1980s by suing government contractors under the False Claims Act …