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Critics Hit SEC Revamp of Wall Street Whistleblower Program

A federal agency is moving with little fanfare to revamp one of the most successful whistleblower programs in the government, alarming advocates who warn the changes will set back efforts to police Wall Street and punish corporate fraud. Much like …

Former Delaware Administrative Officer’s Defamation Suit To Move Forward

A judge says New Castle County, Delaware’s former chief administrative officer can proceed with a defamation suit over his firing last year by County Executive Tom Gordon. While dismissing David Grimaldi’s claims that his firing violated his First Amendment rights …

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 …

Senate Committee Backs Monetary Incentives for Auto Defect Whistleblowers

A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation …

No Protection for Foreign Whistleblowers at Overseas Firms: Court

Foreign whistleblowers who work for overseas companies can’t be protected from retaliatory firings for disclosing conduct that happens abroad, a federal appeals court held. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan found in a case involving Siemens AG that an …

Alabama Whistleblower Wins Supreme Court Appeal But Not Job or Back Pay

Edward Lane’s Supreme Court victory in a landmark whistleblower case doesn’t change the fact he lost his state job and more than half his income while helping convict a state legislator of getting paid for not working. Lane said other …

Will BNP Deal Expand Whistleblower Protections in Banking, Insurance?

BNP Paribas SA’s $9 billion settlement with U.S. authorities, aided by internal whistleblowers, has spurred calls for federal banking regulators to protect and reward individuals who report wrongdoing by banks. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has scored big enforcement …

Supreme Court Justices Probe Private Company Whistleblower Protections

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled they may have some difficulty deciding whether employees at private firms that contract with public companies are subject to whistleblower protections. The justices appeared conflicted as they considered whether two whistleblowers are legally …

Kentucky Miner Who Reported Safety Violations Faces Discipline

The Office of Mine Safety and Licensing is asking that an eastern Kentucky miner who reported safety violations be put on probation because he worked in unsafe conditions. Mackie Bailey faces a hearing in February with the state Mine Safety …

Federal Regulators Settle Whistleblower Case with Texas-Based Pilgrim’s Pride

The U.S. Department of Labor has entered into a settlement agreement with Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. in Mount Pleasant, Texas, to resolve allegations that the company terminated an employee who raised environmental complaints, in violation of the whistleblower provision of the …