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  • Supreme Court Limits Protections for Corporate Whistleblowers

    February 23, 2018

    The Supreme Court has ruled that an employee must provide information about securities law violations to the SEC in order to qualify for whistleblower protections under Dodd-Frank's anti-retaliation provision.

  • 11th Circuit Upholds Pregnancy Discrimination Award for Breastfeeding Police Officer

    September 15, 2017

    The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $161,000 jury award to an Alabama narcotics officer whose employer refused to accommodate her need to pump breast milk following her maternity leave. The jury had found the employer illegally retaliated against the officer under both the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).

  • Supreme Court to Hear Internal Whistleblowing Case

    July 7, 2017

    The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, a case that should resolve a circuit split as to whether the anti-retaliation provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) applies to internal whistleblowers.

  • 9th Circuit Decision Protects Internal Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank

    March 16, 2017

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision that protects individuals who complain internally, but who do not make an external complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), under Dodd-Frank's anti-retaliation provision. The decision deepens an existing circuit split.

  • Whistleblowing General Counsel Wins $11 Million Against Ex-Employer

    February 22, 2017

    A federal jury in California has awarded nearly $11 million in damages to the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories in a whistleblower lawsuit involving potential bribery in China. The jury found Sanford Wadler engaged in protected activity when he sent an internal memo calling for an investigation into possible bribery that could involve senior management.

  • Employers Should Prepare for Rare General Strike

    February 15, 2017

    Employers may face a general strike as soon as February 17. Activists and strike organizers are seeking to demonstrate against the policies of the current administration and congressional majority leaders.

  • OSHA Issues Resource on Best Practices in Anti-Retaliation Programs

    January 18, 2017

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs, which applies to both public and private employers. The resource is advisory only.

  • Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Big Winner on Election Night

    November 10, 2016

    On Election Day, states went high: voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Maine's results are still listed as "too close to call," but those voting "yes" are in the lead.

  • OSHA Issues Final Rule on Affordable Care Act Retaliation Complaints

    October 17, 2016

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that establishes procedures and time frames for handling whistleblower retaliation complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • Severance, Confidentiality Agreements Must Not Limit Whistleblower Awards, SEC Orders

    August 17, 2016

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a cease and desist order targeting provisions in severance agreements that limit an employee's ability to cash in on a whistleblower award.

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