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Entries from February 2011

The Employment Law Group® Attorney Quoted in ABA Journal Article on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections

February 25th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Employment Law Group® attorney Jason Zuckerman was quoted in an Ammerican Bar Association article titled SEC is Giving Whistle-blower Protection One Last Lick: “After the Bernard Madoff scandal broke the SEC had a lot of egg on its face,” says Jason Zuckerman, principal of [T]he Employment Law Group, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that represents […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation · SEC Whistleblower

Whistleblowers Awarded $2.2 Million in Sarbanes-Oxley Case

February 24th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetA federal jury awarded Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblowers Shawn and Lena Van Asdale $2.2 million in a lawsuit they filed against their former employer International Game Technology (“IGT”).   IGT is a publicly-traded company specializing in computerized gaming and slot machines.  IGT’s management hired the Van Asdales in 2001 as in-house intellectual property attorneys, quickly promoting Shawn to […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

Webinar: Using New Developments In Whistleblower Laws To Your Client’s Advantage

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetWebinar: Using New Developments In Whistleblower Laws To Your Client’s Advantage March 10, 2011 11:00 a.m. Pacific/2:00p.m. ET/1:00p.m. CT/ 12:00 MT Congress recently enacted several new robust whistleblower reward and protection laws, and strengthened existing whistleblower laws. This webinar will address new developments in whistleblower law, including recent decisions strengthening the rights of federal employee […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

DOL Requests Additional $6 Million to Fund Whistleblower Investigations

February 16th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) should be commended for requesting an additional $6 million in funding for its whistleblower programs, which would allow them to hire an additional 45 full-time employees. The DOL enforces 21 federal statutes enacted by Congress to protect employees who report illegal or unsafe activity from being retaliated against by […]

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Tags: OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program

TELG Attorney Quoted on CFO.com regarding Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Employment Law Group® attorney Jason Zuckerman is quoted in an article titled Whistle-blower Debate Heats Up on CFO.com regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed regulations for implementing the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The Act requires the SEC to provide a monetary reward to whistle-blowers who voluntarily report original information leading to […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act

Senator McCaskill Re-introduces Government Contractor Whistleblower Protection Bill

February 14th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetSenator McCaskill (with Senator Jim Webb co-sponsoring) re-introduced to the Senate a bill titled the Non-Federal Employee Whistleblower Protection Act of 2011 which would extend whistleblower protections to employees of federal government contractors and employees of institutions receiving federal grants, including state and local governments.  Whistleblowers who report fraud, waste, and abuse would be protected from […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation

New Food Safety Law Protects Whistleblowers

February 14th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Huffington Post reported on the “little-noticed” whistleblower provision of The Food Safety and Modernization Act, which prohibits employers from retaliating against food industry workers who report food safety violations.  The Department of Labor or federal courts may reinstate fired employees, award back pay with interest, and award attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs.  Click here […]

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Tags: Food Safety

District Court Decision Broadly Construes Sarbanes-Oxley Protected Conduct

February 14th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetJudge Christopher F. Droney of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut held that Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) whistleblower Mary Barker need only have “reasonably believed” her employer’s violations of securities law were material to plead a SOX whistleblower claim.  Barker alleges that UBS retaliated against her following her reporting to compliance officers that UBS […]

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley

Domino’s Truck Driver Reinstated under STAA

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn Williams v. Domino’s Pizza, the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB) affirmed an order requesting Domino’s to reinstate and pay damages to Lavan Williams.  The ARB further held that Williams was engaging in a statutorily protected activity under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) when he reported to corporate that coworkers attempted to […]

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Tags: Surface Transportation Assistance Act

Fiscal Times Quotes TELG Attorney About Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provisions

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn an article in the Fiscal Times discussing the SEC’s proposed rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions, Jason Zuckerman, an attorney at The Employment Law Group® law firm, asserted that all whistleblowers should be permitted to report fraud directly to the SEC: A key point of contention is whether the whistleblower should be required […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act · SEC Whistleblower

Former Portneuf Mechanic Awarded $485,000 after Being Fired for Reporting Unsafe Helicopters

February 4th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetDepartment of Labor Administrative Law Judge William Dorsey ruled in favor of helicopter mechanic Mark Van who was fired by Portneuf Medical Center (an Idaho hospital) for repeatedly raising concerns about violations of FAA safety standards in their helicopter air ambulance program.  The court noted that Van’s dedication to safety is primarily rooted in an experience […]

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Tags: AIR21

Managed Care Provider CareSource Settles Health Care Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit for $26 Million

February 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

TweetAccording to a recent Department of Justice Press Release, Ohio-based CareSource, CareSource Management Group Co., and CareSource USA Holding Co. will pay the United States and Ohio $26 million to resolve allegations that they fraudulently billed Medicaid for assessments and case management that they did not actually provide to patients.  Two former employees, Laura Rupert […]

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Tags: False Claims Act