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Entries from August 2011

NWC, NELA, and The Employment Law Group® Submit Brief in Support of SOX Whistleblowers Abroad

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe National Whistleblower Center, National Employment Lawyers Association, and The Employment Law Group® law firm filed an amicus brief in Villanueva v. Core Laboratories NV, a case before the Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (ARB).  Our amicus brief argues that whistleblowers at overseas subsidiaries remain protected under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) when the protected activity includes emails to the U.S., […]

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Tags: Retaliation · Sarbanes-Oxley

CFTC Adopts Favorable Rules for Whistleblower Reward Program

August 19th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetFollowing the lead of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted finalized rules for its new Whistleblower Reward Program that heavily favor whistleblowers.  Importantly, the rules do not require whistleblowers to first report wrongdoing to their employer; instead whistleblowers may report wrongdoing directly to the CFTC. The CFTC is an independent agency […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act

Boeing Company Settles False Claims Act Suit for $2 Million

August 17th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe Boeing Company has agreed to pay $2 million to resolve claims that the company overbilled the government from 2002 to 2005 for work done at a San Antonio Plant.  According to the suit, brought under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, Boeing inflated its estimates for the number of hours required to do […]

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Tags: False Claims Act

SEC Whistleblower Reward Program Goes into Effect August 12

August 12th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe SEC Whistleblower Reward Program signed into law last year under theDodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is effective as from today, August 12, 2011. As the U.S. economy continues to struggle, compounded by a lowered Standard & Poor’s rating that sent the New York Stock Exchange and European markets spiraling, corporate whistleblower cases […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act · SEC Whistleblower

TELG Principal Attorney Responds to OSHA Funding Request

August 9th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetLaw360 quoted Nicholas Woodfield, a principal attorney at The Employment Law Group® law firm, regarding the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s request for an additional $6.1 million to fund 45 more investigators for its whistleblower programs.   Mr. Woodfield stated: More efficient investigations are among OSHA’s goals, but unless the workload for investigators gets lighter, […]

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Tags: The Employment Law Group, P.C. · Whistleblower Protection Act

Summary Decision Overturned for Whistleblower in Failure to Hire Case

August 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

TweetIn Hasan v. Enercon Services, Inc., the Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) overturned a summary decision order in favor of whistleblower Syed Hasan who alleges that Enercon Services, Inc. refused to hire him because he is a whistleblower. Hasan is a structural engineer who was previously discriminated against by his former employer, American […]

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Tags: Department of Labor ARB · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · United States Department of Labor · Whistleblower Protection Act

OSHA Announces Measures to Improve Whistleblower Protection Program

August 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in a press release significant improvements to its Whistleblower Protection Program.   OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels explained: The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their legal rights without fear of retaliation is crucial to many of the legal protections and […]

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Tags: OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program · The Employment Law Group, P.C.