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Supreme Court Says SOX Can Fit Almost Anyone

March 5th, 2014 · No Comments

TweetNOTE: A version of this post first appeared on Law360.com.  The author, R. Scott Oswald, was counsel of record on an amicus curiae brief filed in this case. In deciding Lawson v. FMR LLC, the first whistleblower case they have heard under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed that […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · Retaliation · Sarbanes-Oxley · The Employment Law Group, P.C. · Whistleblower Protection

Burrage v. U.S. — Can a Heroin Dealer Help to Clarify Whistleblower Law?

February 12th, 2014 · No Comments

TweetIt’s rare for a criminal appeal — let alone the appeal of a heroin dealer’s sentence for his client’s ill-fated drug binge — to guide our understanding of whistleblower protection laws. Yet there, on January 27, was the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous judgment in Burrage v. United States, a mandatory-minimum drug case that ended up parsing the retaliation […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation · Retaliation · Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 · Whistleblower Protection

Obama Administration Asks Supreme Court to Review MacLean Decision

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

TweetThe Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court’s 2013 ruling that a former federal air marshal could claim he was illegally fired for leaking sensitive information to the media. The case, MacLean v. Department of Homeland Security, raises technical — but critically important — questions about the scope of the […]

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Tags: Federal Employees · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · Retaliation · Whistleblower Protection · Whistleblower Protection Act

Obama’s Budget Plan: Protect IRS Whistleblowers from Retaliation

April 16th, 2013 · No Comments

TweetPresident Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2014 includes good news for whistleblowers: Under his plan, the law finally would protect people who report tax cheats to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Tags: False Claims Act · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · IRS Whistleblower Reward Program · Retaliation · Tax fraud

President Obama Issues Landmark Presidential Policy Directive to Protect National Security and Intelligence Community Employees

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetLast month President Obama issued a landmark Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-19), which will finally provide members of the national security and intelligence community with protection against retaliation when they blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse. The Directive will protect employees of the intelligence community by prohibiting retaliatory actions affecting employees’ security clearances and […]

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Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) Passes House, Bill Set to Strengthen Protections for Federal Employees

September 28th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetToday the U.S. House of Representative enacted the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). The U.S. Senate will likely enact it through unanimous consent in the near future.  Below is a summary of the legislation. The Employment Law Group® (TELG) supports the passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA), S. 743 / H.R. 3289. This […]

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Air Force Pilots Blow the Whistle on F-22 Fighter Jet Design Flaws that May Cause Pilots to Black Out

May 29th, 2012 · No Comments

TweetThe Huffington Post reported earlier this month that two elite U.S. Air Force pilots, Major Jeremy Gordon and Captain Josh Wilson, are seeking protection under federal whistleblower law for revealing safety concerns with the F-22 Raptor and for refusing to fly the $400 million jets.  The two pilots risked their careers by appearing in uniform […]

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SEC Chairman Says Whistleblower Program Yielding Significant Benefits, Calls Proposed Changes Premature

December 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

TweetAccording to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mary Schapiro, the SEC’s new whistleblower program is already providing “significant benefits” one year after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In a letter sent to Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), co-author of Dodd-Frank, SEC Chairman Schapiro argued that recent calls to […]

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Tags: Dodd-Frank Act · Federal Whistleblower Legislation

Department of Justice Recovers Record-Setting $3 Billion in False Claims Act Settlements in 2011

December 21st, 2011 · No Comments

TweetOn Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it collected more than $3 billion in judgments and settlements of fraud cases under the False Claims Act (FCA) for fiscal year 2011. This marks the second consecutive year in which the DOJ exceeded $3 billion in recoveries and brings the total recovered since 2009 to […]

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KV Pharmaceutical Reaches Settlement with the Department of Justice for $17 Million

December 15th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetKV Pharmaceutical (KV), the parent company for Ethex Corporation (Ethex), this month agreed to pay $17 million to settle claims that Ethex of violated the False Claims Act when it allegedly reported false information to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). According to the complaint filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Ethex […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program · Whistleblower Protection Act

House Panel to Hold Meetings with Air Force and Office of Special Counsel to Investigate Military Mortuary

December 13th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetThe House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is scheduled to meet with representatives of the U.S. Air Force and Office of Special Counsel in the next few days to investigate the mishandling of remains at the military mortuary in Dover, Delaware. The committee requested that by December 9th, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta submit a […]

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US Seeks Damages from Allied Home Mortgage for Alleged Lending Fraud

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments

TweetOne of the nation’s largest privately held mortgage companies, Allied Home Mortgage Corporation (Allied), and two of its top executives, CEO Jim Hodge and Executive VP Jeanne Stell, are facing scrutiny for providing false loan certifications to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Peter Belli, a former regional manager at Allied, filed suit […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation · 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

Third Circuit Overturns Lower Court in Favor of Whistleblower Who Exposed Illegal Medicare Kickbacks

July 12th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetOn June 30, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in United States ex rel. Wilkins v. United Health Group  overturned the decision of the lower court and held in favor of whistleblowers Charles Wilkins and Daryl Willis.  The whistleblowers allege that United Health Group (UHG) provided kickbacks to those […]

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TELG Principal Quoted in Law360 on Landmark ARB Decision for SOX Whistleblowers

June 16th, 2011 · No Comments

TweetLaw360 quoted The Employment Law Group® Principal Jason Zuckerman in an article regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board’s en banc decision in Sylvester v. Parexel International on May 25, which clarified the broad scope of protected conduct for Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblowers.  Jason Zuckerman, a principal at The Employment Law Group, which […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation · Sarbanes-Oxley · The Employment Law Group, P.C. · Whistleblower Protection Act

Senator Grassley Introduces Bill to Protect Congressional Whistleblowers

March 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Tweet Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced bill S. 586 titled the Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act of 2011, which would extend whistleblower protections to congressional employees. In a press release, Grassley stated: Whistleblowers in the executive branch have helped me do my job of oversight. It’s simply not fair, nor is it good governance, for Congress […]

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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

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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Congress Passes Food Safety Bill Protecting Whistleblowers From Retaliation

December 21st, 2010 · No Comments

TweetCongress has passed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which imposes stricter food safety standards and grants the Food and Drug Administration greater authority to regulate tainted food and had previously passed the Senate.  President Obama is expected to sign the FSMA into law.   The FMSA was prompted in part by numerous instances of fatal […]

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TELG Publishes Article on Federal Whistleblower Protection Legislation

December 14th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetR. Scott Oswald and Jason Zuckerman, principals at The Employment Law Group® law firm, published an article in the Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund Quarterly Review outlining recently enacted federal whistleblower protections and whistleblower reward statutes.  Recognizing the critical role that whistleblowers play in exposing financial fraud, threats to public health and safety, and fraud […]

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New Robust Protection for Food Safety Whistleblowers

November 30th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetToday the Senate passed S. 510 the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which imposes stricter food safety standards and grants the Food and Drug Administration greater authority to regulate tainted food.  The FMSA was prompted in part by numerous instances of fatal food contamination that revealed insufficient regulation and oversight of food production, including […]

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Whistleblower Retaliation Protection for Congressional Staff Languishes in Senate Committee

August 19th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetAccording to an article in Politico, the Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has yet to be reported to the full Senate and continues to languish in the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.  Similar to the Whistleblower Protection Act which protects most federal employees who […]

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The Employment Law Group® Files Amicus Brief Arguing that Section 929A of the Dodd-Frank Act Applies to Pending Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Cases

August 16th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetOn August 13, 2010, The Employment Law Group® filed an amicus curiae brief in Johnson v. Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., on behalf of the Government Accountability Project, National Employment Lawyers Association, and National Whistleblowers Center arguing that Section 929A of the Dodd-Frank Act clarifies and confirms existing law on the scope of coverage under SOX, […]

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Tags: Federal Whistleblower Legislation · Sarbanes-Oxley · The Employment Law Group, P.C.

House Passes Whistleblower Legislation to Protect Oil Rig Employees Who Report Unsafe Conditions

August 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

TweetThe House of Representatives passed the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act, which prohibits oil and gas companies from terminating or discriminating against offshore employees who report unsafe conditions or refuse to work in unsafe conditions.  Closing a significant loophole, the legislation extends whistleblower protections currently in place for onshore oil and gas […]

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Dodd-Frank Bill Provides Robust Whistleblower Protections

July 15th, 2010 · No Comments

TweetRecognizing that robust whistleblower protection is critical to preventing another financial crisis, Congress included in the Dodd-Frank financial services reform bill (H.R. 4173) numerous provisions designed to encourage whistleblowing and to provide robust protection from retaliation.  These provisions create monetary awards for whistleblowers who provide original information to the SEC or CFTC, strengthen the whistleblower […]

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Tags: False Claims Act · Federal Whistleblower Legislation · OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program · Retaliation · Sarbanes-Oxley