The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
has published a new rule, effective January 18 th , revising the
procedures for handling whistleblower claims arising under the Energy
Reorganization Act (ERA) and six environmental statutes: the Safe Drinking
Water Act (SDWA); Federal Water Pollution...
On July 6, 2011, after an 11-day hearing, an arbitration
panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. ("FINRA"), sitting
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, awarded compensatory damages of $4,300,000 to
broker Gregory P. Kipple ("the claimant broker," "the broker...
In February 2012, the New York Court of Appeals - New
York State's court of last resort - held that where individuals, with an
intent to blackmail or extort from a wrongdoer, truthfully report, to
governmental officials, wrongdoing that is of public interest, no absolute
privilege shields those...
A recent decision by the NLRB has many employers (and their lawyers) up in arms. It has left me wondering whether maybe the Board needs a dictionary.
In Banner Health Systems , 358 NLRB 93 (2012), the Board held that an employer's instruction to employees to keep information confidential during...
The Whistleblowers' Protection Act ("WPA") was enacted in 1980 and requires an action to be filed within 90 days of the occurrence that is the basis of the claim. The elements of a claim are not complicated; to recover, an employee must report or be about to report; verbally or in writing;...
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a whistleblower
and retaliation lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio against S.E.M. Villa II Inc., a nonprofit corporation that
operates S.E.M. Terrace, a retirement facility in Milford, Ohio. The lawsuit
A federal appeals court made it easier for whistleblowers
to claim protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), adding dramatic weight
to the U.S. Department of Labor's landmark
ruling that such employees can be protected even if they fail to cite the
exact rules their employer may have broken...