Some whistleblower laws allow for compensation to be paid to the whistleblower who comes forward and reports the wrongdoing, under certain conditions.
Category Archives: Whistleblower Protections
New Federal Protections for Whistleblowers
As part of the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, Congress enacted new protections for whistleblowers who provide information about the failure to pay taxes that should have been paid, or about any conduct that the employee believes is a violation of tax laws or any federal law relating to tax fraud.
Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Protection for Whistleblowers
In a recent case, Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, decided on February 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified that the Dodd-Frank Act – passed in 2010 in the wake of the financial crisis – only protects whistleblowers from retaliation if they report violations of securities laws to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Congress expands whistleblower protections for employees of government contractors
On December 5, 2016, Congress enacted S. 795, which permanently extends legal protections to employees of federal contractors, subcontractors, grantees, and others employed by entities that receive federal funds who report waste, fraud, or abuse involving federal funds.