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Regulators Offer Insights Into SEC, CFTC, And OSHA Whistleblower Program's Trends And Priorities
On July 16, 2019, three prominent whistleblower law regulators spoke at PLI's Corporate Whistleblowing in 2019, which was co-chaired by Orrick partners Mike Delikat and Renee Phillips.
United States
6 Aug 2019
Inside-Out: CFTC Enhances Whistleblower Award For Internal Reporting
On May 6th, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") announced that it made a whistleblower award of approximately $1.5 million to an individual whistleblower. The individual provided information that assisted
United States
6 Jun 2019
Hut-Hut-Hike: The Second Circuit Tackles Hostile Work Environment Claims Under The ADA
In a case of first impression, the Second Circuit has held that hostile work environment claims are cognizable under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
United States
11 Apr 2019
IRS Reports Record $312 Million In Whistleblower Bounties
In February, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its FY 2018 Annual Report and announced a record-breaking year for the agency's whistleblower program.
United States
28 Mar 2019
Can You Hear The Whistle Blowing Outside: CFTC Makes First Ever Whistleblower Award To Company Outsider
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced earlier this month that it had awarded more than $2 million to an individual who provided "critical information through independent analysis of market data".
United States
21 Mar 2019
The SEC Ends The Summer With Another Bountiful Award Of Over $54 Million To Two Whistleblowers
On September 6, the SEC issued awards totaling more than $54 million to two whistleblowers who provided critical information and continued assistance to the agency in an enforcement action.
United States
11 Sep 2018
Renee Phillips Discusses Potential Narrowing Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections
It can make a big difference to our clients if Dodd-Frank does not cover that internal whistleblowing. From an employer perspective, it's one less cause of action that employees and their counsel have in their arsenal to sue employers for internal whistleblowing
United States
10 Jul 2017
Obtaining Discovery From EU After GDPR's Passage
In April 2016, the European Union (EU) adopted a major overhaul of its data privacy laws to better address new technologies and provide a more coherent approach across different EU Member States.
8 Mar 2017
Returning Veterans To Work: Reemployment Obligations For Employers Under USERRA Vary Based On Length Of Service
The USERRA, 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, prohibits discrimination against members of the U.S. military and imposes various obligations on employers with respect to service members returning...
United States
21 Nov 2016
Renee Phillips Discusses OSHA's New Guidelines For Whistleblower Settlements
Renee Phillips, Co-Head of Orrick's Whistleblower Task Force and a partner in Orrick's Employment Law & Litigation practice in New York, recently spoke with Compliance Week...
United States
25 Oct 2016
Bounty-ful Pay Day And Former SEC Whistleblower Chief's Move To Plaintiff's Firm May Lead To Whistleblower Claim Increase
Two recent events may spur a rise in the number of high quality whistleblower tips filed with the SEC.
United States
15 Sep 2016
Commodity Whistleblowers May Hit The Jackpot: Enhanced Bounty Rules In The Works
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") is proposing amendments to its Dodd-Frank whistleblower regulations to bring them more in line with the SEC's whistleblower bounty program.
United States
8 Sep 2016
Life In The Fast Lane: New OSHA Pilot Program Offers Expedited Review Of Whistleblower Complaints
OSHA's San Francisco region, which includes California, Nevada, and Arizona, launched a new pilot program on August 1, 2016 that would allow complainants, under certain circumstances...
United States
24 Aug 2016
SEC Bounty Hunters Take Heart: SEC Fines Company $265,000 For Using Severance Agreements That Provided A Waiver Of Any Monetary Recovery For Filing A Tip
Today, the SEC announced that an Atlanta-based company, BlueLinx Holdings, is settling charges that its severance agreements contained provisions that it in its view might impede employees from communication...
United States
17 Aug 2016
Germany's Financial Regulator Establishes New Whistleblower Platform
Last week, Germany's Financial Supervisory Authority unveiled a centralized platform for receiving whistleblower complaints, including anonymous complaints, of alleged violations of supervisory provisions within the financial sector.
15 Jul 2016
It's All A Matter Of Degree – Fourth Circuit Upholds Four-Year Front Pay Award And Tuition Reimbursement In SOX Case
Although the Fourth Circuit in Gunther v. Deltek affirmed liability and a generous front pay award to an employee under SOX, it is important to recognize that the court was not reviewing the case de novo.
United States
24 Jun 2016
Hittin' The Trifecta: Latest Whistleblower Bounty Makes Three Awards In One Week
On Friday, May 20th, the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower issued an order determining that it would award two whistleblowers $450,000 for voluntarily providing original information to the agency that led to a successful enforcement action.
United States
6 Jun 2016
Tipping The Scales: Whistleblower Awarded $3.5 Million For Information That Advanced SEC Investigation
Last Friday, the SEC announced a whistleblower award of more than $3.5 million to an employee whose tip advanced an SEC investigation into the whistleblower's company.
United States
3 Jun 2016
O Canada: The U.S.'S Neighbor To The North Proposes Its Own Whistleblower Program
The Ontario Securities Commission ("OSC"), Canada's largest securities regulator, has proposed establishing its own whistleblower program for individuals to report suspected securities fraud, marking Canada's first foray into establishing such a system.
United States
24 May 2016
Bonus Points: ARB Upholds Whistleblower Order Challenging Bonus Plan
In Dietz v. Cypress Semiconductor Corp., the company hired the complainant as a program manager after acquiring his former employer.
United States
4 May 2016
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