Mike Pompeo, the newly-confirmed director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, has pledged to "aggressively seek to ensure we have the most effective programs for identifying insider threats" in a chilling statement of intent to US senators.. Pompeos statement is a sign that the new director intends to pursue the same anti-leaks policies that discourage whistleblowing as were enforced by the previous administration under President Obama.. Pirate Party Whistleblowing Spokesperson Rebecca Sentance said: ...
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A Hawaii based nursing home that is billing Medicare as if they are fully staffed even though they do not have adequate staffing levels to treat their current Medicare patients. This practice is also called "short staffing." The Center says, "If you are a healthcare worker in Hawaii and your employer is overbilling Medicare every day for unwarranted medical procedures or for medical treatments that never happened please call us at 866-714-6466 and allow us to explain how the federal whistleblower system works. The wrongdoing must involve at least a million dollars for a whistleblower to get properly compensated. Why sit on a winning lotto ticket without ever knowing what it might be worth? http://Hawaii.CorporateWhistleblower.Com. Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Hawaii Corporate Whistleblower Center: Do not go to the government first if you are a potential whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing. The Hawaii Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Major whistleblowers ...
What jumped out at me immediately about this well researched and documented book by Kohn, was the revelation that through his efforts, a Mr. Bradley Birkenfeld was awarded $104 million under the IRSs whistleblower program. It was the single largest whistleblower reward paid in world history to a single individual. That should get everyones attention!. This book by Kohn is timely, in that Senator Charles Grassley introduced recently in the Senate a resolution designating July 30, 2017, as "National Whistleblower Appreciation Day".. The newest edition of The New Whistleblowers Handbook brings the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing up-to-date with new information on reward laws, compliance programs, and new rules covering wildlife, foreign bribery, auto safety, government, and ocean pollution whistleblowing. It also includes a new "Toolkit" for international whistleblowers.. "Corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on ...
Whistleblowing tradition in what would soon become the United States had a start in 1773 with Benjamin Franklin leaking a few letters in the Hutchinson affair. The release of the communications from royal governor Thomas Hutchinson to Thomas Whately led to a firing, a duel and arguably, both through the many general impacts of the leak and its role in convincing Franklin to join the radicals cause, the taking of another important final step toward the American Revolution. The first act of the Continental Congress in favor of what later came to be called whistleblowing came in the 1777-8 case of Samuel Shaw and Richard Marven. The two seamen accused Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy Esek Hopkins of torturing British prisoners of war. The Congress dismissed Hopkins and then agreed to cover the defense cost of the pair after Hopkins filed a libel suit against them under which they were imprisoned. Shaw and Marven were subsequently cleared in a jury trial. To be considered a whistleblower ...
A whistleblower collected 22% of $13 million in back taxes from a food services company. The whistleblower notified the state of New York that an airport food services company, Yankee Clipper Food Services I Corporation, was underpaying taxes owed to New York and fees owed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Express Hospitality Group. Yankee Clipper runs Panini Express stores, two bars and a mobile hot dog stand and employee cafeterias at JFK, as well as the American Airlines cafeteria and catering and vending machine businesses at LaGuardia.. In his suit, the whistleblower alleged that Yankee Clipper was keeping double books. In one set of books, the company was documenting the taxes it was collecting on food sold at its restaurants at JFK Airport. In the other set, it claimed to have sold less and collected less in the way of taxes.. Based on the facts revealed by the whistleblower, Yankee Clipper Food Services ultimately pled guilty to three felonies: grand larceny in the first ...
The Sarbanes Oxley Act requires covered companies to implement procedures for the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of . . . concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing controls and mandates protection of whistleblowers from retaliation. France Employment and HR Proskauer Rose LLP 3 Feb 2010
Whistleblowing: Subversion of Corporate Citizenship?. Ed Gerald Vinten Paul Chapman, £15.95, pp 196 ISBN 1 85396 238 4. Mention whistleblowing to anyone currently working in the NHS and you can feel the atmosphere stiffen. The harrowing descriptions of intimidation and personal costs suffered by well known whistleblowers such as Graham Pink and Helen Zeitlin (both of whom expressed their concern about nursing shortages) have put the fear of God into everyone else working in the NHS. Many trust employees are now "gagged" by confidentiality or conflict … ...
Specific disclosures are important and can help to rectify breaches of supervisory law and avoid the negative consequences of such misconduct. If whistleblowers tell BaFin their names and reveal their professional or personal relationship to the supervised company, BaFin is able to communicate with them beyond the initial disclosure. However, there may be situations in which persons with particular knowledge of processes in supervised companies do not provide BaFin with information out of fear of the consequences.. BaFin has set up an electronic whistleblowing system specifically for such cases. It is not technically possible to trace disclosures made using this system and this is certified by an independent body. It is possible to set up a protected mailbox to allow follow-up communication. This can be used to ask further questions and clarify uncertain points. The whistleblowers maintain their anonymity throughout the entire correspondence. You can find more information at ...
When an employer is suspected of engaging in illegal actions and benefiting from these actions, an employee may take it upon him or herself to report this to the proper authorities. When this happens, the individual who did the reporting is called a whistleblower. Lawyers of Free Legal Shield have experience helping employees with whistleblower representation for many years. We can protect the rights of employees who are acting as the whistleblower. Qui Tam and whistleblower cases can fall under the category of class action litigation.. Whistleblower. Many whistleblowers find themselves facing problems for the reporting of the suspected activities of their employer. Qui Tam and Whistleblower lawyers assist employees with whistleblower cases and the potential for retaliation or actions taken by the employer.. Qui Tam. Closely related to whistleblower actions, qui tam is a provision of the federal False Claims Act. Under this act, a qui tam action may be filed by a private citizen (usually the ...
Article: Whistleblowers Spiritual Strength Tested - Whistleblowers face many challenges and much spiritual testing during their efforts to tell truth to power. Medical Whistleblower welcomes all whistleblowers to attend the National Medical Whistleblower Conference in Lawrence Kansas on Sept 11-13, 2009 Contact [email protected] for further details.
Practical advice on how companies can encourage employees to ask questions early -- to point out issues and show courage in confronting unethical or illegal practices.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (the Act) was introduced to protect employees who are worried about wrongdoing where they work and want to blow the whistle, and therefore to encourage employees to speak out. The Act applies to most employees and includes those employed on a temporary basis or through an agency. An employee is protected against any victimisation or discrimination because they have blown the whistle (known as making a protected disclosure), and if they are they can take their employer to an employment tribunal. The legislation is technical and specific - only limited categories of disclosure qualify for protection and only if made in certain ways ...
COSO sponsored this study, Fraudulent Financial Reporting: 1998-2007, to provide a comprehensive analysis of fraudulent financial reporting occurrences investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) between January 1998 and December 2007. This study updates our understanding of fraud since COSOs 1999 issuance of Fraudulent Financial Reporting: 1987-1997. Some of the more critical findings of the present study are:. There were 347 alleged cases of public company fraudulent financial reporting from 1998 to 2007, versus 294 cases from 1987 to 1997. Consistent with the high-profile frauds at Enron, WorldCom, etc., the dollar magnitude of fraudulent financial reporting soared in the last decade, with total cumulative misstatement or misappropriation of nearly $120 billion across 300 fraud cases with available information (mean of nearly $400 million per case). This compares to a mean of $25 million per sample fraud in COSOs 1999 study. While the largest frauds of the early 2000s ...
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Proving retaliation can be difficult and the burden of proof is on the nurse alleging the retaliation or discrimination. This difficulty is addressed by item (e)(1) which outlines a "rebuttable presumption" that if the retaliation took place within 60 days of the patient advocacy activities it is presumed to be retaliation. The rebuttable presumption prevents the defendant from simply denying the allegation and requires the defendant to present opposing evidence that it was not retaliation. Once the defendant presents their evidence, it can be evaluated and challenged by the nurse. If you are thinking this all sounds very legal, youre right. These protections are in statute but they arent automatic. Nurses must hire a lawyer and file a claim. The statute of limitations on retaliation claims is not specified in the Nurse Practice Act. In a San Antonio case, the federal court found that the Texas Nursing Practice Act is most analogous to the cause of action provided by Texas Health & Safety Code ...
A WHISTLEBLOWER will be rewarded $250,000 after giving information which led to the successful recovery of about $8 million in taxes and penalties from a company in the Western Division.. The payment, which was approved by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) board, is the highest reward so far for any whistleblower.. FRCA chief executive officer Visvanath Das, in a statement yesterday, said this reflected the authoritys commitment to clamping down tax evaders.. According to Mr Das, the case involved a company engaged in the motor vehicle industry, which was manipulating its sales record and under declaring for VAT and income taxation.. The information provided by the whistleblower then led to FRCA carrying out a detailed investigation with the sales reported in the companys tax returns and bank account, which noted major discrepancies.. "The audit also revealed that the director of this company has other businesses and investment properties which were all under reported," Mr Das ...
1 BLOWING THE WHISTLE ON THE DODD-FRANK WHISTLEBLOWER PROVISIONS DAVE EBERSOLE* I. INTRODUCTION Imagine getting 10% for blowing the whistle on Madoffs $50 billion scam. Its a simple thing that will stop a lot of fraud fast. At first blush this logic may be very convincing, but whistleblowers are driven by more than just monetary incentives. 2 The emotions of Harry Markopolos, the whistleblower who tried to expose Bernie Madoffs infamous Ponzi scheme, are telling: 3 If [Madoffj contacted me and threatened me, I was going to drive down to New York and take him out. At that point it would have come down to him or me; it was as simple as that. The government would have forced me into it by failing to do its job, and failing to protect me. In that situation I felt I had no other options. I was going to kill him. 4 * Juris Doctor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, expected Special thanks to Professors Paul Rose and Dale Oesterle. 1 Robert Chew, Calling All Whistleblowers! The SEC ...
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. It is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. Any human being has the potential to develop PTSD. The cause is external not internal. It is a Psychiatric Injury not Mental Illness. It is not resulting from the individuals personality. The Whistleblower who is the victim of the retaliation is not inherently weak or inferior. In fact, any human being has the potential to develop PTSD. Whistleblower retaliation is extremely stressful and may lead to burnout or stress break-down - which is not the same as nervous or mental break-down; as stated above, everyone breaks down under the stress of a life altering trauma that is deeply wounding. Thus individuals suffering PTSD are injured, not mentally ill. PTSD indicates severe trauma and stress which causes a weakness in the individual, and not the reverse. This is confusing for mental health practitioners and laypersons alike. But ...
Thomas Drake, a National Security Agency whistleblower who several years ago provided information to the press about fraud, waste, and privacy abuses at the super-secret spy agency and who was prosecuted for doing so, has a warning for Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old whistleblower who on Sunday outed himself as the source of the blockbuster leaks revealing two sweeping NSA surveillance programs. (The programs, as the Guardian and the Washington Post stories based on Snowdens leaks revealed, collected records of phone calls made by Americans and intercepted internet communications made by foreigners via US tech companies.) Drake says Snowden can expect to be targeted by the full force of the United States government. And Drake should know. The Justice Department pursued Drake fiercely, charging him with violating the Espionage Act-as if he had been a spy for a foreign power. Drake maintained that he had only conveyed unclassified information to a reporter. The governments case eventually fell ...
ATLANTA, Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AnMed Health Pays $7,923,000 to U.S. Government to Settle Whistleblower Claims for Improper Radiation Oncology and E.R. Services; Plus, Whistleblower Retaliation Claims, Announces Moss & Gilmore LLP.
By John Stone I wish I knew more about that particular instance. The excuses are wearing thin. Here is a transcript of the remarks of Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health director, regarding the whistleblowing activities of Centers for...
Dr. Brian Hookers first public lecture presentation following the now-famous appearance of a CDC whistleblower is recorded here at the AutismOne/THRiiiVE conference of August 29, 2014. Dr. Hooker, a biochemist whose excellent reanalysis of CDC data using the CDCs own methodology indicated a significant and troubling association between the MMR and autism that was previously obscured by the CDC, presented his lecture "Whistleblower.". ...
Seeger Weiss LLP today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and several state Attorneys General Medicaid Fraud Units, have reached a $54 million settlement in a newly-unsealed healthcare fraud whistleblower action against CareCore National LLC. The company, headquartered in Blufton, SC, provides pre-authorization/pre-certification services for diagnostic testing to ensure that only medically reasonable and necessary tests are performed on patients and paid for by insurers. Of the $54 million recovery, $45 million will go to the federal government and $9 million will go to various participating states.. CareCore merged with MedSolutions, Inc. in December of 2014 and now operates as eviCore healthcare. CareCore provided these services around the country to managed care organizations and other providers, touting their services as cost control and reduction measures.. Seeger Weiss LLP represented the whistleblower, or ...
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Awards Under the IRS Whistleblower Program. Guaranteed Minimum Reward of 15%. Under the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, a whistleblower will receive at least 15% of the proceeds collected and may receive up to 30% of the amounts collected as a result of any administrative or judicial action resulting from the information provided. There is no limit on the dollar amount of the award.. Thus, assuming the IRS takes action based upon information filed by a whistleblower, that whistleblower is automatically entitled to a reward of 15% of the amount collected as a result of any administrative or judicial action. If the IRS collects $20 million in taxes, penalties and interest, for example, then the whistleblower would be entitled to receive the minimum reward of 15% or $3 million.. Additional Discretionary Award up to 30%. The IRS Whistleblower Office has the discretion to pay more than a 15% reward. The IRS has identified a nonexclusive list of factors in the award procedures outlined in the ...
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Some lawmakers and government accountability groups interpreted the words as a warning to employees considering blowing the whistle on corruption.. In a July 18 letter to Jones, Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) wrote ATF employees must be "free and clear of agency interference or retaliation" if they choose to talk to Congress.. "Your ominous message-which could be interpreted as a threat-is likely to have a major chilling effect on ATF employees exercising their rights to contact Congress," the two lawmakers wrote. "Therefore, it needs to be clarified.". "On numerous occasions, we have stressed to ATF and the Department of Justice the importance of protecting whistleblower disclosures and preventing retaliation against whistleblowers," they continued.. "The bureau needs to make up its mind whether its going to be supportive of employees trying to get its mission back on track, or if its going to snuff out dissent," said Tom Devine, the legal director of the ...
Whistleblowing by employees to regulatory agencies and other parties external to the organization can have serious consequences both for the whistleblower and the company involved. Research has largely focused on ...
Were following the Mexican outbreak of swine flu very closely. There are a number of well-written articles linked to Rense.com, and a 24 April Jeff Rense interview with Dr Bill Deagle is here. For an big picture overview, we have already discussed the threat here (originally drafted in January 2008) in our major summary article 2009: A Tale of Two Timelines. Many readers will be aware of the whistleblowing report by Mary about apparent preparations by the Department of Homeland Security for a pandemic - reported in a phone-in to The Power Hour on 30 March. If you have not listened to this, we strongly recommend that you do. We have received indirect confirmation from someone in direct touch with Mary that this whistleblower appears to be genuine. We welcome hearing from her if she would like to contact us in full confidence. Click here for the YouTube video (audio only with images). Click here for the extracted MP3. Click here for a transcript of the call. Click here for a detailed analysis ...
In 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office documented a stark reality for military whistleblowers who challenge the retaliation they face for bravely reporting waste, fraud, and abuse. These servicemembers endure lengthy delays in their cases and are rarely successful when they file retaliation complaints.. One of the most significant reforms contained in the final NDAA is a prohibition of retaliatory investigations against whistleblowers. This victory is important - prolonged investigations serving only to harass and intimidate individuals for exposing corruption have devastating effects for these whistleblowers and their families. By closing this loophole, lawmakers have greatly expanded existing protections for military whistleblowers.. Preserving the Freedom of Information Act. Due to pushback from open government advocates, lawmakers removed provisions from the NDAA that would have limited the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Not only were these new proposed ...
Advocates of drone war believe, as do many of its critics, that it minimizes casualties. These Air Force veterans have, however, stepped forward to tell us that such claims simply arent true. In a study of what can be known about drone killings, the human rights group Reprieve has confirmed this reality vividly, finding that, in Pakistan, in attempts to take out 41 men, American drones actually killed an estimated 1,147 people (while not all of the 41 targeted figures even died). In other words, this hasnt proved to be a war on terror, but a war of terror, a reality the drone whistleblowers confirm.. Heather is blunt in her criticism. "Hearing politicians speak about drones being precision weapons [makes it seem like theyre] able to make surgical strikes. To me its completely ridiculous, completely ludicrous to make these statements.". The three whistleblowers point, for instance, to the complete absence of any post-strike verification of who exactly has died. "Theres a bomb. They drop it. ...
Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has an excellent idea in proposing to boost monetary payouts to whistleblowers in the security and finance industries, Robert W. Sadowski, a New York lawyer who represents whistleblowers, told MidPoint host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV...
General. The MAA will not tolerate intimidation, coercion, or discrimination of any kind against employees or other individuals who file complaints or who testify, assist, or participate in any manner in an investigation or hearing. All such acts against complainants or other participants should be reported immediately to the Executive Director or Compliance Officer (Vice President).. Reporting Responsibility. It is the responsibility of all Directors, Officers, members and employees to comply with the Code of Ethics and to report violations or suspected violations in accordance with this Whistleblower Policy.. No Retaliation. No Director, Officer, member, or employee who in good faith reports a violation of the Code of Ethics shall suffer harassment, retaliation or adverse employment consequences. An employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. A volunteer may be removed from an ...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Food Safety Modernization Act. OSHA invites the public to submit comments on the interim final rule.
Employment law regulates such issues as employee discipline, benefits, hiring, firing, overtime and breaks, leave, payroll, health and safety in the workplace, non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistleblowing, worker classification as independent contractor or employee, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, workers compensation, and employee handbooks ...
We won summary judgment for a dialysis center company in a multiple-count lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court. The plaintiff, a former clinic nurse, alleged race discrimination and retaliation under state and federal law against the company and her manager based upon her alleged mistreatment while employed and her termination within days of reporting her alleged mistreatment. The Court found that the company properly disciplined the plaintiff for failing to wear personal protective equipment while treating a patient as required by company policy. The Court held the plaintiff did not raise an inference of discrimination regarding her discipline through the nine co-workers proffered as comparators whom she claimed were treated more favorably under similar circumstances. As to the retaliation claim, the Court noted that the temporal proximity of her termination to her complaints was insufficient to establish retaliation because the termination resulted from her failure to show up for work or ...
Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has been ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in compensatory and punitive damages following a pair of whistleblower complaints alleging that the freight rail company illegally fired three workers who complained about safety issues, the Labor Departments Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Feb. 28.. OSHA said it found violations of the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) involving workplace accidents in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Since August 2007, when OSHA was given authority over FRSA whistleblower complaints, the agency has received more than 1,200 complaints. Sixty percent of the complaints involved allegations that an employer retaliated after an employee reported a workplace injury.. Click here for more information.. ...
The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency, safeguards the merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing. OSC serves as a safe and secure channel for federal workers who wish to disclose violations of laws, gross mismanagement or waste funds, abuse of authority, and a specific danger to the public health and safety. In addition, OSC enforces and provides advisory opinions regarding the Hatch Act, and protects the rights of federal employee military veterans and reservists under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994. Information about OSCs functions, including how to file a complaint, make a protected disclosure, or receive a Hatch Act advisory opinion can be found on OSCs web site.. ...
While whistleblowing is a "bottom-up" solution to tackling unethical practices, technology can offer a "top-down" alternative. The EMEIA survey highlights how advances in technology have given companies access to new information, insights and ways of working that can help in the fight against fraud, bribery and corruption.. By focusing on behavioral patterns such as anomalies in employee work hours, attempts to access restricted work areas and the use of unauthorized external storage devices, companies can identify individuals who may pose a higher risk to the business.. Despite the need to collect such data, the survey identified a tension between opinions about what channels companies should monitor and the types of surveillance that their employees consider a violation of privacy. Companies should bridge this gap by raising awareness of the importance of collecting such data and of the potential consequences if company data is leaked or stolen. Employees need to understand that companies can ...
Sweet & Maxwells employment and employee benefits law titles cover diversity, pensions, employment law, redundancies, Disability Discrimination Act, age discrimination, contracts of employment, trade unions, employment tribunals, sex discrimination, and unfair redundancy.. Also covered are subjects such as constructive and unfair dismissal, Race and Religion Act, whistleblowing law, maternity leave, employment rights, work law, harassment and bullying, staff contracts, directors pay, HR policy and practice, holiday rights, employee share schemes, and business re-organisation. ...
Entegris is committed to the responsible sourcing of "conflict minerals" throughout our supply chain and to continuing to comply with the underlying SEC rules and regulations.. Entegris requires suppliers that provide tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold, or products containing these components, (which are then incorporated into products we manufacture for sale) to submit information that allows us to trace the minerals back through the supply chain to the source. In addition, Entegris expects our suppliers to adopt policies and establish their own due diligence program to be able to identify and certify whether any of the materials supplied to Entegris contain conflict minerals that are not conflict free. To provide information related to the Entegris Conflict Minerals Conformance Program, please email [email protected] ...
Due to self-censorship on key political topics, the Moroccan online media landscape lacks diversity and investigative journalism. In the words of Aboubakr Jamai, "the carrot in Morocco is bigger than the stick, the state would rather reward you for obedience than punish you for dissent. So many otherwise good journalists prefer the financial rewards than the risky duties of watchdogs."25 Online news outlets receive unofficial directives not to report on controversial issues, or not to allow certain voices to be heard. In a state that punishes investigative reporting and whistleblowing, people with sensitive information tend to stay quiet to avoid possible retribution. Debates on issues related to the monarchy do not make news, both in traditional and online media. For example, the release of Prince Hichams "explosive"26 book, Journal dun Prince Banni [Diary of a Banished Prince] in April 201427 surprisingly did not trigger any discussion or reaction in the country, which many observers link to ...
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The Guardian: Leaks of classified war documents by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks accuse British troops of carrying out attacks on Afghan civilians. The Ministry of Defence today disclosed its version of the incidents after a freedom of information request by the Guardian. Although an incomplete picture, the details provide a rare and compelling account of British errors in the field.
WikiLeaks to target Mexico, narcotics WikiLeaks, a whistleblowing online site, obtained 2,836 U.S. documents related to Mexico and 8,324 documents related to narcotics -- both areas of great...