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Accession Number PB2013-100097
Title Whistleblower Protections Under Federal Law: An Overview, September 13, 2012.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 25p
Personal Author J. O. Shimabukuro L. P. Whitaker
Abstract Legal protections for employees who report illegal misconduct by their employers have increased dramatically since the late 1970s when such protections were first adopted for federal employees in the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. Since that time, with the enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, Congress has expanded such protections for federal employees. Congress has also established whistleblower protections for individuals in certain private-sector employment through the adoption of whistleblower provisions in at least 18 federal statutes. Among these statutes is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). This report provides an overview of key aspects of the 18 selected federal statutes applicable to individuals in certain private-sector industries. It focuses on the protections provided to employees who believe they have been subject to retaliation, rather than on how or where alleged misconduct should be disclosed. In addition, the report also includes an overview of the Whistleblower Protection Act. While state law may also provide whistleblower protections for employees, this report focuses only on the aforementioned federal statutory provisions.
Keywords Congressional reports
Discrimination
Federal law
Legal protection
Misconduct
Protection programs
Regulations
Risk management
Violation
Whistleblower
Whistleblower protection program

 
Source Agency Congressional Research Service
NTIS Subject Category 92C - Social Concerns
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Rept. to Congress.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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