whistleblower


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whistleblower

a person, usually an employee, who reveals information, which he is contractually obliged to keep secret, because of an overriding public interest. The principle was recently introduced into the UK by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which has, for example, resulted in an accountant who was dismissed for exposing financial irregularities of his manager to the company headquarters in the USA being awarded not that much short of £300,000.
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Media Contact: Brian Krauss, Whistleblowers Against Fraud, 866-973-37283, bk@whistleblowersagainstfraud.
This informational seminar is part of the National Whistleblower Center's International Anti-Corruption Campaign.
At the end of the day, protecting investors is what the whistleblower program is all about," he said.
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He said it was up to Congress to amend the statute to provide confidentiality for whistleblowers, given the legislative "choice of a public forum for such actions.
Company self-reporting increases the entity's ability to shape the tone of the disclosure, rather than allowing the whistleblower to control the disclosure.
Also, an employee can make an internal report to a company compliance program for up to 120 days prior to submitting that information to the SEC and still qualify for a whistleblower award.
The SEC said its new whistleblower programme strengthens the SEC's ability to protect investors in several ways:
Reporting of suspected tax fraud is excluded under the FFCA and instead is covered by the IRS's whistleblower program described below.
This includes an outline of the creation of a new "intake" process, issuance of Notice 2008-4, revision of Form 211, Application of Award for Original Information, and creation of a Whistleblower Executive Board.