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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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Protecting whistleblowers from such retaliation enables corruption to be exposed, while also enhancing openness and accountability in government and corporate workplaces.
The IRS has argued in court documents that because the whistleblower law deals only with tax matters, for the purpose of calculating rewards, the amount available to be shared, known as collected proceeds, only refers to taxes it would have foregone without a whistleblowers help.
Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to whistleblowers under Dodd-Frank have exceeded $100 million, with $57 million given in fiscal year 2016.
Whistleblowers from different countries rarely get a chance to talk to each other or to journalists, to share experiences, receive support, and possibly come up with solutions.
Since launching the program, the agency has awarded nearly $111 million to 34 eligible whistleblowers.
Furthermore, he says there is insufficient understanding of the process regarding retaliation against whistleblowers.
19) The SOX protection encompasses internal whistleblowers and does not require these whistleblowers to report violations to the SEC.
1) I began the research for my book thinking I wanted to know why whistleblowers do it, what makes them different from the rest of us?
Laws protecting whistleblowers will not combat corruption, as Nicolaou seems to believe, when the authorities do not have resolve to do anything about it.
As trusted advisors, CPAs may be asked to provide advice to potential whistleblowers.
While examples of rich bounties paid to appraisers may inspire the imaginations of would-be whistleblowers, it's worth noting that the whistleblower trail is difficult to follow, painful and lonesome, and most often ends without a bounty.
Federal courts are split on whether the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation provisions apply to whistleblowers who only report internally and not to the SEC.