Know Your Rights Before You Blow The Whistle
It is absolutely essential that every whistleblower knows their legal rights.
Blowing the whistle on fraud, waste, and abuse is not a safe or easy path. In order to successfully navigate the complex network of U.S. whistleblower, it is crucial to educate yourself on your rights and protections. The New Whistleblower’s Handbook is the first-ever guide to whistleblowing, by the nation’s leading whistleblower attorney.
With this easy to read step-by-step guide, you will find all of the most essential tools for successfully using U.S. federal and state whistleblower laws, including the highly effective IRS reward laws, SEC reward laws, False Claims Act/qui tam reward laws.
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What the Whistleblower's
The Whistleblower’s Handbook will help countless whistleblowers navigate the horrifying maze of the legal system. I only wish I’ve had access to this priceless publication even sooner! This is a must-read for every current or potential whistleblower.Julia Davis
Department of Homeland Security Whistleblower
Steve has written a first-rate handbook for workers who have witnessed egregious examples of waste, fraud or abuse which they know should be reported to the authorities but who are afraid of losing their jobs if they do.William Sanjour
Whistleblowers need this Handbook!Dr. Frederic Whitehurst
FBI Crime Lab Whistleblower
This is a great book… Read [The Handbook] to see how Stephen Kohn won a case using his powerful skills as a lawyerDonald R. Soeken
June 17, 2014
This book arms the whistleblower with the vital ammunition needed to effectively document corruption, while guiding them in how to protect their families, reputations and careersLinda Tripp
White House Whistleblower
With the Holy Bible in one hand and Mr. Kohn’s Whistleblower Handbook in the other, my wife filed a Whistleblower complaint against her employer and represented herself in Court; she secured a judgment of liability against her employer following a twelve (12) day hearing, including extensive pre- and post-hearing briefs.Jim Gunther
pro se representative Gunther v. Deltek, 2010-SOX-4
What the Experts
The top ten books about whistleblowers. The ultimate legal guide to protecting yourself if you are thinking about becoming a whistleblower yourself.PEN Center, USA
It’s vastly shrewd and practical, but it also offers an astute long view of American whistle-blowing.The Boston Globe
If you’re among the 34% of Americans who have seen wrongdoing at their job, you may want to add this book to your Christmas wish list. Just don’t let your boss catch you reading it.The Wall Street Journal
In a mix of anecdote, legal history, compendium of relevant laws and practical handbook, Stephen Kohn tries to steer both would-be whistleblowers and corporate compliance officers through what he calls a ‘labyrinth’.Financial Times
If you are a Chief Compliance Officer [this] is a gift you may wish to give yourself.FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog
Whether you are a corporate crime defense counsel, a worker thinking on turning in your crooked boss, or a whistleblower’s lawyer – we recommend you pick up this book.Corporate Crime Reporter
Security directors who want to increase the chances that insiders will have the courage to come forward should consider purchasing and distributing copies of this book.SecurityManagement.com
This comprehensive and well researched…. book by Kohn is an invaluable tool and guide to anyone finding themselves in the crosshairs of retaliation because of their whistleblowing.East County Magazine
Whistleblowers should read The Whistleblower’s Handbook. Its twenty-one rules lay out the game plan for holding institutions accountable while protecting your job.Michael Radutzky
Kohn is a feared litigator in government and corporate circles.John Solomon, News and Investigations Editor, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
For the past 25 years, Kohn’s been in the trenches fighting the whistleblower wars. The lessons learned from those wars have been distilled in this book.”
[The Handbook] is the single best volume collection of all laws, rights and obligations related to whistle-blowing that I have come across.
Finally — the “how-to” guide for whistleblowers. This is a much-needed step-by-step explanation for anyone thinking about speaking out against fraud and corruption. Whistleblowers will avoid a lot of tears from the book’s checklists and dos and don’ts. Written in clear and understandable language, this book should be in the bottom drawer of anyone thinking about blowing the whistle — and on the desk for managers who want to improve compliance.Dean Zerbe
The Whistleblower’s Handbook opens a window into the controversial but vital role of whistleblowers in America’s workplace dating from the days of the Civil War. With compelling insider details, practical ‘rules’ and rare insights, Stephen Kohn, the country’s leading whistleblower expert, has created the essential overview for CEO’s, CFO’s, GC’s, chief compliance officers, HR and audit professionals, and others who should be knowledgeable about this fundamental aspect of corporate life.Donna Boehme
Former Group Compliance and Ethics Officer
BP plc, and Principal, Compliance Strategists LLC
Based on the complex and illogical array of whistleblower legislation, it is astounding that anyone undertakes to do the right thing and report malfeasance to the authorities. Yet, Stephen Kohn has written an inspiring and optimistic report on the state of whistleblowing in the US and guides us through the complexities of risking our own comfort by blowing the whistle in 21 rules. [It] is replete with compelling and little-known stories alongside the more typical, highly-publicized tabloid fodder. A particularly sobering account of whistleblowers in the earliest days of our republic and the moral imperative that protected them will make readers yearn for a way to protect ourselves in the same way as the Founding Fathers protected a group of seamen during the Revolution. The wise reader will pay heed to Kohn’s short list of rules when performing her moral duty.Gina Vega
Salem State University
Author of Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work
By patiently explaining laws, procedures, pitfalls and groundbreaking cases, the book provides time-tested insights on how to “not only blow the whistle but also how to win.”
The Whistleblower’s Handbook is presented in the form of “Rules.” This is a way of saying that if you don’t carefully follow the advice, your chances of losing your case – and perhaps your job, career and financial security along with it – could go up significantly. Kohn rightly notes than whistleblower laws “are confusing, and many are riddled with loopholes.” More than 50 US federal laws are on the books, along with hundreds more passed by states.
In plainspoken language, Kohn explains every major whistleblower US law, as well as many lesser-known provisions. He describes how each law can be used by employees to:
- expose crime, abuses and public health threats,
- kickstart investigations and deter future wrongdoing,
- be protected from workplace retaliation,
- be compensated for lost wages and other losses, and
- in some cases receive financial awards if regulators recover fines, penalties, stolen funds and/or ill-gotten gains.
Beyond detailing new laws, recent cases and other key developments in the field, Kohn also explores perhaps the most important trend for advancing whistleblower rights worldwide. Very few citizens know – and unfortunately, very few whistleblower advocates and attorneys know – that at least 10 US whistleblower laws now have global reach. This means that regardless of the country where they live or are based, employees can use these laws to report wrongdoing and public health threats, and potentially be rewarded for coming forward with information.
The book contains so many tools and so much information to help whistleblowers report misconduct and win their cases that The Wall Street Journal remarked, “Just don’t let your boss catch you reading it.The European Whistleblower Center
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