What's Inside the Handbook?
Know the Whistleblower Laws and Rules Before You Blow The Whistle

It is absolutely essential for whistleblowers to know their rights. The New Whistleblower’s Handbook is the first-ever guide to whistleblowing, by the nation’s leading whistleblower attorney. The Handbook is an easy to read, step-by-step guide to the essential tools for successfully blowing the whistle, qualifying for financial rewards, and protecting yourself.

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What’s Inside The Whistleblower Handbook?

The New Whistleblower’s Handbook is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing, qualifying for financial rewards, and protecting yourself from retaliation. The Handbook explains how to use modern whistleblower laws to report fraud confidentially, effectively work with law enforcement to hold fraudsters accountable and obtain multi-million-dollar rewards. It has extensive information on fighting on-the-job discrimination, including a comprehensive listing of the evidence needed to prove retaliation.

It includes a new “Toolkit” for international whistleblowers, with specific rules concerning reporting frauds outside the United States and award programs under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, among other transnational anti-corruption laws. This essential guide explains all major federal and state laws protecting or rewarding whistleblowers, and in the step-by-step bulk of the book, presents 31 must-follow rules for whistleblowers—from finding the best laws that will protect you, to the dangers of blindly trusting internal corporate “hotlines,” to obtaining the proof you need to win the case.

The Handbook will permit you to navigate the maze of confusing laws, rules, and regulations that govern whistleblowing. Ignorance of the proper steps to expose wrongdoing too often leads to silence, lost court cases, public embarrassment, and a failure to effect real change. But when done right, whistleblowing has strengthened democracy, protected the environment, and saved taxpayers and investors billions of dollars. Current whistleblower laws have created a powerful tool for valuable grassroots participation.

The author, Stephen Kohn, is the nation’s leading whistleblower attorney. He won the largest-ever award ever given to an individual whistleblower ($104 million) and has been peer review rated as among the top “elite” plaintiff’s attorneys within the entire United States (the only whistleblower attorney to obtain this rating).

“The Whistleblower’s Handbook is the authoritative reference for anyone who has ever wondered how they might blow the whistle – and, once they’ve done so, how to prevail.” – Stephen Kohn, Nation’s Top Whistleblower Attorney

What’s Inside:

The Handbook’s rules cover every area relevant to effective whistleblowing.

  • Rules 1-5 outline all of the essential federal and state whistleblower laws. They discuss the modern whistleblower laws that permit confidential filings, pay rewards and present an overview of federal and state anti-retaliation laws.
  • Rules 6-12 explain the whistleblower reward laws, including the False Claims Act, tax and money laundering reward laws, the Dodd-Frank Act, the Securities Exchange Act, the Commodity Exchange Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and reward laws covering auto safety, ocean pollution and other areas.
  • Rules 13-14 concern the rights of government employees.
  • Rules 15-16 discuss the scope of protected activities related to anti-retaliation laws. The definition of protected disclosures is also addressed in Rules 2-5 or under the rules related to specific laws.
  • Rules 17-19 discuss whistleblower laws that impact internal compliance and audit. They cover issues such as how compliance officials can qualify for financial rewards, problems with corporate “hotlines” or compliance programs, and issues related to corporate attorney managed investigations. Rule 19 provides specific guidance to company directors, partners, auditors, compliance professionals, and attorneys and explains the steps they must take to qualify for rewards under the Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Rules 20-27 covers the law on retaliation. It explains the major pitfalls, such as ensuring that you meet the statute of limitations and provides details into the evidence you need to prove a case and ensure that your claim reaches a jury or judge. It explains the types of monetary or equitable compensation available in retaliation cases, and how to make a company pay your attorney fees and costs.
  • Rule 28 concerns the legality of nondisclosure agreements that are often used to silence whistleblowers, and tactics that can be used to have these agreements nullified.
  • Rules 29-31 cover matters of general interest not related to any specific whistleblower law. They identify particular procedures that are subject to political pressure, and thus may be problematic is used. They also explain how successful whistleblowing can be in holding wrongdoers accountable and why whistleblowing is the most effective means for identifying corporate wrongdoing. There is also an overview of international whistleblower programs.
  • The “Final Rule” concerns the history of whistleblowing in the United States. It is the first complete historical account of America’s first whistleblowers. Based on original archival research, Kohn was able to put together the story of the first whistleblowers who exposed misconduct by a high-ranking official of the American government during the height of the Revolution. The whistleblowers filed their allegations to the Continental Congress in 1777, and the case was resolved in 1778. Based on this history the United States Senate has unanimously enacted resolutions declaring July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

THE RULES

OVERVIEW OF WHISTLEBLOWER LAWS

THE REWARD LAWS

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

PROTECTED DISCLOSURES

COMPLIANCE AND AUDIT

RETALIATION

NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS AND HUSH MONEY

GENERAL INTEREST

WHISTLEBLOWER HISTORY