Phillips & Cohen partner Erika Kelton tells the Wall Street Journal that whistleblower protections in the new Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Act will encourage more whistleblowers to come forward.
The [US Department of Labor’s] Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which manages a wide-ranging whistleblower protection program, will now investigate complaints by individual whistleblowers who face retaliation for reporting antitrust- or money-laundering-related violations to their superiors or the federal government, the agency said in a notice late last week.
OSHA said it would also investigate complaints from whistleblowers who say they were retaliated against for assisting investigations or proceedings related to alleged antitrust- or money-laundering-related wrongdoing.
Stronger anti-retaliation enforcement would mean closer scrutiny of how companies treat whistleblowers and could help encourage more whistleblowers to come forward as well, said Erika Kelton, a partner at law firm Phillips & Cohen LLP.
Read the entire article. “New Whistleblower Protection Laws Broaden OSHA’s Investigative Reach,” on The Wall Street Journal’s website.