The Whistleblower’s Handbook:A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself (3rd Edition)
By Stephen Martin Kohn
Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center
Lyons Press 2013
The Whistleblower's Handbook is a “vastly shrewd and practical” tool that “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
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Third Edition is revised and updated through February 2013.
This new edition includes sections and updates on:
* The historic Birkenfeld $104 million dollar reward
* The newly enacted Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act
* Reward under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
The Whistleblower's Handbook includes a 20-page Q&A on the Dodd-Frank Act rewards provisions. This section explains the SEC's regulations that went into effect on August 11, 2011, and provides insights on how to maximize potential rewards.
The Whistleblower's Handbook also explains how whistleblowers can use the Dodd-Frank Act to blow the whistle on violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Readers learn how whistleblowers anywhere in the world can now submit anonymous reward claims for reporting corruption of local officials.
Every single day, American workers by the thousands report fraud, violations of environmental rules, health and safety hazards, and political corruption. The National Business Ethics Survey reports that 56% of workers admit to witnessing serious misconduct at work, and more than half of them take the first step to report it. But there exists a maze of confusing state and federal laws 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. Modern whistleblower laws have created a powerful tool for effective grassroots participation.
Now, from the nation’s leading whistleblower attorney, comes the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing. In The Whistleblower’s Handbook, Stephen Martin Kohn explains nearly all federal and state laws regarding whistleblowing and set forth twenty-one basic rules every potential whistleblower needs to know.
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.
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