The IRS Whistleblower Office was established by a 2006 law which strengthened tax informants' rights and specified a minimum 15 percent bounty for providing tips concerning tax fraud. Since the law's passage, the IRS has had a flood of cases involving unpaid taxes.
Pregnant female firefighters for the District of Columbia currently face a difficult new cost-cutting policy which will is making their lives more difficult. The new policy, which took effect in March, restricts injured or ill firefighters and paramedics to no more than 30 days of light-duty assignments, after which time they must go on unpaid leave until they begin working again.
One question that both employees and employers often have is whether non-compete agreements are enforceable.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Corporate Whistle Blower Center-a national firm specializing in whistleblower advocacy and protection-recently urged Wall Street executives and managers who have substantial proof of securities fraud in their corporation to come forward with claims
Reuters reports that two-thousand unlicensed junior accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers recently brought a class action lawsuit against the company alleging that they were not paid for overtime pay required under state law. Under California law, companies must pay overtime wages to employees who work over 40 hours in a week, unless those workers meet certain exemptions. Such exemptions include those for professionals, executives and administrators.
Last week, a former U.S. intelligence official who had been charged with mishandling sensitive information obtained through his position at the National Security Agency pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of "exceeding the authorized use of a computer." The charge was a lesser offense than the original charges leveled under the Espionage Act and for false statements.
The U.S. House Committee on Oversight is currently looking allegations by the National Labor Relations Board that Boeing Co. retaliated against its unionized workers in Washington State by building a factory in North Carolina to build 787 aircrafts. Those allegations came in April, when the National Labor Relations Board filed a suit against Boeing.
A former social worker for D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency who filed an age discrimination lawsuit against Mayor Adrian Fenty for forcing her to carry an unbearable workload had her suit dismissed earlier this week. The 2009 suit claimed that the agency's Child Protective Services Unit forced its older employees to carry burdensome caseloads, which led to the plaintiff's resignation from her position.
On Monday, a federal court in Washington determined that there is a three-year statute of limitations for filing a whistleblower lawsuit against the District of Columbia.
Recently, Google announced an exciting new product that will allow customers to pay for items digitally, by simply tapping their phone to a payment counter. The same day Google announced its new product, PayPal decided to file a suit against the internet giant and two of its former executives who had apparently been involved in developing the technology. That technology has been estimated as having a $1 trillion opportunity market.
The Business Insider reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission announced last week that it would be proposing rules to create a whistleblower program designed to repay those tip off the agency to violations and allow for successful enforcement actions.