Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees
By Stephen M. Kohn, Michael D. Kohn, David K. Colapinto Praeger, 2004
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Driven by public outrage after the Enron implosion and similar scandals, Congress enacted sweeping new reforms to protect employees and investors from corporate corruption. Since its passage in 2002, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has become a landmark in policymaking, business law and social activism.
Whistleblower Law is the first book to examine the impact of this legislation, especially as it pertains to the rights of whistleblowers—those who dare to speak out against wrongdoing. Written by the field’s top attorneys, Whistleblower Law is the definitive text for lawyers, judges and mediators; corporate executives and managers; employees at publicly traded companies; scholars, labor leaders and human-resource advocates; and potential whistleblowers themselves.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act has affected the corporate and legal communities in many ways. For example, the law mandates that all publicly traded companies must establish whistleblowing programs, and that corporate attorneys must divulge any information that implicates their clients in criminal acts. Readers will find these developments chronicled in a clear, accessible style. Whistleblower Law is the standard reference for anyone concerned with the rights and responsibilities of whistleblowers in an age of corporate scrutiny.
“Corporate whistleblowers are the unsung heroes on Wall Street. However, because these corporate employees are frequently subject to retaliation, it is essential that they have a thorough understanding of their rights. The new book Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees provides a clear, comprehensive and easy-to-understand explanation of the employee-protection requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Whistleblower Law explains how this new law works, including the legal and procedural requirements that must be met by the employee whistleblower. With this book in hand, managers can ensure they comply with the law, and whistleblowers can ensure their rights are protected.”
– U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, principal Republican co-sponsor of the whistleblower protections for reporting security fraud, contained in Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
“In 2002, the Enron scandal and subsequent congressional hearings led to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, one of the most extensive corporate reform initiatives in decades. A vital part of those reforms are provisions defending the courage of the whistleblowers who provide the information that helps uncover this greed and corruption. For these gutsy people who choose to risk so much to report fraud and abuse, this important and well-organized reference guide details the history of whistleblower laws and the historical employment protections now in place because of Sarbanes-Oxley. The authors are noted advocates for whistleblower reform and accomplished practitioners in whistleblower cases. Their unquestioned expertise shines through in this comprehensive study.”
– U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Principal Democratic co-sponsor of the whistleblower protections for reporting security fraud, contained in Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002