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Stimulus Law Contains Expansive Whistleblower Protections

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Buried within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is a provision that provides broad protections for whistleblowers. More commonly known as either the McCaskill Amendment or Section 1553, the provision contains several pro-employee elements not generally found in other whistleblower provisions enforced by the Department of Labor (DOL).


In A Nutshell 

Who's protected: Employees of non-federal employers that receive direct or indirect stimulus funds. An example of an indirect receipt of funds is a private employer contracting with entities that have received federal stimulus funds.

Important: The language of Section 1553 suggests supervisors and managers can be held individually liable for violations.

What's prohibited: Retaliating against an employee for disclosing to an inspector general, a government agency, Congress, a supervisor, a court, or a grand jury information that the employee rea...(register to read more)

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