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SEC Whistleblower Attorney Jason Zuckerman Quoted About Battle Over Corporate Whistleblower Rules


An article titled Battle over corporate whistleblower rules won’t end with SEC vote discusses corporate opposition to SEC rules implementing the whistleblower reward provision of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The business community was disappointed that the final SEC rules do not require employees to blow internally before reporting fraud to the SEC.  The article states:

The disagreements between whistleblower lawyers and corporate defense attorneys foreshadow what is likely to be could be years of trench warfare over the rules. One issue that may get attention from lawyers on both sides is SEC language that mostly excludes accountants and internal compliance employees from qualifying for whistleblower awards. (They could  qualify for a bounty, though, if they can show the company is impeding investigation of wrongdoing.)

Jason Zuckerman, a Washington, D.C., whistleblower attorney, says companies that want to limit the number of employees who could qualify as whistleblowers might, for example, “force all employees to sign a disingenuous policy statement acknowledging that every employee’s job duty includes reporting and investigating fraud or other SEC violations.” Zuckerman says that while he doesn’t know of any specific companies that have taken that step,  he has heard from corporate attorneys who plan to recommend having employees sign such statements.

In the past, he notes, companies and their advocates were so successful in narrowing the definition of who qualified as a whistleblower under Sarbanes-Oxley that many whistleblower attorneys hesitated to make claims under the law.

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Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.