New protections coming for disgruntled intelligence workers

By Douglas Birch

Compliance with a demand for government-wide anti-retaliatory measures is “on track,” officials say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chuck Grassley":

"… an intent to harm the country or help its historic antagonists. But Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a longtime supporter of enhanced whistleblower protections, refer …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

Report: Campaign law changes hasten power imbalance between rich, poor

By Dave Levinthal

New report asserts campaign law changes have further eroded political clout of the middle class and poor.

Report suggests OSHA safeguard contingent workers

By Chris Hamby

Regulators should launch an enforcement blitz of companies using large numbers of contingent workers, a nonprofit group concludes.

ALEC's decades of 'right-to-work' effort pay off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Think tank’s 32-year 'right-to-work' campaign succeeds in union stronghold

Excerpts from this story referencing "Prosperity":

"… it was introduced in the Legislature.The Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a national organization funded by the conservative billionaire brothers C …"

Warehouse worker lawsuit targets Walmart

By Jim Morris and Adithya Sambamurthy

Warehouse laborers, citing oppressive conditions and unpaid wages, contend Walmart is among those responsible.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… er scrutiny. In a report last June, the National Employment Law Project, a New York-based legal and policy-analysis center, alleged “pervasive labor abuses …"

National unions and Chamber of Commerce face off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

Michigan’s emergency manager law, and labor’s future, up for a vote

Pentagon failed to protect whistleblowers

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Aaron Mehta

Investigators routinely disregarded rules, while rejecting 50 percent of complaints of reprisals for reporting waste, fraud and abuse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… these decisions were clearly contrary to a provision of the U.S. Military Whistleblower Protection Act of 1988, which bars officers or other superiors from either …"

On-call employment: Good for business, bad for workers

By Joe Eaton

Call-in shifts are good for business but bad for workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… f fashion merchandise management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, sales work at a retail clothing shop seemed like a good option.Taylor was …"

"… often far worse, said Carrie Gleason, director of Retail Action Project, a New York City retail worker advocacy group. The biggest problem with call-in shifts, Gle …"

"… ar contract with Macy’s on behalf of 4,000 workers at four stores in the New York City area. Union spokesman Dan Morris said Macy’s new scheduling system was a …"

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers

By Amy Biegelsen

FedEx drivers are part of the ever-blurring line between employees and contractors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… use of independent contractors,” says Richard Reibstein, an attorney in New York City who helps businesses write independent contractor policies that will withs …"

Plan to cut benefits for injured federal workers stirs concern

By Jim Morris

A move to cut benefits for injured federal workers upsets union officials — and some members of Congress

Grassley says IRS whistleblower program needs more resources

By Michael Hudson

Report says IRS whistleblowers need help busting tax cheats

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ask for more resources while ignoring the free resources available.” …"

FACT CHECK: Is Texas impervious to the recession?

By FactCheck.Org

Gov. Perry picks and chooses which economic statistics suit his presidential campaign, and his critics do the same

Excerpts from this story referencing "gross domestic product":

"… the largest industry in the state in 2010, as measured by a percentage of gross domestic product, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It beat out mining, wh …"

Corporate informants could reap big windfalls for exposing fraud

By Michael Hudson

How-to guide for tipsters to blow in corporate wrongdoing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… h route is best to pursue.” On Friday, Sean McKessy, chief of the SEC's Whistleblower Office, said in a media release: "Securities fraud is not a victimless cri …"

FACT CHECK: Misleading information about White House salaries goes viral

By FactCheck.Org

FACT CHECK: Email campaign distorts White House salaries

Less than 2 percent of 'Sarbox' corporate whistleblowers win inside federal bureaucracy

By Michael Hudson

Less than 2% of 'Sarbox' whistleblowers win

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… avor of the worker, which prompts the company to make a settlement offer. Whistleblower advocates counter that settlements aren’t always clear wins for whistleb …"

"… law isn’t strong enough or isn’t being enforced rigorously enough.” Whistleblower advocates, on the other hand, believe that a lack of effective enforcement …"

IRS red tape, old guard slow whistleblowing on corporate tax cheats

By Michael Hudson

IRS stingy in rewarding tipsters who turn in corporate tax cheats

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… paid a bounty that amounted to 22 percent of its recovery in the case, the lawyer said. No other whistleblower attorney has come forward to announce an awa …"

"… kingpins. But last year, in an update to the Internal Revenue Manual, IRS lawyers seemed to come up with a new definition of “planned and initiated” …"

Whistleblower bill close to winning Senate approval

By Laurel Adams and Aaron Mehta

A landmark bill to protect government whistleblowers is expected to win U.S. Senate approval this month, according to two advocacy groups, e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… d victory for the Obama administration and for Whistleblower advocates.The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act would offer new rights to federal workers such …"

"… ch turns out to be massive fraud,” said Lindsey Williams of the National Whistleblowers Center.“There are certainly things that could be stronger in the bill, …"

Labor Dept's handling of whistleblower cases criticized by another watchdog

By Michael Hudson

A new watchdog report says the U.S. Labor Department often fails to properly investigate complaints by corporate workers who seek whistleblo

New government report finds ongoing flaws in Labor Dept.'s whistleblower protections

By Michael Hudson

A new government report has found continuing flaws in the U.S. Department of Labor’s whistleblower-protection program....

Federal bureaucracy dismisses most Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims

By Michael Hudson

Whistleblower protections passed after the Enron accounting scandal have been largely gutted by the federal bureaucracy responsible for prot

Excerpts from this story referencing "Whistleblower":

"… ders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America—and Spawned a Global Crisis. …"

"… tunity to have their claims fully reviewed,” he said.Reform Bill Expands Whistleblower ProtectionOne area of controversy may be cleared up by the financial refor …"

Arlington cemetery management failed whistleblower

By Nick Schwellenbach

Arlington National Cemetery management “demonstrated an obvious failure” when it fired Gina Gray, the cemetery’s former spokeswoman and a wh

Anti-whistleblower track record continues

By Nick Schwellenbach

One of two whistleblowers to win even a temporary victory before a government whistleblower review board under a Bush administration appoint

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Project":

"… s had a 1-44 win-loss track record, according to a tally by the non-profit Government Accountability Project (before the February reversal, the track record was 2-43). In the original …"

Mandatory one-week vacation legislation lacks congressional support

By Kat Aaron

As Congress leaves town for the July 4th recess, a timely bill is languishing in the House: the Paid Vacation Act. ...

Lawmakers ask Obama for whistleblower protection

By Nick Schwellenbach

After years of executive branch hostility to whistleblowers, will President Barack Obama — himself a former whistleblower attorney — hire so

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Project":

"… engthen whistleblower protections.Tom Devine, legislative director for the Government Accountability Project, told the Las Vegas Review Journal earlier this year that several Las Vega …"

Pentagon watchdog weak on whistleblowers

By Nick Schwellenbach

Last week, the Associated Press broke an intriguing story about plummeting morale in the Pentagon’s top oversight agency, the Office of Insp

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Project":

"… s red flags,” says Adam Miles, a whistleblower advocate at the nonprofit Government Accountability Project, told PaperTrail. A whistleblower system that works well should at least f …"