Whistleblower Bill Should Offer More Employee Protections

By Matthew LaGarde (July 31, 2019, 1:12 PM EDT) -- On July 9, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2515[1], also known as the Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019. The WPRA is designed to address a gap in the whistleblower protections afforded under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers.[2]

Specifically, the Supreme Court in Digital Realty Trust ruled that the anti-retaliation provision of Dodd-Frank does not extend to protect employees who only make reports concerning violations of securities laws internally, as opposed to individuals who made a report to...

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