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Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group®, R. Scott Oswald, Discusses the Importance of “Robust and Responsive Internal Compliance Programs” with Workforce Management Magazine

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R. Scott Oswald, managing principal of The Employment Law Group®, was recently interviewed and quoted by Workforce Management Magazine on the subject of expanded whistleblower protection under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

In 2010, Dodd-Frank amended the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and expanded whistleblower protections to include “nationally recognized statistical rating organizations” which include credit rating agencies.  Additionally, the new laws provide various financial incentives for whistleblowers who report fraud and provide protection for whistleblowers against employer retaliation.

Commenting on these expanded protections for whistleblowers, Mr. Oswald told Workforce Management Magazine, that it is necessary for employers to have a “robust and responsive internal compliance program” to ensure that employers do not violate the laws designed to protect workers who report fraudulent or illegal practices.

Additionally, Mr. Oswald notes that “employees don’t want to become whistleblowers,” rather they typically “have families to support and careers to maintain” but come forward in order to protect themselves from retaliation by their employers.

The article, “Whistling While You Work”, appeared in the April 1, 2012 edition of Workforce Management Magazine.

The Employment Law Group® law firm has a nationwide whistleblower practice representing employees who have been the victims of retaliation.

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