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Topic of the Week

Whistleblowing - Federal Employees

Many federal employees are protected from retaliation for reporting legal violations or government waste or fraud by the government agencies they work for. Federal employee whistleblowers are protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) and

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Blog of the Week

Kamala Harris goes big and bold with proposal for six months of paid family leave

Sen. Kamala Harris is offering up an expansive new paid family leave proposal. Harris had previously co-sponsored the FAMILY Act, which would provide three months of paid family leave—but now she’s calling for six months. Harris’ plan also calls for families with incomes under $75,000 to get full income replacement, with higher earners getting a lower percentage, while the FAMILY Act provides up to 66%.

Thought for the Week

"Any good whistleblower law will contain two primary provisions. First, it will provide for the protection of the whistleblower’s identity.....Second, the whistleblower law should not only prohibit retaliation against the whistleblower, but also provide for specific remedies if retaliation takes place."

–Tom Spiggle

List of the Week

from Workplace Fairness

Top searches in whistleblowing this week:

  • General information about whistleblowing
  • Federal Employee whistleblowers
  • Whistleblower retaliation 
  • Food Safety whistleblowers

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Sexual Harassment Training Now Required for 20% of U.S. Workers
  2. GM CEO Barra, top UAW officials meet, injecting 'new life' into strike talks
  3. Uber and Lyft Drivers Talk About Getting Ripped Off
  4. Advocates see discrimination against older workers, the fastest-growing group in the labor force
  5. Don't start 'wage war' for workers, top executive warns, raising antitrust fears