In the wake of the Enron implosion and the subsequent revelations of numerous cases of corporate misconduct, sweeping legislation was enacted to reform the system of corporate financial oversight and to ensure protection for employees and investors. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 20, 2002, is a landmark in policymaking, business law, and social activism. Whistleblower Law is the first book to explain and analyze the impact and implications of this legislation, especially as it pertains to the rights of whistleblowers--those who dare to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing. Written by the leading experts in the field and drawing on their extensive experience in advising lawmakers, arguing cases, and training professionals, Whistleblower Law will become the standard reference for lawyers, judges, and mediators; corporate executives and managers; employees of publicly traded companies; labor leaders and human resource advocates; and potential whistleblower alike.
The authors point out that the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley and related reforms in law and policy will have a profound effect on the corporate and legal communities. For example, the law mandates for the first time that all publicly traded companies establish formal whistleblowing programs and that corporate attorneys must divulge information that would implicate their clients in criminal acts, effectively becoming whistleblowers themselves. Written in accessible language that will appeal to anyone concerned with the rights and responsibilities of whistleblowers in an age of corporate scrutiny.
"Corporate whistleblowers are the unsung heroes on Wall Street. However, because these corporate employees are frequently subject to retaliation, it is essential that they have a thorough understanding of their rights. The new book Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees provides a clear, comprehensive and easy-to-understand explanation of the employee-protection requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Whistleblower Law explains how this new law works, including the legal and procedural requirements that must be met by the employee whistleblower. With this book in hand, managers can ensure they comply with the law, and whistleblowers can ensure their rights are protected."
U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, Principal Republican Co-Sponsor of the whistleblower protections for reporting security fraud, contained in Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
“In 2002, the Enron scandal and subsequent congressional hearings led to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, one of the most extensive corporate reform initiatives in decades. A vital part of those reforms are provisions defending the courage of the whistleblowers who provide the information that helps uncover this greed and corruption. For these gutsy people who choose to risk so much to report fraud and abuse, this important and well-organized reference guide details the history of whistleblower laws and the historical employment protections now in place because of Sarbanes-Oxley. The authors are noted advocates for whistleblower reform and accomplished practitioners in whistleblower cases. Their unquestioned expertise shines through in this comprehensive study.”
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, Principal Democratic Co-Sponsor of the whistleblower protections for reporting security fraud, contained in Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.