Magazine article Workforce

Muting the Whistle-Blower?

Magazine article Workforce

Muting the Whistle-Blower?

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The Buzz

*Provisions in a New Law

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the new law designed to crack down on business wrongdoing in publicly traded companies, is missing something it once had, according to Senators Charles E. Grassley and Patrick Leahy. They claim that the Bush administration's interpretation of the law will water down the whistle-blower protections it contains.

The senators, who wrote the whistle-- blower provision of the law, say that the White House's "narrow interpretation" of its protections could discourage insiders from reporting a company's fraud, according to a story in the Los Angeles Times.

The administration's interpretation of the law is that only employees who report corporate wrongdoing to congressional committees conducting investigations will be entitled to the law's protections against retaliation, the Times says. But Leahy and Grassley say they intended it to apply to employees who report misdeeds to any member of Congress, regardless of his or her committee standing, the Times reports. …

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