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- Warren Buffett Simply Blew it on Wells Fargo Stock: Dick Bove (Video)
- Barclays and Deutsche Bank to Lag U.S. Trading Peers
- NY AG Schneiderman Seeks to Close Loophole That Could Let Trump Pardons Block State Charges
- 'Fearless Girl' is Moving to NYSE After Year Staring Down 'Charging Bull'
- What's In Your Wallet - American Express Shares Soar After Earnings Release
- Deutsche Bank's Executive Departures Continue Following Change in CEO
- Reflections of an Economist Commissioner (SEC's Piwowar)
- Billionaire HF Manager and The Fed Chair Runner-Up are Investing in New Cryptocurrency
- Court Finds 2 Brokers Liable for Fraud Involving Mortgage-Backed Securities
- One FINRA: An Organization’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
- 2018 GASB Accounting Support Fee to Fund the Governmental Accounting Standards Board
- Barclays Eyes Move Into Cryptocurrency Trading
- Goldman Breaks From Wall Street Pack with Bond-Trading Boom
- Janney Montgomery Scott CEO Joins FINRA Board of Governors
- SEC Encourages Investors to Do Background Checks on Investor.gov
- The Martin Act: Wall Street Titan Takes Aim at Law That Tripped Him Up
- Bank of America’s Cost-Cutting Drive Pushes Profit to Record
- Larry Fink: Wall Street’s $6 Trillion Man Finally Worth $1Bn
- Activist Investor Wants Barclays Investment Banking Overhaul (Video)
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Congressional Bill Threatens Whistleblower Programs
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-R), who introduced the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0, included provisions that would water down protections and incentives for those who speak on corporate wrong doing. The bill, which cleared the House Financial Services Committee last week, is designed to stop people who were involved in a scheme from profiting off it – that, according to a spokesperson for Rep. Hensarling.
According to the NYPost, the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0 has provisions to keep corporate whistleblowers involved in any wrongdoing from collecting awards. The act would also require the whistleblower to try to stop violations from happening within their company. The provision applies broadly any person who, “having a duty to prevent the violation, fails to make an effort the person is required to make.”
The current law prevents people who have been criminally charged from collecting whistleblower awards.
However, whistleblower advocates, like former SEC Chair Mary Jo White, fear that the proposed stipulations would force employees to choose between being fired or not reporting anything at all. “If you require an individual to go internally, they know they are putting their financial livelihood and their careers on the line, and they won’t go,” said Michael Kohn, President of the National Whistleblower Center.