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- SEC Chair Clayton Goes 'Hat in Hand' Before Congress on 2019 Budget Request
- SEC's Opening Remarks to the Elder Justice Coordinating Council
- Massachusetts Jury Convicts CA Attorney of Securities Fraud
- Deutsche Bank Says 3 Senior Investment Bankers to Leave Firm
- World’s Biggest Hedge Fund Reportedly ‘Bearish On Financial Assets’
- SEC Fines Constant Contact, Popular Email Marketer, for Overstating Subscriber Numbers
- SocGen Agrees to Pay $1.3 Billion to End Libya, Libor Probes
- Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitfinex Briefly Halts Trading After Cyber Attack
- SEC Names Valerie Szczepanik Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation
- SEC Modernizes Delivery of Fund Reports, Seeks Public Feedback on Improving Fund Disclosure
- NYSE Says SEC Plan to Limit Exchange Rebates Would Hurt Investors
- Deutsche Bank faces another challenge with Fed stress test
- Former JPMorgan Broker Files racial discrimination suit against company
- $3.3Mn Winning Bid for Lunch with Warren Buffett
- Julie Erhardt is SEC's New Acting Chief Risk Officer
- Chyhe Becker is SEC's New Acting Chief Economist, Acting Director of Economic and Risk Analysis Division
- Getting a Handle on Virtual Currencies - FINRA
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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.