Whistleblowers/Eco-Heroes – New Tools For Embattled Public Servants

Source: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), December 2014

From the press release:
A unique new online legal help center for federal, state and contract employees confronting whistleblower-related issues was unveiled today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Besides proving breakdowns of the scope and strength of whistleblower-related laws, the site enables public employees to schedule free consultations with PEER attorneys….

The new web center provides breakdowns on topics such as –
Recent changes in federal whistleblower law;
How new federal scientific integrity policies work;
New whistleblower protections for employees of federal contractors, subcontractors and grantees;
The evolving and expanding whistleblower responsibilities of Inspectors General;
Whistleblower protections in environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act and Superfund; and
The False Claims Act and whistleblower bounty programs.

The coverage of whistleblower laws, especially at the federal level, has grown in recent years. The importance of these statutory whistleblower rights has been magnified by a 2006 U.S. Supreme Court decision largely stripping government workers of on-the-job First Amendment free speech protections.
Besides federal law, the PEER website displays a detailed analysis and comparison of whistleblower laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The site specifies which states cover what disclosures, under which circumstances and with what remedies….
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