At a hearing on Capitol Hill last Tuesday, witnesses delivered a combination of good news and dire predictions in testimonies on the state of whistleblowing in the federal government. The hearing, “Examining the Administration’s Treatment of Whistleblowers,” was held September 9 by the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service and the Federal Census. (more…)
Missouri House Republicans are making a third push to limit whistleblower defenses. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kevin Elmer proposes to “codify the existing common law exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine, and to limit their future expansion by the courts.”
If passed into law, the bill would “provide the exclusive remedy” for whistle blower reprisal, abolishing common law protections that are not incorporated. Employees who witness wrongdoing would be discouraged by such a law from disclosing it.