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December 2013 Archives

Whistleblower Protection Act cases not subject to Government Claims Act

The California Court of Appeal held recently that actions under the California Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) (Govt. Code § 8547 et seq.) are not subject to compliance with the Government Claims Act (Govt. Code § 900-915.4, 945.4). Cornejo v. Lightbourne (2013) 220 Cal. App. 4th 932.  The Goverment Claims Act has a shorter (6 months) deadline for bringing claims than the WPA (12 months).

New enhanced whistleblower statute for 2014

On January 1, 2014, one of the primary whistleblower statutes will be amended to provide broader protection for whistleblowers in California.  Labor Code § 1102.5 will now provide express protection for employees that make internal complaints to their employers about violations of law or, at a minimum, reasonable suspicions of illegal conduct.  The internal complaints must be to a person with authority over the employee, such as a manager, foreperson, or supervisor, or another employee who has the authority to investigate, discover, or correct the legal violation or non-compliance with law.

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