The California legislature recently passed Senate Bill 970 (SB 970) in an effort to combat human trafficking. SB 970 added Section 12950.3 to the Government Code and amended the Federal Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). FEHA already requires employers to provide sexual harassment training to their employees but is now taking it a step further with some employers.
A whistleblower filed a lawsuit against Walmart today, alleging that the company committed fraudulent and misleading practices in order to thwart competition from Amazon and boost its stock price in the war for e-commerce sales.
In order to keep our country safer from terrorists, the Department of Homeland Security has an ongoing campaign called, "If you see something, say something." Encouraging Americans to report suspicious activities that could lead to widespread destruction makes good sense and could save lives.
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).
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.