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Blowing the Whistle: Protection for Employees Who Informally Report ERISA Violations

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Congress intended Section 510 to be a crucial method for enforcing the terms of ERISA. This note details the current circuit split on the issue of whether Section 510 of ERISA protects unsolicited, internal complaints and will recommend how the split should be resolved. Part II explains Congress's purpose in enacting ERISA and Section 510, in addition to discussing the specific cases in each circuit relating to this issue. Part III analyzes state law and Section 510 remedies available to victims of retaliation and which remedies afford the greatest protection. In addition, Part III predicts the consequences of both sides of the circuit split, how these consequences will affect future corporate behavior, and how future circuits will likely decide the issue. Finally, Part IV recommends how future circuit courts and the Supreme Court should resolve the issue and why

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									Balch FINAL.docx (Do Not Delete)                                                                             4/10/2012 11:44 AM




        Blowing the Whistle: Protection for Employees Who
               Informally Report ERISA Violations

                                               Emily M. Balch

I. INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................ 676
II. BACKGROUND ............................................................................................................ 677
        A. ERISA Generally .............................................................................................. 677
        B. Section 510: Anti-Retaliation Provision ........................................................... 679
        C. 
								
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