Many private employers suffering from the recession probably cheered in February when president Barack Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package into law. But these companies may not be aware that if they receive funding through the package, they will be subject to more stringent laws regarding whistle-blower protection. Traditionally, private-company employees are protected by whistle-blower laws only if they are raising concerns around public-interest issues, such as safety hazards. But employees at private companies getting stimulus money will be protected by whistle-blower laws if they raise concerns that the company is grossly wasting or mismanaging the funds. To address these issues, companies have to make sure they educate their managers about the laws and the implications, experts say.
FIRMS GETTING STIMULUS FACE TOUGHER WHISTLE-BLOWER LAW Jessica Marquez Workforce Management; Apr 6, 2009; 88, 4; Docstoc pg. 4 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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