Czech law permits all citizens to report frauds against the U.S. Government under the False Claims Act, or violations of the provisions of the Securities & Exchange Act, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, or Commodities Exchange Act.

Current Status of the Czech Republic’s Whistleblower Laws

What disclosures are currently protected?

The Czech Republic currently has no appreciable whistleblower laws. Therefore, whistleblowers are better off reporting to U.S. regulators where possible, at least until the transposition of the Whistleblower Directive is complete.

Can Czech whistleblowers receive rewards?

There is no law in the Czech Republic providing whistleblowers rewards, however, they may receive rewards through U.S. laws.

Recent updates and future legislative developments

Although the Czech Republic has already started drafting whistleblower legislation to transpose the Directive, it does not meaningfully include the above recommendations and has been criticized by local civil society groups as not meaningfully protecting whistleblowers or instilling any faith in the public at large as to the government’s ability to protect whistleblowers.

Can/should Czech whistleblowers report to U.S. officials?

No law in the Czech Republic currently prohibits citizens from reporting frauds against the U.S. government under the False Claims Act, or violations of provisions of other statutes including the Securities & Exchange Act, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, or Commodities Exchange Act. Therefore, Czech whistleblowers can and should report relevant violations to U.S. officials under these laws.

Introduction for Czech Whistleblowers Using U.S. Laws

An overview of the whistleblower protections in the United States

The United States has over 50 separate whistleblower laws, and they each define a protected disclosure separately.

The most comprehensive and widely used U.S. laws offering whistleblowers significant protections are the False Claims Act, the Dodd Frank Act, the Commodities Exchange Act, and the Internal Revenue Code.

These laws all provide various degrees of anonymity, confidentiality, and rewards and cover a myriad of common legal violations.

Protection and anonymity under commonly used whistleblower laws

The False Claims Act permits a whistleblower to file his or her original complaint without revealing his/her identity to the public or a would-be defendant. However, after the government concludes its investigation as to the subject of the complaint, in most cases, the complaint is made public.

The SEC Whistleblower Program (created by the Dodd Frank Act), which includes fraud under the