The effectiveness of whistleblower protection laws vary depending on the country of the whistleblower. Many countries do not have whistleblower laws, and those that do, offer only weak protection. Currently, the leader in whistleblower protection laws is the United States, which has a number of strong laws protecting and encouraging whistleblowers to come forward.
US and foreign whistleblowers who provide original, timely, and credible information to US authorities regarding illegal or unethical activities, or violations of certain US laws, may be eligible to receive enhanced protection and monetary rewards. These rewards are provided under various US whistleblower protection laws and whistleblower reward programs.
The type of reward and whistleblower protection a person may be eligible to receive depends on many factors. This includes the whistleblowers country or state, relationship to the fraudster, the type of violation of law, as well as many other complex factors.
Additionally, to receive the maximum award, certain rules and filing procedures must be followed according to the law and/or whistleblower program. Failing to comply with any aspect of the law and/or program will result in a possible loss of whistleblower protection and an award.
Continue reading to learn more about the various US whistleblower protection laws that protect national and transnational whistleblowers.