Take Steps to Protect Yourself and Qualify for a Reward!

In February 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Digital Realty Trust v. Somers that corporate whistleblowers are not protected under the Dodd-Frank Act if they report only to internal compliance programs. The Court held that a whistleblower must report to the Securities and Exchange Commission to obtain anti-retaliation protections. Although this ruling only concerns the Dodd-Frank Act, its interpretation of this provision could apply to other whistleblower laws that don’t explicitly protect internal whistleblowers. This includes OSHA whistleblower laws, banking whistleblower laws, and most environmental whistleblower laws.

  • 17 C.F.R. 205 – Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys

Compliance professionals are on the front line of uncovering and reporting fraud. However, the pressure to change audit reports came from the top.

, Rule 19: Auditors and Compliance Officials: Take the Special Steps to Qualify for Rewards