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Whistleblower Laws and Ethics

ETHICAL STANDARDS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: A GUIDE FOR GOVERNMENT LAWYERS, CLIENTS, AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS, Patricia Salkin, ed., American Bar Association, 2008

62 Pages Posted: 27 May 2010  

Robert T. Begg

Albany Law School

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This chapter is an overview of the law and ethics of whistleblowing. It begins with the reasons why whistleblowing is so controversial and then focuses on the conflict between competing public policies that has led to a statutory erosion of the at-will employment doctrine. Next, federal and state whistleblower statutes and their underlying purposes are examined, as are statutory financial incentives meant to encourage whistleblowers. Finally, the chapter concludes by analyzing special issues encountered by in-house counsel and government lawyers who are placed in the role of whistleblower.

Keywords: whistleblowing, whistleblower, ethics

Suggested Citation

Begg, Robert T., Whistleblower Laws and Ethics (2008). ETHICAL STANDARDS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR: A GUIDE FOR GOVERNMENT LAWYERS, CLIENTS, AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS, Patricia Salkin, ed., American Bar Association, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1616836

Robert T. Begg (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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