Whistleblower Protection Laws

This tip sheet outlines the federal laws to protect employees who report, or “blow the whistle,” on suspected improper or illegal government activities that happen in the workplace. These activities may include fraud, waste, abuse, unnecessary government spending, and unsafe or unhealthy employer practices.

Management Override and Financial Statement Fraud

Management can perpetuate financial reporting frauds by overriding established control procedures and recording unauthorized or inappropriate journal entries or other closing adjustments. Grantees will find this information useful in preventing similar occurrences from happening within their organizations.

National Labor Relations Act Violations

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing labor relations. Grantees will find this information regarding NLRA violations useful when dealing with employees and unions.

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

The HHS Grants Policy Statement identifies fraud, waste and abuse of grants funds that includes embezzlement, misuse or misappropriation of property, and false statements by organizations or individuals. Grantees will find this information helpful in preventing financial abuses in their programs.