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New York Rolls Out Internal Governance Requirements for Non-Profits

Beginning July 1, 2014, New York State will require non-profit organizations to institute certain internal governance controls. The Non-Profit Revitalization Act (N.Y. N-PCL §§ 715-a, 715-b (2014)) imposes new requirements on whistleblower and conflict of interest policies, as well as financial reporting and audit procedures. The required whistleblower policy, designed to promote an employer’s zero … Continue Reading

Hospital System Agrees To Pay $85 Million To Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Violations

Continuing a trend we reported in January 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice announced another multi-million dollar settlement of alleged False Claims Act (“FCA”) violations.  In this case, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc. (collectively “Halifax”) agreed to pay $85 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by submitting … Continue Reading

5th Circuit Skirts Extraterritoriality Issue Under SOX

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Villanueva v. Core Laboratories, NV recently held that an individual employed by a foreign subsidiary of a publicly traded company did not engage in protected activity under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act because his complaints focused on violations of Colombian law, not violations of any of the … Continue Reading

Stealing Confidential Documents Not Excused under New Jersey Law, Regardless of Purpose

Upholding a criminal indictment of theft and official misconduct against a former Board of Education clerk, a New Jersey appeals court has warned potential whistleblowers that individuals pursuing anti-discrimination actions against employers must act within the law. In State of New Jersey v. Saavedra, 2013 N.J. Super LEXIS 185, (December 24, 2013), a Board of … Continue Reading