If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard that people who “leak” information to the press or to Congress are the target of negative attention and in some cases are fired for their disclosures.
Listen up, folks: another word for “leaker” is “whistleblower.” So when you hear that someone is firing “leakers,” keep in mind that there are good leakers and there are bad leakers, according to the law. Good leakers are whistleblowers who cannot be disciplined; bad leakers are civil servants who disclose information prohibited from disclosure by law and who can be fired. Do you know the difference? If not, you’d better learn quickly – and we are here to help.
Congress has provided whistleblowers with the highest level of protection from reprisal for disclosures of waste, fraud or abuse in the government. Join FELTG President William Wiley for a 90-minute webinar on this topic. After providing the statutory basis and explaining the civil service protections of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, he will discuss:
- The categories of protected disclosures
- How to handle disclosures that turn out to be false
- The appropriate avenues of protected disclosure
- What constitutes whistleblower reprisal – and how to avoid it
- Evidence needed to discipline a whistleblower for misconduct unrelated to whistleblowing
You won’t want to miss this important – and timely – session.