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Any Agreements with Employees Might Implicate Whistleblower Rules

September 30, 2016, Covington Alert

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to aggressively pursue companies using severance and other employment agreements that could be perceived to discourage employees from reporting possible securities law violations. Three enforcement actions this past summer demonstrate the need for companies to proactively review and give consideration to any provision in an employee agreement that could be interpreted as impeding whistleblowing activity—regardless of whether the agreement has actually stifled potential whistleblowers or was intended to do so.

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