How to encourage the right kind of whistleblowers

06/15/11 – Dodd-Frank Act critics have traditionally argued that whistleblowers directly complain against their company to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) instead of using internal compliance programs because of the monetary bounties involved.  To appease these critics, the SEC’s new procedures offer employees greater sums if they go through internal corporate channels first and lesser if they do not.  While monetary rewards do provide an incentive to whistle blow, recent research by a University of San Diego law professor shows that certain protections to the whistleblower can be just as important to some employees.  Accordingly, corporate internal programs need to understand the motivations of their employees rather than assume it’s all about the money.

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