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  • What Happens to an FCA Whistleblower’s Reward If the Government Files Criminal Charges against the Defendant?October 29, 2019 - 3:02 pm

    As a whistleblower, or “relator,” under the False Claims Act (FCA), you have filed a complaint against a company that defrauded the federal government. The government investigated your allegations and indicted the defendant company on federal criminal charges. At sentencing, the government seeks restitution of the amount it lost due to the defendant company’s fraud. […]

  • Whistleblowers in the Intelligence CommunitySeptember 30, 2019 - 7:34 am

    There are many different statutes that provide protections to whistleblowers, and in some instances, also provide specific procedures to follow. That is the case with the federal whistleblower in the news these days. That whistleblower works in the Intelligence Community where blowing the whistle may involve classified information. The intelligence community defines whistleblowing as “the […]

  • Celebrating National Whistleblower Appreciation DayJuly 30, 2019 - 8:00 am

    On this National Whistleblower Day, Halunen Law recognizes the tremendous contribution that whistleblowers make to our everyday lives— protecting our health, safety, and taxes. These contributions have been happening since the earliest days of the United States.  The Founding Fathers unanimously supported whistleblowers in both words and deeds, including providing government records and monetary assistance […]

  • Did You Know? Minnesota Law Protects Parents Who Take Time Off Work to Attend Their Child’s School ActivitiesDecember 16, 2019 - 9:35 am

    We often write about the more common protections for employees in Minnesota, such as protections against discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation for reporting law violations (i.e. whistle blowers), and protections for employees who take medical leave. But, did you know that Minnesota also provides lesser-known protections to employees? For example, Minnesota law allows employees to take […]

  • 5 Things to Do After Getting FiredNovember 5, 2019 - 1:23 pm

    You’ve just been fired, or you suspect you’re about to be fired. And you think that your termination may be for an illegal reason (e.g., discrimination, retaliation, blowing the whistle). Now what? 1. Do Not Quit / Do Not Sign Anything. Most workers who suspect termination is imminent often believe it is better to quit […]

  • 20 Common Ways Employers Violate Employee RightsNovember 1, 2019 - 7:32 am

    Although Minnesota is an “employment at-will” state—meaning the employer may terminate an employee at any time for any reason—there are, in fact, exceptions to the rule. Since 1967 the Minnesota Human Rights Act has served as the State’s comprehensive employment rights law and provides a wide range of protections for employees. Yet even with the […]