Learn how whistleblowers have saved lives, stopped frauds, protected their jobs, and earned million-dollar rewards for doing the right thing. Rules for Whistleblowers is Stephen M. Kohn’s seventh book on whistleblowing and is a fully updated and expanded revision of The Whistleblower’s Handbook, the first-ever comprehensive consumer guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing. Kohn’s thirty-five rules highlight the “traps” facing whistleblowers today and address how to file anonymous cases and qualify for multi-million-dollar rewards. Kohn carefully explains complex rules governing laws including the Dodd-Frank, IRS, and False Claims Acts, as well as detailed strategies for fighting retaliation. He also covers controversial issues such as taping, removing documents, and ignoring nondisclosure agreements.
Modernized laws have revolutionized the rights of employees both in the United States and internationally, enabling whistleblowers to be paid over $10 billion in rewards for doing the right thing. No employee should blow the whistle without knowing their rights. Too much is at stake.
Since 1984, Stephen Martin Kohn has been one of the world’s most influential whistleblower attorneys. A partner in the law firm of Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto and chairman of the Board of the National Whistleblower Center, he also teaches whistleblower law at Northeastern University. Kohn’s clients have set precedents, saved lives, protected the environment, and stopped tens of billions of dollars in frauds. Kohn won the first-ever $100 million whistleblower award.
The National Law Journal named Kohn as one of the top fifty “elite” plaintiff’s lawyers in the United States; he is the only whistleblower rights lawyer to have achieved this distinction. Kohn wrote the first-ever book on whistleblower law in 1985 and has helped draft numerous whistleblower laws, including the Sarbanes–Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Acts. He lives in Washington, DC.
A fantastic resource for whistleblowers and those who wish to support whistleblowers, from family, friends, and attorneys to those on Capitol Hill and within the government and regulatory organizations tasked with protecting the citizens of the United States. . . . Education and preparation are critical, and Kohn provides that in Rules for Whistleblowers; it is the go-to for anyone facing an ethical dilemma in their workplace. (from the Foreword)
You may want to add this book to your . . . wishlist. Just don't let your boss catch you reading it.
It’s vastly shrewd and practical, but it also offers an astute long view of American whistleblowing. Author Stephen Martin Kohn knows about precedents: He’s one of the lawyers who helped procure the biggest whistleblower reward ever. It went to Bradley Birkenfeld for unveiling the fraud of Switzerland’s UBS Bank, which illegally met with rich Yanks trying to hide their money overseas. Birkenfeld got $104 million as compensation from the IRS’s whistleblower program.
In a mix of anecdote, legal history, compendium of relevant laws, and practical handbook, Stephen Kohn . . . steer[s] both would-be whistleblowers and corporate compliance officers through what he calls a ‘labyrinth.’ [He] is well-placed to serve as guide. . . . The book shows how far whistleblower legislation has globalised . . . [and] shines is in setting out the current, highly complex, legal structure.
Among the “top ten books about whistleblowers. —PEN Center, USA
Whistleblowers should do two things: call us at 60 Minutes and read The Whistleblower's Handbook. Its . . . rules lay out the game plan for holding institutions accountable while protecting your job. —Michael Radutzky, Senior Producer, 60 MinutesWith the Holy Bible in one hand and Mr. Kohn’s Whistleblower Handbook in the other, my wife crushed a powerful corporation. —Jim Gunther, pro se representative Gunther v. Deltek
For the past 25 years, Kohn’s been in the trenches fighting the whistleblower wars. The lessons learned from those wars have been distilled.” —Michael E. Tigar, Professor of Law at American University
As a whistleblower who has successfully won a case against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), I can attest to the fact that this is the definitive Bible for whistleblowers. Written by Stephen Kohn, the premiere whistleblower attorney in the United States, this handbook contains everything you will need to know about blowing the whistle, and surviving. —Jane Turner, FBI Whistleblower and 25-year veteran agentIt is time that "situational" knowledge within the whistleblowing environment is released to remove the "chill" on employees, to protect the public trust, and to ensure that "truth" and "integrity" among the private and public entities supporting the government are never an OPTION, but an OBLIGATION! I surely hope this gets to all workers who have committed themselves to making a difference wherever they work. —Bunnatine Greenhouse, Army Corps of Engineers WhistleblowerSteve has written a first-rate handbook for workers who have witnessed egregious examples of waste, fraud or abuse which they know should be reported to the authorities but who are afraid of losing their jobs if they do. The handbook tells them of the many laws and services available to them, which if understood and used intelligently, can not only protect a whistleblower from losing his job, but can even led to cash rewards under some circumstances. —William Sanjour, EPA WhistleblowerThe Whistleblower’s Handbook opens a window into the controversial but vital role of whistleblowers in America’s workplace dating from the days of the Civil War. With compelling insider details, practical “rules” and rare insights, Stephen Kohn, the country’s leading whistleblower expert, has created the essential overview for CEOs, CFOs, GCs, chief compliance officers, HR and audit professionals, and others who should be knowledgeable about this fundamental aspect of corporate life. —Donna Boehme, former Group Compliance and Ethics Officer, BP plc, and Principal, Compliance Strategists LLC As the courageous whistleblower who faced fierce opposition and exposed the largest tax scandal in US history . . . this invaluable reference guide will help any future whistleblower navigate the treacherous international waters of ensuring what is done is done 100% right. —Brad Birkenfeld, UBS WhistleblowerFinally—the "how-to" guide for whisteblowers. This is a much-needed step-by-step explanation for anyone thinking about speaking out against fraud and corruption. Whistleblowers will avoid a lot of tears from the book’s checklists and do's and don'ts. Written in clear and understandable language this book should be in the bottom drawer of anyone thinking about blowing the whistle—and on the desk for managers who want to improve compliance. —Dean Zerbe, Forbes.com columnist, National Managing Director of AlliantGroup, LPSteve Kohn’s book The Whistleblower’s Handbook provides a great service to current and would-be whistleblowers and to our citizenry by providing a comprehensive guide to exposing waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in both the private and public sectors. It effectively acts as a compass and detailed avoidance map to help navigate whistleblowers through the retaliatory minefields they may already have entered, or will soon face. —Russ Tice, former Intelligence Officer, (NSA) National Security AgencyWritten by the foremost authority on the subject, The Whistleblower's Handbook is extraordinarily user-friendly and extremely easy to read. Every worker bears a responsibility to guard the public interest. Like no other resource, this book places the power of the law squarely in the hands of America's workforce. —David L. Lewis, PhD, EPA WhistleblowerThe Whistleblower’s Handbook is replete with compelling and little-known stories alongside the more typical, highly-publicized tabloid fodder. A particularly sobering account of whistleblowers in the earliest days of our republic and the moral imperative that protected them will make readers yearn for a way to protect ourselves in the same way as the Founding Fathers protected a group of seamen during the Revolution. The wise reader will pay heed to Kohn’s short list of rules when performing her moral duty. —Gina Vega, Professor of Management at the Bertolon School of Business, Salem State University, and Author of Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at WorkThis book highlights citizen empowerment and true grassroots democracy in action. As a whistleblower, I know the power of speaking the truth and the unfortunate consequences for those who do. Every American should read this book. —Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Founder of No FEAR CoalitionAs a National Security whistleblower, I am very familiar with the plight of those who dare to expose corruption, fraud, waste and abuse. . . . I am more than certain that The Whistleblower's Handbook will help countless whistleblowers navigate the horrifying maze of the legal system. This book is a step-by-step guide to understanding the process and arming yourself with the knowledge essential to prevailing in your case. I only wish I’ve had access to this priceless publication even sooner! This is a must-read for every current or potential whistleblower. —Julia Davis, Department of Homeland Security Whistleblower