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Whistleblower Protections for Employees of Government Contractors and Grantees

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Produced on November 14, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Disclosures by whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA) have enabled the federal government to recover more than $40 billion. But with strong protections against retaliation, whistleblowers would be reluctant to come forward. This course, presented by Jason Zuckerman, Principal at Zuckerman Law, will provide an overview of whistleblower protections for employees of government contractors and grantees, focusing on the whistleblower protection provisions of the FCA and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The course will also offer practical tips and insights for practitioners on how to evaluate potential whistleblower claims and overlapping remedies to maximize damages. In addition, the course will address the challenging issues that arise when a whistleblower simultaneously prosecutes both retaliation and rewards claims.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the types of employees protected by the whistleblower protection provisions of the FCA and NDAA
  2.  Recognize the categories of protected whistleblowing covered by the FCA and NDAA whistleblower protection laws
  3. Discuss the applicable burdens of proof and remedies available under these laws
  4. Provide practical guidance on prosecuting FCA and NDAA whistleblower retaliation claims and the interplay of FCA whistleblower retaliation and rewards claims

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Jason Zuckerman

Zuckerman Law

Jason Zuckerman is Principal of Zuckerman Law and represents whistleblowers in whistleblower retaliation, whistleblower rewards claims.  His practice focuses on representing senior executives and senior professionals in high-stakes whistleblower retaliation cases, including SOX claims, and representing whistleblowers before the SEC, CFTC and IRS.

He serves as Plaintiff Co-Chair of the Whistleblower Subcommittee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section’s Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee, and in 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed Zuckerman to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. 

Zuckerman’s broad experience includes practicing employment law at a national law firm and serving as Senior Legal Advisor to the Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers in the federal government. In 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed Zuckerman to serve on the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of Labor to improve OSHA’s enforcement of federal whistleblower protection laws.

Zuckerman authors the Whistleblower Protection Law Blog and was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer,” listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the category of employment law, and listed as a SuperLawyer at SuperLawyers.com.  Zuckerman graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.


Claire L.

Helpful to my specific practice. Thanks!

Edward M.

Good summary.

Daniel G.

Very practical overview of representing qui tam plaintiffs.

Clarence S.

Excellent presentation of important area of employment law.

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