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Balance of power shifts in New York’s whistleblower protections

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For decades, New York’s whistleblower protections have been narrowly defined, but that’s going to change dramatically as the result of a recently enacted law, according to Allen Shoikhetbrod, managing partner of the Albany law office of Tully Rinckey. “This new law goes into effect 90 days after the Governor signs it. Historically the whistleblower protection laws only applied to employees, now it applies to current and former employees and independent contractors. The new law also protects employees from being retaliated against by their employers and explains what a retaliatory action is,” said Shoikhetbrod. “Under this statute retaliatory action is defined as actual or threatened adverse employment action that would impact an employee’s current or future employment status.”

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