Financial Services Spotlight

Whistleblower Policies

Posted by Roy Andersen on Jan 25, 2019 10:56:17 AM

On January 7, 2019, the New York State Department of Financial Services (the "DFS") issued new guidance on whistleblowing programs ("WP") to all entities regulated by the DFS regardless of industry, size or number of employees—hello representative offices, bit licensees and money services companies.

The DFS defines whistleblowing as:

reporting of information reasonably believed to constitute illegality, fraud, unfair or unethical conduct, mismanagement, abuse of power, unsafe or dangerous activity or other wrongful conduct including conduct that might affect safety, soundness or reputation

Anybody can be a whistleblower including employees (and ex-employees), vendors, outside counsel (!) and customers.

While the DFS recognized that a whistleblower program has to be tailored to the characteristics of the regulated entity; nevertheless, all regulated entities should design and have a WP as an "essential" part of a compliance program. 

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Topics: Whistleblowers, New York State Department of Financial Services, DFS, whistleblowing programs

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