13 Jun: Weinberg Bill To Extend Whistleblower Protections For Employee Disclosure Of Government Waste And Abuse

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg which would extend whistleblower protections to employees who disclose any waste of public funds or incidents of governmental abuse or mismanagement was approved by the Senate Labor Committee today by a vote of 5-0, with one abstention.

“When a conscientious employee voices concerns about governmental waste and abuse, they should be protected from employer retaliation under the same standards as private-sector whistleblowers,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “Considering the high cost of property taxes and the need to preserve limited public resources, we need to foster an open environment in which people can bring their concerns to the appropriate venue without fear of employer retaliation. This bill would make sure that employees feel safe and secure in their employment before they raise issue with potential government waste, fraud or abuse.”