Bryan B. House

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After repeated public statements warning companies that might seek to stifle whistleblowers, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought its first enforcement action relating to language in confidentiality agreements that the SEC believes could impede whistleblowers from reporting potential violations of the securities laws. As discussed in more detail below, this action suggests that companies should re-examine their employment policies, severance agreements, codes of conduct, and any other practices utilizing language regarding confidentiality.…