Pennsylvania Law Update- November 2017

Whistleblower Protections for City of Philadelphia Contractors

On November 13, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney signed an executive order providing whistleblower protections for city workers or city contractors who report potential wage or wrongdoing by supervisors or co-workers.

The order includes the following:

  • Specific definitions of retaliation, good faith reporting, and whistleblowers.
  • Protections for covered employees against retaliation after a good faith report of, or
    participation in an investigation or hearing about, official wrongdoing or waste.
  • Mandatory notice requirements for whistleblower reports, and remedial actions, to the
    Inspector General.
  • The right of whistleblowers to seek judicial review.

The order took effect upon signing.

Read the press release