Bill Summary for S 686 (2013-2014)

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Apr 4 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 686 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ENHANCE EFFICIENCY IN GOVERNMENT BY PROTECTING PUBLIC EMPLOYEES WHO REPORT WASTE, MISMANAGEMENT, AND WRONGDOING AND AUTHORIZING COMPENSATION BONUSES BASED UPON THE AMOUNT OF PUBLIC FUNDS SAVED DUE TO AN EMPLOYEE'S REPORT.
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Enacts Article 80 of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes to create "Public Employee Whistleblower Protection." A public employee who files a good faith report with an appropriate authority alleging waste, mismanagement, or wrongdoing in government cannot be subject to adverse action in retaliation for making the report. Awards a compensation bonus of up to $100,000 if the employee's report is substantiated and results in savings of public funds. Any public employee who retaliates against another public employee for making a protected report may be subject to disciplinary action. If certain disciplinary action is taken against the employee within one year after reporting an alleged wrongdoing by the public agency, the employee may institute a civil cause of action against the employing public agency to seek one of four enumerated remedies. Such civil action must be commenced within one year after the accrual of the cause of action or exhaustion of all available grievance or other administrative and judicial remedies.

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