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A new decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit seems to confirm that recent amendments to the whistleblower retaliation provision of the False Claims Act have substantially broadened the grounds under which a claim can be maintained.
Businesses engaged in government contracting in Maryland are often focused on federal regulations, but many businesses also contract with the state government. It is important to keep abreast of recent developments affecting government contracts with the State of Maryland or any of its agencies. Two such developments, in particular, are worth noting.
Arising out of an uncommon source, for nearly two years, employees of most federal contractors and grantees have had additional whistleblower protections with regard to certain disclosures and employers need to remember these protections when considering adverse personnel actions.