As many companies return to an in-person workforce following the COVID-19 pandemic, now is an excellent time to assess the company’s whistleblower polices and internal reporting mechanisms.

The increased visibility of whistleblower programs has been one of the biggest developments in government-investigations practice over the last decade. For example, the SEC’s whistleblower program, which encourages individuals to report violations of the securities laws and the laws prohibiting bribery of foreign officials, began in 2011.