EU Whistleblowing Directive – LithuaniaREAD THE FULL BILL (LT)
Whistleblowers protection already in place
Lithuania introduced a Whistleblowers Protection law in 2019.
Under this law, Organizations with more than 50 employees were required to introduce an internal reporting channel. Whistleblowers were protected from retaliation and could be remunerated for the information reported.
Current implementation status
The law has been adopted by the Lithuanian Parliament on December 16th, 2021 and entered into forced on February 15th, 2022.
Whistleblowers can report through internal reporting channels, external or make a public disclosure.
Organizations must provide a feedback to a report within two days, and inform the whistleblower on the progress of the provided informations and status of the investigation within ten days.
In terms of conservation of datas related to a report, relevant data must be kept during 5 months after the last decision or examination of the case. An extension of time can be made in the case where the whistleblower explicitely gave their consent.
Whistleblowers are protected against any form of retaliation and Organizations are subject to an obligation of confidentiality regarding the whistleblower’s identity.
The new law also extend the protection to any person related to the whistleblower, including family members, colleagues, or any legal entity linked to the whistleblower in any way.
When a person submitting information about a violation submits information related to a commercial (industrial) secret, professional secret, bank secrecy, confidential information of an institution or information on the private life of an individual, such communication is not considered a commercial (industrial) secret, and the whistleblowerscannot be held liable for their disclosure.
Whistleblowers reporting valuable information can perceive a remuneration.
The compensation is calculated according to the Lithuanian Government’s procedure which takes into account the proportional damage caused by the reported violation.
Organizations must set up internal reporting channels following these requirements:
- The confidentiality of the reporting persons is guaranteed
- Clear and accessible informations on the reporting channels and procedures are provided to all employees and are easily available
Make sure you’re compliant with the new requirements with our Local Compliance Check-list.
Evaluate your reporting system in place and highlight areas of improvement with our self-assessment template.