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Whistleblowers protection already in place
The Whistleblowers Act was put in place in September 2013, and provided a protection framework for people reporting wrongdoing in the workplace.
Under this law, an Internal Whistleblowing Officer was appointed to receive reports for the public sector, and private Organizations with more than 50 employees were to establish internal reporting channels.
Current implementation status
The new law has been passed on November 15th, 2021.
Terms and Status
The definition of “employee” has been extended to include shareholders, trainees (paid or unpaid), previous employees, persons in a pre-contactual relationship with the employer, persons belonging to the administrative, management, or supervisory body of the Organization (included non executive members).
Scope of Reporting
Any Organization with more than 50 employees have an obligation to set up internal reporting channels, and Organization with less than 50 employees are strongly encouraged by the new law to introduce the same measures.
The scope of retaliatory actions against wich a whistleblower can request protection has been expanded to include for example refusal of training, cancelation of a licence or permit, psychiatric or medical referrals.
Protection in case of Public Disclosure has been added, allowing whistleblowers to choose to directly make a public disclosure if there is any risk of retaliation from external disclosure or if there is imminent danger to the public.
Protection of Confidentiality
Organizations now have an obligation of record keeping, to ensure that any personal data which is manifestly not relevant for the processing of a report will not be collected or, if accidentally collected, must be deleted without undue delay.
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.