Ireland is preparing to implement the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022 which dramatically expands who is covered by whistleblowing laws. Additionally, the act places the burden of proof on employers in cases involving suspected retaliation against the whistleblower.
Under the law, every organization with 50 employees or more must establish formal channels and procedures for “protected disclosures” (AKA whistleblowing). The act also expands the list of those protected to include job applicants, volunteers, shareholders, and board members.
Employers must monitor the whistleblowing channels, follow up on reports, and give feedback on all communication received via these channels.
Finally, if someone believes they were punished for whistleblowing, it is incumbent on the company to prove their actions(such as firing or docking of hours) were not retaliatory.
Ireland is the 11th country to adopt a new law by implementing the EU Whistleblowing Directive. The new whistleblowing legislation will go into effect on January 1st, 2023.
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