May 04, 2018
In the wake of scandals brought to light by whistleblowers—including Dieselgate, the Panama Papers, and Cambridge Analytica—the European Commission has proposed new laws to strengthen protections across the EU that will require large companies to have internal procedures in place to address whistleblower reports.
Broad coverage: Whistleblower protection would extend not only to employees but also the self-employed, freelancers, consultants, contractors, suppliers, volunteers, unpaid trainees and job applicants, reports Irish law firm McCann FitzGerald in the most recent BEERG Global Labor Newsletter.
However, from an employer perspective, safeguards will also be put in place to discourage malicious or abusive reporting and unfounded reputational damage. Member states will have to introduce effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties for those who act in this way. Those affected by a whistleblower’s report will also enjoy the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial, and an effective remedy.