Whistleblowers law brings obligations for employers

Family members can get damages if they suffer after a spouse, sibling or parent becomes a whistleblower, writes Lauren Kierans.

20th July, 2014
An employer must not retaliate against a worker who makes a protected disclosure. Picture: Thinkstock

The introduction of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, commenced last week by Brendan Howlin, fulfils a commitment in the Programme for Government to introduce a single overarching framework for the protection of whistleblowers in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The legislation applies to a wide range of workers including employees, contractors, consultants, agency staff, interns, trainees, members of the defence forces, members of An Garda Síochána, and civil servants. However, despite this broad coverage, volunteers...

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