Proposals On Protected Disclosure - Whistleblowing

Author:Matheson Ormsby Prentice's Corporate Group and Matheson Ormsby Prentice's Financial Institutions Group
Profession:Matheson Ormsby Prentice

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has published a draft General Scheme of a proposed Protected Disclosure in the Public Interest Bill.

The Minister indicated that the proposed legislation would ..."protect Whistleblowers who speak out against wrongdoing, or cover-ups, whether in public or the private sector. This could encompass, for example, criminal misconduct, corruption, the breach of a legal obligation, risk to health and safety, damage to the environment or gross mismanagement in the public service. "

The purpose of the legislation would be to ensure the protection of workers in all sectors of the economy against reprisals in circumstances where they make a disclosure of information relating to wrong-doing which comes...

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