Two years ago the EU passed the EU Whistleblowing Directive and started the clock on a December 2021 deadline. If you have 250 or more workers, time is swiftly running out to ensure you're compliant.
Each EU country has until December 2021 to implement the Directive into law. Some countries have already finalised their laws, but where they haven't, EU law might apply directly.
Under the Directive, businesses and government bodies operating in any EU country must set up an internal whistleblowing system to give whistleblowers confidentiality and provide access to an independent investigation.
Two deadlines apply depending on workforce size:
The Directive aims to create a minimum standard across the EU and give whistleblowers protection in all member states, fixing the inconsistent approaches taken by countries historically.
If you're unsure of how to tackle the Directive requirements, we're here to help. We offer an exclusive and integrated whistleblowing service that'll help you ensure compliance and protect your business.
We'll help you respond to legal concerns raised by whistleblowing complaints appropriately and resolve any underlying compliance problems. If needed, we can also provide access to legal advice in more complex cases.
Our European whistleblowing service is formed of three parts to help you prepare, protect your business and resolve issues as swiftly as possible.
For more information on how working with our expert team will benefit you, download our brochure. If you'd like to discuss any aspects of the Directive, or whistleblowing in general, please get in touch.
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