The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022: What You Need to Know
Let’s break down the new Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022. It’s a game-changer for organisations and whistleblowers alike.
- What’s a ‘Relevant Wrongdoing’?
The 2022 Act has expanded the definition of ‘relevant wrongdoings’. Now, it includes breaches of EU law in areas like public procurement, financial services, and data privacy.
- What’s Not a ‘Relevant Wrongdoing’?
Interpersonal grievances are out. They’re now handled through the usual internal grievance procedures.
- Who’s Protected?
More people than ever! The Act now covers volunteers and job applicants, not just employees.
- What’s ‘Penalisation’?
The definition of ‘penalisation’ has grown. It now includes actions like negative performance assessments, ‘blacklisting’, and early termination of contracts.
- Making a Disclosure
Employers must now set up reporting channels that protect the identity of the person making a report. They also have to acknowledge receipt of a report within seven days.
- Who’s Got to Comply?
Any company with 50 or more employees must establish formal channels and procedures for protected disclosures.
The 2022 Act has changed the game for protected disclosures. Need help navigating these changes? Contact us at Claritas. We’re here to help.
For more on the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022, check out our dedicated page here and the Irish Statute Book.