Ireland’s new whistleblowing legislation, The Protected Disclosures Act 2014, commenced on 15 July 2014. The legislation represents a new standard of international best practice for whistleblowing in Ireland. Public sector bodies must, as a mandatory obligation, put in place whistleblowing policies. It is also advisable for private sector organisations to have whistleblowing policies in place. Employers will need to review any existing policies to ensure that they are fully aligned with the provisions of the Act.
Resolve Ireland provides a comprehensive service to employers to assist them in meeting their obligations under this new legislation. These services can be obtained individually or as a package:
- Drafting a Protected Disclosures Policy
- Providing an external point of contact for employees seeking independent advice
- Independent “Protected Disclosures Ombudsman” to receive disclosures from employees
- Manage multiple disclosures options (Helpline, Postal, E-mail, Web)
- Independent investigation of disclosures.
- Independent investigation of allegations of penalisation or adverse treatment
- Training for disclosure recipients
- Annual Report to Senior Leadership Team/Board
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