On 31 July 2020, the Netherlands launched a consultation on the amendment of the Whistleblowers Authority Act to implement the EU Directive.
21 Sep 2020
Implementation of the Directive will strengthen the legal position of whistleblowers (including by reversing the burden of proof in the event of prejudice against a report) and in a wider circle of people who receive support and legal protection when a suspected abuse is suspected (including applicants, shareholders , directors and anyone working under the supervision and direction of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers are entitled to legal protection and support, and those assisting a reporter and third parties involved are protected).
The implementation of the guideline further leads to a number of additional obligations for employers (tightening of requirements for internal reporting channels) and for designated competent authorities (setting up external reporting channels).
This article was originally published in the August edition of REGWATCH. Read the full edition covering the following jurisdictions:
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