This legislation in Ireland represents best practice in line with international standards.
The Act brings into operation new obligations for employers. All public sector bodies now have to put in place a whistleblowing policy in line with the Act. For those in the private sector who have policies in place they need to review these to make sure they are in line with the Act.
The new legislation which was originally intended only to apply to public servants now applies to all employees. The legislation refers to “worker”.
This is widely defined. It includes all employees, contractors, trainees, agency staff; members of An Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces and of course all Public Servants. It also includes importantly former employees and also those seeking employment.