Managing Protected Disclosures: Updates for 2024

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Date: Friday, June 14th 2024

Time: 10.00am-11.30am

CPD: 1.5 CPD Hours

Method of Delivery: Online

Fee: €225


About this Webinar 


Since 1 January 2023, Ireland’s new whistleblowing legislation, the Protected Disclosures Act 2022 (“the Act”) is now law.

The Act protects workers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors from retaliation if they speak up about potential wrongdoing in the workplace. Workers can report wrongdoing internally to their employer or externally to a third party including to personnel within certain State bodies / agencies known as “prescribed persons”.

Persons who make protected disclosures under the Act (sometimes referred to as “whistleblowers”) are entitled to significant legal protection. It is now a criminal offence to subject them to any form of “penalisation” (such as losing their job or any other form of unfair / adverse treatment as a result of having made a protected disclosure). It is also a criminal offence to breach the stringent requirement to protect the identity of a whistleblower.

Under the Act, from 1 January 2023 all public sector employers are now required to have prescriptive internal channels and procedures for their workers to make protected disclosures. This requirement also now applies to all private sector employers with 250 or more employees, as well as to all business in certain regulated sectors.

From 17 December 2023, it will also apply to all employers with 50 or more employees.

The new law will require public sector employers, prescribed persons and all in-scope private employers to revise and update their procedures and channels for receiving and handling protected disclosures. In particular, the Act now imposes prescriptive new requirements for acknowledging receipt of protected disclosures, “diligently following up” on them (e.g. via internal investigation) and for providing feedback to the whistleblower.


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Who Should Attend:


All public sector organisations and private businesses subject to the new legislation and any prescribed persons receiving Protected Disclosures who should be aware of their responsibilities & obligations under the legislation.


Speakers:


 

 

 

 

Clara Gleeson, Associate, A&L Goodbody LLP


Clara Gleeson is an associate in A&L Goodbody’s Disputes & Investigations group, where she specialises in white-collar crime. Clara has particular expertise advising on whistleblowing complaints and regularly lectures on this topic. She has significant experience advising corporate and individual clients on internal and external investigations involving whistleblowers and managing engagement with law enforcement and regulators

Declan Naughton, Solicitor, A&L Goodbody LLP


Declan Naughton is a solicitor in A&L Goodbody’s Disputes & Investigations group. He regularly advises on whistleblowing and, in particular, has recently assisted both corporate and public sector clients prepare for the changes brought about by the new whistleblowing legislation. Declan also regularly lectures with PAI on the topic of whistleblowing.


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