The Protected Disclosures Bill 2013 which was published in July 2013, has now passed through all stages of the Seanad (Upper House) and is currently at Second Stage in Dáil Éireann (the Lower House). Recent whistleblower revelations before the Public Accounts Committee have brought the topic to the fore. It is expected that the legislation may well be enacted by June 2014.
With the potential for awards of compensation of up to five years' gross remuneration to employees who claim breach of the legislation, it is one of the most eagerly awaited legislative developments in the employment protection regime in Ireland for many years.
Please read our July 2013 Ezine article which outlines the principal provisions of the Bill which will affect the employment relationship and impact employers in Ireland.
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