21 June 2024

The law on the protection of whistleblowers has been signed by the President

On Thursday, 20 June 2024, the legislative work concerning the implementation of the European Parliament and Council (EU) Directive 2019/1937 was completed. The President signed the Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers.   

The law will now be published in the Official Gazette, which will trigger the start of the vacatio legis period. Most of the provisions will enter into force three months after the date of promulgation, most probably at the end of September 2024.

The law imposes a number of obligations on private and public entities (including employers), the primary one of which is to introduce an appropriate procedure regulating the receipt and internal processing of reports of law violations. We have written more on this topic here.  

As a reminder, the list of subjects did not ultimately include labour law - notifications will, therefore, not cover issues such as discrimination, harassment, or overtime work.

In view of the new provisions, employers should first determine whether they will be required to implement the relevant regulations. We explained how to do this here.

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