The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 has come into force since the 1st October 2014. Also known as the Whistleblowers Act, it gives protection to employees blowing the lid on wrongdoing by their employers.There is a comprehensive list of wrongdoings and the alleged offences can have occurred before the date of commencement of the Act. What it means is that employees cannot be dismissed or discriminated for whistleblowing, if they are dismissed for doing so, they may be awarded up to 5 years salary as compensation. Also their motive is not relevant, only the offence is. This is going to have serious consequences for employers in many areas, not least the fact that an employee who is dismissed fairly in the eyes of the employer, may now feel inclined to make a complaint in confidence under this Act as an alternative to an Unfair Dismissal claim. Fun times ahead I think.
New era in employee relations in Ireland
November 1, 2014