The German Whistleblower Protection Act: A fast response from companies is required
On May 12, 2023, the German legislator passed the new Whistleblower Protection Act （Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz - "HinSchG”）, which transposes Directive （EU） 2019/1937 into national law. The act requires employers to establish internal reporting channels and to protect whistleblowers by treating their identities as confidential. It also prohibits unjustified discrimination such as dismissal, warning, denial of promotion or bullying. At the same time, the act addresses the risk of reputational damage to companies and public authorities by establishing incentives for preference of internal reporting channels and by allowing public disclosure only as a secondary option under specific conditions. The protection extends to whistleblowers themselves, as well as to persons who are subject of or otherwise affected by...To read the full article, please see the PDF file
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