Whistleblowing regulations in non-EU countries
With EU wide Whistleblower protection regulation soon to be implemented in national laws of all EU countries, we decided to have a more detailed look at whistleblowing regulations in non-EU countries as well. Here's a non-comprehensive list country by country of other whistleblowing regulations:
The United States 🇺🇸
The United Kingdom 🇬🇧
South Korea 🇰🇷
New Zealand 🇳🇿
Other South American countries
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) 🇦🇪
South Africa 🇿🇦
Other African countries
Countries that do not have Whistleblower Protection regulations
Other countries without whistleblower protection regulations
Different types of cases covered by different whistleblowing regulations
- Financial crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement, or insider trading
- Corruption, including bribery and conflicts of interest
- Health and safety violations, such as those related to food safety or workplace safety
- Environmental violations, such as pollution or the illegal dumping of waste
- Discrimination or harassment
- Fraud or waste in government programs or contracts
Employer requirements and ramifications of whistleblowing laws
- Establish procedures for employees to report misconduct
- Protect employees from retaliation for reporting misconduct
- Investigate reports of misconduct and take appropriate corrective action
- Provide training to employees on the whistleblower protection policy and procedures
- Inform employees of their rights and responsibilities under the policy
- Monitor for and address any instances of retaliation against whistleblowers
Employers that violate whistleblower protection laws may face
- Civil fines or penalties
- Damages or compensation for the whistleblower
- Injunctive relief, such as a court order requiring the employer to take specific actions to remedy the violation
- Criminal charges or imprisonment, in cases where the employer's conduct rises to the level of a criminal offense
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