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Protected disclosures - whistleblowing

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 became operational on 15th July 2014.

The act is intended to provide a robust statutory framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace in the knowledge that they can avail of significant employment and other protections if they are penalised by their employer or suffer any detriment for doing so.

The commencement of the act meets the commitment contained in the programme for government to introduce whistleblower protection legislation.

The legislation provides a comprehensive suite of employment and other protections to whistleblowers that are penalised by their employer or suffer a detriment from a third party on account of raising concerns regarding possible wrongdoing in their workplace.

A wide definition of wrongdoings is included in the act and the safeguards provided in the legislation are extended in line with international best practice recommendations to a wide definition of 'workers' which includes in addition to employees, contractors, agency staff and trainees.

Annual Report of Clare County Council as required under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014

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