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It is important that your employees have an understanding of the importance of whistleblowing awareness in the workplace and the legislation that exists to protect both employees and employers when people make a protected disclosure and speak up against wrongdoing in the workplace.
Legal Island’s Whistleblowing Awareness in the Workplace eLearning course is tailored specifically to Irish law and is designed to complement an organisation's own policies on how to make protected disclosures. The purpose of this course is to raise all your employees’ awareness and protect staff from any abuse or mistreatment during or after they make a protected disclosure.
What is whistleblowing?
According to the Workplace Relations Commission, “Whistleblowing is the term used when a worker raises a concern about a relevant wrongdoing such as possible fraud, crime, danger or failure to comply with any legal obligation which came to the worker’s attention in connection with the worker’s employment.”
Historically and culturally, society actively discouraged employees from speaking up in public about any type of wrongdoing within the workplace. To do so often resulted in some form of punishment such as sacking, demotion or transfer to a different department or location. The Irish government recognised the need for change and put in place legislation to protect employees and employers when people make a protected disclosure and speak up against wrongdoing in the workplace.
This legislation is called the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 which was amended in 2022 with the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022. The main aim of this amendment was to extend the protections offered to whistleblowers in Ireland.
It is mandatory and highly recommended that every employer ensures all staff are made aware of their rights regarding whistleblowing.
Why is whistleblowing awareness training important?
Whistleblowing is about creating a culture of transparency. Employees making qualified disclosures ultimately protect an organisation, their customers, employees and beneficiaries by identifying harm. Whistleblowing can lead to:
- Lives being saved
- Unethical business practices being stopped
- Damage to the environment being stopped
The business benefits can also include:
- Exposure to risk being reduced
- Raised awareness of illegal practices by employees and employers
- Enhanced corporate social responsibility
- Opportunity to address problems at an early stage before loss of profits, customers or reputation
Who needs whistleblowing awareness training?
Advice from whistleblowing experts is that whistleblowing awareness training is completed on day one of employment and then refreshed regularly to ensure all staff are aware of their rights regarding whistleblowing.
Our updated version of this course includes all recent changes made to Irish whistleblowing legislation following the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Act 2022.
Topics covered within the course include:
What a whistleblower is
The law relating to whistleblowing
The difference between a grievance and a protected disclosure
How to make a protected disclosure