On the 1st of May, 2019, the Whistleblower
law enters into force in the Republic of Latvia.
What is the purpose of the Whistleblower
The purpose of the law is to promote public awareness
of violations and to ensure the establishment and operation of alerting
mechanisms, as well as to provide adequate legal protection for whistleblowers.
Who is a whistleblower?
A whistleblower is natural person, who provides
information on a possible breach of law that may harm the public interest and this
information is obtained through the performance of his or her employment
What are the new obligations of the
Public institutions and private legal entities with
more than 50 employees must create an internal alert system, providing
employees with the opportunity to safely report about breaches of the law and
guaranteeing them protection.
Necessity of a whistleblower procedure
and a whistleblower protection
Questions about the necessity of whistleblowing
procedures are concerned with the moral responsibility of employees for
revealing the wrongdoings, to put to an end unethical practices, after
witnessing injustices in their businesses or organizations.
The Whistleblower law significantly promotes "value-driven" employees and motivates them to reveal wrongdoings without being criticized for being driven by personal biases. The Whistleblower law grants to employee’s possibility to blow the whistle in order to uphold the public values and interests and as well to remain protected by law.
Responsibility on noncompliance
Responsibility on noncompliance with the requirements of the Whistleblower law will be determined in the Administrative violations code of Latvia. The draft law is in progress.
How can Leinonen assist you to comply with the new requirements?
Leinonen legal advisors would be pleased to ensure your compliance with the requirements by:
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