EU Adopts Common Minimum Standards for Whistle-Blower Protection

3 July 2019
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Key takeaways:
  • The European Union has agreed to a Directive on common minimum rules for the protection of whistle-blowers reporting violations of EU law and interests.
  • All companies with more than 50 employees will in due course be required by the EU member states to establish internal procedures for handling whistle-blower reports covered by the Directive.
  • A comparison with the existing whistle-blower protections in the UK, France, and Germany shows that the Directive will require changes to the existing framework, strengthening whistle-blower protections.