New Protected Disclosures Rules for Employers with 50+ Employees

New rules for private sector employers with 50 to 249 employees came into effect in December 2023.

Employers with 50+ employees are now required to establish formal reporting channels for workers to report concerns about wrongdoing in the workplace.

Previously this applied to employers with 250+ employees.

‘Workers’ now also includes board members, shareholders, job applicants and volunteers.

Employers within this scope are now required to acknowledge, follow-up and give feedback in respect of all reports received through these channels within certain timeframes.

Failure to establish channels may result in criminal penalties.