On 16 December 2019 the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive (2019/1937/EU) came into force. EU member states have until the end of 2021 to implement the directive in their own national laws. However, EU member states should think about the directive’s implementation now because companies have a number of tasks ahead of them.
Pursuant to the directive, companies with 250 employees or more must establish a secure reporting system for whistleblowers by 17 December 2021. The deadline for smaller companies with 50 to 250 employees is 17 December 2023. Companies that miss these deadlines risk incurring penalties.
What do the new obligations consist of and when will they apply? How can EU member states and companies implement this in practice? How can they choose the right system?
SKW Schwarz and whistleblowing system provider WhistleB will give an overview of the legal framework and provide helpful practical tips.
Dr Matthias Orthwein
Dr Matthias Orthwein advises clients in all areas of IT law, particularly in software contract law, IT outsourcing and other IT projects. He is an experienced expert on national and international data protection issues and regularly holds lectures and seminars on these topics.
Franziska Ladiges advises clients on all matters of IT and data protection law. She supports companies (from small businesses to listed companies) from various industries with the implementation of data protection compliance. In addition, she advises on various individual data protection issues, including order processing, data subject rights and international data transfer. Franziska regularly carries out data protection quick checks for companies on-site.
Alexander Möller advises national and international companies on all issues relating to employment law, particularly in connection with reorganisation measures. His practice focuses on strategic and operational support and the preparing and carrying out of necessary procedural steps towards works councils and the workforce. His work also focuses on drafting and revising the contract portfolio of companies (eg, employment, termination and settlement agreements and contracts on the use of recruitment agency personnel). Alexander advises and trains company executives to identify potential for action and optimisation at an early stage.
Jan Tadeusz Stappers
Senior manager, partnerships
WhistleB – NAVEX Global
Jan Tadeusz Stappers is senior manager, partnerships of WhistleB, a leading provider of professional whistleblowing systems, part of NAVEX Global. WhistleB's whistleblowing solution is trusted by hundreds of organisations and used in more than 150 countries on all continents. Jan is a frequent speaker on subjects relating to whistleblower protection and whistleblowing management. He is engaged in the development of the new ISO 37002 Standard on whistleblowing management systems. Jan has authored various articles on new legislation concerning whistleblower protection and organisational whistleblowing best practices.