There are no regulations in Sweden that specifically protect employees who report or disclose wrongdoing in the workplace. Instead, employees have to rely on general labour legislation for their protection. Recently, however, the Swedish government has published a report containing three proposals for the protection of whistleblowers in the workplace.
Firstly, the report proposes a new Employment Act with strengthened protection for employees who blow the whistle on serious wrongdoing in an employer’s business. The proposed new Employment Act is intended to give employees the right to damages if they suffer retaliation for reporting or disclosing serious wrongdoing. Secondly, a new section is proposed for the Work Environment Act requiring employers to take all necessary measures to facilitate the reporting of wrongdoing. Thirdly, the report proposes rules for the protection of the identity of employees who blow the whistle on serious wrongdoing.
It is proposed that the enhanced protection will take effect on 1 July 2015.