And again there is a delay. Parliament (the Lower House) is now scheduled discuss and vote on the Whistleblower Protection Act in the week of December 5. After that it still has to be approved by the Senate. Though increasingly unlikely, it is still possible that the new law will enter into force in January 2023. But there are still some items for discussion.
Independent Whistleblowing Reporting Officer or impartial follow-up
In recent months, we have reviewed a number of model procedures from the public sector that state that the management should follow up on reports and take care of the communication with the reporter. This is not in line with the letter and spirit of the EU Directive. However, it did seem to comply with the Dutch draft law. How about that?
House for Whistleblowers publishes new investigation
In mid-October, the House for Whistleblowers published the results of an investigation. This investigation looked into whether retaliation took place against a whistleblower after making a report. This indeed appeared to be the case.
Where can you find us?
On December 21 a half-day English webinar training on the EU Directive, the Dutch Whistleblower Protection act and the good practices will take place. You can register using our contact form.
In addition, we will soon start a communication and training program on the Whistleblowers Protection Act with Adfiz, the trade association of independent financial advisers
On 29 and 30 November, Geert Vermeulen will provide an English-language webinar training on setting up an effective anti-corruption programme through EIMF from Cyprus.
On 1 December, there will be a face-to-face Dutch-language training on conflicts of interest and anti-corruption for the Dutch Compliance Institute.