A Global Approach to Public Interest Disclosure: What Can We by David B. Lewis

By David B. Lewis

This well timed and critical e-book assesses the effect of laws on public curiosity disclosures the world over, in addition to environment an time table for destiny study on whistleblowing. Combining either theoretical and functional tools, this certain booklet bargains an in depth exam of a few of the foremost statutory provisions within the united kingdom and explores the best way courts have interpreted them. The professional members examine the united kingdom version with the various methods taken in Australia, the U.S. in addition to the remainder of Europe, and concentrate on the teachings that may be discovered from the present perform of whistleblowing. They review the contents and alertness of private reporting/whistleblowing approaches, and draw upon major empirical examine. This ebook might be of serious curiosity to teachers, postgraduate scholars, practitioners and policymakers within the fields of employment legislations, human source administration, company ethics and company governance.

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CONCLUSION This chapter assessed existing and developing legislation protecting whistleblowers in Europe using a three-tiered model based on the UK PIDA (1998). That analysis shows European whistleblower protection is very diverse and the normative content of the three-tiered model consolidating a consensus between organizational and societal interests is not always well understood. In terms of policy recommendation, we need to emphasize the need for public knowledge about how whistleblower schemes are or are not working, as well as the desirability of civil society acting as a deterrent to retaliation against whistleblowers and cover-ups.

It also requires audit committees of the companies to establish whistleblowing procedures whereby employees can anonymously submit issues of concern regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters. Further, it requires them to have procedures for retaining and treating the complaints. The requirement of an anonymous report recipient is unique among US whistleblowing statutes. Most commonly, the organization’s response to this requirement has been to contract with an independent ‘hotline’ company to receive the complaint (Bjorhus, 2004, p.

In that sense, the absence of successively accessible tiers does not need to bring us to tears, nor is the regulatory implementation of such tiers any guarantee of tearless whistleblowing! The interest of the whistleblower is to see malpractice corrected and being able to get on with their job. The provision in Romania that the press or an NGO can accompany a worker subpoenaed before a disciplinary commission increases the chances the worker will get a fair treatment. It puts the organizations rather than the court under public scrutiny for taking up its responsibility to whistleblowers and wrongdoing.

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