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The whistleblower law is coming (effective 07/2/2023):

Among other things, the Whistleblower Act protects employees who wish to report legal violations within their company internally without having to fear disadvantages as a result. The key point of the law is that employers with more than 50 employees must provide their employees with contact persons also for anonymous reports. At the same time, reporting employees – if the report is not or remains anonymous – are protected from disadvantages.

The law, if implemented correctly, can protect the company from later lawsuits for damages and be an essential part of the company’s own compliance tools. However, if applied incorrectly or not taken into account, it offers significant risks for companies.

The German government is thus implementing EU Directive 2019/1937, the transposition deadline for which has already expired.

If you need help with regard to the so-called whistleblower law, please feel free to contact us.