Sweden - Legislation to protect whistle-blowers - November 30, 2016
A draft law, to be introduced in January 2017, will improve the protection of whistle-blowers, strengthening the employees’ situation. The ‘Act on special protection against victimisation of workers who are sounding the alarm about serious wrongdoings’ protects any employee, whether he or she works in the private or public sector, when the worker tells the media or the authorities about corruption cases or other serious issues. The worker will then be protected against reprisals like withheld wages, lessened career opportunities or – in the case of temporary workers – reduced chances of having their contract renewed. The idea is that the employee should approach the employer first, and if the employer does not act, the case can be taken to the media or the authorities. The chief legal advisor at the trade union confederation of professional employees (TCO) hopes that the new legislation will make difference in real life.
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