The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (Cth) was recently introduced to amend the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to provide greater protection to corporate whistleblowers.
A whistleblower includes an employee of a company that has made a complaint or intends to make a complaint, about a range of matters, including insider trading, insolvent trading, fraud, money laundering, activities that exploit legal loopholes to harm the administration of government programs, activities that pose the risk of harming consumers, activities that breach the law and activities that do not constitute a breach of law but are for some reason unethical. The legislation seeks to protect employees from detriment or victimisation for having made a whistleblower complaint.
If you intend to make a whistleblower complaint, or have made a whistleblower complaint and have been subjected to some form of detriment as a result, it is important to obtain legal advice. It is also important to understand that you may not receive any form of “immunity” for conduct that you report for which you are implicated.
The lawyers at Jewell Hancock Employment Lawyers can assist you in formulating and lodging a whistleblower complaint or can assist you in taking action if you have been victimised for already doing so.
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