Understanding New Italy Whistleblower Protection Requirements
The Italy whistleblower protection law 179/2017, known as The Whistleblowing Law, went into effect on December 29, 2017. The Italy whistleblower bill adds provisions to the existing Anti-corruption Law 190/2012 to broaden the scope and further define whistleblower provisions. With this expansion, protection requirements of the law are no longer applicable to just the public sector but also apply to private companies that implement “Model 231.” Protections also now extend beyond frontline employees to include managers and collaborators who report in good faith.
Complying with the new regulation is more than just implementing a whistleblower hotline. Companies should create environments where employees feel empowered and protected to identify and report misconduct to a management team that takes those reports seriously. The new Italy whistleblower protection requirements aim to ensure public and applicable private companies meet these standards by offering multiple whistleblower reporting channels with additional precautions around confidentiality. Similarly, whistleblower retaliation is under heightened scrutiny. While retaliation has always had a negative impact on a company and its culture, with this law, whistleblower legislation in Italy now threatens a financial impact as well.
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