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Dr hab. Helena Szewczyk
ORCID: 0000-0002-1425-981X
Dr hab. Helena Szewczyk, assistant professor at the Department of Labour Law and Social Policy at the Faculty of Law of the University of Katowice. She is a graduate of the University of Economics in Katowice and the University of Silesia. Her scientific interests are related to labour law, clerical law and European labour law. She is the author of over 150 scientific publications (books, studies, articles, votes, etc.). The publications mainly concern issues related to individual labour
DOI: 10.33226/0032-6186.2020.2.1
JEL: K15, K31

The new Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law introduces new EU-wide rules on the protection of whistleblowers in the workplace. The Directive requires Member States to develop and adopt harmonised rules on how to receive report, carry out an enquiry, and provide legal protection of whistleblowers. It also makes it necessary to implement anonymous reporting channels, inform the whistleblower of the actions taken as follow up to the report, and provide for a timeframe of 3 months to make a decision on the inquiry. In addition, the Directive specifies the obligation to protect the personal data of all participants in the enquiry. The new Directive prohibits any retaliatory measures against whistleblowers and requires the adoption of effective and adequate measures to protect them. It ensures a wide personal scope of the protection of whistleblowers and a broad range of remedies by which this protection is implemented.

Keywords: employment; whistleblower; Union law

Dr hab. Helena Szewczyk, assistant professor at the Department of Labour Law and Social Policy at the Faculty of Law of the University of Katowice. She is a graduate of the University of Economics in Katowice and the University of Silesia. Her scientific interests are related to labour law, clerical law and European labour law. She is the author of over 150 scientific publications (books, studies, articles, votes, etc.). The publications mainly concern issues related to individual labour law, employment in the public sector and social security. Actively practices the profession of legal advisor.