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New law introduces broader protection for Italian “whistleblowing” workers


Lawyer – Specialized in Corporate Crimes

Junior Legal Consultant

On 29 December 2017, the new “whistleblowing law” - Law 179/2017 - entered into force in Italy, granting “provisions for the protection of employees who report misconducts they have learned in the workplace, both in the public and private sectors”.

The adoption came after a lengthy legislative process and had been many times solicited by many international organisations, such as OCSE, GRECO and the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.

The objective to meet commitments made at international level and, especially, the strong campaign for adopting the law by the organisation Transparency International-IT, has driven Italy to adopt the new law, which reinforces whistleblower protection by supplementing the limited provisions passed in 2012 for public sector employees (Law 190/2012) and extending it to employees of private organisations.

The new law amends article 6 of the the regulation on corporate administrative liability (Legislative Decree no. 231/2001) requiring the company organisational models - the compliance programmes - provided therein to include the implementation of ...

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