Whistleblower law changes

New legislation to protect whistleblowers comes into effect from 1 July 2022.

When: From 1 July 2022

What: The new Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022 makes it easier for workers to raise concerns about serious workplace misconduct. This could include breaking the law or risky behaviour through:

  • gross negligence, eg failing to take care of people, property or the environment
  • mismanagement, eg organising or controlling things badly
  • failing to comply with health and safety, and environmental obligations.

The Act also provides protection for employees and other workers who report violations. While business owners don’t need to have whistleblower policies in place it is in your interests to be aware of what the Act covers.

Changes in the new Act include:

  • extending the definition of serious wrongdoing
  • allowing people to report misconduct directly to an authorised person other than their employer
  • improving protection for whistleblowers
  • detailing the types of retaliation and victimisation whistleblowers are protected from.

Why: To improve and simplify the process protecting New Zealand workers who report serious misconduct in the workplace.

What you need to do: Business owners should be aware of the changes to the Act and what you must do if wrongdoing is reported.

To learn more about the changes to the Act, visit the Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission's page.

Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022(external link) — Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission

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