SKWhistle: Implementing a whistleblower system in a legally compliant manner

Whistleblowers are set to be better protected across the EU. That is why the EU Whistleblowing Directive entered into force on December 16, 2019.

The directive requires all companies with more than 250 employees to have established a reporting system for compliance whistleblowers by 17 December 2021. Smaller companies with 50 to 250 employees are given until 17 December 2023.

Germany should have integrated the directive into national law by 17 December 2021 at the latest, but has failed to do so. For this reason, the EU Commission has already initiated formal infringement proceedings. After a new first draft of a whistleblower law was put to the departmental vote in April 2022, it can be hoped that the corresponding law will still be passed in 2022.

Nevertheless, companies (with more than 250 employees) are already well advised to deal with the issue and implement appropriate reporting systems. Without an appropriate internal reporting system, employees may be able to directly invoke the directive and make reports public.

Our experts will be happy to answer your questions and assist you with the implementation.

SKWhistle: Our advisory offering

With SKWhistle, we have assembled a modular advisory solution for you. We support you in

  • establishing,
  • setting up and
  • operating a whistleblowing system.

We offer the individual modules of our SKWhistle advisory solution either at agreed fixed prices or individually as required. Upon request, we will also advise you on selecting a technical solution.
 

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Cooperation partner WhistleB

Jointly with our cooperation partner, WhistleB, a market-leading provider of whistleblowing systems, we are offering you a system that has been tested by us. This means that you are on the safe side from a legal point of view.

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Our 5 experts

Dr. Oliver  Hornung

Dr. Oliver Hornung

Partner

Franziska  Ladiges

Franziska Ladiges

Counsel

Alexander  Möller

Alexander Möller

Partner

Dr. Matthias  Orthwein

Dr. Matthias Orthwein

Partner

Stefan C. Schicker

Stefan C. Schicker

Managing Partner