Sweden: Riksdag approves proposal to implement Whistleblowing Directive
The Swedish Parliament ('Riksdag') announced, on 29 September 2021, that it has approved the Labour Market Committee's proposal to adopt the Government's Bill 2020/21:193 for the Implementation of the Whistleblowing Directive, which is now Act on Protection of Persons Reporting Irregularities (2021:890) ('the Whistleblowing Act'). In particular, the Riksdag stated that the proposal means that the Directive on the Protection of Persons who Report Breaches of Union Law (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) (23 October 2019) ('the Whistleblowing Directive') is implemented into Swedish legislation.
In addition, the Riksdag stated that, among other things, under the Whistleblowing Directive, more people will be protected when whistleblowing, the processes for whistleblowing will be clearer, and the identity of the person who makes the alarm about misconduct must be kept secret. Furthermore, the Riksdag stated that businesses with at least 50 employees will be required to introduce special reporting channels, and it must also be possible to raise alarms through special channels to authorities in certain areas. Moreover, the Riksdag stated that the Whistleblowing Act comes into force on 17 December 2021.