Whistleblower’s Legislation –  First Statutory Injunctions and Penalisation Remedy Granted

The Protected Disclosure Act 2014 (the “Act”) sets out robust statutory protections for workers who can raise concerns in a manner set out under the Act, regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace. The Act provides such workers with significant protections if they are penalised or suffer detriment for doing so, including increased scope for damages and, in a novel manner for employment law issues, provides for “interim relief ” which is the ability for the Circuit Court to issue an injunction preventing the dismissal of a whistleblower in particular circumstances. 

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