Assessing Whistleblowing Laws

How can NGOs assess current and draft whistleblower laws to ensure that whistleblowers are fully protected?


Please find below a checklist with 15 parameters to assess whistleblowing policy. Does the law contain:  

  1. Involvement of multiple actors

  2. Penalties for retaliation

  3. Full range of remedies

  4. A genuine day in court

  5. A whistleblower complaints authority

  6. No sanctions for misguided reporting

  7. Anonymous reporting

  8. Protection of confidentiality

  9. A rewards system

  10. Whistleblower participation

  11. External reporting mechanism

  12. Internal reporting mechanism

  13. A broad definition of retribution protection

  14. A broad definition of whistleblower