The Protected Disclosures Act, 2014 – Report for year ended 30th June, 2016
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 became operational on 15th July 2014. The Act is intended to provide a robust statutory framework within which workers can raise concerns regarding a potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace in the knowledge that they can avail of significant employment and other protections if they are penalised by their employer or suffer any detriment for doing so.
"Protected disclosure" means the disclosure of relevant information, which in the reasonable belief of the worker tends to show one or more relevant wrongdoings and came to the attention of the worker in connection with their employment.
‘Worker’ includes employees, contractors, consultants, agency staff, former employees, temporary employees, and interns/trainees.
"Relevant wrongdoings" are defined in an exhaustive list and include the following:
- the commission of an offence;
- a miscarriage of justice;
- non-compliance with a legal obligation;
- health and safety threats;
- unlawful or otherwise improper use of public funds;
- damage to the environment; or
- concealment or destruction of information relating to any of the foregoing.
Wicklow County Council Protected Disclosures Policy
Wicklow County Council is committed to ensuring that the culture and work environment are such that any employee/worker is encouraged and supported to report on any issue that may impact adversely on Wicklow County Council’s ability to deliver a high quality service and in this regard has introduced and implemented policy procedures for the making of protected disclosures by employees who are, or were employed by the Council.
The purpose of the policy and procedure is:
- To encourage employees/workers to report internally any concerns, as soon as possible, they may have regarding potential wrongdoing in the workplace, in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously and investigated, where appropriate, and that their confidentiality will be respected, in the manner provided by the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014.
- To highlight that it is always appropriate to raise such concerns when they are based on a reasonable belief irrespective of whether any wrongdoing is in fact subsequently identified
- To provide employees/workers with guidance on how to raise concerns
- To reassure employees/workers that they can report relevant wrongdoings without fear of penalisation.
The designated officer designated to receive disclosures in Wicklow County Council is, Ms. Lorraine Gallagher, Senior Executive Officer, Enterprise and Corporate Services, and the Designated Director is Mr. Thomas Murphy, Director of Services, Enterprise and Corporate Services.
Protected Disclosures made to Wicklow County Council
No protected disclosures were made to Wicklow County Council under the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014 for the 12 months ending 30th of June, 2016.