The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022 – Effective 1 July 2022

The new 2022 Act continues the 2000 Act’s purpose, which is to facilitate the disclosure and investigation of serious wrongdoing in the workplace, and to provide protection for employees and other workers who report concerns. The 2022 Act addresses the following issues and improvements from the 2000 Act: extending the definition of serious wrongdoing to …

Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #6

We refer to an article dated 10 May 2022 titled “Government Bolsters Protection For Whistleblowers". According to Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins "Significant improvements are being made in New Zealand workplaces to better protect whistleblowers. The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act 2022 replaces the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. It is more people-focused …

Decoding the names of bills

Extract: If a bill does not say “Amendment” in its title it is either: Entirely new law on a previously unlegislated area, orIt plans to so completely rewrite an existing act that calling it an amendment would be misleading. For example this week Parliament looks likely to approve the Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill. Feel …

Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #5

As reported from the Education and Workforce Committee from Parliament, the bill had its second reading in Parliament this day, the 9th November 2021. There was widespread support amongst the major parties for the Bill and it now goes before the Committee of the Whole House.  Following that, the Bill will go back before Parliament …

Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #4

We refer to an article dated 10 July 2021 titled "How to avoid a whistleblower crisis" written by Daniel Laufer, PhD, MBA, who is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Victoria University of Wellington, and an expert in Crisis Management. This article is a timely reminder about the importance of having an external Whistleblowing platform …

Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #2

We begin this article with a summary of some recent important changes to New Zealand’s Whistleblowing regime. Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill On 29 March 2021, the Final report of the Education and Workforce Committee into the Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill was published. The Education and Workforce Committee has examined the Protected …

Preparing for the New Zealand Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act – Update #1

We begin this article with a summary of some recent important changes to New Zealand's Whistleblowing regime. Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill On 24 June 2020, The Minister of State Services, Chris Hipkins, introduced a Bill that will strengthen protections for whistleblowers. The Bill replaces the Protected Disclosures Act 2000. This Bill clarifies the …

Whistleblowers’ protection bill introduced to replace 20-year-old Act

The Minister of State Services, Chris Hipkins, has just introduced a bill that will strengthen protections for whistleblowers. The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill will replace the Protected Disclosures Act, which is now 20 years old. Chris Hipkins said the current laws were not working as well as they should. "Anyone who raises these …

World Whistleblowing Day: In 2020, There Can Be No Excuse For Leaving Whistleblowers Unprotected

Extract: Already this year, there have been no shortage of reminders that the greatest challenges of our time cannot be solved unless wrongdoing is called out and the truth exposed. The world is facing the combined threats of a global pandemic, global heating, and deep structural inequalities made worse by entrenched corruption. Often, the illegal …