A new law on protection for whistleblowers, from December 17, 2021.

As of December 17, a new Whistleblowing Act (lagen om m skydd för personer som rapporterar om missförhållanden) applies. The law is based on the new EU whistleblowing directive, and it includes additional requirements and rights compared with previous legislation.

The Whistleblowing Act protects those who whistle about breaches in a work-related context where there is a public interest for it to be revealed. This includes, for example, violations of applicable laws and regulations.

One of the changes that the new law entails is that there is a broader scope regarding which persons are covered by the law's protection against retaliation and discharge from liability than before. In addition to employees and hired employees, also jobseekers, self-employed persons, volunteers, trainees and company management are included. Furthermore, people working for subcontractors and contractors are included. Persons assisting a whistleblower are also protected, such as safety representatives.

The Whistleblowing Act also means that employers with 50 or more employees will be obliged to have a reporting channel and to have routines for reporting. For JU, this means that such reporting channels must be established no later than December 17, 2023. JU has therefore started reviewing how the reporting channels shall be established and what documentation are needed.

For inquiries contact Emma Carlström External link, opens in new window., legal counsel.

The law in Swedish can be read here. External link, opens in new window.