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EU Lawmakers Agree On Draft Whistleblower Protection Rules

Law360, London (November 21, 2018, 5:41 PM GMT) -- European Union lawmakers have adopted draft legislation to protect whistleblowers, proposing safeguards in areas including tax evasion and corruption, as the bloc takes "major steps" to protect the right of employees to speak out about wrongdoing.

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday, by 22 votes with just one abstention, for a directive to ensure that member states safeguard whistleblowers and outlaw retaliation against them. The rules would also extend protection to individuals such as journalists who give assistance to those who lift the lid on wrongdoing.

Rapporteur Virginie Roziere said the directive was a significant step forward...

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