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In brief

We provided an overview perspective on EU Whistleblowing Directive: Local Implementation which includes updates on the latest EU employment and compliance developments.

The European Whistleblowing Directive (WBD) was supposed to be implemented by the European Union’s 27 member states by no later than 17 December 2021, impacting employers with operations in those jurisdictions.

One year on from this deadline, despite the European Commission (EC) commencing infringement procedures against those countries that had failed to implement the WBD in January 2022, we are still waiting for 11 EU member states to do so. Whilst legislation is still awaited in a number of jurisdictions, we are now in a much better position to see the challenges the European Whistleblowing Directive poses for global employers.

In this webinar, you may find the following practical takeaways to keep in mind for 2023 in Europe including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands to help navigate the new landscape. In addition, we will explore the following: 

  • Overview of regulatory changes and what actions companies should consider
  • Satisfying the internal reporting channel obligation, and how that fits within existing global whistleblowing frameworks
  • How can the confidentiality of the identity of a whistleblower be safeguarded
  • How should whistleblowing reports be processed and followed up
  • What is the scope of the protection of whistleblowers
  • Which sanction can be imposed in case of non-compliance
  • How to assess privacy issues arising from the EU WBD

Should you wish to explore this further ahead of the webinar, please see our recent publication Baker McKenzie –  One Year On: The EU Whistleblowing Directive. The publication includes a link to our recently launched whitepaper EU Whistleblowing Directive: Act Now to make your Whistleblowing Program compliant, which provides further practical insights into WBD compliance, and information on our multijurisdictional analysis matrix solution.

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Franco-Irish, Nadège Dallais joined Baker McKenzie's Employment Practice Group in 2001 and was appointed counsel in 2015. She completed an associate training program in the Firm's Palo Alto office in 2012. Ms. Dallais is a member of the Paris Green Committee and is responsible for pro bono initiatives in the Paris office.


Katja Häferer joined the Munich office of Baker McKenzie in January 2009. She is a member of the Firm’s European and Global Labor Law practice groups. She advises domestic and multinational companies on employment law matters, including outsourcing and other transactions. Katja frequently speaks at in-house and external seminars, and conducts training on a wide range of employment matters. She also practiced in the Firm’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices.


Lorren Martin is a senior associate in the Employment & Compensation department in the London office of Baker McKenzie. After training at the Firm, she qualified into the team in 2010 and now advises on all areas of UK employment law, as well as on international deals and multi-jurisdictional projects. She is a leading member of the team's financial services group, having completed secondments to a number of leading banks and financial institutions throughout her career. She is a member of the Firm's Baker Women affinity group as well as a trainee supervisor and associate coach.

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