On 1 February 2023, the Austrian National Council passed the so-called Whistleblower Protection Act (HinweisgeberInnenschutzgesetz). This law regulates a set of obligations for companies in relation to whistleblowing, with the setup of an internal “whistle-blowing system” a priority. This new law will come into force shortly — following a formal confirmation by the Federal Council of Austria, which is still pending. The Austrian legislator is finally implementing the requirements of the EU Whistleblower Directive, although with a delay of more than a year.
Miriam Kompatscher joined Baker McKenzie's Employment Law Practice Group in Vienna as a junior associate in August 2022. Prior to joining the Firm, Miriam studied Management & Law at the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) and Law at the University of Innsbruck. Thereafter, she worked as a consultant for labor, wage tax and social security law at a large tax consulting firm and completed her legal clerkship at various courts.