Malta’s Parliament approved the country’s long-awaited Whistleblower Act. Effective September 15, 2013, the act provides varying programs of protection for individuals blowing the whistle on corrupt practices. The passage of the whistleblower act was the culmination of more than six years of legislative effort.
Malta’s whistleblower act outlines many incentives to encourage individuals to reveal corruption and improper practices. The provisions are so bold that they include giving a whistleblower a completely new identity.
Malta’s new whistleblower act protects employees in both the private and public sector from detrimental action when they disclose details of improper practices by their employers, co-workers and employees, such as:
Individuals with information on such improper practices need to make a full disclosure to avail themselves of the protections of Malta’s whistleblower law.
To be considered a protected disclosure under Malta law, the whistleblower must report in good faith and believe at the time of disclosure that the information in the report is true and shows an improper practice being committed by an employer, co-worker or associate of the employer. Also, the disclosure must not be made for the personal gain of the whistleblower.
If you have information related to government corruption, waste or fraud, call an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth whistleblower attorney to discuss how state and federal law may protect your disclosure.