What stage has the legislature reached in implementing the Whistleblowing Directive?
If not already implemented, when is it expected or planned that the required legislation will be passed?
In Sweden, legislative protection is already in place - there is a statute against Whistleblowing, the Act (2016: 749) on Protection Against Reprisals for employees who report serious misconduct (Sw: Lag (2016:749) om särskilt skydd mot repressalier för arbetstagare som slår larm om allvarliga missförhållanden), generally known as the "Whistleblowing Act".
However, to ensure compliance with certain aspects of the Directive, e.g. in relation to internal reporting systems and the list of those who benefit from protection, new legislation has been suggested to replace the existing Act. The government-appointed special investigating body submitted their legislative proposal on 29 June 2020, which suggests (among other things), that the rules should apply in all private and public organizations, and that authorities shall be appointed to establish external reporting channels.
The new act is proposed to enter into force on 1 December 2021. However, before legislation is passed by parliament (Sw: Riksdag), the report must be referred for consideration to the relevant bodies. A final proposal will then be drafted and submitted to parliament for decision.