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June 05, 2023 - European Union

What You Need to Know About the New German Whistleblowing Act

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The German Whistleblowing Act (the “Act”) requires all legal entities in the private sector with at least 50 “workers” to set up internal reporting channels for whistleblowers. Since the Act does not specify that this number refers to full-time equivalents (FTE), it is likely that this threshold refers to the total headcount of employees, so companies should also take part-time employees fully into account when evaluating if they fall under the scope of the Act. Note that the term “workers” not only includes regular employees, but also executive employees, fixed-term employees, interns, and trainees.

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