Whistle-blower receives first award of compensation under new legislation
The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 has been in force for two years and has now seen its first award for penalisation
of an employee for making a ‘protected disclosure’. The Labour Court has ordered the nursing home Áras Chois Fharraige to pay a former care assistant €17,500 after she was suspended for raising concerns of elder abuse with Hiqa. Under the legislation, an employee can seek redress when they are penalised by their employer for making a protected disclosure.