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Yukon's public sector whistleblower legislation now in effect

Jurisdiction: - Yukon

The Government of Yukon issued the following news release on June 15, 2015:

Public Interest Disclosure and Wrongdoing Act now in force

WHITEHORSE-The Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act went into effect today. It provides a process that employees can follow if they believe there has been a wrongdoing in their organization or if they believe they have been unfairly treated as a result of raising concerns about a wrongdoing.

The legislation covers Yukon public service organizations listed in the act and is intended to deal with significant and serious matters that an employee believes to be unlawful, dangerous to the public or injurious to the public interest.

"The Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act provides a clear framework for employees to make disclosures of wrongdoing in good faith, and for protecting them from acts of reprisal," Minister for the Public Service Commission Currie Dixon said. "This legislation furthers our common interest in upholding and promoting the transparency, accountability and integrity of Yukon public service organizations."

The new act provides employees with several ways to disclose a wrongdoing. It also provides an avenue for making a complaint if they believe they have been subject to reprisal as a result of making a disclosure, seeking advice about making a disclosure, declining to participate in a wrongdoing or co-operating in an investigation under the act.

The legislation also establishes the office of the Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner (PIDC). Unless another person is appointed according to the process laid out in the act, the Yukon's Ombudsman is the PIDC.

For more information and supporting material:

Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing (Yukon government website)

Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner's website