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Annual Report for 2023 in accordance with Section 22 of The Protected Disclosures Act 2014

Workplace Relations Commission

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Protected Disclosures Act 2014

As a public body, the WRC is required under Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 to publish an annual report in relation to the number of protected disclosures made to it in the preceding year, and the action taken in response to any such protected disclosures.

Further to this requirement, the WRC confirms that 22 external reports were received in accordance with the provisions of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 during 2023. All 22 reports were acknowledged within the timeframe specified in the legislation. In each case, the outcome was communicated to the individual.

Following initial assessment, 9 submissions were deemed not to be a protected disclosure and the correspondent was informed of this in each case and the case was closed. A total of 7 submissions were forwarded to the relevant Division of the WRC for further action following initial investigation, and the Protected Disclosure case was closed. Three cases were referred to the Office of the Protected Disclosures Commissioner or other more appropriate bodies.

One case was closed due to insufficient data provided initially and no further input received when requested from the discloser. Two cases remain “open” under initial assessment pending further input from the discloser. No internal reports were received by the WRC during 2023.

Under SI 367/2020 Protected Disclosures Act 2014 (Disclosure to Prescribed Persons) Order 2020 the Director General is designated as a ‘prescribed person’ pursuant to Section 7 of the Act.

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