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New protections for whistleblowers – what does it mean for charities and not-for-profits?

March 2019

A new whistleblower protection regime, which will apply to all companies from 1 July 2019, received royal assent on 12 March 2019. An immediate focus for many charities and not-for-profits will be the new requirement that any structured as public companies (including companies limited by guarantee) and large proprietary companies must have a whistleblower policy from 1 January 2020.

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