Whistle-blower protection boosted

EMPLOYEES who blow the whistle on wrongdoings at work will be shielded from any reprisals or punishment by new laws that put the onus on the employer to protect and support whistle-blowers, not hang them out to dry.

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Under the laws, which come into effect on July 1 companies must have whistleblowing policies with support and protection guarantees for those who speak up before they cop any backlash or experience detrimental effects.