The proposed law links all legal standards for the protection of “whistleblowers”, since Croatia has not yet had a complete law that would uniquely regulate the issue of their protection. General provisions, principles, “whistleblowers” rights and their judicial protection, the procedure for filing irregularities and acting upon the application of this misdemeanor provision are prescribed. The obligation to establish internal channels for reporting irregularities is prescribed, appointing a confidential person to receive applications, which within 60 days of receipt must provide feedback to the applicant, enabling access to the file and notification of the outcome of the proceedings, and emphasizing the need to protect the identity of the applicant. “A clear procedure will send a message of encouragement to all who see and report something and that we have effective mechanisms to combat all bad things,” Justice Minister March 2019 calendar Editable said. The proposed law allows for irregularities to be protected not only if they are in permanent employment, but protection is provided to a wider circle of persons, such as volunteers, those, as Bošnjaković said, “which can see these things from the side”. The whistle blowers would thus have the right to court protection, compensation for damage, identity and confidentiality protection, and protection is extended to persons with whom the irregularities are connected. “Anonymity is guaranteed throughout the procedure, that the applicant can not be subject to disciplinary proceedings, his employment relationship can not be terminated, or he may be placed in a worse position,” Shostakovitch said.
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Only reporting irregularities can be internal (in the company itself), external (to the competent authority) and disclosure to the public. Regarding the procedure for external reporting of irregularities, it is stipulated that the work of the competent body is performed by the Office of the Ombudsman. The proposed law, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said, will surely, in general, help fight the fight against corruption. The Associations reiterate that for years they have advocated the adoption of a separate law on the protection of whistle blowers as an important step towards the creation of a comprehensive and effective mechanism to combat corruption and other irregularities.
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The Human Rights House Zagreb, GONG and the Center for Peace Studies reported that they in principle support the Government’s draft law on protecting irregular applicants, warning that the law drafting procedure had been violated and that it had serious shortcomings that would not lead to the desired changes in the protection of the whistle blower, and they are particularly dissatisfied with the proposal that a provision on the provision of psycho social support to whistle blowers is excluded from the proposal.
The number of employees in Croatia at the end of August was 0.3 percent lower than at the end of July, which ended the five-month trend of monthly increase in the number of employees, while the March 2019 calendar Editable unemployment rate fell to a new record low of 8.5 percent, according to State Statistical Office. According to the CBS data, there were 1,444,537 employees at the end of August in Croatia, which is 4582 persons or 0.3 percent less than at the end of July.