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B.C. government employees voicing concerns about workplace protected by new law

Summary

Current and former provincial government employees attempting to voice concerns about their workplace will be protected

Ombudsperson Jay Chalke says the change will "ensure accountability, transparency and integrity in government"

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — As of Sunday, current and former provincial government employees attempting to voice concerns about their workplace will be protected by a new law.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act gives the Ombudsperson a new mandate to begin whistleblower investigations, if employees don’t want to report concerns to their employer.

Ombudsperson Jay Chalke says the change will “ensure accountability, transparency and integrity in government,” and will be fair to both sides of the dispute.

The Ombudsperson will investigate the reports of wrongdoing, and would also look into whether or not employees were pressured to keep their concerns under wraps.