The Whistleblower Act
Sweden has a law that protects you who report misconduct, commonly known as the Whistleblower Act. It applies from 17 December 2021. The law briefly means:
- that you must not be hindered or punished for whistling,
- that you may sometimes circumvent your duty of confidentiality,
- that more people than before can whistle.
The Whistleblower Act also requires that authorities, such as Luleå University of Technology, must ensure that you as an employee can whistle and that your identity is protected by confidentiality. In order for your whistleblowing to be covered by the law, it is required that you are part of the circle of those who can report, what the misconduct refers to and that you report on the misconduct in the ways that the university directs.
When should the whistleblower function be used?
The whistleblower function should be used when you have information about misconduct at Luleå University of Technology that affects the public negatively if they are not found and remedied, or when you suspect that the university is violating certain EU legislation. 1
When should the function not be used?
Reporting of personal misconduct that exclusively affects the reporting person or their own work situation, such as conflicts between the reporting person and another employee, wage setting or equivalent, is generally not considered to be in the public interest and is not covered by the Whistleblower Act and should therefore not be reported to the whistleblower function.
1 The Whistleblower Act is relevant if you suspect that the university is violating EU rules within; public procurement, financial services, products and markets and the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, product safety and conformity, transport safety, environmental protection, radiation and nuclear safety, food and feed safety and animal health and welfare, public health, consumer protection and privacy, privacy security in network and information systems.