Legal entities are required to establish internal reporting channels and internal procedures for receiving and following up on reports of breaches. Here are some of the main takeaways for practitioners.   Which legal entities are affected? General thresholds to behold are 50 workers and/or 10.000 inhabitants. The requirement applies to legal entities in the private…

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On December 16th, 2019 the European Union’s “Directive on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law” entered into force as Directive 2019/1937. Link: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32019L1937 Member States are required to transpose the Directive into national laws until December 17, 2021. The Directive 2019/1937, referred to as the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive, sets forth…

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Information asymmetry Studying the phenomenon of insurance fraud, the concept of information asymmetry seems to be within its core. To be specific, it is the asymmetry of information between the parties of the insurance contract, i.e. the insurer, the insured and the policyholder, that is of relevance. The parties do not share the same level…

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Why bother? Measuring and estimating the costs and extent of insurance fraud is paramount to raising our understanding of the insurance fraud phenomenon. Such estimates help insurers to prioritize problem areas and to efficiently allocate their resources in the fight against insurance fraud. Without reliable estimates the insurance industry cannot make credible statements to the…

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The Olympic Committee of Slovenia and the Slovenian Anti-doping Organization have been using our application as their whistleblowing platform since October 2016. In 2018 the Leeds Beckett University prepared a report for the World Anti-Doping Agency. The report provides an audit of existing whistleblowing platforms across National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), Summer and Winter Olympic Sport…

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Nearly one year ago the EU Commission published the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law (hereinafter: the whistleblower protection directive). Link: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A52018PC0218 On March 12, 2019 the EU Commission issued a press release informing us that the European…

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