Q. I’ve read a lot recently about a new whistle-blower law that went into effect this year. What requirements does it impose on companies doing business in Georgia? — B.N.
A. The Georgia Whistleblower Act actually has been in effect since 1993. Prior to 2007, however, it was applicable only to the state of Georgia and its agencies, departments and offices. The act did not cover local government employers (such as cities or counties) or private-sector employers.
Effective July 1, 2007, the act was amended to make it applicable to most government employers in Georgia—state and local. While there have been some efforts made in recent years to further extend the reach of the act, it still is not applicable to private-sector employers.