Amendments to the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act now give a role to supervisors within Alberta Government departments and other public entities.
Employees considering making a disclosure of wrongdoing can now seek information and advice from their supervisor, and be protected from reprisal for seeking that advice. This amendment recognizes that many organizations have internal policies that require employees to discuss their concerns with a supervisor first.
Chief officers need to ensure that supervisors are aware of the Act, and their obligation to provide information and advice about the Act to employees under their supervision. The Government of Alberta has developed a Supervisor Toolkit to help provide supervisors with guidance about their role .
The Public Interest Commissioner endorses the Supervisor Toolkit as a best practice standard for all Departments, Offices of the Legislature and public entities which fall under the jurisdiction of the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.