Entrepreneurs in Latvian regions are invited to participate in seminars on alerting practices

What is alerting, what are the benefits of setting up an internal alerting system and how does alerting differ from other types of reporting - Latvian entrepreneurs are invited to explore and share these and other issues through a panel discussion from September 11 to 25 seminars with experts of the State Chancellery's Alarm Contact Point on the implementation of the Alerting Law in practice.

Four months have passed since the Alerting Act, which defines what alarming is about (providing information about violations of public interest in their work environment), provides for the creation of alerting mechanisms and guarantees for the protection of whistleblowers. Among other things, the law requires that all institutions, as well as companies and organizations with at least 50 employees, have in place an internal alert system to address when they see violations of the law in the workplace. Four months is enough time to make the first observations and conclusions about putting the law into practice, including in the daily work of entrepreneurs; at the same time, it is too little to answer all the questions.

How is alerting different from other types of reporting (filing, complaints, other reporting mechanisms already in place in companies and organizations)? When to report the employee internally to the employer and when to contact the competent national authority? Who internally receives and processes messages? What is the role of a manager? Why internal reporting at all? These are just a few of the questions most often asked by companies and institutions that implement the Alert Law in practice.

In order to discuss and share experience on the development of internal alert mechanisms, seminars are planned in all regions of Latvia, in cooperation with the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to invite entrepreneurs to get answers on alerting, learn how to set up an internal alerting system and to. Entrepreneurs and other participants will be able to familiarize themselves with the most common types of alert cases that can be triggered, learn how to respond to a whistleblower message, and be aware of the variety of alert mechanisms. The discussions will be moderated by Inese Kušķe, expert of the Department of Public Administration Policy, one of the authors of the Alarm Law, and other experts of the State Chancellery's Alarm Contact Point.

“Businesses can gain more trust and involvement from employees by allowing them to feel at ease and encouraging them to voice their criticisms and talk about failures. In theory it is not always possible to foresee all possible cases or interpretations. Therefore, I would like to encourage entrepreneurs to think about cases from their own experience in preparation for seminars and to be ready to talk about it, in order to facilitate the exchange of experience and discuss how to solve the case in a safe, comfortable environment, ”invites Inese Kušķe.

Kurzeme regional meeting is scheduled for September 11 in Liepaja, Latgale regional meeting - September 13 in Daugavpils, Zemgale regional meeting - September 17 in Jelgava and Vidzeme regional meeting - September 25 in Cesis.


The seminars are offered by the State Chancellery in cooperation with the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Entrepreneurs, employees of branches of state institutions and municipalities are invited to visit them. Free entrance to the seminars. More information on applying on the LCCI homepage .

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