Whistleblowing

Employers should have a whistleblowing (protected disclosure) procedure for a worker to raise genuine concerns about a colleague’s conduct or the employer’s practices.

The procedure should allow for the worker to raise these concerns with a nominated person and set out the steps that the employer will take in response.

A disclosure will be protected if the employee reasonably believes that the disclosure is made in the public interest. Protections include the right not to be unfairly dismissed or to suffer a detriment for blowing the whistle.


Strengthen whistleblowing regulations for the third sector, urges charity

Staff should raise concerns without fear of repercussions, says Protect.

Financial whistleblower wins £75k payout in sex discrimination case

25 Jun 2020

Female compliance worker been subjected to sex discrimination after raising concerns about potential financial malpractice.

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Third of employees asked to commit furlough fraud

18 Jun 2020

Research reveals staff subject to pay cuts while being asked to work while furloughed and people threatened with deportation unless they went along with fraud.

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US banking whistleblower is awarded $50m

8 Jun 2020

UK finance sector given pause for thought by huge US whistleblower payout.

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Companies face welter of whistleblowing over fraud and safety

5 Jun 2020

How businesses deal with complaints and handle investigations as employees trickle back to the workplace could be key to future recovery and success.

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Investigations and Covid-19: employers need a pandemic-proof toolkit

27 May 2020

Employers are turning their attention to a host of novel HR issues coming over the horizon.

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‘Rife’ furlough fraud being revealed by whistleblowers

22 May 2020

Firms have been putting staff on furlough then asking them to work, sometimes telling them they'll be sacked if they refuse.

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Hundreds report employers to HMRC over furlough fraud

13 May 2020

Almost 800 people have reported their employers to HM Revenue and Customs alleging they are fraudulently claiming money from the...

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Firms face legal ‘minefield’ when staff return to work

12 May 2020

Employers face a ‘minefield’ of legal risks when they bring staff back into the workplace, especially if they ask workers...

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‘Businesses must be vigilant on employee stress as lockdown eases’

7 May 2020

Companies should not impose the same targets and expectations as they did before lockdown, warns a leading employment lawyer.

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Senior Amazon employee resigns after virus protesters sacked

5 May 2020

A vice president at Amazon has resigned “in dismay” at the company’s treatment of workers who criticised working conditions that...

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Law Commission aims to extend time limits for employment tribunal cases

30 Apr 2020

Proposals could enable more cases to be settled before proceedings are brought.

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Employment tribunal claim made against home secretary Priti Patel

20 Apr 2020

Former Home Office civil servant Sir Philip Rutnam claims he was constructively dismissed from his role after accusing Patel of bullying.

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EY to appeal against $11m gold whistleblower verdict

20 Apr 2020

EY accountant uncovered money laundering at gold bullion dealer and wins claim against employer.

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Nurse unfairly dismissed for wanting to commence NHS whistleblowing process

11 Feb 2020

A senior district nurse with 38 years’ experience was unfairly dismissed after she told management of her wish to instigate...

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