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.


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The sex scandal engulfing Oxfam’s operations overseas has now extended to its charity shops in the UK, after its former...

Presidents Club scandal: Is there any value in non-disclosure agreements?

9 Feb 2018

Reports of sexual harassment at the recent Presidents Club charity dinner form part of a worrying trend of unwanted behaviour...

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Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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Whistleblowing: Court of Appeal rules on “public interest” test

12 Jul 2017

The Court of Appeal has delivered its judgment in the important whistleblowing case of Chesterton Global Ltd and another v...

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Whistleblowing: Key Court of Appeal case considers “public interest” test

9 Jun 2017

The Court of Appeal has heard the appeal in the important whistleblowing case Chesterton Global Ltd (t/a Chesterton Humberts) and...

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NHS whistleblowers to be protected when applying for new jobs

20 Mar 2017

NHS whistleblowers will receive greater legal protection if they decide to apply for a new job, according to proposals published...

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Whistleblowers offered £100,000 in cartel crackdown

20 Mar 2017

Whistleblowers are being offered up to £100,000 in a crackdown on cartels, launched today by the Competition and Markets Authority...

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Tribunal Watch: Teacher’s dismissal for showing 18-rated film to pupils

9 Jan 2017

Tribunal Watch returns with a round-up of recent case law reported in the news. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld...

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Employment law cases 2017: seven decisions to look out for

14 Dec 2016

We round up seven significant employment law decisions expected in 2017, with cases pending on employment status, equal pay, whistleblowing,...

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Financial services whistleblowing regime comes into force

7 Sep 2016

New whistleblowing rules come into force today that apply to banks and building societies, and some investment and insurance companies....

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Are we seeing greater protection for whistleblowers?

6 Sep 2016

Health Education England recently introduced whistleblowing protection for junior doctors. This forms part of a growing trend towards increased protection...

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Whistleblowing: five steps to be compliant with recent changes to legislation

24 Aug 2016

Recent whistleblowing legislation changes have not made it easier for employees to disclose wrongdoing without risking accusations of disloyalty or...

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Five important employment law cases in 2016… and five more to come

21 Jul 2016

Your annual summer round-up of the most important employment law cases 2016 has seen so far, and those still to come…

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Morgan v Royal Mencap Society: Protected disclosure in public interest

2 Jun 2016

In Morgan v Royal Mencap Society, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an employment tribunal was wrong to strike...

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Can you really blow the whistle about a cramped workstation?

12 Apr 2016

Consultant editor Darren Newman explains why the changes introduced in 2013 to the definition of a “protected disclosure” for whistleblowing...

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