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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.
23 Dec 2019
Lloyd’s of London’s whistleblowing hotline – the only anonymous channel for employees to report concerns – was not operational for more than a year.
13 Dec 2019
A whistleblower who complained that staff at an NHS trust were being bullied and not given proper breaks has been...
11 Dec 2019
We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...
10 Dec 2019
Personnel Today’s first far-from-exhaustive listing of appointments in the HR world includes a new NHS post to promote flexible working...
9 Dec 2019
This recent case should sound an alert for companies looking to dismiss staff for...
27 Nov 2019
A Royal Mail employee was unfairly dismissed for blowing the whistle, not for the alleged poor performance – based on...
6 Nov 2019
HR has a crucial role in promoting responsible and transparent leadership...
16 Oct 2019
Judges and other non-contractual office holders are protected if they blow the whistle but they cannot be classified as “workers”,...
9 Aug 2019
An employment tribunal last month concluded a case that could prove highly significant for potential whistleblowers.
16 Jul 2019
Three-quarters of whistleblowers experience retaliation from their employer including bullying, attempts to destroy evidence and dismissal, according to a group...
19 Jun 2019
Following high-profile allegations of sexual harassment by staff, employees are now more empowered to speak up about inappropriate behaviour than...
10 Jun 2019
For many, the notion of a cartel may conjure up images of Columbian drug barons, but UK businesses need to...
4 Jun 2019
A judge who is seeking a clarification in the law to recognise judges as workers will make her case at...
16 May 2019
Although 35% of UK businesses have no system in place for whistleblowing, a comparison with other economically similar nations in Europe shows that the UK is ahead of the curve.