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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.
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.
16 Apr 2019
The government is being urged to adopt new EU whistleblowing legislation, to avoid the risk of UK whistleblowers being left behind.
19 Mar 2019
After the government this month outlined plans to outlaw the unethical use of non-disclosures agreements, Michael Hibbs looks at situations...
15 Mar 2019
Consultant editor Darren Newman considers whistleblowing in the NHS, focusing on the public interest test and the danger of working...
4 Mar 2019
Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and confidentiality clauses that attempt to conceal harassment and discrimination could be made unlawful under proposals announced by government.
20 Feb 2019
Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What...
11 Jan 2019
Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...
13 Nov 2018
A judge who is attempting to be recognised as a “worker”, therefore entitling her to certain employment rights, is taking...