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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Whistleblowing culture ‘firmly entrenched’ in the UK

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.

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‘Extend whistleblowing protections in line with new EU law’

16 Apr 2019

The government is being urged to adopt new EU whistleblowing legislation, to avoid the risk of UK whistleblowers being left behind.

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Putting a stop to the misuse of NDAs

19 Mar 2019

After the government this month outlined plans to outlaw the unethical use of non-disclosures agreements, Michael Hibbs looks at situations...

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Legal guidance: Whistleblowing in the NHS

15 Mar 2019

Consultant editor Darren Newman considers whistleblowing in the NHS, focusing on the public interest test and the danger of working...

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Unethical use of NDAs to be outlawed

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.

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How to take precautions to avoid a toxic work environment

20 Feb 2019

Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What...

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Six employment law decisions that will shape 2019

11 Jan 2019

Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...

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Judge takes appeal to be recognised as ‘worker’ to the Supreme Court

13 Nov 2018

A judge who is attempting to be recognised as a “worker”, therefore entitling her to certain employment rights, is taking...

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Employers need support around whistleblowing argues charity

23 Oct 2018

Whistleblowing support charity Protect celebrates its 25th anniversary with a benchmarking tool that aims to help organisations build trust and...

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Directors must pay £2m in landmark whistleblowing case

22 Oct 2018

Two individual directors have been held liable for the unfair sacking of a whistleblower for the first time, in a...

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How technology can help employees speak up over misconduct

16 Oct 2018

Allegations of misconduct that enter the public eye can ruin corporate reputations and mark an end to executive careers. HR...

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Ofgem accused of threatening whistleblowers

17 Sep 2018

Ofgem has been accused by two whistleblowers of exploiting national security laws to prevent them airing concerns over projects involving...

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UK employees more lenient around ethics but more likely to report misconduct

13 Sep 2018

UK employees take a more lenient approach than the European average to questionable workplace behaviour...

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Why boardrooms must get a grip on occupational fraud

25 Jul 2018

In light of the malicious payroll data breach at Morrisons carried out by a disgruntled employee in 2014, and more...

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Amazon delivery firms in employment status fight

4 Jun 2018

The GMB has announced that it will take legal action against three Amazon delivery companies over their classification of drivers...

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