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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.
9 Mar 2005
A council has been ordered to pay £82,000 to one of its housing officers for racial discrimination after she blew the whistle on improper practices.
8 Mar 2005
UK employees are increasingly ‘blagging’ their way through work, a trend that could cause serious problems for business decision making,...
22 Feb 2005
Worker protection callThe government should change the law to give more protection to employees who raise health and safety concerns,...
1 Feb 2005
Zoe Balmforth of Addleshaw Goddard brings you a comprehensive update on the latest decisions that could affect your organisation and provides advice on what to do about them
3 Jan 2005
A disclosure must be made in good faith to be protected under the whistleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act. In this case the Court of Appeal examined what is meant by “good faith”.
16 Nov 2004
HCM is not dead in the water As a fan of Stephen Overell’s challenging ‘Off Message’ pieces, it was very disappointing...
8 Nov 2004
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has doubled the money it will give to anyone passing on information about software pirates....
1 Oct 2004
Tribunals in whistleblowing procedures have to weigh up what may be the malice of a disaffected employee against a disingenuous explanation from an employer. By Linda Goldman and Joan Lewis
1 Mar 2004
The Hutton Inquiry underscores the importance of appropriately handling staff following disclosures of alleged unlawful activity. Employers should pay heed...