Whistleblowing

Topic Index
Overview
Qualifying disclosures: whistleblowing
Protected disclosures: whistleblowing
Protection of workers who blow the whistle
Whistleblowing in the financial services
Whistleblowing policy considerations
Whistleblowing resources

Overview

 

  • The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 provides protection from dismissal, or from a detriment short of dismissal, to workers who want to disclose certain wrongdoing by their employer (i.e. whistleblowing).
  • The Act does not give all whistleblowers a right to receive special protection but rather aims to channel any disclosures through appropriate sources where possible.
  • The Act applies to 'workers' which is a wider category than employees working under a contract of employment and includes the self employed and third-party contractors where their work is controlled by the 'employer; LLP workers; agency workers; home workers; freelance workers; seconded workers and trainees on vocational/work experience schemes.
  • Workers who normally work outside the UK and self-employed professionals are specifically excluded by the Act.
  • The charity Public Concern at Work provides advice to individuals as well as training and advice to employers.
  • Employment tribunals can but are not obliged to pass on details of whistleblowing allegations to the relevant regulator. 
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