Confidentiality v free speech

Could a Hungarian TV broadcaster rely on a confidentiality clause to dismiss a journalist who had made allegations of censorship? No it couldn’t, without infringing the journalist’s right to freedom of expression, said the European Court of Human Rights in… Read on

Round-up of Employment Law Changes in October 2014

National Minimum Wage The new rates of National Minimum Wage for the year 1 October 2014 – 30 September are published: Read the current rates of NMW here Equal pay audits Employment Tribunals must order an equal pay audit upon… Read on

Dismissing a whistle blower fairly

Was it fair to dismiss a whistle blowing employee, a police officer, who was making disclosures regarding his colleagues’ treatment of victims? Yes, where the employee’s behaviour in raising the disclosures – rather than the disclosures themselves – was the… Read on

New employment laws in force from 25th June

Changes to Employment Law in June 2013. The first in a long list of changes to employment laws come into effect on 25th June 2013. Alongside some technical provisions, the following are of most interest: Removal of qualifying period of… Read on

Grievances extreme whistleblowing hazard

Employers should not treat workers who have made a protected disclosure (otherwise known as whistleblowing) detrimentally. Financial liability for having done so is unlimited, and workers are protected from day one. Furthermore, a recent case has held that an employer… Read on

What is whistle-blowing?

‘Whistle-blowing’ is making a ‘public interest disclosure’. UK law protects workers from being badly treated because they ‘blow the whistle’ on wrong-doing within their employer’s organisation. Not everyone who alleges that their employer has done something wrong is protected in… Read on