Whistleblowing and COVID-19

Whistleblowers have an important role to play in ensuring that businesses and other organisations treat their employees fairly and do not break the rules. With numerous changes being introduced to cope with the pandemic and a multitude of new safety… Read on

What is whistleblowing?

‘Whistleblowing’ or ‘blowing the whistle’ is commonly understood as informing on someone who is doing something they shouldn’t. Under UK law, workers have special protections against detrimental treatment and dismissal when they make a qualifying disclosure of information.  Whistle-blowing is… Read on

Whistleblowing protection narrowed by latest decision

A recent decision confirms that whistleblowing protection does not apply if a disclosure is made purely out of self-interest. Protection for whistleblowers Workers who disclose wrongdoing by their employer (or a third party) enjoy enhanced legal protection from detriment or… Read on

Personal liability for whistleblowing compensation

In International Petroleum Ltd v Osipov (click here for full judgment) , a non-executive director (retained on a non-employed basis to make decisions for the company) instructed another non-executive director to dismiss the Claimant, who had brought to the first… Read on

Whistleblowing review published

Public Concern at Work (an independent authority on whistleblowing) has just published a review covering its work for the last 5 years. They have revealed some interesting statistics, but these relate to the period 2009-2013: out of the whistleblowing claims… Read on

Whistleblowing: interest of 100 = “public interest”?

We report on the EAT’s first decision since the introduction of the new rule protecting whistleblowers only where their disclosure is made in the public interest? Background Mr Nurmohamed was employed by the estate agent Chestertons and worked in their… Read on

Whistleblowing: BIS guidance for employers and prescribed persons

Whistleblowing guidance BIS have published some very useful guidance on the law on whistleblowing, and how to put whistleblowing policies in place. As a bonus, they have published further guidance on “prescribed persons”, (who should receive whistleblowing complaints) and how… 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