Can I be dismissed for whistleblowing?

If there is something at your workplace that causes you concern, you may wish or need to report it to someone. But will this be classified as ‘whistleblowing’? If so, can you be dismissed for whistleblowing? What is ‘whistleblowing’? The… Read on

Post-furlough whistleblowing claims

As the country emerges from Covid-lockdown restrictions, there’s been an increase in discussion about furlough fraud and the government’s robust approach to dealing with this. The most common types of fraud are likely to be: requiring an employee to work… Read on

What happens if a whistleblower is wrong?

If you know or strongly suspect something is occurring at work that is unethical or illegal, and you feel that you must speak up, the law can provide protection. But what happens if a disclosure made by a whistleblower turns… 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

Whistleblowers – Meaning of ‘public interest’ clarified

The Court of Appeal in Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed confirms that a complaint by a worker about unlawful conduct committed by the employer which is mostly personally motivated may nevertheless have the protection of the whistleblowing legislation if the… Read on

Major NHS whistle blowing case

The Court of Appeal has recently heard a case which has attracted some notoriety, brought by Dr Beatt against the trust he used to work for, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. His brought a whistleblowing claim based on allegations he… 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

Important case on time limits

The EAT has recently confirmed that time limits for bringing discrimination claims for detrimental treatment run from the date on which the decision to make the detriment was taken as opposed to when the employee learns of it. The case… Read on