Whistleblowing Advice for Employers
As an employer, you have many obligations towards your employees. Allowing them to alert someone to serious failings within the business, without fear of recrimination, is one such obligation. If they fear that the business, or individuals within it are operating in a way that is unlawful, they have a right to be able to report this without suffering any detriment as a result.
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What exactly is Whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing means alerting someone of unfair or unlawful behaviour on the part of a company or individuals within it. A whistleblowing disclosure might be made to the senior management of a business in the first instance.
However, the information disclosed may actually relate to the the conduct of senior management. The disclosure might therefore be made to regulators, professional bodies, government departments or law enforcement bodies.
Another key principle of whistleblowing is that the person making the disclosure must suffer no personal detriment as a result. The Employment Rights Act 1996, includes guidance on whistleblowing:
“A worker has the right not to be subjected to any detriment by any act, or any deliberate failure to act, by his employer done on the ground that the worker has made a protected disclosure”.
The disclosure must also:
- Be in the wider public interest
- Be made to an appropriate person or body
- Be a ‘qualifying disclosure’- for example it may relate to a criminal offence, failure of a legal obligation, danger to human life or significant harm to the environment among other things.
If you have an issue with whistleblowing in the workplace, we can help you determine whether or not an issue amounts to a qualifying disclosure.
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How do I get advice on whistleblowing for my business?
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