Whistleblowing | The law and best practice for employers

For employers, learning of potential wrongdoing being committed within your organisation can be incredibly unnerving. The law gives certain statutory protections to workers who ‘blow the whistle’, which can make employers feel as though their hands are tied. However, there are a number of requirements that workers must satisfy before they qualify for this protection. […]

3 top tips on whistleblowing for charities

pay secrecy clauses

With reports that a whistleblower has accused Oxfam of failing to act after being informed of safeguarding issues, it is a good time to remind all charities of the law in this area. In particular, charities should be thinking about how they deal with any concerns raised by a whistleblower and review their policies and […]

Protection for whistleblowers in children’s care


Whistleblowers who apply for jobs in the children’s social care sector will be given new legal protection. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced that protection will be extended to individuals who are applying for roles in children’s social care functions in local authorities. They will be legally protected so that they […]

New Whistleblowing Rules for Financial Services


New whistleblowing rules for banks, building societies and some investment and insurance companies have now come into effect. The rules have been introduced in response to the numerous scandals that have rocked the sector in recent years and aim to foster a culture where individuals feel they can come forward to raise their concerns about […]

In Whose Interest is it Anyway?

The Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) 1998 was introduced to provide protection to workers who disclosed wrongdoing within the workplace. In its original form, oddly given the Act’s title, the disclosure of wrongdoing did not have to be in the public interest. This led to the situation where a worker could gain protection under PIDA […]