As a leading firm of employment law solicitors with one of the biggest employment law teams in the Peterborough and Grantham area, we are highly experienced in advising employers on whistleblowing issues and disputes.
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What is Whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing is when an employee or worker suspects there is wrongdoing at their place of work and brings it to their employer’s attention. This is formally called ‘making a disclosure in the public interest’ and means employees are protected by law.
Disclosures must be about one of the following:
- A criminal offence
- Damage to the environment
- Breach in a legal obligation
- Miscarriage of justice
- Someone’s health and safety is in danger
- The employer isn’t obeying the law
- Any of the above activities are being ‘concealed’
In these instances, employees and workers are protected against dismissal for whistleblowing, and workers and employees are protected against detriment, and this is regardless of how long they’ve been working for you.
Personal grievances, for example, bullying, harassment, discrimination are not covered by whistleblowing law, unless the particular case is in the public interest. This instead should be dealt with in the first instance through your grievance procedures.