Employee Whistleblowing

What is the concept of a whistleblower?

If you’re a worker who reports those forms of fraud, you’re a whistleblower. Usually, but not always, this will be something you’ve seen at work. You must expose corruption that is in the public interest. This implies that it could have an effect on others, such as the general public.

You are covered by law as a whistleblower, and you should not be handled unfairly or lose your job because you “blew the whistle.”

You may express your concern regarding an event that occurred in the past, is currently occurring, or that you expect will occur in the near future at any time.

Who is legally protected?

If you work as a worker, for example, you are protected:

  • a person, such as a police officer, a member of the NHS, an office worker, or a factory worker
  • a student nurse, for example, is a trainee.
  • a member of a Limited Liability Partnership who works for an organisation (LLP)

If you’re not sure if you’re safe, seek impartial advice, such as from Citizens’ Advice.

If you’re a whistleblower, a confidentiality clause or “gagging clause” in a settlement agreement isn’t true.

Complaints that are considered “whistleblowers”

If you report any of the following, you are covered by law:

A miscarriage of justice is when a criminal act puts someone’s health and safety in jeopardy or causes real environmental harm.

You think someone is covering up fraud or the corporation is violating the law, for example, by not having the proper insurance.

Complaints that aren’t considered whistleblowers

Whistleblowing legislation does not protect personal complaints (such as bullying, abuse, or discrimination) unless the case is in the public interest.

These should be reported to the employer’s grievance procedure.

For assistance and guidance in settling a workplace conflict, contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).

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