The law gives protection to employees who disclose information in the public interest.  An employee cannot be dismissed or otherwise treated with detriment if they have made a disclosure that is protected under the law.

Two pieces of legislation govern whistleblowing.  These are the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

The legislation sets out the various rights and responsibilities and defines what qualifies as a “protected disclosure”.

We have produced a concise and reader-friendly Model Policy for employers.  This will help ensure your organisation complies fully with the legislation.