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What is whistle blowing?

Monday 1 July, 2019

Whistle blowing, also known as a protected disclosure, is when an employee reports a serious wrongdoing in the workplace that they reasonably believe is true or likely to be true.

An employee who reports a serious wrongdoing in the workplace can be protected by the Protected Disclosures Act 2000.

Any reports made must be done in accordance with any workplace policy for reporting serious wrongdoing. If there are no workplace policies, then it should be reported to the head of the organisation, or the appropriate authority, depending on the circumstances.

Can I get in trouble for making a protected disclosure?

No. If you, as an employee, make a protected disclosure (report serious wrongdoing in the workplace), your employer cannot take disciplinary action against you.

If you have made a protected disclosure at your workplace and your employer has taken action against you for it, get in touch with us asap for some free advice on how we can help you.