If you’re an employee who needs advice on whistleblowing
People from all sectors of business witness wrongdoings in the workplace, and they often feel like they need to speak out. This is known as whistleblowing. It can uncover bad practices and help to hold the people responsible to account, so it a vital process, and no whistleblower should be penalised or victimised.
Our expert employment team can protect you through the whistleblowing process from start to finish.
What is whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing is a process by which someone makes information public in the public interest, concerning one or more of the following practices:
- A criminal offence.
- Breach of any legal obligation.
- Miscarriage of justice.
- Serious health and safety concerns.
- Damage to the environment.
- The deliberate concealment of information about any of the above.
Personal grievances relating to bullying, harassment or discrimination aren’t covered by whistleblowing law, unless the particular case is in the public interest.
Who can whistleblow?
Whistleblowing is widely reported on in sectors such as financial services, education, and healthcare, but it’s not limited to any organisation type or sector. Anyone who is aware of wrongdoing in their place of work can whistleblow.
How is a whistleblower protected?
A whistleblower will be protected if they reasonably believe that the disclosure of information is in the public interest and that the information relates to one (or more) of the six above concerns. This protection is afforded during and after employment. If a worker is dismissed or suffers a disadvantage (referred to as a ‘detriment’) for ‘blowing the whistle’, they have the right to take action.
How does a person begin the whistleblowing process?
To start the whistleblowing process, and to be protected, you must inform a relevant person. This can be your employer but there are other categories, including legal advisers.
We can offer advice and support in the early stages of the whistleblowing process, before you approach the appointed delegate.
How Kennedys can help
If you are considering blowing the whistle in your company, we can help. We can assist with all of the following:
- Advice and support before disclosing a wrongdoing.
- Advising employees on their rights surrounding whistleblowing.
- Representation on pursuing or defending an unfair dismissal claim.
- Seeking redress on your behalf if you are being mistreated as a result of speaking out.
- Drafting a business’s whistleblowing policy.
- Offering advice on training managers on how to deal with issues that may arise.
- Advising employers or employees on whistleblowing processes.
Our team has experience across all sectors, notably in healthcare, education and financial services.
If you seek advice on any of the above to contact us by phone or submit your details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in the contact form opposite.