6.12 Whistleblowing

Employers are not permitted to treat workers less favourably or to dismiss employees who blow the whistle, or to give it its technical title, make a “public interest disclosure”. Disclosures made in good faith that tend to show criminal offences, failure to comply with legal obligations, health and safety or environmental concerns, a miscarriage of justice or an effort to cover up any of these, are protected.

It is often helpful in larger organisations to have a “hotline” which the workforce can use to report concerns in confidence (though not anonymously) to ensure both that they do not fear reprisals and that the concerns will be investigated and, if appropriate, acted upon.