Whistleblowing in the UK: the law and your responsibilities

With legislation now in place to protect UK workers from dismissal and detrimental treatment when speaking out about failings in the workplace, companies should implement a robust whistleblowing policy to ensure the best protection for all parties

The canary sings: failure to protect whistleblowers could cost firms

The current protections afforded to whistleblowers in the UK are born of the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the inquiries into catastrophes such as the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry and the destruction of the Piper Alpha oil rig, to the financial scandals involving BCCI and Barings Bank. These events revealed employees' fears of highlighting the failings of their employers who, in turn, simply ignored worker concerns and punished those who did speak up.

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