Key Points

  • Workers are protected from suffering any detriment (including dismissal) as a result of having made a protected disclosure, or ‘blowing the whistle’.
  • This protection will not protect employees or workers committing misconduct or gross misconduct in trying to gather information for a whistleblowing claim.
  • There is no legal obligation to have a whistleblowing policy (the exception is large financial services firms subject to the FCA'S and the PRA's whistleblowing rules), but it is very helpful and useful for employers to do so.
  • As of the 25 June 2013, whistleblowing allegations must be made in the public interest.

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