Speaking Out – The Importance Of A Whistleblowing Policy, Procedure And CulturePosted in : The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 29 May 2020 Issues covered: Whistleblowing; Employee Handbook; Public Interest Disclosure; Policies and Procedures.
Protection for whistleblowers has been in place since 1998, under the Public Interest Disclosure (Northern Ireland) Order 1998. It provides workers with protection against detriment and dismissal as a result of making a protected disclosure.
Regulators and whistleblowing organisations such as Expolink have reported a rise in whistleblowing complaints in the last few years. More recently, a leading whistleblowing charity has reported that 36% of the Covid-19 related calls it has received since the beginning of the pandemic have been to report abuse of the government’s Job Retention Scheme.
In addition, workplace walkouts and complaints related to employer failure to adhere to social
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