Should Whistleblowing be added as a new policy to employee handbooks or as an addition to, for example, our Data Protection policy?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 5 February 2013
The whistleblowing legislation imposes no positive obligations on employers to encourage whistleblowing or to implement a whistleblowing policy. It merely requires them to refrain from dismissing workers because they have made a "protected disclosure" or subjecting them to any other detriment because of it. However, there are good business reasons why employers (other than, perhaps, those with only a small handful of employees) should have a written policy on whistleblowing. Namely, to:
- Encourage a culture where concerns are reported internally at an early stage, making it easier for management to address those concerns and therefore avoid more serious regulatory breaches or reputational
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