How and when can an employee be protected for the purposes of whistleblowing?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 May 2014
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
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An employee cannot be legally dismissed for whistleblowing if they make a 'qualifying disclosure’.

The Public Interest Disclosure (NI) Order 1998 introduced a policy to provide strong protection from dismissal or other sanctions for workers who report wrongdoings that they believe in good faith to be true.

In order to avail of the protection of the Public Interest Disclosure (NI) Order 1998 an employee should report such wrongdoing to his/her employer, a legal adviser, a Government Minister or another prescribed person if the employee reasonably believes that a qualifying disclosure has been made.

If they are dismissed they can claim unfair dismissal provided certain criteria are met. A

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