The Art of Investigating Whistleblowing Claims in 2019Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 4 April 2019
Investigating complaints of protected disclosures (whistleblowing) are trickier and riskier than ‘ordinary’ workplace investigations. They use many of the same skills but there are several potential traps, such as those concerning the anonymity of the whistleblower, and the cost of getting it wrong could be sizeable – interim relief that could mean the continuation of the contract of a dismissed worker, an unlimited award of compensation, automatic unfair dismissal and joint and several liability, so that individual managers could be fined, as well as the employer. And that’s before we start on the damaging publicity that could result from a whistleblowing claim.
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