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Whistleblowing – Background to press coverage

The term ‘whistleblower’ is now familiar thanks to ongoing press coverage. The statutory protection brought in for whistleblowers is a result of analysis of various scandals and disasters undertaken by the charity Public Concern at Work. The research found that more…

Greater protection for whistleblowers?

A recent Court of Appeal case has extended the potential ambit of those who might be protected by the whistleblowing regime. It is expensive for organisations to defend against whistleblowing claims, and can have significant reputational repercussions even if successfully defended.…

Important whistleblowing case delayed

The Court of Appeal has delayed its review of what whistleblowing revelations can qualify as being in the public interest. Whistleblowing legislation was changed in June 2013 to provide that a disclosure is not protected unless the employee reasonably believes that…

Whistleblowing: what is ‘in the public interest’?

Whistleblowing has over recent years received a huge amount of press attention, particularly in the NHS and care sector. The whistleblowing legislation was originally enacted in response to the terrible tragedies that took place such as Ladbroke Grove, Piper Alpha,…

Avoiding Christmas calamities!

As hotels, restaurants and other retailers gear up for Christmas – what employment issues should be borne in mind? Staffing An agency might be your first port of call for additional staff. Remember that agency workers now acquire the following rights from…

Contract Bottling Ltd v Cave

We consider whether an employee can be dismissed for redundancy where their job remains, but the requirements of the business require a reduction in the number of different employees. We also look at UNISON’s application for Judicial Review of the…