Whistleblowing occurs when an employee raises concerns, usually to their employer or a regulator, about a particular type of workplace danger or illegality that affects others. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is the key piece of whistleblowing legislation protecting employees who 'blow the whistle' in the public interest. Both employer and employee may have a lot at stake in a whistleblowing scenario, and having and supporting a clear policy and procedure for raising concerns can help to minimise risk.

This factsheet outlines the legal position on whistleblowing and suggests sources of guidance. It explores the benefits of having a whistleblowing policy to employers, and what this policy should contain. It advises employers on how to implement an effective whistleblowing procedure while supporting sincere whistleblowers from start to finish.

CIPD viewpoint

What is 'whistleblowing'?

The legal position

The benefits to employers of having a whistleblowing policy

What a whistleblowing policy should contain

Implementing the policy

References

Useful contacts and further reading

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