The key piece of whistleblowing legislation is the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which was passed when a series of official inquiries revealed that some corporate disasters and scandals may have been prevented if workers who knew about the dangers had not been too scared to speak out.

There are many other Acts, Orders and Regulations that refer to whistleblowing, a list of which is given at the end of these Q&As. Guidance produced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy covers the laws in more detail.

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