Update - Whistleblowing in the workplace
The Court of Appeal in the case of Chesterton Global Ltd v Nurmohamed (the Chesterton case) has concluded that matters which are in the worker’s private interests does not prevent the matter also being in the public interest. As a result employers should consider whether complaints made by employees about a private workplace matter are also protected disclosures (“whistleblowing”).
What is Whistleblowing?
“Whistleblowing” is the common term given to a situation where an employee makes a what is known legally as a “protected disclosure”
A protected disclosure is made where a worker discloses information about an organisation which is made in the public interest for example, breach of a legal obligation, criminal offences, concerns about health and safety practices. Workers who “blow the whistle” have, in certain circumstances, a right not to be dismissed or subjected to any other detriment as a result. But when is a complaint about a private workplace dispute whisteblowing? Click here to read more.