Whistleblowing

Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest developments into whistleblowing, whereby workers raise concerns about misconduct or malpractice. These disclosures may be protected by law, making the implementation of whistleblowing or speak-up policies standard practice in workplaces.

Whistleblowing and the meaning of “in the public interest”

Charlie Bowden

For a whistleblower to claim protection, the disclosure must be made in the reasonable belief that it is in the public interest. This may sound obvious as the name of the implementing legislation is the Public Interest Disclosure Act, but up until July 2013 workers were able to gain protection even if the disclosure related Read More

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Whistleblowing in financial services

Karen Seward

Are you prepared for the new whistleblowing regime, which becomes active next week on 7 September? It is designed to impose cultural change so that individuals feel encouraged to raise concerns, and feel safe following a disclosure. Read More

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Whistleblowing: it’s time to speak up

Charlie Bowden

The Russian doping scandal that threatened to overshadow the Rio Olympic Games brought whistleblowing, and the treatment of whistleblowers, into the international spotlight. Read More

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Mind Games

David Palmer

I’m a latecomer to the West Wing. I am aware I’ve committed some form of boxset heresy. But I’ve watched the Sopranos and the Wire three times each, so don’t judge me too harshly. Read More

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Senior managers and certification regime: D-day has arrived

Robbie Sinclair

After years of deliberation and preparation, the new Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority senior managers and certification regime comes into force today. Many firms will see this date as marking the end of what has been a long consultation and implementation process, but 7 March 2016 is just the start. The regulators have passed Read More

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Employment law – a snapshot of 2016

Thomas Twitchett

As 2016 looms on the horizon, it’s a good time to reflect on the year that was, and to look forward to next year’s employment law developments. It’s probably fair to say that 2015 has not been a trailblazing year in terms of the developments in employment law. No sweeping legislative changes, no drastic re-writing of rights, Read More

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Whistleblowing – time to change?

Karen Seward

Is the tide turning on whistleblowing? I say yes. I think the wind is blowing in the direction of a big change in corporate attitudes, brought about in part by public censure of the detrimental response to some whistleblowers. The World Anti-Doping Agency pointed out that in sport, at least, whistleblowers generally are being treated Read More

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