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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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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Whistleblowing in Financial Services – Changes Proposed by the Regulators

Sheila Fahy

It will come as no surprise to regulated firms that changes are afoot with regard to whistleblowing. The critical need for robust whistleblowing arrangements that both encourage disclosures and protect those who speak out has been forcefully advocated by the likes of the Whistleblowing Commission, the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, the PRA and the Read More

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Whistleblowing in a digital age

Sheila Fahy

Are employers missing a trick with whistleblowing? Sure, most employers have whistleblowing policies in place which provide guidance to staff on the procedures for making a protected disclosure and, mirroring the law, offer protection against retaliation for those who do blow the whistle. But, do employers really encourage their employees to “speak up”? Do employers Read More

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