Whistle-blowers Law

Protection for whistle-blowers – staff are protected under the law by The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.


Staff who become “whistle-blowers” on the business or organisation where they work are protected under the law.

Workers are protected from being victimised or dismissed for making a disclosure in certain circumstances.

Only information about criminal activity, other illegality, danger to individual health and safety, environmental damage or concealment of information about these matters is protected.

The whistle-blower worker must believe reasonably that their disclosure is protected and that it is true and made in the public interest.

Disclosure to the employer, a legal adviser, a Minister of the Crown, a Regulator, or someone to whom the employer has a legal responsibility is protected provided that the employee believes that their employer will punish them, evidence will be destroyed or that other workers have made previous disclosure without effect. Other criteria apply.

The relevant legislation is The Employment Rights Act 1996 and The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

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The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

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Last Updated on March 2, 2021 by Admin