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Employment law guide

Whistle-blowers

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects workers (not just employees) from being victimised or dismissed for making disclosure (often in breach of contractual terms against breach of confidentiality) 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 worker must believe reasonably that his 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 his employer will punish him, evidence will be destroyed or that other workers have made previous disclosure without effect. Other criteria apply.

Employment law help for employees

Got a problem at work? How to get help

The guidance on this site is intended mainly for employers and business owners, because Lawrite, which publishes this site, is a provider of HR and legal support services to employers.

If you are an employee looking for help with a problem at work, please follow the link below for more information for employees and where you can find an employment law guide written specifically for employees, explaining your rights at work, how the employment tribunal system works, how the law protects you against discrimination at work, and other useful information:

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