Over the last 12 months, we have seen an increase in the number of queries from clients in relation to whistleblowing in the workplace. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more individuals have been “blowing the whistle” on health and safety issues or claiming they have been dismissed or suffered a detriment for having done so. With more employees due to return to the physical workplace from 21 June, we are likely to see a further upturn in health and safety concerns being raised, which may amount to “protected disclosures” for whistleblowing purposes.
The law in this area is complex, but handling allegations of whistleblowing in the workplace does not have to be. Join us at our June Employment Webinar, when we will explore the key legal and practical issues that arise when handling allegations of whistleblowing.
We will consider:
- The legal framework – a brief overview
- What constitutes a “protected disclosure” and how to spot it
- Practical tips for handling whistleblowing complaints
- Potential problems/risk areas and how to avoid them
- Preventative steps, including what an effective whistleblowing policy should cover
This webinar is suitable for line managers, as well as legal and HR professionals.