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Blowing The Whistle Online Made Simpler – But Beware Legal Pitfalls

Contact details for more than 70 bodies responsible for investigating whistleblowing allegations have been published online by the UK Government. The law on whistleblowing offers protection to employees but only if they make allegations in a responsible manner to the proper body.

These are usually industry regulators but can also be an MP or a local council. However, the media are not included and the disclosure also has to be seen to be done for the greater good or “in the public interest”, rather than for individual advancement, or a claim for damages to an Employment Tribunal can be thrown out.

The Glasgow Law Practice’s guide to whistleblowing gives detailed advice. The updated guidance, at www/uk.gov/bis, is part of an overhaul of the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act following a number of cases where whistleblowers were found to have been bullied and forced out of their jobs despite raising legitimate concerns.

A number of charities including Public Concern at Work have argued the changes proposed to the law do not go far enough, and fail to prevent blacklisting of those who have blown the whistle or gagging clauses being used to silence staff.

The Scottish bodies and their contact details published in the new guidance are as follows: