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WHISTLEBLOWING: What does ‘in the public interest’ mean?

04 December 2015  

Following two recent EAT cases, employers face the renewed prospect of workers receiving whistleblowing protection for disclosing breaches of their own employment contract, warns Sarah Ozanne

Protection for whistleblowers was introduced by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which amended the Employment Rights Act 1996. The law protects workers who have made a qualifying disclosure from both dismissal and detriment as a result of doing so. There is no qualifying period of service to obtain the benefit of such protection, any such dismissal will be automatically unfair and potential awards of compensation are uncapped.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Chesterton Global Ltd t/a Chesterton Humberts & anor v Nurmohamed [2015] UKEAT/0335/14/DM

    Parkins v Sodexho [2001] UKEAT/1239/00

    Underwood v Wincanton plc [2015] UKEAT/0163/15/RN