The government has published whistleblowing guidance for employers and prescribed persons.
Published 13 April 2015
On 20 March 2015, BIS published Whistleblowing: Guidance for Employers and Code of Practice and Whistleblowing: Prescribed Persons Guidance.
The employer guidance is intended to help employers understand the law relating to whistleblowing, to understand how to put whistleblowing policies in place, and bring them to the attention of staff. The Code of Practice gives examples of how whistleblowing policies should be managed. The prescribed persons guidance sets out information on the role of a prescribed person and how they should handle disclosures.
What this means for employers
Whistleblowing has been much in the news and is something that both public and private sector employers need to take seriously. The guidance is useful for employers who do not have their own procedures in place. Although it's not statutory guidance, the guidance is likely to be referred to by claimants in whistleblowing disputes. The FCA have whistleblowing firmly in their sights having recently launched a consultation on the subject. We shall inform our Financial Services readers of the outcome of this consultation once it is known.
Sources: BIS: Whistleblowing: Guidance for Employers and Code of Practice (March 2015) and BIS: Whistleblowing: Prescribed Persons Guidance (March 2015)