If you are an employee and witness a legal offence, malpractice or a wrongdoing, either at work or in the course of your work, you may feel morally compelled to report the offence.
As a whistleblower, you’re protected by law – you should not be treated unfairly or lose your job because you ‘blow the whistle’.
The wrongdoing you reveal must be in the public interest. You can raise your concern at any time. It may relate to an incident that happened in the past, is happening now, or you believe may happen imminently.
Protection for whistleblowing
You are protected by law if you report any of the following:
- a criminal offence, such as fraud
- a health and safety concern
- risk or damage to the environment
- a miscarriage of justice
- the company is breaking the law
- you believe someone is covering up wrongdoing
How to report a whistleblowing offence
If you have a whistleblowing policy, it will state what you can do and what you can expect should you report a concern to your employer. If your employer does not have a policy, you can still report your concern.
If you are worried about the repercussions and do not want to report your concern directly to your employer, you should seek legal advice. We can act on your behalf and, provided we have all the information, you can request anonymity.
365 Employment Law advises employees that are brave enough to speak out. We can act on your behalf or advise you on your legal position and the best course of action.
For an informal conversation about your needs telephone 01903 863284 or use the contact form to detail your requirements.