Monday, 25 February 2013

Further changes to whistleblowing laws announced

The government has announced further amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, to stengthen the protection available to whistleblowers.  The amendments will:-

  • make employers vicariously liable for detriments by one worker towards another because they have made a protected disclosure, thus reversing the Court of Appeal's decision in NHS Manchester v Fecitt (see final paragraph of summary)

  • but introduce a 'statutory defence', to protect employers who take all reasonable steps to prevent such detrimental action (thus mirroring the equality legislation).

  • For more details, see

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