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Whistleblowers to receive greater protection

Whistleblowers are set to receive greater protection against bullying and harassment in the workplace, following amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.

The changes will extend protection against adverse treatment by making detrimental acts carried out by employees the responsibility of the employer.

Employers must be able to demonstrate that they have taken ‘reasonable steps’ to prevent the adverse treatment.

The changes replace the previous system, under which individuals are only protected where a disclosure is made in good faith.

Jo Swinson, employment relations minister, said, ‘This amendment takes into account recent events and will place whistleblowers, who are making a difficult decision, in a better position.

‘They will now have a specific employment protection in place and be able to have the full force of a tribunal behind them if they suffer any detriment, bullying or harassment from a co-worker’.