Automatically Unfair Dismissal – Whistleblowing


Overview

Whistleblowing is when you make a disclosure of information that is in the public interest. You can report certain practices to your employer directly or to an approved body and there are laws in place to protect you from retaliation by your employer. A dismissal because you whistleblew will be automatically unfair, and you don’t need two years service to bring a claim in th employment tribunal. You can whistleblow through your grievance or your employer’s whistleblowing policy. This page breaks down the law for you so that you can apply the whistleblowing provisions to your personal situation. If you are dismissed for whistleblowing you can apply to the employment tribunal for interim relief. Your application must be submitted within 7 days of the date of your dismissal.

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) gave effect to new rights which were created by amending the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996). You have further protection under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. Part IVA ERA 1996 deals with protected disclosures.  Sections 43A to 43L tell you who is protected, what information is…

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