We discuss whistleblowing basics, including who can bring a complaint, what qualifies as a protected disclosure and when workers can go to the press with their concerns.
In Underwood v Wincanton plc EAT/0163/15, the EAT held that an employment tribunal had erred in striking out a whistleblowing claim on the basis that the alleged disclosure could not in law satisfy the requirement of being in the "public interest".
Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority have launched a consultation on a draft whistleblowing policy for the NHS, to ensure that appropriate support is given to employees who make a protected disclosure.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that the requirement for a whistleblower to have a reasonable belief that the disclosure was made in the public interest could be satisfied where the disclosure relates to a relatively small number of workers.
David Malamatenios is a partner, and Krishna Santra, Sandra Martins and Colin Makin are senior associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
In Chesterton Global Ltd (t/a Chestertons) and another v Nurmohamed  IRLR 614 EAT, the EAT held that an employment tribunal had not erred in concluding that a disclosure was "in the public interest" when it concerned matters potentially affecting the operation of the commission scheme of more than 100 managers, including the claimant.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to protection from detriment in relation to protected disclosures.