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United Kingdom – Whistleblower Protection

United Kingdom – Whistleblower Protection

The UK’s 1998 Public Interest Disclosure Act no longer meets most international standards, nor has it kept pace with new forms of retaliation and threats faced by employees who report crime and corruption. The result is that a surprisingly high number of whistleblowers in the UK have been fired, harassed, blacklisted and otherwise victimized – without adequate protections and without penalties for retaliators.
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In 1998 the UK became the first country in Europe to pass a dedicated law designed to protect whistleblowers from retaliation. At the time, the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA) was considered a forward-thinking law containing many provisions that would become international standards. Largely unamended for nearly 20 years, PIDA no longer meets most international standards, nor has it kept pace with new forms of retaliation and threats faced by employees who report crime and corruption. The result is that a surprisingly high number of whistleblowers in the UK have been fired, harassed, blacklisted and otherwise victimized – without adequate protections and without penalties for retaliators. A recent independent study found that PIDA not only fails to adequately protect whistleblowers but it may invite retaliation due to its loopholes and shortcomings.[…]
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Whistleblowing legislation is well established and has been in force in the UK for over a decade. Whistleblowing procedures are now very common in the public sector but less so in the private sector. Whistleblowing legislation is currently being reviewed and a governmental consultation is currently held to investigate the efficiency of the Public Interest Disclosure.[…]
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