Whistle blowers to get more protection if proposed amendments heeded

The Protected Disclosures Act provides protection for people in the workplace who make disclosures, from victimisation and dismissal.

The Act in its current form only applies to employees but proper procedure needs to be followed to get the protection, says Lorraine Martin, manager of the whistle blower programme at the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC).

An amendment has been proposed because lots of people still find themselves being dismissed or victimised after making a disclosure. The employer simply set aside the disclosure without an investigation and the Act makes no provision for investigations.

With the new Act there is going to be a duty to investigate. This is something we have advocated for a long time because currently there is no duty to investigate.

Lorraine Martin, manager of the Whistle blower programme at the Open Democracy Advice Centre

Another positive is that the new Act has made the definition of who can make a disclosure even broader, not just employees but independent contractors as well.

Lorraine Martin, manager of the Whistle blower programme at the Open Democracy Advice Centre

Martin spoke about employees who make intentional false disclosures and how making that a criminal offense could have an effect on whistle blowing.

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