A consultation has been published by the UK Government which will seek to enable the Secretary of State to make regulations to require persons prescribed under the Employment Rights Act 1996 to report annually on whistleblowing issues.
A prescribed person is one which has been listed specifically or described by the Secretary of State for the purposes of such disclosure reporting.
The reporting requirement is meant to ensure more systematic processes in the way public interest disclosures are handled and provide reassurance to whistle-blowers that action is being taken.
This follows the recently amended regulations in October 2013 which provided further protection to workers who made external disclosures in the public interest.
The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on how the Government will implement the reporting requirements. The consultation closes on 30th September 2014.
It is highly recommended that all employers have a suitable, formal whistleblowing policy or procedure in place.
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For help or advice on implementing a comprehensive policy, please contact Natasha Moore or call on 01234 270600.