No 199 (C 12) The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (Commencement No. 1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2017

This Commencement Order brings into effect in Northern Ireland, as of 1/10/17, reforms to the Public Interest Disclosure (commonly referred to as the Whistle-Blowing legislation) which have been implemented in Great Britain between 2013 and 2015. 


The main reforms relate to - the application of a public interest test, the removal of the good faith test, the potential reduction in compensation up to 25% to reflect bad faith, the employer being vicariously liable for harassment of a whistle-blower by fellow workers and the extension of the definition of a "worker".

Last updated: 26 March 2019