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Whistle-Blowing: The basics and pending changes

Briefing highlights

This briefing explains the basic law on the public interest disclosure legislation and how it is a rapidly changing area of law. The law in this area is due to change under the forthcoming Employment Bill (NI) and so will be of particular interest to policy makers, HR professionals and trade union representatives.  

The Public Interest Disclosure legislation provides the basis of protection from detriment or dismissal when there has been an incident of whistleblowing in the workplace which qualifies an individual for the protection of the law.  Quite often there can be confusion over what and who is protected and what the underlying legal issues are.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this briefing, participants will be able to:

  • Grasp the basic legal framework surrounding public interest disclosure.
  • Begin to devise policy documents based on the legal framework.

Prepare for  future reforms in this area in NI under the Employment Bill

Telephone Enquiry Point

The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

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