Tags: whistleblowing

Whistleblowing has increased by 88% since April for white collar crime

Prosecutions for white collar crime in the financial services sector are likely to increase in 2014 following an 88% rise in the number of whistleblowing reports received by the FCA’s ‘Whistleblowing desk’, according to international law firm Pinsent Masons. Data obtained from the Financial Conduct Authority by Pinsent Masons shows that whistleblowing reports have increased…

UK Home Office to consider financial incentives for whistleblowing

It has been reported (10th October) that the Home Office will consider encouraging whistleblowing by financial incentives in cases involving fraud, bribery and corruption and enabling whistleblowers to receive a share of financial penalties levied against a company guilty of fraud against the government. Audrey Williams, Partner at global law firm Eversheds comments: “We are…

Council set to trial new whistleblowing hotline

The City of Edinburgh Council is set to carry out a pilot of a new whistleblowing hotline to provide staff with a confidential route to raise concerns about wrong-doing, malpractice or any other serious risk to the Council. The new arrangements, which are intended to strengthen the Council’s current governance measures, will see calls handled…

Whistleblower takes Police force to tribunal

A Police Officer who claims he consistently warned his superiors that vital health and safety regulations were being ignored is taking West Midlands Police to an Employment Tribunal. The constable, James Griffin, claims that he was victimised for blowing the whistle about health and safety concerns and it has been suggested that he will tell…

UK whistleblowing law set to change

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill currently going through Parliament will change the UK’s whistleblowing legislation. The much-criticised loophole that allows disclosures made in relation to a breach of an employee’s own employment contract to become protected looks set to be closed. The Bill proposes to amend the current requirements so that disclosures must be…

Whistleblowers should be rewarded not demonised

Change in work culture essential to stamp out wrongdoing One of the UK’s leading whistleblowing experts has claimed that rewards for whistleblowing and a change in work culture are vital if damaging public disclosures of information are to be avoided. Speaking a Middlesex University public debate last night, Professor of employment law, David Lewis argued…

A third of nurses discouraged from blowing the whistle

In almost half of cases where nurses have raised concerns about issues such as staffing levels and patient safety, no action was taken, according to a new survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). More than 80% of nurses have raised concerns with their employers about such issues. A survey of over 3,000 members…