The Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) seeks to protect workers that have “blown the whistle.”
A worker only qualifies for this protection if they have made a “protected disclosure.”
The key protection under the ERA is:
– Section 103A, it is automatically unfair to dismiss an employee for making a protected disclosure.
– Section 47B, a worker must not be subjected to any “detriment” for making a protected disclosure.
– Section 43J, any clause in a worker’s contract which purports to preclude the making of a protected disclosure will be void. Therefore, the making of a protected disclosure will not be a breach of contract.
Where the above may appear straightforward (this is only a snapshot of the relevant law), whistleblowing claims can be very complicated. If you want to discuss the bringing or defending of a whistleblowing claim then please get in touch.
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