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Whistleblowing

Overview

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014, enacted on 15th July 2014, provides protection from penalisation for workers in all sectors who make a protected disclosure, otherwise known as whistleblowing. This includes protection against being dismissed, demoted, denial of access to promotion etc.

A disclosure occurs when a worker brings 'relevant information' to the attention of another party.

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 was amended by the EU (Protection of Trade Secrets) Regulations 2018 which introduce a public interest requirement for protected disclosures which contain trade secrets.