Whistleblowing

Investigations into cultural practices: when should HR bring in outside help?

Proper external investigative practice requires impartiality, significant resources, and a detailed understanding of the organisation’s culture, experts have warned.

How to ensure a speak-up culture

Despite the events of the last year and half, which saw seismic societal issues brought to the fore, there was a decline in internal incident reporting – and a continuing trend of fewer reports of...

Petty or not – ignore grievances at your peril

Employers have an obligation to investigate genuine disclosures of information or whistleblowing complaints, and a failure to do so could lead to dissension and unwelcome interference.

How (not) to handle disclosures by whistleblowers

Although the UK’s whistleblowing regime has been around for nearly 25 years, employers still frequently get into trouble when handling disclosures by employees. 

SFO vs Petrofac: lessons from a compliance perspective

On 4 October 2021, Petrofac Limited was sentenced following guilty pleas to seven counts of failing to prevent bribery. Petrofac must pay a fine of £47 million by February 2022 and a further £29.5...

Leading by example

'Lead by example' is one of those oft-touted, but much less often enacted phrases used in management. HR, legal, and compliance professionals spend a lot of time crafting policies which set the rules...

When coronavirus concerns become whistleblowing

With the coronavirus pandemic gradually easing, many employers are now turning their attention to the challenge of bringing employees back to the office in a safe manner.

Government announces plans for a 30 day window to confess to furlough errors

?Under the announced draft ‘Corporation Tax/Income Tax – Taxation of Coronavirus Support Payments’ legislation currently being fast-tracked through parliament, employers could be given a 30-day...

Rise in whistleblower victimisation calls for review to legislation

Seventy per cent of whistleblowers in the City of London’s financial services sector have been victimised, dismissed or made to resign, according to a new report from whistleblowing charity Protect

Poor working practices revealed at Nando’s

Staff at restaurant chain Nando’s have claimed they are forced to clock out early but don’t get paid for working overtime cleaning

NDAs should not be used to silence workplace harassment

Employers should use full and fair procedures to try and resolve any workplace issues, instead of using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), according to new guidance

HR must find its backbone and stop using NDAs

NDAs are about power, they are about control, they are clauses that are used to silence victims of organisations that have done wrong