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Covid-19 exposing good and bad whistleblowing practice in the retail sector

10th July 2020

Covid-19 is exposing good and bad practice when it comes to sectors who put employee welfare first and foremost. Unsurprisingly, retail is not leading the way, as highlighted by the quite shocking reports of working conditions of Boohoo suppliers in Leicester. As the UK’s whistleblowing charity, we advise workers from all sectors. At the start […]

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Whistleblower Reward Schemes: Who Really Benefits?

In March of this year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the creation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘CJRS’). Protect’s Advice Line rapidly saw a spike in reports of “furlough fraud”, and, at the time of writing, handling nearly 300 calls with HMRC receiving 4,500 reports of fraud from whistleblowers[1]. This level […]

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Mind the Gap: Have Whistleblowing Rules Improved culture within the financial sector?

8th July 2020

Protect with the support of Slater & Gordon Lawyers has launched Silence in the City 2 (SITC2 2020), a new report examining whether whistleblowing culture within financial services organisations has improved following the introduction of Whistleblowing Rules by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This blog will examine what employers can learn from the research. Background: […]

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Whistleblowers protect public services, says government fraud report

1st July 2020

Local government procurement is big business, and in England alone costs the taxpayer £55 billion a year[1]. Even more staggering is the amount lost to fraud each year which is estimated to be between £275 million and £2.75 billion[2]. A recent report by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Department, in line with […]

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Advice for Employers on World Whistleblowers Day

22nd May 2020

With World Whistleblowers Day  here (Tuesday, 23 June), the Business Support team at Protect has been reflecting on the work of employers who are commendably continuing to strive to achieve a strong and positive speak-up culture, and how those with best practice policies could use this national focus day to signpost employees to their arrangements. […]

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Bullying and Whistleblowing

30th April 2020

Far too often is bullying a prevalent concern in the workplace, which places a strain on workplace culture and leaves employees stressed. In the wake of a Cabinet Office investigation into the bullying behaviour of Home Secretary Priti Patel that is set to be concluded this week, the former Home Office permanent secretary Sir Philip […]

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Building Confidence in the Regulatory System – or not?

23rd April 2020

In the UK, certain regulators are recognised as ‘prescribed persons’ by the government, for example the Care Quality Commission and the Health and Safety Executive. Being a ‘prescribed person’ means that an organisation can be approached to receive and handle specific concerns, as listed online. This matters for whistleblowers, as making a disclosure of information […]

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Whistleblowers can stop new “furlough” fraud

21st April 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has given rise to fast changing laws and regulations, and new loopholes and opportunities for fraud have emerged. Within a few weeks of the furlough scheme’s introduction, Protect has seen a rising trend in calls from whistleblowers concerned their employer is acting unlawfully. Whistleblowers will be vital in policing this scheme to […]

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Covid-19, Social Media and Whistleblowing

8th April 2020

Advice to health workers thinking of using social media to raise concerns during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Media reports of whistleblowers being gagged, dismissed or threatened with dismissal for speaking out publicly about issues in the global pandemic are worrying, and we at Protect have voiced these concerns in a statement saying how short sighted this […]

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The way we work may have changed – but whistleblowing in the right way remains a constant

24th March 2020

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way in which we work. Government guidance has led to the temporary closure of a number of businesses while others have been tasked with finding quick and effective ways to ensure that staff are able to work from home where possible and that business can continue as usual. For organisations […]

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04:02 PM Jul 14th

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12:54 PM Jul 14th

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12:36 PM Jul 14th

RT @WhistleUK: Great to hear w'blowers will not be pursued to repay illegal payments/prosecuted. Thanks to Lord Wills for asking important…

12:35 PM Jul 14th

Great to hear w'blowers will not be pursued to repay illegal payments/prosecuted. Thanks to Lord Wills for asking i… https://t.co/iDvbGmisIM

12:25 PM Jul 14th