Workers who suspect wrongdoing and 'blow the whistle' to disclose these concerns to their employer are protected from dismissal or other negative consequences - as long as certain criteria are met. This law intends to help businesses quickly identify and resolve such problems.
The term 'workers' refers to those who work under:
- a contract of employment, eg employees
- some other contract to perform work personally, eg casual workers
It does not cover the genuinely self-employed.
The whistleblowing law also covers NHS practitioners, such as:
- certain dentists
It also covers:
- agency workers
- certain categories of trainee
- those who contract to provide services to a health and social care board
- those who contract to provide services to a business via their own limited company - even if introduced via an employment agency or employment business
- student nurses and student midwives who undertake work experience as part of a course of education or training approved by, or under arrangements with, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).