Whistleblowing complaints have come to the fore in recent years since individuals have been made more aware of the duty on them to report dangerous or illegal activities.
Having formal whistleblowing procedures in an organisation is an important statement to employees about the ethics of your organization, and encourages them to report, through the appropriate channels, anything they believe is dangerous or illegal. If used correctly it will save time and is a useful risk management tool.
If you are faced with a whistleblowing complaint, it is important that you deal with it appropriately internally, to prevent the complaint exposing your business to investigations, fines and /or claims for compensation.
It is automatically unfair to dismiss an employee because they have made a ‘protected disclosure’ of information and they also have the right not to suffer in other ways because of their actions.