Whistleblowing – research update

Changes to the law on Whistleblowers that were introduced in June 2013 should have led to employers reviewing and updating their policies in line with the legislation changes. However recent international research by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has highlighted that in more than half of the Companies surveyed there was no whistleblowing policy or where there was, it had not been publicized. It would appear that the law is not enough to protect whistleblowers without a culture change in the workplace as three quarters of the HR professionals questioned felt that Senior Managers would either treat them less favourably or find ways to dismiss them if they were to “blow the