Whistleblowing - What does 'in the public interest' mean?
26 June 2015
Employees who blow the whistle at work are protected by law from resulting dismissal and detriment. Whistleblower protection laws were first introduced in the UK under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 in response to a number of high profile disasters and scandals, in which it was reported that staff had been afraid to raise their prior concerns. Changes were made to the original whistleblowing laws in 2013, and we have just seen the first decision interpreting one of those changes. But what counts as 'in the public interest'?