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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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PIDA Blog –Time to reform gagging clauses

6th March 2020

Gagging clauses have become quite the talking point thanks partly due to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo era and countless other news stories exposing their misuse. Controversial debate around the use of gagging clauses, or NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) and financial settlements to conceal sexual assault and harassment has tarnished the image of NDAs […]

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Whistleblowing, transparency and activism

27th February 2020

Academics, journalists, whistleblowers, advocates and members of the public gathered at The Shard for an event hosted by Warwick Business School recently to discuss the hurdles they faced in their own journeys and recent trends in whistleblowing. Protect’s Policy Officer, Laura Fatah, attended the event arranged by academics Marianna Fotaki and Iain Munro (www.whistleblowingimpact.com) with […]

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Protect’s Hari Raithatha trades places with Howard Kennedy’s Diarra Brown

30th January 2020

  Protect and law firm Howard Kennedy joined forces for a successful secondment, offering a three-month secondment to Protect’s trainee solicitor, Hari Raithatha, and Howard Kennedy’s trainee solicitor, Diarra Brown. So, how did they get on, and what did they both learn? Qu: What did you do, and what did you learn? Hari: Being at […]

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Protect wishes volunteer Jo good luck in her new role!

I joined Protect as a volunteer just after I finished my Legal Practice Course and although I had only a basic grasp of aspects of employment law, Protect’s work really appealed to me. Summarising Employment Tribunal judgments and highlighting the relevant discussions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act seemed daunting at first, but after an […]

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Why legal aid for whistleblowers is needed now

23rd December 2019

Research around whistleblowing claims under whistle blowing law, the the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) being brought before the employment tribunals point to a worrying figure of a 3% success rate. Discrimination cases also fare as badly, with age discrimination cases being even lower at 1%. Overall, employment tribunal actions have a success rate […]

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Queen’s Speech represents a cross-road for whistleblowing protection

19th December 2019

Today’s Queen’s Speech sees the UK Government commit through an Employment Bill to: ‘Protect and enhance workers’ rights as the UK leaves the EU, making Britain the best place in the world to work’. Details on what this will mean in practice are in short supply, and that includes what the future holds for reform […]

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Pan-Sector Network Meeting – the National Guardian Office

Head of Policy at Protect, Andrew Pepper-Parsons spoke at the National Guardian Office Pan Sector Conference on our recent work with regulators and professional bodies, the aim of which is to explore the challenges and opportunities these bodies have when receiving whistleblowing concerns, and in particular in handling and responding to the individual raising the […]

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Protect speak at International Development Safeguarding Conference – December 12

6th December 2019

Protect  Chief Executive Francesca West will be speaking at the International Development Safeguarding Conference on December 12 on the importance of whistleblowing and speaking up in the Third Sector, and what needs to change in the sector since the Oxfam scandal. The International Development Safeguarding Conference will offer a leading platform to assess the progress […]

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More worrying coverage about NHS staff "gagged" from speaking out about #coronavirus https://t.co/tScCCqZ9Ml read o… https://t.co/HdIvvc8b3Z

03:03 PM Apr 9th

RT @JamesHopeThomp1: Shocking Statistics #CoVid19 #PPE @MattHancock @NHSEngland and no the answer isn't to stop healthcare people speaking…

03:00 PM Apr 9th

NHS staff forbidden from speaking out publicly about coronavirus https://t.co/tScCCqZ9Ml #whistleblowing #COVID-19

02:57 PM Apr 9th

RT @Integrity_ie: Now more than ever, every employer should ensure that its people feel safe to speak up about health and safety risks in t…

01:05 PM Apr 9th

‘It is vital we improve the protection of #whistleblowers both during and after the coronavirus crisis,’ says… https://t.co/hdHmirmlt0

12:30 PM Apr 9th