If you speak up about something concerning you at work, in order to be protected by whistleblowing law, the concern you raise must be a ‘protected disclosure’. In this video, we explain what ‘protected disclosures’ are, why they are important and the legal tests a whistleblower needs to meet in order for their disclosure to be ‘protected’.
Whether you are protected by whistleblowing law will depend on what your concerns are and with whom you raise them, among other things. Remember, this video only explains how you might benefit from the protection of whistleblowing law when raising concerns internally, with your employer.
There are different legal tests to meet if you raise concerns externally (with a ‘prescribed person’ such as a regulator) or make a ‘wider disclosure’ (to the media etc.). In general, it is much harder to benefit from the protection of whistleblowing law when making a ‘wider disclosure’.
If in doubt, call our advice line or seek legal advice.