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Protect call on Secretary of State to step in to fix flawed Utilities Act which gags whistleblowers

An OFGEM whistleblower – Greg Pytel – has been told that he is unable to challenge the victimising behaviour of his employer in the Employment Tribunal after he raised public interest concerns about the implementation of smart meters.  He is now having to take his case to the Court of Appeal, at his own expense. … Read more

NDA’s put public at harm and stop whistleblowers speaking out

Protect is calling on clearer legislation surrounding NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) it says is preventing whistleblowers from speaking out over gagging fears and threats of legal costs. Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work) is calling for clearer wording for 43J of the whistleblowing law, the Public Interest Disclosure Act (PIDA).  It wants all NDAs, or settlements, … Read more

Protect 25th anniversary reception – House of Commons

It was great to see so many of our supporters –  stakeholders, organisations we work with, parliamentarians, legal friends, former staff, trustees, and of course, whistleblowers –  at our 25th anniversary reception at the House of Commons, kindly hosted by Lord Shinkwin. Lord Shinkwin shared with the room his own moving experience of whistleblowing whilst … Read more

Research reveals UK businesses still unclear on competition law

Karen Campbell-White, Head of Campaigns & Compliance at the CMA on their latest Stop Cartels campaign and why educating businesses on business cartels will hopefully put a stop to  unfair and illegal behaviour.     Our latest work with Protect builds on our last campaign, which saw a 30% increase in tip offs to our cartels … Read more

CMA calls for more whistleblowers to expose business cartels with new national awareness campaign

The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) latest cartel awareness campaign aims to educate businesses about which practices are illegal and is urging people to come forward if they suspect a business has taken part in cartel behaviour, such as fixing prices or rigging contracts. The campaign is targeting industries including construction, manufacturing, recruitment, estate agents … Read more

Protect welcomes new trustee

Protect welcomes new trustee and employment lawyer David Widdowson, who has extensive whistleblowing expertise, to the Protect Board. David is a long-standing member of the Employment Lawyers Association, and a member and subsequent chair of a working party which commented on the two abortive private members bills and then on the bill which became the … Read more

The 10 Dos and Don’ts for today’s corporate whistleblower

by Protect Patron Michael Woodford Michael Woodford, former President and CEO of Olympus Corporation exposed a £1.1bn scandal and left in fear for his life after unearthing a web of corruption within the company just weeks after being appointed as chief executive in 2011. His actions led to two senior Olympus board members being sentenced … Read more

Protect’s Whistleblowing Benchmark launches

Protect’s unique 360° Benchmark – designed to help organisations with best practice whistleblowing arrangements – officially launched at event ‘Whistleblowing in the Modern Workplace’  held at law firm Howard Kennedy.  Developed with a financial working group, the 360° Benchmark works by identifying gaps and providing organisations with an action plan on how to improve. Protect Chief Executive Francesca … Read more

Protect pays tribute to whistleblowers in a joint Guardian exhibition to mark its 25th anniversary

  Whistleblowing charity Protect – which turns 25 this month – have paid tribute to whistleblowers who made a difference by speaking out about wrongdoing with an exhibition at The Guardian. The Protect 25th exhibition, ‘Whistleblowers and their impact on Society’ featured photographs and stories from whistleblowers from all sectors. Protect Chief Executive Francesca West … Read more

Protect attend Internal Fraud Conference

Protect’s Chief Executive, Francesca West will be presenting at an internal fraud conference aimed at HR professionals this week. Hosted by Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, in collaboration with expert organisations in HR and recruitment, Internal Fraud for HR and Recruitment Professionals, held at BMA House, on Wednesday, September  26, utilises the latest statistics … Read more