We at WhistleblowersUK are getting our thoughts together for a proposal to change the law better to encourage, support and protect whistle-blowers.
While nothing has been decided yet at this stage we propose five main changes:
1. The creation of the National Office of the Whistle-blower to register and monitor all whistle-blowing cases and ensure that the regulators do their jobs properly. Also, manage a fund to support litigation by whistle-blowers especially in cases of hardship.
2. Changes to the Tribunal system: implementation of specialist ETs for whistle-blowing cases led by specially trained and accredited judges, lawyers and Tribunal members qualified to try whistle-blowing cases.
3. Changes to compensation so that Tribunals can award exemplary damages, acknowledging detriments, above any awarded to compensate for loss of employment.
4. The creation of a criminal offence of individuals causing detriment to whistle-blowers who have made Protected Disclosures punishable with fines and/or imprisonment.
5. The creation of a system to compensate and/or recognise whistle-blowers for whose reporting of wrong-doing has brought benefits to individuals and society as a whole.
We would like to hear your views on these proposals and whether you have any other suggestions. Please use the “Contact Us” email form on the website to let us know what you think."
We welcome comments and suggestions until 10th November 2017. Thank you.