The UK Government has just released its response to The Call for Evidence on the Whistleblowing Framework. The intention of the Call For Evidence was to investigate and seek out specific areas within the existing framework that might have needed amending following changes in the labor market since the 1998 legislation. This was part of the Government’s larger initiative towards building a more flexible, efficient and fair labour market.
The response promises to provide more information and support for whistleblowers. It includes a number of reforms including:
- Regulators obligated to publish reported whistleblowing concerns
- Expansion of the scope of protection for whistleblowers (now including student nurses)
- Improved guidance from the Government for businesses seeking good practice and whistleblowers