The Work Couch

The Work Couch: Whistleblowing (Part 3): 5 key challenges for employers in 2024

Published on 24 April 2024

Welcome to The Work Couch, the podcast series where we explore how your business can navigate today's tricky people challenges and respond to key developments in the ever-evolving world of employment law.

Whistleblowing commonly features in today's top news stories, recent examples including the Post Office and Horizon dispute, and the harrowing Lucy Letby case. It's also a notoriously complex, and sometimes misunderstood, area of employment law, which can present challenges for line managers, HR teams and business leaders.

In part 3 of our mini-series on whistleblowing, Ellie Gelder is joined by Sybille Raphael, legal director at whistleblowing charity Protect, to run through the five key challenges in the world of whistleblowing for employers to tackle in 2024 and beyond. We discuss:

  • How whistleblowing legislation may change in the future to reflect the shift in the types of wrongdoing at work that workers are reporting today;
  • The increasingly pivotal role that whistleblowing plays in relation to a business's ESG obligations and associated risks, including greenwashing and social washing;
  • Whether AI will help or hinder whistleblowing, including potential risk areas and opportunities;
  • Why some people are more or less likely to speak up than others, including a possible connection between certain neurodivergent conditions and whistleblowing;
  • How whistleblowing can help employers to comply with their legal and regulatory duties to protect employees from bullying and harassment at work; and

The impact of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (the first UK anti-SLAPPS law), and the extent to which this applies to whistleblowing.

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