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PIDA Blog –Time to reform gagging clauses

6th March 2020

Gagging clauses have become quite the talking point thanks partly due to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo era and countless other news stories exposing their misuse. Controversial debate around the use of gagging clauses, or NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) and financial settlements to conceal sexual assault and harassment has tarnished the image of NDAs […]

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Whistleblowing, transparency and activism

27th February 2020

Academics, journalists, whistleblowers, advocates and members of the public gathered at The Shard for an event hosted by Warwick Business School recently to discuss the hurdles they faced in their own journeys and recent trends in whistleblowing. Protect’s Policy Officer, Laura Fatah, attended the event arranged by academics Marianna Fotaki and Iain Munro (www.whistleblowingimpact.com) with […]

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Protect’s Hari Raithatha trades places with Howard Kennedy’s Diarra Brown

30th January 2020

  Protect and law firm Howard Kennedy joined forces for a successful secondment, offering a three-month secondment to Protect’s trainee solicitor, Hari Raithatha, and Howard Kennedy’s trainee solicitor, Diarra Brown. So, how did they get on, and what did they both learn? Qu: What did you do, and what did you learn? Hari: Being at […]

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Protect wishes volunteer Jo good luck in her new role!

I joined Protect as a volunteer just after I finished my Legal Practice Course and although I had only a basic grasp of aspects of employment law, Protect’s work really appealed to me. Summarising Employment Tribunal judgments and highlighting the relevant discussions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act seemed daunting at first, but after an […]

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Why legal aid for whistleblowers is needed now

23rd December 2019

Research around whistleblowing claims under whistle blowing law, the the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) being brought before the employment tribunals point to a worrying figure of a 3% success rate. Discrimination cases also fare as badly, with age discrimination cases being even lower at 1%. Overall, employment tribunal actions have a success rate […]

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Queen’s Speech represents a cross-road for whistleblowing protection

19th December 2019

Today’s Queen’s Speech sees the UK Government commit through an Employment Bill to: ‘Protect and enhance workers’ rights as the UK leaves the EU, making Britain the best place in the world to work’. Details on what this will mean in practice are in short supply, and that includes what the future holds for reform […]

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Pan-Sector Network Meeting – the National Guardian Office

Head of Policy at Protect, Andrew Pepper-Parsons spoke at the National Guardian Office Pan Sector Conference on our recent work with regulators and professional bodies, the aim of which is to explore the challenges and opportunities these bodies have when receiving whistleblowing concerns, and in particular in handling and responding to the individual raising the […]

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Protect speak at International Development Safeguarding Conference – December 12

6th December 2019

Protect  Chief Executive Francesca West will be speaking at the International Development Safeguarding Conference on December 12 on the importance of whistleblowing and speaking up in the Third Sector, and what needs to change in the sector since the Oxfam scandal. The International Development Safeguarding Conference will offer a leading platform to assess the progress […]

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Protect’s draft Whistleblowing Bill will stop victimisation at source

3rd December 2019

Amjad Rihan raised concerns about his employer laundering money and was branded a troublemaker and dismissed. Howard Shaw raised concerns about the Met Police’s interview process and was removed from his unit and faced unfounded disciplinary action. Shahmir Sanni blew the whistle on Vote Leave’s campaign tactics and was outed as gay by Downing Street […]

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Protect attend Impress conference on Public Interest News

19th November 2019

Protect attended the recent annual Impress  2019 conference. The conference looked at the challenges facing the news industry and how the public consumes news, with information flying at them from countless directions and what information can be trusted. Our Business Support Executive Sukhbir Singh attended a panel debate, ‘Who Cares About Public Interest News?’ with […]

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03:12 PM Jul 11th

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03:07 PM Jul 11th

Read how Covid-19 has exposed good and bad whistleblowing practice in the retail sector https://t.co/8Jj7Srda5ghttps://t.co/RstNuGY8iP

12:32 PM Jul 10th

Reports of one of the first furlough fraud arrests: BBC News - Solihull man arrested over £495,000 'furlough fraud'… https://t.co/IDPWi6NJth

10:42 AM Jul 10th

Latest blog by Adviser Kyran Kanda, Whistleblowing Rewards: Who really benefits? asks how reward schemes could oper… https://t.co/P1ubvLRvmD

09:55 AM Jul 10th