Implications of whistleblowing reforms


Fighting or defending a whistleblowing claim will not be quite the same once the changes proposed by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill become law. Sally Robertson discusses the implications of thereforms in circumstances where a worker ‘makes a disclosure in the public interest’.

Progress of the bill
The House of Lords report stage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill started on 26 February 2013. After the third reading, the bill will return to the House of Commons for consideration of the Lords’ amendments. Once both Houses have agreed on the same version of the bill, it will receive royal assent. This could be before the Easter recess starts on 26 March 2013. The exact date is important because the commencement provision, now in clause 83(2)(b) brings the protected disclosure amendments (in clause 15 and in what are likely to become clauses 16 and 17) into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which the Act is passed. The changes apply only to qualifying disclosures made on or after the day the sections come into force (clause 19). The numbering of clauses is likely to change.

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