Whistleblowing: Where the law meets psychology

11 June 2015

In this Whistleblowing podcast: Where the law meets psychology, Mark Greenburgh, partner in the Employment & Equalities team and Dr Michael Drayton, a management consultant, coach and clinical psychologist from Opus Performance discuss some key legal and psychological issues for individuals and organisations in the complex area of whistleblowing.

Barely a day goes by without a story in the press centred on employees either not raising serious issues when they ought to or not being listened to when they do. Why don't people speak up? And, if they do, why aren't they listened to? How can organisations best deal with whistleblowers effectively and also protect themselves?

The speakers answer these and the following questions:

  1. Why is whistleblowing is such an important issue for organisations. Why does whistleblowing matter?
  2. How is whistleblowing defined under law?
  3. The worker needs to have a reasonable belief that the disclosure is made in the public interest. What does that mean?
  4. What liabilities can an employer face in a whistleblowing case?
  5. What's the key practical advice for an organisation to protect itself and ensure good practice?
  6. What kind of people blow the whistle and why they do it and why do some people not blow the whistle when something is clearly wrong?
  7. How can an organisation support people to raise problems and deal with them internally?
  8. If an issue has been raised, what are the blockers for an organisation looking to resolve them successfully?



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