The government has announced further amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, to stengthen the protection available to whistleblowers. The amendments will:-
- make employers vicariously liable for detriments by one worker towards another because they have made a protected disclosure, thus reversing the Court of Appeal's decision in NHS Manchester v Fecitt (see final paragraph of summary)
- but introduce a 'statutory defence', to protect employers who take all reasonable steps to prevent such detrimental action (thus mirroring the equality legislation).
For more details, see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-protection-for-whistleblowers-announced