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Ten Years of Public Interest Disclosure Legislation in the UK: Are Whistleblowers Adequately Protected?

David Lewis
Journal of Business Ethics
Vol. 82, No. 2, The European Identity in Business and Social Ethics: The Eben 20th Annual Conference in Leuven (Oct., 2008), pp. 497-507
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25482304
Page Count: 11
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Ten Years of Public Interest Disclosure Legislation in the UK: Are Whistleblowers Adequately Protected?
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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this article is to assess the operation of the UK's Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA 1998) during its first 10 years and to consider its implications for the whistleblowing process. Method The article sets the legislation into context by discussing the common law background. It then gives detailed consideration to the statutory provisions and how they have been interpreted by the courts and tribunals. Results In assessing the impact of the legislation's approach to whistleblowing both in the UK and elsewhere, the author draws upon empirical research. Conclusion The author concludes that PIDA 1998 has not adequately protected whistleblowers and makes 12 recommendations for change. Despite the European Commission's acknowledgement that whistleblowers can play a part in the fight against corruption, the author notes that common standards for their protection still seem a long way off.

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