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Encyclopedia > Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

The UK's Public Interest Disclosure Act provides a framework of legal protection for individuals who disclose information so as to expose malpractice and matters of similar concern. In the vernacular, it protects whistleblowers from victimisation and dismissal. The vernacular is the stupid. ... A whistleblower is an employee or former employee of an organization who reports misconduct to people or entities that have the power to take corrective action. ...


The Act received Royal Assent on 2 July 1998 and came into effect a year later in 1999; need for such protection became evident from enquiries into disasters and crimes such as the 1987 capsise of the Herald of Free Enterprise, the 1988 Clapham Junction rail crash, and the 1991 Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal. In each, employees could have prevented the occurrence had they felt that they would have received any support in raising allegations. The granting of Royal Assent is the formal method by which a Sovereign or the Sovereigns representative in the United Kingdom and in Commonwealth Realms completes the process of the enactment of legislation by formally assenting to an Act of Parliament. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... M/S Herald of Free Enterprise was a roll-on roll-off (RORO) car and passenger ferry that sank on March 6, 1987, killing 193 passengers, due to negligence by the crew and company operating the ship. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clapham Junction in south-east London – or a point a half‐mile to the south‐west of the station – was the scene of a serious railway accident involving two collisions between three commuter trains at around 8. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) was a major international bank. ...


The scope of the Act extends to the raising of "genuine concerns about crime, civil offences (including negligence, breach of contract, breach of administrative law), miscarriage of justice, danger to health and safety or the environment and the cover up of any of these" and extends to all employees in almost all professions; some, such as the army, are excluded.


Protection in the event of infractions by employers is available through the industrial tribunal system; remedies include unlimited financial compensation and orders requiring companies to retain the employee in his or her job.


External links

  • Public Concern at Work (http://www.pcaw.co.uk/index.html) - the leading UK authority on Public Disclosure
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/19980023.htm) from Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Her Majestys Stationery Office (usually abbreviated as HMSO) is part of the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom. ...

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Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (149 words)
The UK's Public Interest Disclosure Act provides a framework of legal protection for individuals who disclose information so as to expose malpractice and matters of similar concern.
Protection in the event of infractions by employers is available through the industrial tribunal system; remedies include unlimited financial compensation and orders requiring companies to retain the employee in his or her job.
Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 from Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (312 words)
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