Whistleblowing changes implemented in Northern Ireland

09 October 2017

Pinsent Masons has reported the following:

“Northern Ireland has implemented new legislation which brings a public interest test into its rules on whistleblowing, bringing its rules into line with GB law. This removes the requirement for whistleblowing disclosures to be made in good faith, and requires companies to produce annual reports on disclosures of information made by workers, as well as introducing vicarious liability for employers where employees are subjected to a detriment by colleagues after blowing the whistle.

The changes have been brought in despite Northern Ireland currently having no government in place. It may be that further changes which have been on hold (which include Gender Pay Gap reporting and changes to zero hours contracts) may be similarly implemented without notice.

The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (Commencement No. 1) Order (Northern Ireland) 2017