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Updated list of prescribed persons for whistleblowing published

The Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) (No 2) Order 2015 came into force on 1 February 2016, amending 2014 Prescribed Persons Order 2014, which lists prescribed persons that a worker can blow the whistle to, rather than their employer. To help ensure workers choose the correct person or body for the issue being disclosed, the BIS have published an updated list, along with a brief description about the matters that can be reported. The document points out that workers can also blow the whistle to their legal adviser, in the course of obtaining legal advice, or to a member of the House of Commons about any matter specified in the 2014 Order, as amended. Employers who include, or refer to, the list of prescribed persons in their whistleblowing policy (which is recommended) should ensure it is updated.

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