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whistleblower

a person, usually an employee, who reveals information, which he is contractually obliged to keep secret, because of an overriding public interest. The principle was recently introduced into the UK by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, which has, for example, resulted in an accountant who was dismissed for exposing financial irregularities of his manager to the company headquarters in the USA being awarded not that much short of £300,000.
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Whistle-blowers are protected under the law, but as the judge pointed out in the Githongo case, this immunity cannot apply when one deliberately causes publication of what they are blowing the whistle on.
The whistle-blower directive is a major moment for businesses in the EU (and hopefully soon in the Philippines) and a great opportunity to ramp up the focus on ethics in all organization as the best defense against misconduct and its many consequences.
The New York Department of Financial Services said action by the bank could have affected its whistle-blower programme.
'The law does not give physical protection to the whistle-blower and this is the fundamental problem.
But one thing is for sure you cannot afford to not have a whistle-blower hotline.
This, however, does not mean that the whistle-blower will not enjoy the protection if the information is proven to be untrue, e.g.
In a prompt response, the alleged whistle-blower's lawyer quickly put Mr Magu to the strictest proof of the assertion that his client was already a millionaire.
This paper offers a commentary and wider contextualisation of Mannion and Davies, 'Cultures of silence and cultures of voice: the role of whistleblowing in healthcare organisations.' It argues that closer attention is needed to the way in which whistle-blowers can become the focus and victim of raising concerns and speaking up.
CREDIBILITY If you are a Garda whistle-blower, the very first thing they try to do is to undermine your credibility.
Where a sporting organisation (or indeed any employer in the GCC) is faced with a whistle-blowing case it will have to, in the absence of legislation, rely on its own internal procedures in respect of the protection to afford to the whistle-blower and the procedures for moving forward with the investigation.
A whistle-blower, Numann said, is a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization.
Ex-DPP Keir Starmer's comments came as the BBC said it had seen an email which whistle-blower Herve Falciani says he sent to HMRC in 2008 offering information about clients at a private bank based in Switzerland.