Corporate Governance Framework
What type of disclosure qualifies for protection?
16. A disclosure may qualify for protection (a qualifying disclosure) if you reasonably believe that it tends to show one or more of the following has occurred, is occurring, or is likely to occur:
- a criminal offence (for example theft and fraud)
- a failure to comply with a legal obligation
- a miscarriage of justice
- the endangering of an individual's health and safety
- damage to the environment
- the deliberate concealment of information tending to show any of these examples.
17. The PIDA does not introduce a general protection for those making disclosures in all circumstances. Individuals who make disclosures will not be protected by the PIDA if they commit an offence by making the disclosure (for example breach of the Official Secrets Act).
18. Personal grievances (for example relating to bullying, harassment, discrimination) are not covered by the PIDA unless your particular case is in the public interest. Although not in scope of PIDA, these are serious concerns and should be addressed through the Commission’s grievance policy.Previous section
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Last updated: 27 February 2023
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