As part of December’s Hazard of the Month, Fraud, we’re highlighting two key areas: Whistleblowing and Modern Slavery.
Whistleblowing is the term used to describe when a worker passes along information concerning a wrongdoing – typically, but not always, something they’ve witnessed while at work. Whistle-blowers are protected by law, meaning they should not be treated unfairly or lose their job, under the condition that they are acting in the public interest, and must reasonably believe is that the disclosure tends to show past, present or likely future wrongdoing.
Complaints that count as whistleblowing include:
- A criminal offence, such as fraud
- Risk/actual damage to the environment
- You believe someone’s health and safety is in danger
- The company is breaking the law, e.g. lacking the correct insurance
- You believe someone is covering up wrongdoing
- Miscarriage of justice
However, personal grievances do not count as whistleblowing, and would not be protected under whistleblowing law – bullying, harassment and discrimination should be reported under your company grievance policy.
Whistleblowing plays an important role in ensuring businesses, and their employees, are obeying the law and acting safely.
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Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for commercial or personal gain. It can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or nationality, and the definition covers many different types of abuse.
Examples of modern slavery may include:
- Forced labour: The victim is forced to work against their will often for long hours with little or even no pay at all. They may be working in very poor conditions, and are often under threats of violence towards themselves or their families. People in any level of UK society may be affected.
- Criminal exploitation: The victim is forced to commit crimes against their will, such as pickpocketing or cannabis cultivation.
- Human trafficking: People, both adults and children, are traded in order to be exploited for commercial gain. Traffickers may use violence, threats or false promises of well-paid jobs and a better life in order to trick victims into working for them.
Modern slavery is a serious issue that unfortunately still exists everywhere – therefore having the ability to recognise and report slavery is vitally important in helping to prevent abuse and save victims. Additionally, victims often suffer more than one type of abuse – recognising the signs of one type of abuse may help to rescue them from multiple forms of exploitation.
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