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For Employers

As an employer, you have a legal obligation to provide your employees and stakeholders with a confidential and secure facility to allow them to raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing within your company, your customers and suppliers.

For those employers based within the United Kingdom, this obligation falls under the scope of domestic United Kingdom Employment Rights Act legislation, details of which can be found here.

For employers based or with operations within European Union states, this obligation falls under the scope of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament. All employers will be obliged to provide safe reporting channels and procedures, and protection will cover not only employees, but other stakeholders such as job applicants, ex-employees, journalists and individuals who support the original whistleblower.

For companies with at least 250 workers, the Directive applied from 17 December 2021 and for employers with between 50 and 249 employees, the Directive will apply from 17 December 2023. With this deadline approaching, employers are advised to start preparing for the implementation of the Directive now.

The i-spoke out service from Eceni OU, aims to provide you with instant access to a turn-key, web-based bespoke solution which can be fully integrated into your companies intranet or employee interface platform. All reporting of concerns is undertaken on the i-spoke out system, thereby ensuring complete employee anonymity.

Core service allowing for 24 hours a day, seven day a week online portal-based submissions by employees, while the enhanced Essential service provides an additional client specific e-mail reporting channel.

Both online reporting and the phone line option allow for anonymous reporting of concerns and issues. Any reporter identity details disclosed to us will not be provided to the employer unless we are requested to do so by the reporter.

In addition to meeting your legal and moral obligations under UK and European law, an external whistleblowing service affords your company or organisation the following benefits:

  • Gives a voice to your employees, contractors, suppliers, clients, shareholders and other stakeholders;

  • Assists in developing a culture of openness and fairness within your company or organisation displaying your strong corporate values;

  • Demonstrates that malpractice is taken seriously, will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with at the highest level;

  • Provides a public demonstration of best practices and good governance;

  • Provides senior staff with a useful overview of the corporate culture.

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