At present, employment tribunals can hear employment claims arising from whistle-blowing yet cannot make any assessment or take any action on the issues of the underlying allegation which was the subject of the whistle-blowing. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published a consultation on ‘Employment Tribunal Claims and the Public Interest Disclosure Act’, which sets out circumstances in which alleged wrongdoing should be forwarded to the appropriate regulator for investigation.

Subject to Parliamentary Approval, the regulations will come into force in April 2010.