Protected Disclosures (Extension of Meaning of Worker) Order 2015

Whistleblowing protection extended to cover student nurses and midwives on work experience. In force from 6 April 2015.

SI 2015 No. 491

This Order amends section 43K of the Employment Rights Act 1996 ("1996 Act") in relation to protected disclosures. 'Protected disclosure' has the meaning given in section 43A of the 1996 Act.

The 1996 Act provides protection for workers who suffer a detriment or are dismissed as a result of making a qualifying disclosure in accordance with any of sections 43C to 43H of the 1996 Act (commonly referred to as whistleblowing). 'Qualifying disclosure' has the meaning given in section 43B of the 1996 Act. Section 43K extends the meaning of "worker" for Part 4A of the 1996 Act. The effect of the amendments to section 43K is that student nurses and student midwives who undertake work experience as part of a course of education or training approved by, or under arrangements with, the Nursing and Midwifery Council in accordance with article 15(6)(a) of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 will fall within the extended definition of worker who may make a protected disclosure. In light of section 47B(3), a student nurse or student midwife who makes a protected disclosure concerning their work experience may bring a claim against the person providing that work experience. Under the 1996 Act, a claim brought under section 47B will be determined in an employment tribunal.

Made: 25th February 2015

Coming into force: 6th April 2015

Published: 05/03/2015 14:46