Blowing the whistle: a tricky business

I have to confess that one of my guilty pleasures is a good old whistle blowing scandal and I have certainly taken quite an interest in some of the more famous cases, many of which have been portrayed in films over the years – Karen Silkwood was played by Meryl Streep in a movie following her mysterious death in 1974 in the midst of a campaign to challenge Kerr-McGee about the safety of a nuclear facility.  Similarly Al Pacino played Frank Serpico, a New York City Police Officer who attempted to confront the corruption within the Police Department.  More recently Matt Damon played Mark Whitacre in The Informant – Whitacre worked with the FBI to expose price fixing in agriculture by his own company, Archer Daniels Midland.  And of course we are all familiar with the story of Linda Tripp, a former member of staff at the White House, who was a key player in exposing the Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to an attempt to remove Bill Clinton as President.

Of course, not all whistle blowing cases are quite as famous or are made into movies but the subject is certainly one that can be difficult for employers to navigate.

Our expert legal partner, Sally Nesbitt of Pennington Manches LLP, has shared some of her insights on a recent case with us:

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Place your bets!

Just recently I met a lovely lady on an open programme I was running for the CIPD.  She works in the HR Department of the Colony Club in Mayfair, London.  I was immediately intrigued as my own grandfather had worked at the club many years ago when it was owned by Hollywood Film Star, George Raft.  Those were glamorous times for my grandparents, until he lost two houses that he owned in London in a poker game one evening …  So, when Monika extended Karen and I an invitation to visit the club I felt we couldn’t say no.

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Beat the winter blues

Is it just me or does this winter feel like it’s going on forever? (Maybe it’s because the ‘cold snap’ they keep promising is coming to an end just doesn’t seem to be ending). It can be tricky to stay positive when it’s cold and the days seem short and dark but there are a few things that are guaranteed to help you beat the blues and keep your chin up until the welcome arrival of spring.
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New Year’s resolutions? The jury is out!

Firstly a very happy new year to you all … can’t believe we are actually in 2015 already.

Normally at this time of year I would be setting myself my usual personal goals of getting fitter, healthier – running more, sleeping more, eating less sugar, drinking less wine, travelling more, taking up yoga, reading more interesting books, spending more quality time with the children and my loved ones – I’m sure you all know the drill.  The year then usually kicks off with great gusto and progress until I run out of steam about May/June and enter a slow decline leading up to Christmas where I tell myself off and set all the same goals again for the following year.  So when my son pointed out to me on New Years Day that my resolutions were exactly the same as last years it started me questioning the logic in it all.  What was I actually trying to do?  Was I trying to fix or perfect something in my life that would somehow make it better?  If that is the case it requires a lot of effort to keep up the momentum.  Read More

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

To everyone we have worked with this year we would like to say thank you for coming on the Change Gear journey with us, you have made 2014 a year to remember.

We hope you have an enjoyable and restful Christmas and 2015 brings everything you hope for.

Looking forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Carrie and Karen

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