Blowing the whistle

How does workplace snitching fit in with employment law?
By Howard Levitt
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/12/2016

Whistleblowing has never been bigger. “Dieselgate” — the scandal over Volkswagen’s faked emission tests — severely tarnished that company’s once green image and tanked its sales worldwide. 

Meanwhile, in a record year, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission has rewarded eight different whistleblowers with bounties totaling US$37 million. 

The essence of whistleblowing is that a worker discloses the employer’s wrongdoing to the authorities. But how does snitching fit in with employment law?