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New Rules on Whistleblowing take effect
New Whistleblowing Rules
From 7th September this month, the FCA’s new rules on whistleblowing took effect.
Published last year, the FCA’s new rules apply to UK deposit-takers (with assets of £250M or over), including banks, building societies and credit unions. In addition, it affects PRA-designated investment firms and insurance firms within the scope of Solvency II and Lloyds. In essence, all those firms that the Senior Managers Regime currently applies to.
Aim of the new whistleblowing rules
The new rules on whistleblowing are designed to promote disclosure by encouraging individuals to speak up about concerns over poor practice and behaviours.
The rules are also applicable to all other FCA regulated firms, but on a non-binding basis.
These new rules require affected firms to put in place whistleblowing procedures to allow their employees to raise concerns internally and an obligation to appoint a senior person to take responsibility for the effectiveness of these arrangements. Firms within the Senior Managers Regime will have been required to appoint this ‘Whistleblower’s Champion’ since 7th March 2016, when the SMR came into effect. However, they have had another six months until now to comply with the requirements of the new whistleblowing rules.
What is required?
The Whistleblower’s Champion should be a role that is has been assigned to a Senior Manager, and preferably someone that is UK-based.
It will have been the Whistleblower’s Champion that should have overseen and ensured that their firms now have in place the following whistleblowing measures:
Help with Effective Whistleblowing Procedures
If you would like help in designing and implementing an effective whistleblowing policy or procedures for your business or you would like assistance in reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of your existing whistleblowing procedures, please get in touch with our Regulatory Support team.
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Firms under the Senior Managers Regime my comply with the new Whistleblowing Rules by the 7th September 2016.