0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Forgotten your password?

the shoplifter on your payroll

19 October 2010

A survey by the Centre for Retail Research has found that in the 12 months to the end of June 2010, shoplifting cost UK retailers £4.4bn, a third of which is attributable to staff.

The proportion of staff theft is nothing new, but the survey acts as a reminder that employees are uniquely placed to spot loopholes in procedures and facilitate fraudulent transactions. One way that every employer (not just retailers) can protect themselves against employee dishonesty is to have an effective whistle-blowing policy. Blowing the whistle on a colleague takes courage, but can be more easily facilitated if staff know who suspicious activity should be reported to, and feel protected from retribution.

Effective whistle-blowing arrangements will also help protect employers against claims under the Public Interest Disclosure Act which, among other things, provides that employees must not be subjected to detriment for disclosing information which tends to show that a criminal offence has occurred, or is likely to occur.

related opinions

The UK - India migration deal

The Young Professionals Scheme will make it easier for young Indian citizens and young Britons to access visas.

View blog

Home Office Central Registry for modern slavery statement goes live - first universities publish statements

The Home Office recently launched a central registry for modern slavery statements. A growing number of educational organisations, including a number of universities, have published statements on the registry.

View blog

Equal pay at ASDA stores - appeal to the Supreme Court unsuccessful

35,000 workers working in ASDA’s retail business sought to compare themselves to workers at distribution depots for equal pay purposes. Find out more about this Employment Appeal Tribunal.

View blog

Supreme Court confirms that sleep ins are not working time

The Supreme Court judgment represents the conclusion on whether or not “sleep in time” should be classified as working time, when calculating the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up