UK Regulators Propose Extending Some of Their Whistleblowing Requirements to UK Branches of Overseas Banks
The Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority launched separate consultations on proposals to extend some of their whistleblowing requirements to UK branches of non-EEA banks. The proposals do not apply to UK branches of EEA banks. The regulators are proposing that non-EEA banks should be required to inform their employees about the regulators' whistleblowing services. Moreover, any non-EEA banking group that has both a UK subsidiary and a UK branch should inform branch staff about the subsidiary's whistleblowing arrangements. The PRA is also proposing that all insurers should inform employees about whistleblowing procedures. Since September 7, 2016, UK banks, building societies and credit unions with assets of £250 million or greater, PRA-designated investment firms, insurance and reinsurance firms within the scope of Solvency II or regulated by the Society of Lloyd's, as well as Lloyd's managing agents, have been required to implement internal whistleblowing procedures.They must also inform employees of the internal procedures and the whistleblowing services provided by the PRA and FCA and to ensure that employment contracts and settlement agreements do not deter employees from whistleblowing. Responses to the consultation are requested by January 9, 2017. The final rules are expected to apply from September 2017.
View the PRA's consultation paper.
View the FCA's consultation paper.