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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Section 149: Protection for applicants for employment etc. in the health service

823.This section inserts a new section into the Employment Rights 1996, which gives the Secretary of State a power, through Regulations, to prohibit defined NHS Employers in England, Scotland and Wales from discriminating against job applicants because it appears to the NHS employer that the applicant has made a protected disclosure (within the meaning given by section 43A of the Employment Rights Act 1996). For the purposes of this section, an NHS employer discriminates against an applicant if, because it appears to the NHS employer that the applicant has made a protected disclosure, the NHS employer refuses the applicant’s application or in some other way treats the applicant less favourably than it treats or would treat other applicants in relation to the same contract.

824.The section defines who would be an ‘applicant’ for the purposes of Regulations. In addition, the Secretary of State through such regulations may also confer jurisdiction (including exclusive jurisdiction) on employment tribunals or the Employment Appeal Tribunal, make provisions for the grant or enforcement of remedies specified by a court or tribunal, and make provision for the making of awards of compensation calculated in accordance with the regulations.

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