High Court ruling puts spotlight on tribunals

first_img Previous Article Next Article Employers’ poor employee relations will be open to public and media scrutinyfollowing a landmark High Court ruling.A successful legal challenge by campaigning group Public Concern at Workmeans that everyone will have access to detailed information on employmenttribunal cases.Already the tribunal service has voiced concern that disputes are morelikely to end up in court rather than being resolved because both sides willwant to clear their names publicly. Currently public information is limited to basic details such as the name ofthe applicant and the company. This data is kept on a central register wherethe public can access it. Newspapers are also sent lists of cases held at theirlocal tribunal.But following the decision made on 19 April in favour of Public Concern atWork, the tribunal service will have to provide details on the people involvedand the allegations made.The service has until 17 May to lodge an appeal.Mark Cotton, deputy head of content at The Newcastle Journal, said moreinformation will “immediately lead to more coverage”.”It will be like cases in the criminal courts where we are given namesof defendants, their ages and addresses and the charges they face. With thatinformation you can quickly decide whether a case will be of interest,” hesaid.Guy Dehn, director of Public Concern at Work, said having the information onpublic record will benefit employers by putting off bogus claimants. Employerswill be able to check if candidates have a history of bringing claims.But Lew Swift, head of HR at Aintree Hospitals, said unscrupulous employeeswill be able to build a stronger case by finding out what the organisation hadbeen accused of before. Related posts:No related photos. High Court ruling puts spotlight on tribunalsOn 2 May 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img

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