There in now an online database of Employment Tribunal decisions in England, Wales and Scotland.
Previously, Employment Tribunal decisions were on the whole mostly confidential. It was always unlikely that the exact nature of the claims and allegations would ever become public. However, the new online database provides free and instant access to all future decisions in the Employment Tribunal. There are also some decisions from 2015, 2016, 2017 on the database.
With one simple click, one can search against any employer or employee via the following link https://www.gov.uk/employment-tribunal-decisions. From an employer’s point of view, they can search against any prospective employee as part of their recruitment process to see if they have ever litigated against their employer or even been named as respondent in a discrimination claim. In addition, where an employee raises a grievance, an employer may wish to carry out a search on the database to see if the employee has ever brought claims against their previous employers. Let’s face it, information like this is invaluable when an employer is faced with a 15 page grievance letter!
There is always of course a downside (as with everything!). An online database with highly confidential information about an employer which is available online will undoubtedly affect reputation and standing in the market. This may have ramifications both internally in terms of staff morale and dealing with staff grievances and externally in terms of business growth. At the same time, the risk of appearing on the database and possible damage to reputation may encourage employers and employees to settle claims more swiftly and amicably.
As we all know, everybody knows everybody in the insurance market. With this new online database, we will all get to know each other even better it would seem!