While HMCTS have announced that future employment judgments will be easily accessible to the public online from Autumn 2016, they have yet to make a decision on whether past judgments should also become available online.
The fall out of this would mean that employers could use this online service as part of their pre-employment checks to see if a prospective candidate is litigious, prospective employees can search against a company's name to form a view as to whether they are a good employer or not, clients/customers, the competition etc. could potentially access this information resulting in a detrimental impact on the company's reputation.
Employment Tribunal judgments have always been a matter of public record, but to obtain a judgment you currently have to write to Bury St Edmonds Tribunal Service, enclosing a cheque for £10 and specifying the parties names. So the 'public' thus far has been used in the loosest terms, soon 'public' will really become just that and I think it will become a key influencer for both parties to settle claims.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced that new employment tribunal decisions will be made publicly available online from autumn 2016. The database will allow the public to search for first-instance judgments from England, Wales and Scotland. Currently, anyone wanting to search or browse employment tribunal decisions must attend in person at offices in Bury St Edmunds for English and Welsh decisions, and in Glasgow for Scottish decisions.