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Names of all ET Respondents to be published

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The Information Commissioner's Office has ruled that the identity of all Respondents to employment tribunal cases has to be disclosed by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), the government department responsible for tribunal policy, under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The ICO Press Release states that "The new ruling by the Information Commissioner’s Office paves the way for the material to be released routinely once again." Details of parties to tribunal cases previously appeared in a Register, but this ceased in 2001 following concerns that commercial organisations targeted parties (including represented parties) offering to represent them in tribunal cases.

To view the Decision Notice, click here. Note that this decision is concerned with the identity of Respondents only; not Claimants. Far stronger privacy arguments will exist in connection with the identity of Claimants.