The decision follows the publishing of a number of high profile cases concerning employment tribunals
Following the highly publicised employment tribunal cases brought against Asda and Uber recently, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service have made a new announcement, stating that all employment tribunal judgments will be placed online in the very near future.
The new online judgement publishing is set to come into force sometime at the start of the new year, 2017.
The announcement has been made following a number of high-profile cases, in which the judgement concerning the companies involved had been published. Both Asda and Uber were taken to employment tribunals over issues within the workplace and members of staff.
Claimants and lawyers will have complete online access, with the ability to look up employment tribunal judgments against a specific company and topic, making it much more accessible for all.
The online service will be free to use and searches will be available to read instantaneously. No former knowledge of a particular case will prevent the user from searching for a specific judgement.
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Employment tribunal brought by over 7,000 employees
An Asda employment tribunal concerning equal pay among its employees is to go ahead, after a failed attempt by the supermarket chain to block it in the Court of Appeal.
Over 7,000 employees, most of whom are women that work in hourly paid jobs, have brought the tribunal.
The workers are demanding equal pay after discovering that employees who work in Asda’s distribution depots, most of whom are men, generally receive more pay.
The giant supermarket wanted the employment tribunal to be stopped, meaning that the workers would have had to take their fight to the High Court but the employment tribunal said that it would not be appropriate to stop the proceedings and did not have the power to do so.
At the Court of Appeal, the tribunal’s decision was challenged by Asda but the decision to go ahead with the tribunal was upheld by two judges.
A spokesperson for Asda said: “The ruling from the Court of Appeal relates solely to the way the case will proceed in the courts – it has nothing to do with the merits of the case itself.”
“Whilst we respect the court’s decision, we continue to strongly dispute the claims being made against us in the employment tribunal.”
Asda’s spokesperson went on to explain that it was a legal case to do with different rates of pay for different jobs and that the jobs in question are totally different in terms of their individual demands.
The spokesperson also said that employees doing the same job get paid the same and that men and women who do the same job in Asda retail stores get paid the same, just like men and women both doing the same job in their distribution and logistics centres get the same pay.
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Health and Safety fears sparked by claims of mould and dirt at Asda store
An investigation has been launched by Asda after a worker at their big supermarket in Bristol claims that health & safety issues are not being adhered to.
The member of staff, who has remained anonymous, works at the Asda store, Bedminster. The anonymous worker became so concerned about the conditions in the store that they decided to take photographs, which clearly show signs of dirt and mould within the supermarket building.
The member of staff has said the they have reported various health and safety issues with store management on numerous occasions but to no avail and believes that cost-cutting has led to the health and safety standards dropping within the store.
The supermarket has now launched an investigation into the claims made by the anonymous member of staff.
The anonymous whistle-blower said, “Despite me and other staff informing management of these health and safety issues – mould, no first aiders – staff were not listened to and there is still a hazard that customers are not aware of and should be aware of.”
A spokesperson at Asda has said that they do take food safety and hygiene very seriously and pride themselves on maintaining the highest standards within their stores.
They have now launched a full investigation into the allegations and would like to reassure all Asda customers that they are confident that high standards are maintained in all Asda supermarkets.
A spokesperson at the city council said that it is Asda’s responsibility to make sure that all food safety and hygiene standards are complied with across all stores.
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