An employment tribunal can make a restricted reporting order (RRO) which prevents or restricts disclosure to the public of any aspect of proceedings, where necessary to protect rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). An employment tribunal must give full weight to the principle of open justice and to the right of freedom of expression.
Former prisoner successfully challenges Access NI checks
In our April Update, we reported that the High Court was hearing a judicial review brought by a former prisoner who was declared unsuitable for his job as a groundskeeper. The High Court has held that it was unlawful to discontinue his employment.
In a case covered in a previous Update, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has ordered a new hearing in the Industrial Tribunal finding last year that Martin Shiel was unfairly dismissed.
The Industrial Tribunal had awarded Mr Shiel £37,500 for unfair dismissal and a further £7,500 for unlawful harassment on the grounds of his sexual orientation. While the finding of harassment was not appealed, Stena Line appealed the unfair dismissal aspect and on 8th October the Court of Appeal