The Information Commissioner's Office has ruled that the names and addresses of organisations involved in employment tribunal cases must be made public. Historically from 1965 until 2001 a register with names and addresses of organisations was routinely available. A government consultation prompted a decision to stop the publication of this register but the ruling by the ICO has opened the way for the information to be routinely published once more.
The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) had sought to restrict the release of the information claiming that disclosure was not in the public interest and that it would reduce the chances of parties informally resolving disputes and leave respondents open to unwarranted damage to their reputation. The Deputy Information Commissioner did not agree however and considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption did not outweigh the public interest in disclosing the information.