States criticised for keeping information from employees

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THE body that employs the Island's 6,000 plus States workers has been criticised by the Employment Tribunal for a policy of not releasing notes of meetings to staff involved in disputes.

The tribunal panel discovered during a hearing that the States side would not release copies of minutes of meetings or notes of hearings where the States Employment Board acts as a final arbiter in disputes with individual employees.

The tribunal says that the policy could potentially block an employee from making an application to the tribunal for a review of a complaint under the Employment Relations Law.

The comments were made in a judgment delivered by the tribunal in a case brought by an employee who argued that the States had not properly calculated his holiday entitlement.

The panel members who sat on the case were chairwoman Nicola Santos Costa, Alan Hall and Stewart Mourant.

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