Exploring the right to be accompanied in disciplinary or grievance hearings


Posted by Ruth Christy, 20th January 2020
In September 2019 an employee in New Zealand was accompanied to a redundancy meeting by a clown who made balloon animals. New Zealand law allows employees to take a friend or family member to such meetings. This article was first published in HR Magazine on 16 January 2020.

In the UK the right to be accompanied has been in force for 20 years, but there is still confusion over the legal right versus best practice – who the companion may be, what happens if they can’t attend a meeting, what they can do, and when employers should relax the rules.

Ruth Christy, Associate and Professional Support Lawyer in the Employment Law team, explores when the legal right applies, what is meant by “reasonably” requesting to be accompanied, the role of the companion, postponements and when employers should consider relaxing the rules beyond the strict legal requirement.

Click here to view the full article in HR Magazine.

If you need expert advice on this matter or other issues surrounding disciplinary hearings, contact our employment law experts.

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