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For fairness and good reason

Allowing staff the right to choose their companion in disciplinary meetings can help employers in the long run, says Victoria Russell

29 April 2014

Employees have a
right to be accompanied to grievance and disciplinary meetings by a fellow employee or trade
union official.

Companions are entitled to
put the employee’s case, respond to any views expressed and confer with the employee during the meeting. They are not able to respond to questions on the employee’s behalf.

Using colleagues as companions can be a difficult scenario, but an employer
must not treat them any less favourably because of their involvement. They are also allowed time off work to fulfil these duties.

We have dealt with numerous cases where employees claim to feel uncomfortable when a colleague knows about the contents of a disciplinary hearing so ask to bring an unass...

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