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ok so you only wish to find out how you can get your legal rep (a solicitor I presume) to attend with you, is that right?
Please note that due to the very late hour I have to go offline but will repsond fully first thing in the morning, thanks
Can you please confirm that you only wish to find out how you can get your legal rep (a solicitor I presume) to attend with you, is that right?
you do not have to, but I am still waiting for a response to my original query, which is Do you only wish to find out how you can get your legal rep (a solicitor I presume) to attend with you?
Ok thank you. The legal right for workers to be accompanied at certain meetings in the workplace is dealt with under sections 10-15 of the Employment Relations Act 1999. It states that where a worker is required to attend a disciplinary or grievance hearing and the worker 'reasonably requests' to be accompanied at that hearing, the employer must allow them to be accompanied by a 'single companion’.
The meetings that are covered by this right are:
· Formal disciplinary hearing (any hearing where a warning is to be issued, other disciplinary action is to be taken, or a sanction is confirmed, such as an appeal hearing) - it will include hearings that may lead to dismissal if they are related to misconduct or capability issues
· Formal grievance hearing
When it comes to the choice of companion, the worker is entitled to be accompanied either by a trade union representative or a workplace colleague. There is no right to be accompanied by family, friends or any legal representatives, such as lawyers. So I am afraid you cannot demand for a legal representative to accompany you, only a colleague or trade union representative is allowed.
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