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Hello what is your involvement in all of this please?
Hello, sorry I was offline by the time you had replied. The employer would not have done anything unlawful by including the parent of one of the candidates in the interviewing panel. There is certainly nothing specific in law which prohibits that. There may have been an internal policy that deals with this and if there was, it should have been followed, but apart from that it is completely legal for this to have happened, especially if it was not challenged prior to the interviews. The only potential issues would arise if it can be shown that there has been favouritism by this panel member when scoring their relation. However, in this case, you have demonstrated that here was no favouritism because even if you had removed the scores of that person, the outcome would have been the same. So it would be rather difficult for the others to try and argue that there has been an unfair selection procedure applied. I think he employer may only be considering re-running the process under pressure from the union and to avoid any potential issues in the future. However, if this was to go down the legal route, those unsuccessful candidates who are challenging the process would need to provide evidence that by having this relationship in the interviewing process, they were placed at a disadvantage to an extent that it cost them the chance to get offered one of the vacant positions. From what you have said, this is likely to be difficult. You will be at greater risk rescinding the offers already made and re-running the process.
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