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What reason has he provided for asking you to do this, 3 weeks later? Please can you also tell me how long you have worked for this employer for? Thank you
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Many thanks for your patience. Whilst the employer has not strictly adhered to the company policy, there can sometimes be some flexibility allowed, especially as you only appear to have had one opportunity to hold this meeting before you were each away for some time. There could be various reasons why the meeting was not held on that one day you were both there. There may have been workload issues, he kay have forgotten the policy if not recently applied, it may have just slipped his mind. If you were both in the office for those 3 weeks and this was not held in thatbtime, then yes, I would say you have a good argument that it is now too late. However, if you only had one opportunity before each being away, then do not see this as a 3 week delay - in reality it is only a one day delay considering when you were working together and the opportunities you may have had to gold this.
If you strongly feel against attending then you can still refuse - they cannot force you to and whilst in extreme circumstances they may seek disciplinary action for failure to follow a reasonable management instruction, I would hope it won't come to that here as this is not such a serious matter.
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