Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
This is not a policy issue really, rather a legal one. 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:
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. This is the law, a workplace policy may allow you to be represented by others but that is very rare and does not appear to be the case here either.
but i no longer work for them they sacked me i am appealing against the decision, so their policy no longer applies to me.
but as mentioned this is n ot a policy issue - this is the law, so regardless of what the policy says, the law only entitles you to a work colleague or trade union rep
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