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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. Firstly, I need to ask some initial questions to determine the legal position.
How long have you worked there for?
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Many thanks for your patience. In this case your best option is to explain exactly what you did, why there was a short delay in you advising the employer about this and make it clear it was not in any way intentional. If you have to apologise for any errors in judgment then do so and express remorse about your actions. In the end, it is better to admit your errors and apologise rather than deny you have done anything wrong and try to fudge your way through it, hoping the employer dos not believe this was an issue.
There is no guaranteed way of avoiding any further action but doing the above would probably give you the best chance of doing so.
Does this answer your query?
It is up to the employer how the hearing is handled, who goes first etc. Usually it is the employer who would outline the allegations against you with the evidence and then give you an opportunity to answer them and defend yourself. You should also be given evidence before the hearing so that you have a chance to prepare. Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
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