Legal Representation at Disciplinary ProceedingsPosted in : How do I handle it NI on 18 January 2011
I am a HR manager working within a Department of the Civil Service. One of our junior employees has been accused of theft. He has been invited to a disciplinary hearing and wants to bring his solicitor. How do I handle it?
Patricia Rooney writes:
I suggest that you consider the employee’s contractual rights.
Does the right, to legal representation at disciplinary proceedings, exist in the employee’s contract of employment? If so, of course legal representation must be permitted to avoid allegations of breach of contract or possible unfair dismissal. It is rare for an employer to provide a contractual right which entitles an employee to have a lawyer present at internal employment proceedings.
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