Representation in a Disciplinary Hearing

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 11 August 2015
Patricia Rooney
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One of our employees is involved in a disciplinary process. He has asked for a named trade union representative to accompany him to the disciplinary hearing. The Company have had issues with this particular representative before and would prefer that he did not attend as the employee’s companion. Do we have to allow this trade union representative attend the disciplinary hearing?

Patricia Rooney writes:

A worker’s right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing is set out in the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. Where a worker makes a reasonable request to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing, his companion may be:-

  • A trade union official employed by the union;
  • A

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