Is there a statutory right to allow representation at investigation stage in Northern Ireland?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 June 2011
Arthur Cox
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In short, no. Employees have the statutory right to be accompanied at disciplinary hearings (and grievance hearings) under the Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. Meetings held simply for the purpose of investigating matters as part of the disciplinary process are not “disciplinary hearings” for the purposes of the 1999 Order.

Although there is no statutory right to be accompanied, some employers offer the right to be accompanied at investigatory meetings in their contracts of employment and/or disciplinary procedures.

If the employee has not been given the right to be accompanied, the employer should be careful to ensure that an investigatory meeting does not turn into a

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