Is there anything to stop employees bringing two reps into a hearing?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 September 2015
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
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In relation to the right for an employee to be accompanied at a disciplinary/grievance meeting, the legislation states “the employer must permit the worker to be accompanied at the hearing by one companion”. Therefore, there is no statutory requirement for the employer to accept more than one employee companion at a disciplinary/grievance hearing and it can refuse the employee’s request for same.

However, in cases where employees are disabled, employers should consider whether two companions are required as a reasonable adjustment. There may be a genuine need for two companions in this situation, which should be judged on a case by case basis.

Similarly, for employees whose first language

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Arthur Cox
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