What should an employer do if an employee fails to attend a grievance hearing?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 December 2018
As a starting point, an employer should consider the reasons for the failure to attend, for example, if the employee is suffering from stress as a result of the grievance procedure. If it is the first time that the employee has failed to attend, it will be appropriate to re-schedule the grievance hearing.
Employees should remember that under the LRA Code of Practice on Grievance Procedures, any tribunal award can be increased or decreased by up to 50% to reflect an unreasonable failure to follow procedure. Failing to turn up at a grievance hearing without a satisfactory reason could arguably be an unreasonable failure, as employees are required to “take reasonable steps” to attend.
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