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Chairing a disciplinary hearing? Here are six points you should know about representation

by , 18 September 2015
Are you the Chairperson for a disciplinary hearing?

If so, then it is very important that you know the structure around representation during a disciplinary hearing.

Here are six points that you will need to tick off when it comes to representation during a disciplinary hearing:

1. An employee has the right to be represented by a co-employee or shop steward.
2. If the employee is a shop steward, you should allow representation by a trade union official after the union is informed of the hearing.
3. If there is a request for legal representation, you MUST at least consider. You can't simply refuse it without consideration and justifiable         reasons.

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4. Ask the employee to give reasons for why he needs legal representation.
5. Does the employment contract say anything about legal representation? If it give the right to it, then you must allow legal representation.

    Even if it refuses legal representation, you must still consider it and determine if it will be fair to refuse the request.
6. If you decide to refuse legal representation, remember to provide valid reasons for doing so.

So, if you are the Chairperson in a hearing, there are six points you need to know about representation. This includes requests for legal representation.

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