Q: One of my drivers has to attend a disciplinary hearing. As his manager, he has asked if I will go with him. Am I allowed to do this and will I have to back his views while in there?
A: Since September 2000, workers have had the right to be accompanied to internal disciplinary and grievance hearings.
They can be accompanied by another of the employer’s workers or by a trade union representative.
The role of companion is to provide advice and support to the worker. They may do this by addressing the hearing, conferring with the worker during the hearing and by summing up.
However, they may not act as the worker’s advocate or representative by answering questions on his or her behalf.
There is no obligation on any fellow worker to act as a companion.
If you are reluctant to accompany him, it would be better to explain that, as you are his manager, you do not feel it would be appropriate. ACAS ADVISER