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Support persons and the disciplinary process

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HC Online | 05 May 2016, 10:35 AM Agree 0
During disciplinary meetings, it is important to be clear about the role of the employee’s support person.
  • Bernie Althofer | 05 May 2016, 12:16 PM Agree 0
    Some workers may be confused about what a support person can and cannot do.

    It makes sense to document the organisational policy and attached procedures, and ensure that any and all persons who may be called upon to act as a support person are provided with a copy of the policy; information on where and how to access the policy; and even make a copy of the policy to all those present during a disciplinary hearing (or at any other time when a support person may be required).

    It is important to dispel 'urban myths' to reduce any confusion or angst that may be created when a 'support' person tries to exceed what they are permitted to do, even though they may have the best interests of the person they are supporting foremost in their mind.
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