The right to be accompanied — another surprising decision

By Stuart Lawrenson

Following Toal v GB Oils Ltd UK, another case has challenged ‘well-established principles’ regarding companions, this time in the context of constructive dismissal.

Under section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999, a worker has the statutory right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing by a companion of their choice who is either: a paid official of a trade union; an unpaid official of a trade union who is certified as competent to act as a companion; or another of the employer’s workers…

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