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Explanatory Memorandum to Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Right to be accompanied

Article 18 makes amendments to legislation relating to a worker’s “right to be accompanied” at disciplinary and grievance hearings. It clarifies the role of the companion at such hearings by amending Article 12 of the 1999 Order. It provides that the companion will now be able to address the hearing to (i) put the worker’s case; (ii) sum up that case; and (iii) respond on the worker’s behalf to any view expressed at the hearing.

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