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The right to be accompanied

Posted on 25th March 2015
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Acas has revised it Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures in relation to reasonable requests to be accompanied.

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Acas has revised it Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures in relation to reasonable requests to be accompanied.

The new Code provides that:
  • a “reasonable” request applies to the making of the request not to the choice of companion.
  • Workers can change their chosen companion.
Acas has also amended its non-statutory guidance and confirms that employers may allow workers to be accompanied by companions who are not within one of the three statutory categories, including as a reasonable adjustment for disabled workers.

The new code and guide can be accessed here.

Organisations need to review their disciplinary and grievance policies and also make sure those with conduct of these meetings are aware of the changes and inadvertently cause the organisation to fall foul!

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