You have the right to be accompanied to all benefits interviews This has been confirmed in writing many times by the DWP and by Jobcentre managers. The DWP’s own guidance about ‘working with representatives’ from September 2015 states:
Legally, the right to be accompanied only covers disciplinary and grievance hearings (including any appeal hearings). Therefore, technically, you do not have to allow a companion to any type of meeting which is not a disciplinary or grievance hearing, including a redundancy consultation meeting. However, you do need to be aware that the definition does include capability hearings.
The right to be accompanied to Jobcentre appointments ... Below is a draft letter based upon DWP policy on ‘Working with representatives‘ and a DWP FOI response about being accompanied at Jobcentre appointments. If you have a health or disability rel ...
On learning that a claimant was being denied his right to be accompanied, the activists joined me and the claimant’s father in insisting the DWP follow their own rule and recognise this basic human right. We insisted on a meeting with the manager. Eventually, following more bluster from the G4S guards unsuccessfully ordering us to leave, a woman claiming to be the acting manager arrived.
On learning that a claimant was being denied his right to be accompanied, the activists joined me and the claimant’s father in insisting the DWP follow their own rule and recognise this basic human right.
You have the right to bring someone with you to a disciplinary meeting. This is a meeting which can lead to disciplinary action. Taking someone with you is called the right to be accompanied. Disciplinary action could be : a first or final warning. suspension without pay. demotion. dismissal.
An Overview of the Right to be Accompanied. Employees have a statutory right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or a grievance hearing. This statutory right is effective without any length of service requirement. The right though is limited to the companion being. a fellow worker, an official employed by a trade union, or
The Acas Code is accompanied by a non-statutory guide, called Discipline and grievances at work: The Acas guide [840kb], which provides good practical advice for dealing with discipline and grievance in the workplace.
(a) a worker has a right under this section to be accompanied at a hearing, (b) his chosen companion will not be available at the time proposed for the hearing by the employer, and (c) the worker proposes an alternative time which satisfies subsection (5),
Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job. It happens when employers need to reduce their workforce. If you’re being made redundant, you might be eligible for certain rights, including ...