Do employees have the right to be accompanied at meetings under a redundancy procedure?
There is no statutory obligation on the employer to offer employees the opportunity to be accompanied at meetings. The Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures, which recommends that employees are given the right to be accompanied at disciplinary hearings, does not apply to meetings relating to redundancy dismissals. However, a tribunal hearing an unfair dismissal claim will look at whether or not the employer operated a fair procedure in carrying out the dismissal. With this in mind it is good practice for employers to offer employees the right to be accompanied at meetings under their redundancy procedure.