Under the Employment Relations Act 1999, section 10 workers have the right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing by a companion of their choice from the following list.
|A full-time trade union official||There is no necessity for the employer to recognise the union in question|
|A lay trade union official||The lay official must be reasonably certified by the union in writing as having experience of, or having received training in, acting as a worker's companion at such hearings|
|Another of the employer's workers||The employer has no control over which of its other workers would be a suitable companion, although no worker is obliged to act as a companion if he or she does not wish to do so|
Related quick reference items
Right to be accompanied at disciplinary and
grievance hearings - meaning of disciplinary and grievance hearings
Right to be accompanied at disciplinary and grievance hearings - the role of the companion