Is there any obligation on an employer to agree to a request from an employee that their disciplinary or grievance hearing be recorded?

Unless the employer's disciplinary procedure sets out a right for employees to record disciplinary hearings (and such a provision is not common) there is no obligation on it to agree to a request from an employee that their disciplinary hearing be recorded. The employee has a statutory right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing and the employer can remind the employee that the companion, or indeed the employee, is free to take notes at the hearing to record what takes place. It is good practice for the employer to arrange for notes to be taken at the hearing and a copy of those notes can also be provided to the employee.

The employer should consider whether or not it may be a reasonable adjustment to allow a disabled employee to record a hearing, for example if they are unable to take notes and do not wish to rely on notes taken by someone else.