Home - What is the role of a support person?
January 17, 2020 on chapter Performance management

Can you please provide clarification regarding the role of a support person during disciplinary meetings? I understand a support person should not advocate on behalf of an employee; however, if the employee brings in their union representative or lawyer, are they allowed to advocate? Or are they only there for emotional support?

Generally, the role of a support person is to provide an employee with any support required during a meeting. This may include taking notes, and providing the employee with emotional support and comfort. The role of the support person is not to participate in a meeting as an advocate on the employee’s behalf.

A support person can be a lawyer, union official, friend or colleague who is present with the participant during the interview. Ideally the support person will not be another employee, for reasons of ensuring absolute confidentiality. However, this may be unavoidable.


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