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Managers Rights?


Imagine a scenario where a Manager is chairing a Disciplinary Hearing between one of his Team Leaders and an Employee. During the Hearing, the Union Rep who is present at the Employee's request, begins to cast aspersions, makes innuendo and in some cases makes inappropriate comments to or about the Manager that he will not corroborate on grounds of "confidentiality".

How should this be handled? Managers are rightfully expected to behave in a professional, fair and consistent manner so is not the reverse also expected? It seems that the balance has shifted very much in favour of the employee where cheap "throw away" comments can be made and there is little that that the Manager can do to address the situation

Barry Anstey

One Response

  1. Disciplinary hearing
    In such a situation I would expect the chair to adjourn the meeting whilst they have a word with the union rep about acting professionally and to not make comments that can not be substantiated with evidence.

    During a disciplinary hearing there should be no “new evidence” to suprise everyone and if there is the case should be adjourned whilst this is investigated.

    Hope this helps.
    Sandra Beale


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