Where your employer schedules a meeting to raise allegations relating to conduct, performance or capacity, you have the right to bring a support person.
It is extremely useful to have a support person with strong legal knowledge present. We may:
- Inform you of your rights;
- Put your employer on notice that a person with the relevant knowledge will be present, forcing a more careful consideration of the issues they may have;
- Provide evidence of the meeting in affidavit form in the event the matters are escalate to litigation,
- Negotiate on your behalf, noting the employer’s behaviour, which may amount to an unfair dismissal, genuine redundancy, general protections and other claims.
- Reading all the relevant correspondence;
- Meeting with you to discuss the best strategy for dealing with the meeting;
- Taking detailed notes during the meeting;
- Making sure you stay on message during the meeting and asking for breaks when you need them;
- Writing to the employer after the meeting to confirm outcomes; and
- Providing you with a set of meeting notes.