It’s Friday afternoon and Christine, who has a series of documented performance failures, is about to be dismissed by you. You are by no means looking forward to this awkward conversation, but can be comforted by the knowledge that you have complied with your obligations thus far — and that Christine has decided to accept your suggestion that she brings a support person to the meeting.
Discussions with team members relating to performance management, investigations and disciplinary action can be emotionally charged and taxing — for both parties. FWA clarified in 2014 that employers do not have to give prior notice of specific issues to be discussed in these meetings with employees, but that they are entitled to have a support person present. This person is not able to speak on their behalf but simply act as a support if required. This person could be a friend, colleague or family member.
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