Q & A Session – Meetings with Employees


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Is there an obligation to have a union representative in my office when I meet with an employee to discuss an administrative issue (i.e., leave, misconduct, time utilization, failure to follow instructions, etc.)? I am a manager and our national agreement states that, if an employee requests the presence of the union, we must agree.


If your union contract requires the presence of a union official in certain situations, you must comply.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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