Q An employee has made a request to bring a workplace companion along to a disciplinary hearing, but we think they are an unreasonable choice. Could we face any financial penalty if we don’t allow them in?AA workplace companion can be either: 1) a colleague; 2) a trade union representative; or 3) a union official (who is certified as competent). However, an employee’s choice must be reasonable for example, the individual cannot be involved in the dispute or as a material witness, or be expected to travel from a remote location.But if you refuse a workplace companion outright without good reason the employee could bring a tribunal claim against you. Their entitlement to be accompanied during a disciplinary hearing is a statutory right and an employee cannot be made to forego it. Where this happens, the maximum compensatory tribunal award is £760 (there is no minimum level). This figure is based on two weeks’ statutory pay at the current rate of £380 per week.
Come on down, you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Right! If you’re lucky, you might even get host Drew Carey to crack a joke about a jam band.That’s what happened on a recent episode of the long-standing game show, when Carey used an actual string cheese to poke fun at the lengthy guitar solos that one might expect from The String Cheese Incident. The joke came during the pricing game “Pick a Pair,” where contestants have to choose items that have the same price.When the contestant Adam chose string cheese, Carey says “The String Cheese Incident… 45 minute guitar solo…” before revealing the price of the cheese. Watch it all go down below. While the original episode appeared in March, we didn’t catch the joke until the rerun today. Keep on Cheesin’, Drew!
By Edward AnschutzSEYMOUR, Wis. (July 9) – For the second week in a row at Outagamie Speedway, Brian Mullen made a winning pass, this time on Jay Matthias, in the waning laps to win the IMCA Modified feature.Matthias was the man to beat early in the main event, opening up a huge advantage. Mullen worked from row six, giving chase. As the race hit the midway point, Matthias worked the high side and Mullen worked down low. The duo raced wheel to wheel until Mullen took the top spot with three laps remaining.Mullen scored the win while Matthias had to settle for second, Jamie Schmidt was third.In IMCA Sunoco Stock Car action, Barry Streck paced the opening circuits with Kurt Olson and Trent Nolan giving chase. On lap 4 the trio crashed in turn one, resulting in a caution. Streck was done for the event and Olson and Nolan were sent to the tail of field.This handed the lead over to Devin Snellenberger, who was immediately challenged by Chaz Van Ooyen.With nine laps remaining, Van Ooyen completed the pass. A caution with five laps remaining kept the pressure on Van Ooyen from Kyle Frederick and Rod Snellenberger. Van Ooyen was up for the challenge, earning his first trophy of the season. Rod Snellenberger was second,Jason Vandenberg went unchallenged for his first-ever Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win at Outagamie Speedway.Brian Johnson looked to have the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature locked up until he was collected by a lapped car with five laps remaining. This handed the lead over to Mitch Meier.Meier lead the final laps to score another win.