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companion

in employment law, a person who accompanies a worker at a disciplinary or grievance hearing. The employer is under a duty to permit such a companion - chosen by the worker - to appear. The employer must permit the worker's companion to address the hearing in order to put the worker's case, sum up that case, respond on the worker's behalf to any view expressed at the hearing and confer with the worker during the hearing.

COMPANION, dom. rel. By 5 Edw. III., st. 5, c. 2, Sec. 1, it is declared to be high treason in any one who "doth compass or imagine the death of our lord the king, or our lady his companion," &c. See 2 Inst. 8, 9; 1 H. H. P. C. 124.

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It was scarcely worth alluding to; she knew I meant nothing; but she suggested from herself, knowing it was only necessary to suggest, that it might be better if I were a little less companionable with Mr Gowan.
Pickwick and his friends, wholly unconscious of the mighty events in progress, had sat quietly down to dinner; and very talkative and companionable they all were.
These opinions being equally incontrovertible with those he had already pronounced, he went on to inform us that Jamaica rum, though unquestionably an agreeable spirit of great richness and flavour, had the drawback of remaining constantly present to the taste next day; and nobody being venturous enough to argue this point either, he increased in confidence and became yet more companionable and communicative.
All hail the last-minute goal-line 'clearance' that left our team in tears: at least the 'English Sickness', that womanly contagion of companionable sportsmanship, will not be spread to the World Cup Finals in Vancouver for all the world to see.
Age: 8 Personality: When Misha first arrived at Cats Protection about seven months ago she was shy and withdrawn However, now she is far more confident, companionable and relaxed around people.
We're well established and companionable bedfellows.
The moon shines down and we have what is known as a companionable silence.
As a man shortly to reach my 86th birthday I have met many Conservatives who on the face of it are companionable but beneath the veneer they regard the working class as socially inferior.
Children wandered among the homes, forming random groupings in a kind of Brownian motion, playing, talking and making a companionable racket.
How I liked the companionable atmosphere of living in a small community.
Originating from crosses of English pointers with--you guessed it--hunting poodles, the pudelpointer is deservedly gaining popularity throughout North America for its versatility and companionable disposition.
We see thousands of cats and we know that black cats are just as friendly, affectionate and companionable as any other colours or breeds.