The police service presents specific challenges to HR professionals working within it, due to its 24/7/365 nature and sector-specific features such as its complex governance structure and the unique employment status of police officers. This sector tends to be subject to considerable media and public scrutiny and this needs to be taken into account when HR policies and initiatives are being considered.
The police manual explains police service governance and provides an overview of the key staff groups within the service and how their pay and conditions are determined.
An employment tribunal has held that a claimant's red-green colour blindness is not a disability.
Updated to include a reference to P v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, in which the Supreme Court considered if police officers should be able to bring discrimination claims over misconduct panel decisions.
The Supreme Court has held that EU law requires police officers to be able to bring discrimination claims in employment tribunals in respect of dismissals that are the result of police misconduct panel proceedings.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that a height restriction for applicants to the Greek police academy cannot be justified and constitutes indirect sex discrimination.
Police and prison officers are set to be the first beneficiaries of the Government's decision to relax its 1% public sector pay cap, imposed in 2010.
New Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has opted to take a lower salary than that of her predecessor Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Ruth Thomas, senior consultant for reward specialist Curo Compensation, asks whether the new police chief is setting a good example or exacerbating gender pay inequality.
An employment tribunal has held that a police force's policy of giving a period of full pay to mothers on maternity leave, but paying only statutory shared parental pay to partners, is not discriminatory.
We discuss the requirement for public-sector employers with 250 or more employees to report their gender pay gap information.
Updated to take into account the appointment of the first director general of the future Independent Office for Police Conduct.
The Court of Appeal has held that the decision to reduce officer head count "to the fullest extent" by forcibly retiring police officers with 30 years' service was justified.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the police service.
Andrew Marston worked for Greater Manchester Police as HR director (from 1995 to 2005) and assistant chief officer HR (from 2005 to 2008). He runs Andrew Marston Consulting Ltd.