Editor's message: If you are an HR professional working in a local authority, you need to keep on top of developments specific to your sector, in addition to generally applicable employment law and good practice.
Long-expected restrictions on exit payments in the public sector, which would potentially have a big impact on how employers deal with redundancies, reorganisations and terminations, have been put on the back burner while the Government focuses on Brexit. However, local government employers should be aware that further consultation in this area could be around the corner. We will keep you up to date with any developments.
While reform to exit payments is in theory aimed at high earners, at the other end of the scale, the rising national living wage rate combined with pressure on council funding has caused issues for local authorities in recent years. One area that employers need to monitor is payment for sleep-in shifts, particularly in the care sector. The Court of Appeal dealt with the question of whether or not workers on sleep-in shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake. The claimant in that case appealed to the Supreme Court and the appeal was heard on 12 and 13 February 2020, so we await a definitive answer.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Updated to include the details of 15 new pay awards across the sector.
Updated to reflect an increase in the cap on a week's pay, with effect from 6 April 2020.
HR professionals in public authorities may think that the extension of IR35 reforms to the private sector in April 2020 will not affect them. However, public-sector bodies need to be aware of some proposed changes to the rules.
We look at the challenges that local authorities face in meeting the public sector apprenticeship target, alongside the opportunities that apprenticeships can present for local government employers.
The Government is consulting on proposed changes to the duty to publish a modern slavery and human trafficking statement. The proposals aim to improve the quality of reporting under the transparency in supply chains legislation, make it easier for people to compare organisations' reports and increase compliance with the duty.
In light of new guidance for local government employers on term-time workers, consultant editor Darren Newman looks for a simple way to calculate the holiday entitlement of employees who work only during school terms.
The Government is consulting on capping public-sector exit payments at £95,000. We look at the detail of the proposals and how they could affect redundancies and reorganisations in the public sector.
The Government consults on its plans for implementing a cap on exit payments for most public-sector workers in England, Wales and Scotland. The cap means that exit payments will be limited to £95,000 for staff in the civil service, local government, NHS and police.
Updated to reflect the revised NJC pay spine in effect from 1 April 2019.
Although a recent Court of Appeal decision concerning suspension in relation to safeguarding concerns provides an element of reassurance for employers, consultant editor Darren Newman explains why suspension should still be used only sparingly.
HR and legal information, news and guidance relating to local authority employers.