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
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