Editor's message: If you are an HR professional working in a local authority, you need to keep on top of rules that are specific to your sector, in addition to generally applicable employment law and good practice. For example there are specific rules on the application of TUPE in the public sector, the calculation of continuity of service and regulation around certain senior posts.
Working in HR in a local authority also means working within the framework of nationally negotiated terms and conditions.
Here we present new and updated local authority content, with quick links for subscribers to access our sector-specific Employment law manual sections and Tasks.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Updated with information on the Government consultation on strengthening pension protection when employees are compulsorily transferred from a local government employer.
Updated to include the details of 11 new pay awards across the sector.
In Wood v Durham County Council, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the employee's tendency to steal was a manifestation of his disability and an excluded condition under the Equality Act 2010 (Disability) Regulations 2010.
Hundreds of civil servants have complained about sexual harassment or bullying but only a small number have faced disciplinary action as a result, according to a Guardian investigation.
Public sector workers could have wage increases based on their performance or where in the country they work, the chancellor has hinted.
In James v Coedffranc Community Council, an employment tribunal upheld an unsuccessful job applicant's age discrimination claim after an interviewer said "I've just noticed how old you are" and jotted down older candidates' ages on interview notes.
Requirements for public sector employers to ensure a certain percentage of their workforce is apprentices may pose some organisational challenges, but Simon Rouse from PeoplePlus explains how apprenticeships can also help public sector organisations become more productive and better reflect their communities.
Updated to include a link to the government website where data submitted by public-sector employers relating to facility time will be published.
The government is expected to announce wage increases for more than one million public-sector workers this week.
Updated to include information on Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, concerning the payment of workers on sleep-in shifts.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to local authority employers.