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 has been granted leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, so we await a definitive answer.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Updated to include the revised NJC pay spine, which will apply from 1 April 2019.
The government has announced an extension to the number of professions that will be exempt from the proposed £30,000 minimum salary threshold on workers requiring a Tier 2 visa.
Updated to include information on London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo, in which the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court's judgment and restored the county court's decision to dismiss Ms Agoreyo's claim.
In London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo, the Court of Appeal held that the proper test for the courts for deciding if an employee's suspension breached the implied term of trust and confidence is whether or not the employer's decision to suspend was a "reasonable and proper" response to the allegations.
Almost 1.2 million public sector workers are "trapped in in-work poverty" and are earning below the cost of living, according to a new analysis.
Updated to include the details of four new pay awards across the sector.
The Supreme Court has granted permission for an appeal in the legal case considering whether or not care workers who work "sleep-in" shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage.
The Government has announced plans to change the way breaks in employment are treated, which could have a greater impact for local government than for employers in the private sector, due to the operation of the modification order.
With the Court of Appeal due to hear the appeal against the High Court decision in Agoreyo that the suspension of a teacher was a repudiatory breach of contract, consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the issue of suspension when it relates to safeguarding concerns.
This article looks at the framework providing protection to staff transferring out of and between local authorities, in addition to that provided by TUPE.
HR and legal information, news and guidance relating to local authority employers.