Editor's message: Being a 24/7/365 emergency service with a complex governance structure, and often subject to media and public scrutiny, the police service presents a number of specific challenges to HR, particularly given the backdrop of cutbacks to the service.
If you are an HR professional in the service, your role will also be influenced by the two-tier staffing arrangement. Unlike police staff, police officers have a unique employment status without a contract of employment or many of the usual employment rights, but they cannot be made redundant.
The police manual provides an overview of the key issues affecting HR in the service and the rules governing police terms and conditions.
Clio Springer, senior employment law editor
Unions and the Labour Party have condemned the government's 2018 civil service pay guidance remit and called for its immediate withdrawal while consultation and negotiations take place.
We discuss the recent decision of Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police and another, in which the EAT considered the question of whether or not employers are required to enhance statutory shared parental pay where maternity pay is enhanced.
In Hextall v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police and another, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) remitted to a fresh tribunal the issue of whether or not 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 indirectly discriminatory.
In Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey  IRLR 193 EAT, the EAT held that there was direct disability discrimination when a police officer was refused a transfer because she failed a hearing test - even though the extent of her hearing loss did not amount to a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010. The tribunal was entitled to find that she was perceived as being disabled and that was enough to establish her claim.
The announcement of the pay awards for prison officers and police officers in England and Wales heralded an easing of the Government's public-sector pay restraint, but most employee groups in the public safety sector received increases in line with the policy of pay awards averaging 1% in 2017.
Updated to reflect that the Independent Office for Police Conduct replaced the Independent Police Complaints Commission on 8 January 2018.
In Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a police force's refusal to grant an officer a transfer because of its perception that her hearing problems could develop into a disability amounted to perceived direct discrimination.
Updated to reflect changes to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 that enable disciplinary action to be taken against officers who leave the force.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the police service.