Employment Committee
Tuesday, 15th March, 2016 12.15 pm

Venue: The Executive Meeting Room - Third Floor, The Guildhall. View directions

Contact: Vicki Plytas 02392 834058  Email:

No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Members' Interests


Minutes of the meeting held on 15 December 2015 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 December 2015 be confirmed and signed by the chair as a correct record.


Pay Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 135 KB

The purpose of the report is to fulfil the requirement in section 38(1) of the Localism Act 2011 (openess and accountability in local pay) to prepare a Pay Policy Statement. 

A Pay Policy Statement must be prepared for each financial year, approved by Full Council no later than 31st March of each financial year and published on the council's website.  The statement relates to the financial year 2015/16, and so is, in effect, retrospective. 




the Employment Committee is asked to approve the draft Pay Policy Statement attached as Appendix 1 to go forward for approval by the Full Council on 22nd March 2016. 



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Sickness Absence Quarterly Report pdf icon PDF 115 KB

The purpose of this quarterly report is to update and inform Employment Committee on actions being taken that have an effect on the levels of sickness absence across Services



(1)  sickness absence continues to be monitored on a quarterly basis, and to ensure appropriate management action is taken to address absenteeism.

(2)  A range of interventions continues to be offered around the three main reasons for sickness absence to assist employees to manage their attendance at work.



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Corporate Covenant and MoD Employer Recognition Scheme pdf icon PDF 437 KB

The purpose of this report is to appraise members of work being undertaken, by the Council as an employer, to support the Armed Forces community and seek members' approval to apply for the MoD Employer Recognition "Silver Award" and then "Gold Award" as set out in Appendix 2 to this report.


Members are recommended to:

(i)            Note the support already provided to the Armed Forces through the Council's employment policies and practices

(ii)          Commit to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant (attached at Appendix 1), and request the Leader of the Council to sign the covenant on the Council's behalf

(iii)         Instruct officers to apply for the MoD Employer Recognition Silver and Gold awards, and implement any changes necessary to meet the criteria for receiving those awards, subject to such changes not having financial implications that are not contained within existing agreed portfolio budgets 

(iv)         Instruct officers to explore, in conjunction with other councils in the region, opportunities to bid for funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, as detailed in paragraph 3.6 of this report