Employment Committee - Tuesday, 20th July, 2021 1.00 pm, POSTPONED

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No. Item


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Members' Interests


Minutes of the meeting held on 2 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 2 March 2021 be confirmed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.


Living Wage Accreditation - Progress Update Report pdf icon PDF 146 KB

At the Employment Committee held on 2 March 2021 Members were updated on the joint working Officers have undertaken with the Living Wage Foundation. The purpose of this report is to provide Members with an update on the progress made to date.


This report provides an update on progress of the working group and no recommendations are made at this time.


Quarterly Sickness Absence Report pdf icon PDF 151 KB

The purpose of this report is to update the Employment Committee about the levels of sickness absence across the council and the actions being taken to manage absence and promote employee wellbeing.


RECOMMENDED that the Employment Committee:         


·     Continues to monitor sickness absence, and ensure appropriate management action is taken to address absenteeism;

·     Notes the wellbeing activities undertaken to support attendance;

·     Notes the additional wellbeing activities specifically in response to the Covid-19 pandemic; and

·     Notes the change in absence levels across the organisation.

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Trade Union Facility Time Report pdf icon PDF 485 KB

The purpose of the report is to present the outcomes of the Trade Union Facility Time Report 2021, ensuring the Council can fulfil its statutory obligations in respect of the Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) 2017.


RECOMMENDED that the Employment Committee


(1) Notes the data in Appendix 1 and the fact that the Appendix will be the report published on the PCC website and the Government maintained website currently being developed by the Cabinet Office; and


(2) Notes that the data will be included in any relevant Annual Report and Accounts that are published by PCC.

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Health & Safety Annual Report (for period 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021) pdf icon PDF 161 KB

The purpose of this report is to provide assurance to the Employment Committee that Portsmouth City Council is complying with health and safety legislation and is ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of those affected by the council's activities.


RECOMMENDED that the Employment Committee notes the report.

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Item Withdrawn - Appointment to the Hampshire Pension Fund Panel and Board

Please note that this item has been withdrawn from the agenda, due to the decision having been required and made in advance of the first Hampshire Pension Fund Panel which was held on 11 June 2021.


The Leader nominated Cllr Cal Corkery to be Portsmouth City Council's representative on the Hampshire Pension Fund for this municipal year and Cllr Corkery has accepted the nomination. Cllr Corkery has performed this role for the previous two municipal years


Under Part 2-5A - Members' Information Service (M.I.S.) 03/20 3, the Local Democracy Manager has the delegated powers to make member and officer level appointments to outside bodies and organisations on those occasions when time does not permit the appointment to be made at a Council/Committee meeting or by the appropriate portfolio holder, which was the case in this instance


Consequently under these powers, Cllr Corkery is the Council's representative for 2021/22.