Employment Committee - Tuesday, 21st September, 2021 12.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - The Guildhall. View directions

Contact: James Harris on 023 9260 6065  Email:

Webcast: View the webcast

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Meeting Information: Risk Assessment for Council Chamber pdf icon PDF 421 KB

This has been published on the meeting page on the website.


Apologies for Absence


Declarations of Members' Interests


Minutes of the meeting held on 2 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

RECOMMENDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 2 March 2020 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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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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Reward and Recognition pdf icon PDF 183 KB

Following Employment Committee held on 22nd September 2020, Members requested a further report which outlined what the Council had already done, what existing mechanisms were in place for recognising employee's resilience and hard work during the on-going pandemic period and to outline options for what could be put into place for the future. 


Recommended that


i)            Members note how PCC has already publicly acknowledged the outstanding services and efforts that council officers have made and are continuing to make during the ongoing pandemic. Future email communication from the Leader and the Chief Executive to staff, recognising this and thanking them for their efforts is continued;


ii)      Members note what reward and recognition systems are already in place across the whole City Council (contained in Appendix 1);


iii)     Members provide an additional day's annual leave to all staff to be taken on either Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve (or at a later date for those rota'd to work on these days) in recognition of the efforts of all staff during the pandemic and recovery in 2021; and


iv)     Members note the options for future reward and recognition. That they confirm the mechanism of reward and recognition they wish to implement in in the future, not discounting the arrangement of an awards ceremony when it is safe to do so, and that they confirm the level at which they wish staff to be recognised.

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Appointments Sub Committee

Report to follow under separate cover.