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Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green,

Contact: Felicity Foley, Acting Committees Manager 

Items
No. Item

6.

FILMING AT MEETINGS

Please note that this meeting may be filmed or recorded by the Council for live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s internet site or by anyone attending the meeting using any communication method. Although we ask members of the public recording, filming or reporting on the meeting not to include the public seating areas, members of the public attending the meeting should be aware that we cannot guarantee that they will not be filmed or recorded by others attending the meeting. Members of the public participating in the meeting (e.g. making deputations, asking questions, making oral protests) should be aware that they are likely to be filmed, recorded or reported on.  By entering the meeting room and using the public seating area, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings.

 

The chair of the meeting has the discretion to terminate or suspend filming or recording, if in his or her opinion continuation of the filming, recording or reporting would disrupt or prejudice the proceedings, infringe the rights of any individual or may lead to the breach of a legal obligation by the Council.

Minutes:

Noted.

7.

Apologies for absence and substitutions (if any)

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

None.

8.

Urgent Business

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of Urgent Business. (Late items of Urgent Business will be considered under the agenda item where they appear. New items of Urgent Business will be dealt with under agenda item 13 below).

Minutes:

None.

9.

Declarations of interest

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a prejudicial interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered:

 

(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent, and

(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must withdraw from the meeting room.

 

A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Register of Members’ Interests or the subject of a pending notification must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are defined at Paragraphs 5-7 and Appendix A of the Members’ Code of Conduct

Minutes:

None.

10.

Deputations / petitions / presentations / questions

To consider any requests received in accordance with Part 4, Section B, paragraph 29 of the Council’s constitution.

Minutes:

None.

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 407 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 June 2019 be approved as a correct record.

12.

Review of Council Disciplinary Policy pdf icon PDF 595 KB

This reports seeks the Committee to review and approve the new Disciplinary Policy and Practice Notes ready for implementation with effect from 1st January 2020.

Minutes:

Ian Morgan, Reward Strategy Manager, introduced the report as set out.  HR was carrying out a rolling review of HR policies, and the consensus was that greater clarity was required on the disciplinary policy.  Practice notes had been produced to use alongside the policy, and provided information on suggested forms and templates to use.

 

Officers responded to questions from the Committee:

-       Paragraph 3.3 of the policy referred to legal representation.  It was important to recognise that in some instances disciplinary decisions could affect future employment, as well as employment in the Council therefore certain individuals would require legal representation at an earlier stage of the process.  All employees were entitled to have a colleague or workplace representative at each stage.

-       Guidance around timelines had been produced in the past, however, it had been largely ignored.  The practice notes had therefore been introduced to provide guidance for dealing with disciplinaries in a timely manner. 

-       Members would only be required to attend an Employment Tribunal hearings when the Council’s legal representative considered that there was material evidence to be heard.

 

It was suggested by a Member of the Committee that recommendation set out at 3.2 of the report be updated to include the Chair of the Staffing and Remuneration Committee, and the relevant Cabinet Member.

 

RESOLVED that

i.             The new Disciplinary Policy and Practice Notes be approved and implemented with effect from 1 January 2020, with a series of training sessions and workshops to be provided to HR staff and line managers; and

ii.            The Director of Customers, Transformation and Resources, the Chair of the Staffing and Remuneration Committee, and the relevant Cabinet Member be delegated the power to make minor changes to the policy and practice notes.

13.

Update to Apprenticeship Programme pdf icon PDF 190 KB

This report provides a summary of the Council's new broader strategic approach to the promotion and use of apprenticeships.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Daksha Desai, Interim Head of HR and OD, introduced the report as set out.  This was an update for the Committee to note, following the update report provided in June 2019.  Since the last meeting, the team had met with Members to discuss areas where the Council could improve.

 

NOTED:

-       Apprenticeships were for a minimum of 12 months, and paid an average for £12,000.  The criteria to join an apprenticeship scheme varied, based on basic qualifications.

-       The target for apprenticeships was set by Central Government, and the target could include both new and existing staff.

-       25% of an organisation’s apprenticeship levy could be attached to other organisations – work was being carried out with the Economic Regeneration Team to see how this could work with smaller businesses in the borough.

-       For any restructures within the Council affecting over 30 staff, at least one apprenticeship role had to be created.

 

Officers responded to questions from the Committee:

-       There were set guidelines on apprenticeship salaries according to the age of the apprentice. 

-       The apprenticeship levy could not be used for administration or pastoral support, only for training.

-       Further information could be provided on the work carried out by the Economic Regeneration team – there was a dedicated apprenticeship co-ordinator within the service.

-       Further thought needed to be given to advertisement of apprenticeships.  An update could be provided to a future meeting on this.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

 

14.

Dignity at Work Practice Notes pdf icon PDF 385 KB

This report provides recommendations for adopting the Dignity at Work practice notes that are to be used alongside the Dignity at Work Policy that was approved by Staffing and Remunerations Committee in June 2019.

Minutes:

Ian Morgan, Reward Strategy Manager, introduced the report as set out.  Following a short discussion it was

 

RESOLVED that the Dignity at Work Practice Notes be noted.

15.

Social Media Practice Note pdf icon PDF 487 KB

This report seeks the Committee to review and approve the new Social Media Practice Notes ready for implementation with effect from 1st January 2020

Minutes:

Sinead Booth, HR Policy Officer, introduced the report as set out.  Following a short discussion it was

 

RESOLVED that the implementation of the Social Media Practice Notes be noted.

16.

People Report - December 2019 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

This People Report is designed to give officers and members relevant workforce data in an easy to understand format in order to support informed strategic decision making.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Daksha Desai, Interim Head of HR and OD, introduced the report as set out. 

 

Officers responded to questions from the Committee:

-       The average amount of sickness days was between 9 and 9.5 – the Council target was 6 days.  Analysis of sickness reasons had been carried out, and 29% of sickness taken was due to mental health / stress.

-       The next set of ‘My Conversation’ outcomes would be available in January.

-       Where services used agency staff, the HR Business partner for the service would investigate with managers as to why permanent staff were not recruited.  This could be due to genuine gaps in recruitment, or in trends in certain areas such as social workers.

-       Any appointment of consultants must be approved by the relevant Director.

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

17.

New items of urgent business

To consider any new items of urgent business admitted by the Chair under agenda item 3 above.