At a recent Parish Council meeting, the Clerk was trying to make changes to the latest NALC standing orders by editing some changes
- Members of the Council should attend appropriate employment law training before making decisions and follow the advice of the Clerk to the Council and HR Officer/Deputy Clerk in relation to employment law.
In the recent past, an officer was was dismissed by HR, but re-instated on appeal by the staffing committee, because it was deemed due diligence wasn’t followed in the initial investigation. It now looks like the Clerk is trying to incorporate into Standing Orders, that Councillors have to follow the advice of the Clerk in relation to employment law, even if further mitigating evidence comes to light. It makes the appeal process obsolete.
For info, the Clerk had an issue with the sacked member of staff and there was a suspicion of bullyIng but the bullying aspect was not further investigated.
Do other Councils staffing committees have to have employment training?