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Agenda item

PIONEERING EMPLOYER

Decision:

Cabinet:

 

(1)   agreed that the proposed improvements to support for employees, as set out in the report and Appendix A to the report, should be implemented and reported back to Full Council, and

 

(2)   noted the intention to consider a similar range of measures to support councillors as part of Phase 2 of the Modern Members programme.

 

OPTIONS & ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED

As outlined above, officers have completed a comprehensive review of support for the council’s employees across three key areas: support for employees with caring responsibilities, entitlement to additional leave, and the staff benefit scheme. The recommended proposals will improve the council’s offer to its employees and help staff to effectively balance their work and home life. The council could choose not to implement these proposals. However, this would mean foregoing an important opportunity to improve the council’s support for its employees and would not be consistent with the motion passed by Full Council on 18 July.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Loakes introduced the report and referred to the fact that in January 2018 the Council had introduced the Smallest Things scheme which extended maternity and paternity leave to any employee who had a baby born prematurely.  He stated that LBWF was the first local authority to introduce such a scheme and confirmed that some other London Boroughs had followed suit.  Councillor Loakes explained that the report outlined how, as a consequence of the Smallest Things scheme, the Council intends to review and update existing policies. 

 

Councillor Loakes and the Leader gave thanks to Stuart Petrie – Head of HR, Jane Blanche – Policy HR Consultant and Ben Plant – Director of Transformation and HR for their hard work and innovation.

 

Cabinet:

 

(1)   agreed that the proposed improvements to support for employees, as set out in the report and Appendix A to the report, should be implemented and reported back to Full Council, and

 

(2)   noted the intention to consider a similar range of measures to support councillors as part of Phase 2 of the Modern Members programme.

 

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