To consider the update of a number of the Council’s Policies:-
· Expenses Policy;
· Exceptional Effort/ Merit Payments;
· Purchase of Additional Leave; and
· Alcohol and Substance Misuse Policy.
The HR Specialist presented the updated HR Policy Review report to the Human Resources Committee, identifying a number of changes made and updated wording on multiple Council policies. It was noted that there had been grammatical changes made to the expenses policy, and role titles had been updated to reflect structural management changes following the implementation of a new organisational structure.
Amendments in the wording had been made to reflect the Council’s internal communications processes, as part of an ongoing Human Resources policy review schedule. The Exceptional Effort/Merit payments guidelines and Purchase of Additional Leave Policy had also been revised to relate to associated policies.
The Alcohol and Substance Misuse policy had been proposed as a new policy to support the health, safety and wellbeing of SLDC employees. This policy had been created to provide employees and managers with the information needed on risks associated and symptoms of alcohol and substance abuse, providing guidance on potential issues that may arise.
The HR Specialist confirmed that having a clear policy ensured that the Council continued to work in line the Council plan by ensuring excellence and openness.
RESOLVED - That the following be approved:-
(1) the Expenses policy, Exceptional Effort/ Merit Payments and Purchase of Additional leave Policy; and
(2) the new alcohol and substance misuse policy.