The following Local Government practice note Produced in partnership with Philip McCourt provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Discussion of employment issues in local government fall into three areas:
normal employment law issues, such as those concerning discrimination, fair or unfair dismissal (including redundancy), TUPE etc
contractual requirements, which will require consultation with national conditions of service except where local agreements have been made. In this scenario those contractual requirements will fall into one of three categories, being:
Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) terms for chief executives and chief officers
other managers and staff under the single status (Local government terms and conditions known as green book) conditions; and
occupation specific conditions of service, such as those for teachers or firefighters
those laws that are specific to local authorities, concerning the appointment of staff and those more generally concerning decision-making as a local authority that impact on those decisions. These are contained in several sources but principally as part of mandatory standing orders, commonly referred to as an authorities’ employment procedure rules
This Practice Note provides a summary of the last of these areas: the local government legal peculiarities involved in the appointment or dismissal of officers, and any particular legal points or elements of the conditions of service that are relevant to that.
The council is empowered to appoint such officers as it thinks necessary for the proper discharge by the authority of their or another authority’s functions as falls or
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