The Committee considered a report from on a
number of current Family Friendly Policies which were overdue for
review. The Head of People Services presented the report and
explained that many of the proposed updates were minor. These were
summarised in the report and included the following:
• Maternity Leave and Pay Policy -
References to Child Care vouchers for new applicants removed due to
legislative changes. References to Parental Bereavement Leave
• Maternity / Adoption Support Leave
Policy - References to providing original documents replaced with
“forwarding a copy.” References to Parental Bereavement
• Family Friendly Employment Policy -
References to Child Care vouchers for new applicants removed.
Information added related to the Learning Lounge including the
online and workshop learning that is available to support
employees. New section on Parental Bereavement Leave added.
• Flexible Working Policy - Definition
of flexible working. Sections on trialling new working arrangements
and varying an employee’s contract added. Employees are given
the voluntary option of telling us why they are making an
application. The Head of People Services explained that this latter
provision had been subject to further discussion with UNISON, as a
result of which the information would now be sought as part of the
meeting discussion, rather than via the application form. Reference
will be made to this in the notification of the meeting. UNISON
were in support of this revised approach.
In the ensuing discussion, a question was
asked about whether the provisions of the Maternity Leave and Pay
Policy, and the Maternity/Adoption Support Leave Policy, are
reflected similarly in the Council’s policies on paternity
leave? Members were advised that the paternity leave provisions are
in accordance with statutory provisions. The Head of People
Services will provide a written answer to explain where there may
be differences between the relevant policies.
RESOLVED: That the
Sub-Committee approve the proposed amendments to the following
Family Friendly Policy & Procedures:
Maternity Leave and Pay Policy
Maternity / Adoption Support Leave
Family Friendly Employment Policy
Flexible Working Policy.