Approval for new and updated HR policies
Decision Maker: Chief executive
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Approval of the following new and updated HR Policies for Herefordshire Council employees, as set out in Appendices A to C:
· MERS Lite policy
· Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Policy
· Fostering Leave Policy
a) The Mutual Early Resignation Scheme (MERS) Lite policy as set out in Appendix A is approved and implemented from March 2023;
b) The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Policy as set out in Appendix B is approved and implemented in April 2023;
c) Herefordshire Council adopts the Real Living Wage as a supplement for council employees with effect from April 2023, without seeking accreditation, and encourages other organisations where the council is a majority shareholder, such as Hoople Ltd to also adopt the Real Living Wage;
d) The Fostering Leave Policy as set out in Appendix C is approved and implemented in May 2023, and the council achieves accreditation with the Fostering Friendly network.
Alternative options considered:
The policies are not approved or adopted. This is not recommended as these policies are intended to support the development of a skilled and stable workforce while managing the council’s resources effectively.
Contact: Leanne Edwards, HR Improvement Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication date: 16/05/2023
Date of decision: 15/05/2023